The Times West Virginian

April 30, 2014

WVU to square off with Marshall today


Times West Virginian

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia baseball team is set to travel to Charleston today for a 6 p.m. non-conference game against Marshall at Appalachian Power Park.

 The radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG College, with Jeff Culhane and Ernie Galusky on the call.

 The game will be the finale in the two-game season series that featured a 10-3 win by WVU in Morgantown last Wednesday. Junior catcher Cam O’Brien fell a home run shy of the cycle, while senior first baseman Ryan McBroom finished with three hits and two RBIs. Junior right fielder Brad Johnson and senior third baseman Michael Constantini each had two RBIs.

 West Virginia (24-16, 7-7 Big 12) enters the game on a six-game winning streak. The Mountaineers have won eight of their last 10 games. Marshall (18-24, 8-12 Conference USA) has dropped four straight and was most recently swept at UAB.

 Junior center fielder Bobby Boyd is leading the team with a .379 batting average, along with eight doubles, two triples, one home run, 20 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. McBroom is hitting .348 and leading the team with seven homers and 40 RBIs, to go along with nine doubles.

 Coach Randy Mazey will send junior right-hander Michael Bennett (2-3, 5.54 ERA) to the mound. Bennett has struck out 17 in 26.0 innings and opponents are hitting .244.

 Marshall outfielder Cory Garrastazu is leading the team with a .321 batting average to go along with three doubles and six RBIs. First baseman TJ Diffenderfer is hitting .244 with six doubles, two triples, two home runs and 20 RBIs, while outfielder Eric Escobedo has a team-leading 21 RBIs.

 Marshall has yet to announce a starting pitcher.

 West Virginia is 40-23 all-time against Marshall and has won 16 of the last 19 meetings.



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MORGANTOWN— West Virginia cross country coach Sean Cleary has announced the addition of Millie Paladino to the 2014 class.

Paladino, a Morgantown native and University High School student, was selected as the 2013-14 Gatorade West Virginia Girls’ Cross-Country Runner of the Year.

 “Millie Paladino is a game changer,” said Cleary. “Her results on the track clearly speak for themselves, but it’s the strength in her personality and character as a young woman that we are most excited about.”

 Paladino becomes the ninth member of the WVU cross country team from the state of West Virginia and the sixth from Morgantown.  She is a two-time First-Team All-State selection and won the WV Class AAA State Championship this past fall with a 5k time of 17:55.84. She competed at the 2013 Foot Locker girls cross country championships, finishing in 11th place overall with a time of 17:45.22 on Dec 14.

 “Millie has the ability, and to date, has shown the desire to become a big time collegiate athlete,” Cleary says. “We are so excited that she chose to stay at home with us and look forward to watching her career unfold.”

 In 2013, Paladino became the first runner in West Virginia high school girls’ history to run a sub-5:00 minute 1600 meter run indoors when she ran a 4:57.92 mile. During her senior year, she recorded the fastest mile in WV high school girls’ history (4:46.41).

 Most recently, Paladino won the one mile in the high school division of the Penn Relays this past weekend. She recorded a time of 4:45.34, winning the event by nearly two seconds.

 She has maintained a 4.12 grade-point average at University High, while serving as a member of the National Honor Society.