Baseball Opens Home Season Against Pitt


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
March 24, 2014 04:26 PM
A record crowd of 2,535 packed in Hawley Field last season when WVU hosted Pitt.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU baseball team will open up the home season against Pitt in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday, March 25, at Hawley Field. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
 
Tickets cost $7 for reserved seating, $5 for general admission, $3 for seniors and youths 18 and under and WVU students are admitted free with a valid student ID. Fans can also pick up a free baseball schedule poster featuring junior left-handed pitcher Harrison Musgrave, senior first baseman Ryan McBroom, senior right-hander Ryan Tezak, junior center fielder Bobby Boyd and senior left fielder Jacob Rice.
 
The game will be video streamed on WVUsports.com, while the radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG online.
 
Eldon Callen, the President of the Monongalia County Commission, and his family will throw out the first pitch at tomorrow’s game.
 
The Mountaineers (12-8) have won 10 of their last 14 games, including a win over No. 12 North Carolina last Wednesday. Junior left-hander John Means (4-1) will get the start tomorrow after throwing a complete game against UNC. Means allowed one run on three hits with five strikeouts and no walk.
 
Junior second baseman Billy Fleming was red hot last week, batting 11-for-17 (.647) with four runs, one double and five RBIs. For the season, Fleming is hitting .413 with 15 runs, two doubles and eight RBIs.
 
McBroom continues to lead WVU in power categories with five home runs and 27 RBIs, while freshman right fielder Shaun Wood hit his third homer of the season on Sunday. McBroom (.372), Wood (.300) and Boyd (.352) are all hitting over .300.
 
Pitt (12-10, 4-5 ACC) most recently swept Duke last weekend and is led offensively by Steven Shelinsky Jr., who is batting .317 with five doubles, two homers and 12 RBIs. Boo Vazquez leads the team with four home runs and 24 RBIs, while Stephen Vranka, Dylan Wolsonovich and Casey Roche have 17 RBIs apiece.
 
The season series was split last season as WVU won 8-7 at Pitt and then fell 7-6 later in Morgantown.



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