MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team hosts No 11. Texas in a Big 12 Conference series this weekend. The series also will close the doors on Hawley Field, the home of the Mountaineers since 1971.
Game one begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, game two begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday and the first pitch for game three is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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.
The games will be video streamed on WVUsports.com, while the radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG with Jeff Culhane and Ernie Galusky on the call.
The Mountaineers (24-16, 7-7 Big 12) enters the weekend on a six-game winning streak and have won eight of their last 10 games. The Longhorns (33-13, 10-8 Big 12) are 5-5 in their last 10 games, dropping two-of-three last weekend against Oklahoma State. WVU sits in a tie for fifth place in the Big 12 standings, while Texas is in fourth place.
Coach Randy Mazey will send junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave
(4-3, 1.95 ERA) to the mound Friday, sophomore left-hander Ross Vance
(3-0, 2.57 ERA) on Saturday and junior left-hander John Means
(5-1, 2.10 ERA) on Sunday.
Musgrave went 8.0 shutout innings last Friday in a win over Kansas State, picking up his first win since March 8. He allowed three hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. Vance started two games last week, going 2-0 with wins over Maryland and Kansas State. Vance allowed two runs on eight hits in 13.0 innings with 13 strikeouts and one walk.
Junior right fielder Brad Johnson
batted 8-for-18 (.444) with 10 RBIs, three runs, two doubles, one triple and one stolen base last week. Junior center fielder Bobby Boyd
paces the team with a .379 batting average, eight doubles, two triples, one home run, 20 RBIs and a team-leading 15 stolen bases. Senior first baseman Ryan McBroom
is hitting .348 and leading the team with seven homers and 40 RBIs.
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The Mountaineers are No. 5 in the Big 12 in team ERA (3.38), while the Texas staff is ranked No. 1 (2.22). WVU ranks No. 3 in team batting average (.290), and Texas is ranked No. 8 (.257).
Texas coach Augie Garrido will counter with right-hander Parker French (5-3, 2.08 ERA) on Friday, left-hander Dillon Peters (5-3, 2.50 ERA) on Saturday and right-hander Nathan Thornhill (6-2, 1.85 ERA) on Sunday.
Outfielder Mark Payton is leading the team with a .355 batting average, adding nine doubles, five triples, one home run, 28 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Outfielder Ben Johnson is hitting .294 with six doubles, three triples, five homers, 25 RBIs and 16 stolen bases, while catcher Tres Barrera has 10 doubles, two triples, two homers and 26 RBIs.
West Virginia leads the all-time series, 2-1, winning two-of-three last season in Austin.