WVU Hosts Kansas in Beckley

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • April 25, 2013 10:16 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team faces Kansas this weekend at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley for a Big 12 Conference series presented by Little General Stores.

Game one begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, game two begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday and the first pitch for game three is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday.

A special $5 ticket is now available in the Fayette, Raleigh and Wyoming county Little General Stores. Single game tickets are priced at $7 when purchased in advance and $9 on game day. Groups of 10 or more people will be charged $5 per person. To order tickets, call the WV Miners at 304-252-SAFE.

The games will be video streamed on WVUsports.com, while the radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network, with Morgantown affiliate WAJR 1440 AM serving as the flagship station.

The Mountaineers (24-18, 6-6 Big 12) have won 15 of their last 20 games and currently sit in sixth place in the Big 12 standings. The Jayhawks (25-15, 9-6 Big 12) are in second place in the conference standings and have won three of their four Big 12 series.

Coach Randy Mazey will send sophomore left-hander Harrison Musgrave (6-1, 2.70 ERA) to the mound Friday, senior right-hander Dan Dierdorff (2-5, 4.78 ERA) on Saturday and sophomore left-hander John Means (3-2, 3.05 ERA) on Sunday.

Musgrave is coming off a complete game 1-0 shutout of Texas last Friday evening, allowing no runs on six hits with nine strikeouts in 9.0 innings. Musgrave was named the NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week and the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for his efforts.

Offensively, junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland paces the team with a .370 batting average, seven doubles, one triple, two homers and 24 RBIs. Junior left fielder Jacob Rice is hitting .342 with 12 doubles, two home runs and 21 RBIs, while junior designated hitter Matt Frazer and junior first basemen Ryan McBroom are tied for the team lead with 31 RBIs apiece. McBroom also leads the team with eight homers, while Frazer has knocked six.

The Mountaineers are No. 7 in the Big 12 in team ERA (3.88), while the Kansas staff is ranked No. 6 in the league (3.66). WVU ranks No. 4 in team batting average (.286) and Kansas is ranked at No. 5 (.278).

Kansas coach Ritch Price will counter with senior right-hander Thomas Taylor (4-0, 2.47 ERA) and sophomore left-hander Wes Benjamin (4-4, 4.50 ERA) in the first two games of the series. The Jayhawks’ game three starter is undecided.

Kansas is led at the plate by sophomore Michael Suiter, who is batting .354 with seven doubles, one triple, 20 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Senior infielder Alex DeLeon is hitting .326 with 12 doubles, five home runs and 33 RBIs.

Friday will be the program’s first meeting between West Virginia and Kansas.

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