Notes & Quotes
WVU has an overall record of 16-11 and is 2-3 in Big 12 competition … against Pitt, WVU pounded out 11 hits, led by two hits and three RBIs off the bat of junior catcher Cam O’Brien … junior center fielder Bobby Boyd
had three hits and junior third baseman Justin Fox
had two hits … on Friday, for the third-consecutive weekend, junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave
was in line for the win and took a no-decision … Musgrave allowed one run on seven hits in seven innings, striking out five and issuing two walks … Boyd leads WVU with a .348 batting average, while senior first baseman Ryan McBroom
and junior second baseman Billy Fleming
are each hitting .343
This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers do not compete this week.
Last Week in Gymnastics
Four Mountaineers competed at the 2014 NCAA Athens Regional Championships on April 5 at Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum … senior Hope Sloanhoffer
finished tied for second place in the all-around with a score of 39.175 and earned a bid to the 2014 NCAA National Championships … Sloanhoffer also tied for the beam victory with a 9.85 score, her second-highest mark of the year … she opened the meet with a 9.775 on bars prior to earning her winning beam score … she also scored 9.8 on floor and 9.75 on vault … freshman Nicolette Swoboda
finished seventh overall with a 38.975 score, her third-best mark of the year … she also scored a career-high 9.75 on bars, 9.7 on beam, 9.75 on floor and 9.775 on vault … junior Beth Deal
scored 9.775 on beam, the third-best mark of the meet, and finished ninth … freshman Alexa Goldberg
tallied 9.85 on the uneven bars, the fourth-best score of the day, and tied for eighth place.
Notes & Quotes
Sloanhoffer is WVU’s 18th individual qualifier and first since Mehgan Morris qualified in the all-around in 2009 … she is the first Mountaineer gymnast to qualify under third-year coach Jason Butts … Sloanhoffer tied Rutgers’ Alexis Gunzelman for second in the all-around, and both earned a bid to the national championships … six gymnasts tallied the winning 9.85 mark on beam … had Sloanhoffer not advanced in the all-around, she would have advanced as the beam victor … she is the seventh Mountaineer to earn a regional event title, and the first since Kristen Macrie won floor at the 2001 North Central Regional Championships … she is the third beam champion in WVU history, and the first since Danielle Lilly won the title at the 1997 Southeast Regional … Swoboda’s total was her best score since March 2, and she outscored gymnasts from Ohio State, Central Michigan and Michigan … Deal was the seventh gymnast to compete on beam … Goldberg was the final gymnast to compete on bars, and she scored 9.8 or better nine times this season … the 2014 NCAA National Championships will take place April 18-20, at the Jefferson Convention Complex, in Birmingham, Ala., with the University of Alabama and the Alabama Sports Foundation as hosts … Sloanhoffer will compete in one of the two team competitions on April 18 … additional information regarding her team pairing and rotation order will be announced later this week.
This Week in Track
West Virginia travels to Fairfax, Va., for the George Mason Invite on Saturday, April 12.
Last Week in Track
The Mountaineers had a split weekend with the majority of the squad competing at the Ohio Cherry Blossom Invitational in Athens, Ohio, while the remainder of the team was split between the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., and the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla.
Notes & Quotes
At the Stanford Invitational, senior Sarah Martinelli
had a career day in the 3,000-meter steeplechase ... the Morgantown, W.Va., native ran the second-best time in program history (10:17.38) ... the mark was also a personal-best time for Martinelli ... at the Ohio Cherry Blossom Invitational in Athens, Ohio, sophomore Marsielle McBeam
placed first in the high jump with a mark of 1.65 meters.
Coach Sean Cleary: “Out west, Sarah Martinelli
ran a tremendous race. Starting off with a lifetime best in her first steeple of the year is very encouraging for later this spring. Early season meets are a good opportunity to work out the rust from the winter. We will look for bigger marks over the next few weeks.”