Times West Virginian
The West Virginia University baseball team will host No. 10 Oklahoma in a crucial three-game series at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston this weekend.
The Mountaineers (27-19, 9-6 Big 12) are one game behind the Sooners (33-12, 10-5 Big 12) in the Big 12 standings. WVU has won 18 of its last 24 games, and earned its first Big 12 sweep last weekend against Kansas in Beckley.
Game one of the series begins at 6:30 p.m. today. Game two begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, and first pitch for game three is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday. There also will be fireworks following the conclusion of Friday’s game.
This weekend will feature two of the top pitchers in the Big 12 this season with WVU sophomore left-hander Harrison Musgrave and Oklahoma junior right-hander Jonathan Gray.
Musgrave earned Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors for the second consecutive week last Monday after firing a complete-game shutout in game one against Kansas. Musgrave now has a scoreless innings streak of 25.0, in which he has allowed 13 hits and has struck out 16, walking five.
“Who knows when their guy is going to pitch, and we don’t know when Harrison is going to go just yet,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said. “Both of those guys are fun to watch, so if you’re a fan of Big 12 baseball or baseball in general, this will be a really good weekend to come out and watch.”
For the season, Musgrave is 7-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 11 starts. Currently he is riding a six-game winning streak and has yet to lose in Big 12 play, posting a 4-0 record. In conference play, he has a 0.97 ERA, striking out 36 in 37.0 innings, and has allowed just four earned runs.
Gray is expected to be one of the top overall draft picks this summer and carries an 8-1 record with a 1.10 ERA in 11 starts. Gray has two complete games and has struck out 98 in 81.2 innings of work. In the national rankings, Gray is No. 2 in hits allowed per nine innings (4.63), third in strikeouts and ninth in ERA.
“They can really pitch, they can really hit and they can really play defense,” Mazey said. “It’s another one of those series where we have to be sharp in all three areas of baseball to try and win the series.”
Tickets are priced at $9 (reserved) and $7 (general admission) on game day.
West Virginia’s women’s soccer team will play a schedule that includes seven opponents that appeared in last year’s NCAA Tournament — Baylor, Central Michigan, Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Penn State and Texas Tech.
“The 2013 schedule is challenging, but one that we are excited about,” says coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “Our non-conference opponents are highlighted by last year’s national finalists in North Carolina and Penn State. And our conference schedule includes four home games and four road trips to Big 12 schools.”
West Virginia will play 10 matches this fall at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, in addition to an exhibition match against Rutgers on Aug. 13.
The Mountaineers will take to the road for eight contests, including the season opener on Aug. 23 at Penn State — last year’s national runner-up. WVU also will square off against Syracuse on Aug. 25 to close out the weekend as part of the Penn State Invitational.
WVU’s home opener is scheduled for Aug. 30 against Central Michigan.
The complete 2013 women’s soccer schedule is as follows:
Aug. 13 Rutgers (Exhibition) — 1 p.m.
Aug. 17 at Georgetown (Exhibition) — 5 p.m.
Aug. 23 at Penn State % — 7 p.m.
Aug. 25 vs. Syracuse % — 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 30 Central Michigan — 5 p.m.
Sept. 1 Morehead State — 1 p.m.
Sept. 6 at Duke + — 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 vs. North Carolina + — 1 p.m.
Sept. 13 Eastern Kentucky — 5 p.m.
Sept. 15 Kentucky — 1 p.m.
Sept. 20 Richmond — 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 Wright State — 1 p.m.
Sept. 27 at Oklahoma State^ — 8 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Baylor^ — 1 p.m.
Oct. 4 Texas^ — 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 Iowa State^ — 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 TCU^ — 1 p.m.
Oct. 18 Kansas^ — 7 p.m.
Oct. 25 at Oklahoma^ — 8 p.m.
Oct. 27 at Texas Tech^ — 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 Big 12 Quarterfinal* — TBD
Nov. 8 Big 12 Semifinal* — TBD
Nov. 10 Big 12 Championship* — TBD
All times Eastern and subject to change
% Penn State Invitational — University Park, Pa.
+ Duke Nike Classic — Durham, N.C.
^ Big 12 Conference match
* Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kan.
West Virginia assistant women’s basketball coach M.L. Willis has left the program to join Georgia Tech as an assistant.
During her time with the Mountaineers, Willis helped lead WVU to four NCAA Tournament appearances. West Virginia won at least 20 games in three of her four years, including a program-best 29 victories in 2009-10. In only her second year, Willis and the Mountaineers posted the best start ever for a WVU team, as the Mountaineers began the 2010-11 season 19-0 and had the No. 1 ranked scoring defense nationally for five weeks. WVU won three straight games over top-25 opponents for the first time in school history during the 2011-12 season.
The West Virginia University track and field team is set to compete in its first ever Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 3-5 at the Hart-Patterson Track & Field Complex in Waco, Texas.
The Mountaineers will face off against all the Big 12 schools, including six ranked opponents — No. 2 Kansas, No. 10 Texas, No. 16 Iowa State, No. 17 Texas Tech, No. 21 Baylor and No. 23 Oklahoma.
The track and field team placed 19 student-athletes on the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 first and second teams, headed by senior Aubrey Moskal and sophomore Kelly Williams, each of which had a 4.0 GPA.
Other first-team members include Sarah-Anne Brault, Sydney Cummings, Kiley Defibaugh, Jordan Hamric, Alex Klauke, Lauren Moskal, Allison Pettit, Hallie Portner, Alanna Pritts and Allison Tyree.
The Mountaineers had seven student-athletes garner second-team distinction, including Heather Adams, Stephanie Aldea, Rachel Buser, Arielle Gaither, Alison Kimble, Karissa Knabenshue and Chene Townsend.
First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, while the second-team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
Wide receiver Ryan Nehlen, guard Jeff Braun and kicker Corey Smith were named to the 2013 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. A total of 703 players from 259 schools qualified for membership in the society's seventh year, marking the highest school participation in the history of the program, which began in 2007.