WVU Varsity Sports Update 4/22

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    This Week in Baseball: The Mountaineers host Penn State on April 23 before a weekend series at Texas from April 26-28 … WVU hosts PSU on Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. ET, at Monongalia County Ballpark … it is a Dollar Night, with tickets and select concession items available for just $1, and a Gold Rush … tickets 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 … West Virginia continues Big 12 play this weekend at Texas, in a series that begins on Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT … the series in Austin, Texas, continues on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT … the finale at Disch-Falk Field concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET/noon CT … all three games at Texas will be broadcasted live on the Longhorn Network.

    Last Week in Baseball: WVU secured its fourth consecutive series victory with a pair of wins against Kansas this weekend at Monongalia County Ballpark … the Mountaineers played their fifth doubleheader of the season on April 20 and recorded a pair of walk-off wins, 1-0 in the opener and 4-3 in 11 innings in the nightcap … for the second consecutive week, junior right-hander Alek Manoah threw a complete-game shutout with 15 strikeouts, as he allowed just three hits with no walks in the opener … junior first baseman Marques Inman hit a walk-off home run to lead off the ninth inning to fuel the win … WVU walked off the second game on Saturday, 4-3 in 11 innings, as a wild pitch scored the game-winning run … following a 2:40 weather delay at the end of the sixth inning, West Virginia took a 3-1 lead in the eighth, but Kansas tied the game at 3-3 on a two-out, two-RBI single in the ninth … freshman left fielder/third baseman Phillip Dull was one of four Mountaineers with two hits, his first career multi-hit game, and he added an eighth-inning RBI single … West Virginia rallied late in Sunday’s final but lost a 6-5 contest … WVU came back with four runs on five hits in the eighth inning to make it a one-run game, and put two on with two outs in the ninth, but the Jayhawks avoided the sweep … Kansas took a 3-0 lead in the first inning before West Virginia scored one in the second, and KU made it 5-1 in the fifth and 6-1 in the seventh … WVU, which was held to four hits in the first six innings, had a pair of two-out hits in the seventh before cutting the deficit to one in the eighth to make it 6-5 … the Mountaineers’ midweek contest at Penn State, scheduled for April 17, was canceled due to rain.

    Notes: West Virginia is 24-14 on the season, 13-3 at home and 11-11 on the road … WVU is 8-7 in Big 12 play and tied for third place in the league standings, the No. 2-ranked RPI conference in the country … 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 second consecutive week and moves up to No. 17 in the D1Baseball Top 25, No. 18 in the Baseball America rankings and No. 20 in the Coaches Poll … the Mountaineers have won four consecutive weekend series, the first three against top-25 teams, and have won 10 of their last 13 games … WVU’s last three wins have all been in walk-off fashion … Manoah is the first Mountaineer in program history to strike out 15 batters in a complete-game shutout in back-to-back weeks … he is the fourth player in WVU history with multiple 15-strikeout games in the same season, and the first since John Radosevich struck out 17 once and 16 twice in 1965 … with his third consecutive scoreless outing, Manoah extended his shutout streak to 31.2 consecutive innings … Manoah has a team-best six wins and eight quality starts in 10 starts this year … Inman’s ninth-inning home run in Saturday’s doubleheader opener was his sixth of the season and team-high 15th of his career … sophomore catcher Paul McIntosh hit his team-leading eighth home run of the season in the sixth inning of Saturday’s second contest … West Virginia’s second win on Saturday was coach Randy Mazey’s 400th of his career … in 13 seasons as a head coach, Mazey is 400-328, while he is 213-168 in seven years as a Mountaineer.

    This Week in Track & Field: The Mountaineers return home to host the State Farm Friends of Track & Field Mountaineer Showcase, from April 26-27, at the Track & Field Complex at Mylan Park … the two-day meet is set to begin on Friday at 2 p.m., with Saturday’s events slated to start at 9 a.m. … select members of the squad also will compete at the Penn Relays, at historic Franklin Field, on Thursday, April 25.

