Times West Virginian
The West Virginia University baseball team will host Kansas State in a key Big 12 Conference series thisweekend at Hawley Field.
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 noon on Sunday.
“I think we’re playing with supreme confidence right now and that really helps when you get into a huge series like this,” coach Randy Mazey said. “They’re really offensive, they’re the best hitting team in the league. Don’t let that record fool you, that lineup from top to bottom is really good. They’re capable of scoring eight or 10 runs a game if you’re not careful.”
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.
Friday has been designated as the second of three Coca-Cola Family Days. Fans can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs, four Cokes and one popcorn for $25 at WVUGAME.com or by calling 1-800-WVU GAME. Family Day packages must be ordered in advance and are not available for purchase on game day.
Kids Day will be on Sunday, as all kids in attendance will be able to run the bases and get player autographs following the game. Kids will be able gain free admittance by coloring a Musket coloring sheet.
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. Click here for a list of affiliates.
The Mountaineers (21-16, 4-7 Big 12) have won four of their last five games, winning midweek games against Maryland and Marshall. The Wildcats (23-19, 4-8 Big 12) are 4-6 in their last 10 games, but won two-of-three last weekend against Baylor. WVU sits in seventh place in the Big 12 standings, while Kansas State is in ninth place.
Coach Randy Mazey will send junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave (3-3, 2.18 ERA) to the mound Friday, junior left-hander John Means (5-1, 1.41 ERA) on Saturday and junior left-hander Ross Vance (2-0, 3.00 ERA) on Sunday.
Musgrave pitched a complete game at Oklahoma last Friday, but has lost his last two games. Means allowed no runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and one walk in seven innings in a 7-0 win at Oklahoma last Thursday. Vance has started and won each of the last two Tuesday games, posting 20 strikeouts and three walks in 17 innings of work.
Offensively, junior center fielder Bobby Boyd paces the team with a .384 batting average, seven doubles, two triples, one home run, 17 RBIs and a team-leading 15 stolen bases. Junior second baseman Billy Fleming is hitting .347 with four doubles and 17 RBIs, while senior first baseman Ryan McBroom is hitting .340 and leading the team with six homers and 38 RBIs.
The Mountaineers are No. 6 in the Big 12 in team ERA (3.51), while the Kansas State staff is ranked No. 9 in the league (4.06). WVU ranks No. 3 in team battingaverage (.286) and Kansas State is ranked at No. 1 (.298).
Kansas State coach Brad Hill will counter with right-hander Levi MaVorhis (5-4, 2.70 ERA) on Friday, left-hander Jordan Floyd (0-1, 4.67 ERA) on Saturday and right-hander Nate Griep (3-3, 3.12 ERA) on Sunday.
Center fielder and reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Ross Kivett is leading the team with a .340 batting average, adding 10 doubles, one triple, three home runs, 28 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. Third baseman R.J. Santigate is hitting .338 withfour doubles, one triple and 22 RBIs, while desiginated hitter Tanner DeVinny has a team-leading 30 RBIs.
Kansas State leads the all-time series, 2-1, winning two-of-three last season in Manhattan.