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    This Week in Baseball: The Mountaineers travel to Penn State before a weekend series against Kansas from April 19-21 … WVU and PSU meet on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. ET, at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College, Pennsylvania … West Virginia then continues Big 12 play against Kansas at Monongalia County Ballpark, beginning on Friday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. … the series continues on Saturday, at 4 p.m., before the finale on Sunday, at 1 p.m. … tickets for the Big 12 series are available at WVUGAME.com, by calling 1-800-WVU GAME, at the Mountaineer Ticket Office at the WVU Coliseum or on game day at Monongalia County Ballpark … Friday is Friday Night Happy Hour, with half-off beverages available from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and all fans can play Baseball Bingo to win prizes … Saturday is Family Day, where fans can purchase four tickets and receive a $10 concession voucher for just $25 … the first 300 fans to Saturday’s game will get a free WVU baseball hat, courtesy of WVU Medicine … the weekend concludes on Sunday with the second of four trading card giveaways, courtesy of United Bank, to the first 250 kids, 16 and under … Sunday also is Kids Day, presented by WVU Medicine, which features a Kids Zone, inflatables and Mr. Twister’s Balloon Art and Face Painting, and kids can run the bases after the game.

    Last Week in Baseball: WVU went 3-1 last week, with a midweek win at Maryland and a series win against No. 11 Texas Tech …West Virginia began the week with an 8-1 victory at Maryland on April 10, thanks to another early lead and strong performance by a starting pitcher … junior left-hander Nick Snyder earned his fifth win of the season and held UMD to one run on three hits with six strikeouts in 5.0 innings, while five relievers followed and gave up two hits with six strikeouts in the final 4.0 innings … the offense’s eight runs came on eight hits with the help of 12 walks … West Virginia jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning … junior right-handed starter Alek Manoah tossed a four-hit, complete-game shutout with 15 strikeouts and no walks to lead WVU to a series-opening, 2-0 victory over No. 11 Texas Tech on April 12 … offensively, the Mountaineers scored two two-out runs, on an RBI single by junior first baseman Marques Inman in the first inning and a run-scoring single by sophomore designated hitter Paul McIntosh in the third … a walk-off walk in front of a record-breaking crowd lifted West Virginia to the series win the next day, with a 4-3 victory on April 13 … in front of 3,494 fans, Inman drew a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to bring in the winning run … WVU took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but TTU rallied with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead, but West Virginia answered in the bottom of the fifth to tie it at 3-3 … Inman and senior third baseman Ivan Gonzalez each had two hits and two RBIs in the win, while four pitchers held Tech to three runs on nine hits … West Virginia was shut out in the series finale on April 14, 3-0 … the Mountaineers were held to two hits as the Red Raiders scored two in the fifth and one in the eighth.

    Notes: West Virginia is 22-13 on the season, 11-2 at home, 11-11 on the road and 6-6 in Big 12 play … WVU is 7-5 against top-25 teams and 12-9 against teams that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament … West Virginia is ranked nationally for the first time this season and comes in at No. 20 in the D1Baseball top-25, No. 24 in the Coaches Poll and No. 25 in the Baseball America rankings … WVU is ranked for the first time since a preseason ranking in 2018 and is in the top-25 in the regular-season for the first time since 2017 … the Mountaineers have won three consecutive series against top-25 teams and have won eight of their last 10 games … Saturday’s attendance was 3,494, the largest home crowd in program history, which eclipsed the previous record of 3,487, set 10 days earlier, on April 3, in a 5-4 win against Pitt … WVU is 20-6 when scoring first and 14-5 when scoring in the first inning … prior to Sunday’s loss, West Virginia had scored first in six consecutive games and scored in the first inning in seven of its last nine games … junior lefty Nick Snyder and junior right-hander Alek Manoah both earned their team-high-tying fifth wins of the season last week … Snyder and Manoah marked the eighth and ninth consecutive games a WVU starter went at least 5.0 innings … sophomore second baseman Tyler Doanes and senior pinch hitter Andrew Zitel homered at Maryland … it was Doanes’ third home run of the season and fourth of his career and Zitel’s long ball was the third of his career and first in 2019 … Manoah’s 15 strikeouts against Texas Tech were the most by a Mountaineer since David Maust had 15 against Cleveland State on March 11, 2001 … Manoah’s complete game was the first by a WVU starter since BJ Myers went 9.0 on April 7, 2017, against Kansas … Manoah earned his seventh quality start in nine starts this year.


    This Week in Track & Field: The Mountaineers compete at the Virginia Challenge, from April 19-20, in Charlottesville, Virginia … the two-day meet at Lannigan Field is set to begin on Friday at 11 a.m., with Saturday’s action scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.

    Last Week in Track & Field: WVU earned six top-eight finishes at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic, from April 13-14, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania … redshirt senior Madelin Gardner won the pole vault with an outdoor season-best mark of 4.32 meters (14 feet, 2 inches), while redshirt senior Bria Welker placed second in the 400 meters with a season-best time of 56.40 … WVU added a third-place finish by freshman Peter-Gay McKenzie in the 100-meter hurdles (14.82) and a fourth-place finish by redshirt freshman Marianne Abdalah in the 3,000 meters (10:18.09) … redshirt junior Faith Penny tied for sixth in the high jump with a mark of 1.66 meters (5 feet, 5.25 inches), while redshirt junior Candace Jones earned a lifetime-best time of 4:23.00 in the 1,500 meters invitational, good for seventh place.

