Baseball Travels to TCU for Big 12 Series


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
April 03, 2014 09:10 AM
Coach Randy Mazey will be making his first trip back to TCU after spending six seasons as an assistant coach.
All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University baseball team is set to meet TCU this weekend in a three-game conference series at Lupton Baseball Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.
 
Friday’s opener will begin at 7:30 p.m., Saturday’s game is set for 5 p.m. and Sunday’s finale will be at 2 p.m. All times are Eastern.
 
Sunday’s game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest, while all three games can be heard on the affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG College. Click here for a list of radio affiliates.
 
The Mountaineers (16-8, 2-0 Big 12) are 4-1 in their last five games and currently sit in first place in the Big 12 standings. Most recently, WVU defeated Pitt, 6-4, on Tuesday evening to sweep the two-game season series. Junior catcher Cam O’Brien led WVU offensively with two hits and three RBIs, while junior center fielder Bobby Boyd had three hits and junior third baseman Justin Fox had two hits.
 
Junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave (3-1, 2.06 ERA) will start game one on the mound Friday for the Mountaineers, followed by senior right-hander Sean Carley (5-0, 2.47 ERA) on Saturday and junior left-hander John Means (4-1, 1.60 ERA) on Sunday.
 
TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle will counter on the mound with left-hander Brandon Finnegan (5-2, 1.42 ERA) on Friday, right-hander Preston Morrison (2-3, 2.32 ERA) on Saturday and left-hander Tyler Alexander (3-3, 3.25 ERA) on Sunday. The Frogs have the No. 2 team ERA (2.98) in the Big 12.
 
WVU is fourth in the Big 12 with a .289 team batting average, and the Mountaineers are No. 3 in home runs with 14. TCU is sixth in batting average (.270) and tied for eighth in home runs with six.
 
The Mountaineers are led at the plate by Boyd, who is hitting .375 with four doubles, one triple, 11 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Senior first baseman Ryan McBroom leads the Mountaineers with six homers and 31 RBIs, and junior second baseman Billy Fleming has a .372 batting average and 10 RBIs.
 
TCU outfielder Boomer White is hitting .360 with seven doubles, one home run and 16 RBIs, while first baseman Kevin Cron has two home runs and 20 RBIs.
 
The game will be a homecoming for WVU coach Randy Mazey, who spent six seasons at TCU, including his final two seasons as associate head coach.
 
WVU went 2-2 last season against TCU, including a 10-3 win in the second game of the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City.



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