WVU Closes Out Regular Season at Texas Tech


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
May 14, 2014 10:09 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team will close out the regular season this weekend against Big 12 foe Texas Tech at Dan Law Field in Lubbock, Texas.
 
Thursday’s opener will begin at 7:30 p.m., Friday’s game is set for 7:30 p.m. and Saturday’s finale will be at 3 p.m.
 
Links to live video and live stats will be available on WVUsports.com, while the radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG College.
 
The Mountaineers (27-21, 9-11 Big 12) enter the weekend series in sixth place in the Big 12 standings and can potentially finish as high as fourth. The Red Raiders (37-16, 11-10 Big 12) currently sit in fourth place in the conference.
 
Mazey will send junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave (5-3, 2.23 ERA) to the mound for Thursday’s opener, while sophomore left-hander Ross Vance (3-2, 3.16 ERA) will start on Friday and junior left-hander John Means (6-1, 2.87 ERA) will start on Saturday.
 
WVU has a team batting average of .294, ranking first in the conference. The pitching staff ranks sixth in the Big 12 with a 3.54 ERA.
 
Junior center fielder Bobby Boyd leads the Mountaineers at the plate, batting .374 on the year with eight doubles, two triples, one home run, 23 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Junior second baseman Billy Fleming is hitting .371 with eight doubles, one triple, one home run and 27 RBIs, while senior first baseman Ryan McBroom leads the team with eight home runs and 46 RBIs to go along with a .344 batting average.
 
Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock is expected to start junior right-hander Corey Taylor (5-2, 1.88 ERA) on Thursday, junior left-hander Chris Sadberry (4-2, 3.34 ERA) on Friday and freshman left-hander Dylan Dusek (5-0, 2.63 ERA) in Saturday’s finale.
 
The Red Raiders are No. 2 in the Big 12 with a .292 team batting average, while the pitching staff is ranked No. 4 with a 3.37 ERA.
 
Texas Tech is led at the plate by sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez, who is hitting .325 with 11 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 54 RBIs. Senior outfielder Adam Kirsch is batting .297 with 19 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 43 RBIs.
 
West Virginia leads the all-time series, 2-1, after winning a three-game set in Charleston last season.



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