    Notes: This weekend, West Virginia returns to Charlottesville for the second time this season … the Mountaineers also competed at a four-team meet at Virginia on April 6, earning eight top-three finishes, including four wins, against Maryland, Pitt and the host Cavaliers … the meet will be WVU’s ninth outdoor competition at Virginia since the 2014 … at last year’s Virginia Challenge, West Virginia earned 11 top-10 performances, including a record-breaking performance by Gardner … the Williamstown, West Virginia, native broke her own outdoor school record, clearing 4.41 meters (14 feet, 5.5 inches) in a second-place finish … WVU competed at the Bison Outdoor Classic for the fourth consecutive season last weekend … three Mountaineers enter the week ranked in the top 50 of the national performance list … Gardner ranks No. 10 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 in the pole vault with a top mark of 4.32 meters (14 feet, 2 inches), while redshirt senior Shamoya McNeil is tied for No. 37 nationally in the triple jump (12.74 meters – 41 feet, 9.75 inches) … redshirt freshman Hayley Jackson sits No. 39 nationally and No. 3 in the Big 12 in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:20.50 … additionally, redshirt junior Olivia Hill ranks No. 4 in the Big 12 in the 10,000 meters with a time of 34:28.43.


    This Week in Rowing: West Virginia returns to Morgantown to host the Gold & Blue Regatta on the Monongahela River on Friday, April 19, … the Mountaineers are scheduled to launch from the WVU Boathouse, starting at 11:30 a.m. ET … Friday’s race is the Mountaineers’ lone home event of the season.

    Last Week in Rowing: The Mountaineers competed at the 2019 George Mason Invite on the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax Station, Virginia … WVU captured 12 of the Big 12 Conference’s 43 points to finish second at this year’s event … on the day, four

    Mountaineer boats captured seven second-place finishes and one fourth-place finish … the Big 12 finished behind the Colonial Athletic Association (44 points) and in front of the Atlantic 10 (18 points).

    Notes: WVU is set to compete on the Mon for the first time since last fall, when the Mountaineers hosted Duquesne on Nov. 9 for a team scrimmage … West Virginia’s Gold & Blue Regatta is in its third consecutive year.


    This Week in Tennis: West Virginia (10-11, 0-9 Big 12) travels to Lawrence, Kansas, for the Big 12 Championship on Thursday, April 18 … this year’s tournament is hosted by the Kansas Jayhawks at the Jayhawk Tennis Center … WVU enters the Big 12 Championship as the No. 10 seed … the Mountaineers’ first-round matchup will start at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday … WVU’s opponent for the opening round will be announced this week.

    Last Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers ended the regular season at home, falling to Baylor, 4-3, on Saturday and No. 6 Texas, 6-1, on Sunday … Sunday’s contest against the Longhorns was Senior Day and marked the final home match for a trio of seniors – Paula Goetz, Abigail Rosiello and Kirsten White … on the weekend, four Mountaineers tied for the team lead with one win … on Sunday vs. Texas, freshman Anastasiia Bovolskaia claimed WVU’s lone win when she upset No. 123 Bojana Markovic.

    Notes: West Virginia owns a 121-118 record against 2019 opponents … at last year’s Big 12 Championship, the No. 9-seeded Mountaineers suffered a first-round exit, falling to No. 8 TCU, 5-1 … sophomore Anne-Sophie Courteau leads the team in singles wins (12) and total wins (22) … Courteau and Rosiello are tied for the team lead with 10 doubles victories.


    This Week in Golf: The Mountaineers are off and will return to competition on April 26-28, when they host the 2019 Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship at The Greenbrier.

    Last Week in Golf: West Virginia capped the regular season with its annual trip to Penn State’s Rutherford Intercollegiate on Saturday and Sunday … the Mountaineers carded the lowest team round of the day on Sunday with a 283 for one-under-par … they finished at 10 over with a three-round total of 290-289-283=862 for third place … Eastern Michigan claimed the team title at three-over-par (862), while host Penn State was the runner-up at five-over-par (857) … sophomore Matthew Sharpstene fired a 66 for five-under-par in the third and final round, jumping 17 spots in the standings ..  he finished two under with a 54-hole total of 73-72-66=211, tying for fourth place in his fourth top-10 finish of the season … junior Etienne Papineau shot a two-under-par 69 in the third round, moving into the top 10 to finish tied for ninth … he finished even par with a three-round total of 73-71-69=213.

    Notes: West Virginia enters the final week of the regular season ranked at No. 47 in the Golfstat rankings … Sharpstene leads the team with a 70.70 scoring average … he is ranked at No. 69 in the nation entering the final week of the regular season … he boasts four-top 10 finishes this season, with his best finish of T-4th coming at Penn State … Sharpstene has posted four consecutive top-15 finishes, dating back to the Seminole Intercollegiate in February … senior Max Sear ranks second on the team with a 71.52 scoring average … six Mountaineers were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Golf Team last week … junior Philipp Matarli led the way with a 4.0 GPA … he was joined on the first team by Papineau, Sear and senior Tristan Nicholls … Sharpstene and classmate Mark Goetz earned second team honors.


    Really, Kevin.


    I know this is varsity sports summary, but the cricket team wins the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OF COLLEGE CRICKET, and no electronic ink or love for them?


    Congratulations to the cricket club team for winning the National College Cricket Championship ! ! !  Guys that play a sport for the love of the sport, not the glamour – just like many of the athletes in the sports listed above!


    Here’s a link.  The team won the championship four weeks ago.

    We just don’t have the time or personnel to cover club sports — or even all varsity sports — to the extent that we’d like.


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