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By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
April 29, 2013 04:02 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU baseball team will host No. 17 Pitt in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday, April 30, at Hawley Field. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

It will be the final game of the year at Hawley Field and has been designated as a Gold Rush, where fans are encouraged to wear gold, as well as a “Dollar Night,” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for just $1.

The game is also “Senior Night,” and seniors Dan Dierdorff, Alan Filauro, Chris Rasky and Brady Wilson will be honored for their talent and efforts prior to the start of the game.

The Mountaineers (27-18, 9-6 Big 12) are currently riding a five-game winning streak, highlighted by a sweep over Big 12 foe Kansas last weekend in Beckley. The pitching staff led WVU over the weekend with a 3-0 record, 1.50 ERA and 22 strikeouts to just four walks.

Wilson led the Mountaineers offensively with a 5-for-12 performance, one run, one double, one triple, one RBI and one stolen base. The right fielder is now batting .302 for the season with a team-leading 18 stolen bases.

Junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland continues to pace the squad with a .354 batting average, while junior first baseman Ryan McBroom and junior designated hitter Matt Frazer are tied for the team lead with 31 RBIs.

Freshman right-hander Brock Dykxhoorn (2-0, 0.86 ERA) will get the start for WVU. In four starts this season, Dykxhoorn is 2-0 with a 0.98 ERA and has allowed just two earned runs in 18.1 innings.

Pitt (32-10, 12-3 Big East) most recently swept Cincinnati last weekend and is led offensively by junior Casey Roche, who is batting .358 with eight doubles, two triples, nine homers, 53 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. As a team, the Panthers are batting .303 with 42 home runs and 59 stolen bases.

Roche also will get the start on the mound, where he has made two appearances this season. Roche is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA, allowing three runs in 7.0 innings with one strikeout.

The teams last met at Pitt on March 12 with the Mountaineers coming away with an 8-7 victory. Frazer went 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs, while McBroom recorded three hits with one RBI.

The game 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.



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