By Bob Hertzel
For the Times West Virginian
West Virginia University’s resurgent baseball program is exploring the possibility of playing perhaps as many as three of their four Big 12 home series at Hawley Field this season as construction begins on the recently approved baseball stadium that is scheduled to open for the 2015 season.
“We’re exploring all options and Morgantown is one, but it hasn’t been decided,” a source within the department said Tuesday.
Last year, as WVU made an unexpected run toward the Big 12 title that didn’t fail until the final weekend under new coach Randy Mazey, WVU played all of its conference games away from Morgantown.
The team used sites around the state, feeling Hawley Field, without locker rooms and other facilities, were not suitable in the first year of league play.
With the new stadium passed, that apparently has become less of an issue as other options are being considered.
WVU actually had dominated its “home” games last year until the final series of the regular season despite the added hardships of being continually on the road except for non-conference engagements at Hawley Field.
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Three-time national champion Petra Zublasing won gold in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions Tuesday at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Granada World Cup, at the Shooting Range CEAR de Tiro Olimpico Juan Carlos I, in Granada, Spain.
Zublasing, a 2013 West Virginia University graduate, shot five points better than the field in the final and captured her first gold medal in the event with a score of 459.1. Representing Italy, the Appiano native led throughout the final and was the only shooter not to score an 8.0. With the win, she has qualified for the 2013 ISSF World Cup Final, set for Nov. 6-12, in Munich, Germany.
“I am very happy about this medal, my first gold,” she said to the ISSF following the match. “I shot a good final, and it’s great because today it was so hot here in Granada. It’s very energy-consuming to compete in these conditions.”
Zublasing entered the final in second place after shooting 586 (197 kneeling, 199 prone, 190 standing) in Tuesday’s qualification relay. She shot 579 (191 kneeling, 197 prone, 191 standing) in Tuesday’s first elimination relay.
Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond, representing Great Britain, and former WVU shooter Bryant Wallizer, of the United States, also shot in the competition.
Hammond, a native of Aberdeen, Scotland, shot 1141 (383 kneeling, 389 prone, 369 standing) in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions first elimination relay, while Wallizer shot 1131 (380 kneeling, 392 prone, 359 standing) in the event’s minimum qualification score (MQS) competition. Neither will shoot in the event’s final qualification.
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Former West Virginia wide receiver and kick returner Jock Sanders was named the Canadian Football League Special Teams Player for Week 2 of the season.
Sanders returned four kickoffs for 100 yards and six punts for 74 yards to help the Saskatchewan Roughriders defeat the Calgary Stampeders 36-21 and remain undefeated on the season at 2-0.
The former West Virginia Mountaineer and St. Petersburg, Fla., native currently sits in fourth place in combined return yards with 266.