    Last Week in Track & Field: WVU combined to earn four top-10 finishes, including a school-record performance by redshirt senior Madelin Gardner, at the Virginia Challenge, from April 19-20, in Charlottesville, Virginia … Gardner won the pole vault invitational, jumping a career-best 4.47 meters (14 feet, 8 inches) to take down her previous WVU-record jump of 4.41 meters … along with earning the win, she also set the meet and facility records in the event … additionally, redshirt senior Shamoya McNeil finished fifth in the triple jump invitational with a mark of 12.66 meters (41 feet, 6.5 inches), while freshman Peter-Gay McKenzie placed ninth in the long jump with a mark of 5.65 meters (18 feet, 6.5 inches) … redshirt senior Bria Welker also earned a top-five finish, placing fifth in the 400 meters with a season-best-matching time of 56.40.

    Notes: Gardner’s jump ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 4 nationally this season … with the performance, she has now set the school record at the Virginia Challenge for three consecutive seasons … the win was the third in a row for Gardner, and the fourth in five starts this outdoor season … the jump was the highest regular-season mark in the Big 12 since 2014 … this weekend marks the second of three home meets for the Mountaineers at Mylan Park this spring … WVU opened the new facility with the West Virginia Open on March 23 … Amy Cashin earned a big win in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Penn Relays last season … Cashin finished first in the event with a then-school-record time of 9:59.40 … with the performance, she became the first Mountaineer to ever break the 10-minute barrier in the event … the Mountaineers will return to the Penn Relays, the oldest track and field competition in the country, for the third time in the last four seasons.

    This Week in Rowing: West Virginia travels to Washington, D.C., on Friday, April 26, to compete against George Washington … all races will be held on the Potomac River … Friday’s race is the only dual contest on the Mountaineers’ 2019 schedule.

    Last Week in Rowing: WVU hosted its third annual Gold & Blue Regatta on Friday, April 19, on the Monongahela River in Morgantown … West Virginia’s Gold team won this year’s regatta, besting the Blue team, 800-500 … the Gold team claimed three wins in the Marco/Polo 8, Varsity 8 and Coxswain/Rower 4 races … the Blue team claimed two wins in the Varsity 4 and Class 4 races.

    Notes: WVU is set to compete against George Washington for the second time in program history … the first meeting between the Mountaineers and the Colonials came in 2011 … West Virginia last competed on the Potomac River in 2017, when it competed against Georgetown.

    This Week in Tennis: The 2018-19 season has come to an end.

    Last Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers ended their season in the first round of the 2019 Big 12 Championship on Thursday, April 18, in Lawrence, Kansas … No. 10 WVU suffered an opening-round defeat to No. 7 Kansas State, 4-0.

    Notes: WVU finished the 2018-19 season with a 10-12 record and went 0-9 in Big 12 play … Thursday’s match marked the conclusion of the 2018-19 season … it also marked the final contest for seniors Paula Goetz, Abigail Rosiello and Kirsten White … Goetz finished her career with 74 total wins, good for No. 40 all-time … on the year, sophomore Anne-Sophie Courteau led the Mountaineers with 12 singles wins and tied for the team lead in doubles wins (10) with Rosiello … Courteau also led WVU with 22 total wins … six Mountaineers finished the 2019 season with 10 or more wins and two finished with 15 or more wins.

    This Week in Golf: West Virginia will host the 2019 Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship from Friday through Sunday on The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier … the Mountaineers are seeded No. 9 and will be paired with No. 10-seed Kansas State for the first and second rounds … WVU will tee off starting at 9:30 a.m. off hole No. 1 on Friday … sophomore Matthew Sharpstene, senior Max Sear, junior Etienne Papineau, sophomore Logan Perkins and junior Philipp Matlari will represent WVU at the event.

    Last Week in Golf: The Mountaineers did not compete last week.

    Notes: West Virginia enters the Big 12 Championship ranked at No. 48 in the Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin rankings … sophomore Matthew Sharpstene boasts the team’s highest individual ranking at No. 64 in the Golfstat rankings … he currently leads the squad with a 70.70 scoring average at -0.52 vs. par … Sharpstene finished one spot shy of earning All-Big 12 honors at last year’s championship, taking 11th place … senior Max Sear ranks second on the team with a stroke average of 71.52 … three Mountaineers average 72.00 or better, as junior Etienne Papineau boasts a stroke average of 71.96.

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