Baseball Travels to San Diego State


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
February 20, 2014 10:43 AM
Billy Fleming
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team is set to face San Diego State for a three-game series this weekend at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
 
WVU (1-2) opened the 2014 season last weekend with a win against The Citadel, while narrowly falling to then No. 8 Louisville and Delaware.
 
The Mountaineers offensive attack was evident all weekend as the team led the Big 12 in batting average (.330), slugging percentage (.478), hits (38), home runs (4) and stolen bases (7) after the first weekend of the season. WVU had at least 10 hits in all three games, including 18 against The Citadel.
 
Junior second baseman Billy Fleming leads the team with a .600 batting average (6-for-10), while senior first baseman Ryan McBroom is batting .429 (6-for-14) with two runs, two home runs and six RBIs.
 
The rotation will stay with junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave on Friday, junior right-hander Sean Carley on Saturday and junior left-hander John Means on Sunday. The trio combined for five runs allowed, four earned, on 11 hits in 17.1 innings last weekend. They combined for 15 strikeouts, while just issuing one walk.
 
San Diego State, coached by Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, began the season 3-1 with a series win over San Jose State and a midweek victory against Loyola Marymount.
 
Junior catcher Brad Haynal is leading the Aztecs with a .364 batting average, one double, one home run and six RBIs. Senior infielder Tim Zier is batting .333 with six RBIs.
 
San Diego State will throw junior left-hander Michael RoBards on Friday and sophomore right-hander Bubba Derby on Saturday. Sunday’s started has not been determined.
 
This will be the first meeting between the schools. Links to live stats and a video stream will be available via WVUsports.com.



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