Mountaineers Travel to Youngstown State


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
April 23, 2013 02:13 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team will travel to Youngstown State on Wednesday afternoon for a non-conference matchup. First pitch at Eastwood Field is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The Mountaineers (23-18) won two of three last weekend at Texas for a Big 12 series victory. Sophomore second baseman Billy Fleming led the Mountaineers at the plate, batting .500 (5-for-10) with two runs and one RBI. Fleming’s RBI was the game-winning in the 10th inning of Sunday’s rubber match.

Junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland leads the team, batting at a .366 clip with seven doubles, one triple, two homers and 23 RBIs. Junior first baseman Ryan McBroom has a team leading eight home runs and is tied with junior designated hitter Matt Frazer as the team leader with 30 RBIs.

As a team, WVU is batting.284 with 71 doubles, six triples, 24 homers and 51 stolen bases. The pitching staff is carrying a 3.93 ERA and has recorded 228 strikeouts in 359.2 innings of work.

Freshman right-hander Brock Dykxhoorn (2-0, 1.08 ERA) will get the start, his fourth of the season. Dykxhoorn’s last win came against Youngstown State as he allowed one run on three hits in 6.0 innings of work. He will be opposed by freshman lefty Jared Wight. Wight is 1-1 with a 5.27 ERA in nine appearances.

The Penguins (12-28) will be playing a doubleheader at Kent State on Tuesday before taking on WVU. Last weekend, Youngstown State took one-of-three games against conference foe Illinois-Chicago.

The Penguins are batting .261 as a team with 59 doubles, four triples, 13 homers and 37 stolen bases, while the pitching staff carries an ERA of 6.70.

Junior infielder Drew Dosch is leading Youngstown State with a .324 batting average, 11 doubles, three triples, three homers and 23 RBIs, while junior first baseman Marcus Heath is batting .255 with eight doubles, one triple, four homers and 28 RBIs.

The teams will be completing a season long four-game series that WVU leads 2-1. On April 10 in Morgantown, WVU won 5-1 with sophomore shortstop Taylor Munden batting 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs.

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