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Baseball Set for Matchup at Pitt


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
March 31, 2014 04:04 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU baseball team will travel to Pitt on Tuesday afternoon for a 6 p.m. non-conference game at Charles L. Cost Field.
 
The Mountaineers have an overall record of 15-8 and most recently swept Baylor in the opening Big 12 series last weekend.
 
Junior second baseman Billy Fleming continues to pace the WVU offense, batting .393 with 17 runs, two doubles and 10 RBIs, while senior first baseman Ryan McBroom is hitting .378 with four doubles, six homers and 31 RBIs.
 
West Virginia and Pitt met last Tuesday in Morgantown with the Mountaineers coming away with a 6-3 victory. McBroom led WVU with three hits in that contest, while junior shortstop Taylor Munden and junior center fielder Bobby Boyd each scored two runs.
 
As a team, WVU is batting .288 with 47 extra-base hits and 113 runs driven in. The pitching staff has a 3.25 ERA in 207.2 innings with 153 strikeouts.
 
Pitt (15-11) has won eight of its last nine, including a weekend sweep over No. 23 Georgia Tech.
 
Stephen Vranka leads the Panthers offensively with a .306 batting average, seven doubles, four triples, two homers and 17 RBIs. Boo Vazquez has a team-leading five home runs and 30 RBIs, while Casey Roche has three homers and 20 RBIs.
 
The Panthers are hitting .275 as a team with 46 doubles, seven triples, 15 home runs and 144 RBIs. The pitching staff holds a 4.20 ERA with 189 strikeouts in 231.2 innings.
 
This will be the 188th meeting between the schools with the Mountaineers holding a 101-86 advantage.
 
A link to a video stream and live stats will be available on WVUsports.com. The radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG College.



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