Baseball Faces UC Riverside, Sacramento State


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
March 07, 2014 01:01 PM
 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team has returned to California for three games this weekend against UC Riverside and Sacramento State at the Riverside Sports Complex in Riverside, Calif.
 
The Mountaineers will play a doubleheader against Sacramento State (4 p.m.) and UC Riverside (8 p.m.) on Saturday, and then take on UC Riverside at 8 p.m. on Sunday.
 
West Virginia carries a 5-4 record into the weekend, coming off a 3-0 performance last weekend at the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. WVU won 3-1- on Friday against Duke, won 6-2 on Saturday against host Coastal Carolina and won 5-1 on Sunday against James Madison.
 
Junior second baseman Billy Fleming (.457) continues to lead the Mountaineers in batting average, while senior first baseman Ryan McBroom has a team-high three home runs and 14 RBIs.
 
Last weekend, junior center fielder Bobby Boyd had three two-hit performances, finishing 6-for-13 with four runs, one double, one RBI and three stolen bases.
 
The trio of junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave (2-0), junior right-hander Sean Carley (1-0) and junior left-hander John Means (2-1) will once again take the mound for the Mountaineers this weekend.
 
They went 3-0 last weekend with a combined 1.23 ERA, including 21 strikeouts in 22.0 innings. Opponents registered just a .179 batting average.
 
Sacramento State (7-6) will be throwing right-hander Brennan Leitao (1-1), who has a 3.00 ERA in three starts with 10 strikeouts in 18.0 innings. The Hornets are led at the plate by outfielders Ryan Locke and Nathan Lukes, who have .391 and .354 batting averages, respectively. Locke has two doubles, one homer and three RBIs, while Lukes has two doubles and three RBIs.
 
UC Riverside (6-6) will throw right-hander Ben Doucette (0-1) on Saturday and have yet to name a Sunday starter. Doucette has a 7.59 ERA in three starts with eight strikeouts in 10.2 innings. Third baseman Nick Vilter leads the Highlanders with a .429 batting average, two doubles, one triple, six homers and 15 RBIs.
 
Live stats, as well as a recap of each game, will be available via WVUsports.com.



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