Martinelli Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By WVU Sports Communications
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  • April 28, 2014 01:02 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - After leading the Mountaineers at the 120th edition of the Penn Relays over the weekend, senior Sarah Martinelli has been named the Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week. 
Martinelli won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, on Thursday night in 10:17.47. The time is the second-best of Martinelli’s career and ranks her No. 12 nationally in the event this season. 
The Morgantown native won the 3,000 steeple by nearly four seconds, beating out Penn State’s Tori Gerlach. 
WVU Athletes of the Week
Winter 2014
Week 1: Asya Bussie, women’s basketball
Week 2: Bryce Bohman, swimming & diving
Week 3: Colin Johnston, wrestling
Week 4: Ziva Dvorsak, rifle
Week 5: Hope Sloanhoffer, gymnastics
Week 6: Bria Holmes, women’s basketball
Week 7: Marsielle McBeam, track & field
Week 8: Christal Caldwell, women’s basketball
Week 9: Tim Squires, swimming & diving
Week 10: Harrison Musgrave, baseball
Week 11: Garrett Spurgeon, rifle
Week 12: Hope Sloanhoffer, gymnastics 
Week 13: Bryce Bohman, swimming & diving
Week 14: Hope Sloanhoffer, gymnastics 
Week 15: Hailey Barrett, tennis 
Week 16: Ross Vance, baseball
Week 17: Sarah Martinelli, track & field 
This Week in Baseball
West Virginia will open the week at Marshall on Wednesday, April 30, at 6 p.m., at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston … the Mountaineers will then host Texas from May 2-4 in the final series at Hawley Field … Friday’s game will start at 6 p.m., Saturday’s game will begin at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s finale is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.
Last Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers went 5-0 last week, highlighted by a series sweep of Kansas State … the team finished with a .343 batting average, 18 doubles, three triples and two home runs in the undefeated week … the pitching staff had a combined 2.20 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 45.0 innings.
Notes & Quotes
WVU has an overall record of 24-16 and is 7-7 in Big 12 competition … the WVU offense was led by junior right fielder Brad Johnson, who hit .444 (8-for-18) with four runs, two doubles, one triple and 10 RBIs … senior first baseman Ryan McBroom batted .474 (9-for-19) with six runs, two doubles, one home run and four RBIs … junior center fielder Bobby Boyd batted .368 (7-for-19) with two doubles, one triple, one home run and eight RBIs … sophomore left-hander Ross Vance started two games last week, going 2-0 with wins over Maryland on Tuesday and Kansas State on Sunday … Vance allowed two runs on eight hits in 13.0 innings with 13 strikeouts and one walk … junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave went 8.0 shutout innings on Friday in a win over Kansas State … Musgrave picked up his first win since March 8, spreading three hits and allowing no runs with eight strikeouts and one walk.
This Week in Track
The Mountaineers have their first weekend off since early January ... WVU returns to action at the Virginia Relays, May 9-10, in Charlottesville, Va. 
Last Week in Track
West Virginia competed at the 120th edition of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia ... several Mountaineers recorded top-10 finishes in an event that featured high schools and colleges from 37 states. 
Notes & Quotes 
Senior Sarah Martinelli, a Morgantown native, won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:17.47 ... the time was less than a tenth of a second off Martinelli’s personal-best time in the event set earlier this season, and it was the 13th-best time nationally this season ... senior Allison Lasnicki placed second in the 10,000 meters in her first action of the season ... Lasnicki’s time of 34:11.20 was the 14th-best time nationally entering the weekend ... senior Stormy Nesbit posted a season-best mark in the triple jump ... Nesbit recorded a leap of 12.71 meters and placed eighth overall.
This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia University tennis team has concluded its season.
Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers were handed an early exit in the opening round of the Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, by Kansas State, 4-0.
Notes & Quotes
Freshmen Oana Manole and Kaja Mrgole led WVU this season with six victories in singles play ... Manole and Mrgole teamed up for a team-high seven victories in doubles play. 
Coach Miha Lisac: “Today did not go the way we wanted. It was not a great match overall, but there are some positive things we can review and build upon going into next year. I thought Kansas State played well, and they did what they needed to do to win. We were too up and down to give ourselves an opportunity to compete.”
This Week in Rowing
The West Virginia Rowing team competes at the Big 12 Conference Championships on May 3 in Oklahoma City.
Last Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers were idle last week.
Notes & Quotes
Last time out, in the Grand Finals of the Knecht Cup on April 13, the novice eight crew crossed the line in 7:17.02 for a third-place finish ... competing in the Third Final, the varsity eight crew beat out Colgate and George Mason for fourth place in 7:17.06 ... in the Third Finals, the varsity four boat edged out Connecticut to take fifth place, finishing in 8:13.25 ... the second varsity eight crew qualified for the Petite Final, finishing the heat in sixth place with a 7:07.18.