West Virginia standouts on the ptich and the diamond have earned Big 12 Conference notice for their performances last week.
Following last weekend’s win over No. 5 Duke, junior forward Alina Stahl of the No. 7-ranked women’s soccer team was selected as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, while senior left-handed pitcher Jackson Wolf of the baseball team was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week.
Stahl, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native scored the game-winning goal in the 47th minute in WVU’s 3-2 win over the Blue Devils on March 27 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown. She also added an assist earlier in the day, finishing with three total points. Stahl tallied three shots, including two on goal, in the victory.
With the win, the Mountaineers have now defeated a top-10 opponent in 15 of the last 16 seasons. WVU also has topped nine top-10 foes at home since 2010.
The honor is the first of Stahl’s career. The All-Big 12 First Team selection co-leads the team with six goals on the season and is No. 2 on the squad with 14 points. Her 26 shots and 16 shots on goal also pace the club in 2020-21.
Additionally, Stahl has recorded three goals and seven total points in WVU’s two spring, regular-season matches so far this semester.
With the accolade, WVU has now earned five conference player of the week awards this season. Earlier in the year, senior midfielder Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 13, and Nov. 3, while junior defender Jordan Brewster and sophomore defender Gabrielle Robinson were tabbed Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 6, and Oct. 20, respectively.
The Mountaineers return to the pitch on Saturday, April 3, when they welcome No. 10 Virginia to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET.
Wolf tossed 7.1 innings of shutout ball in the Mountaineers’ 11-0 win over Kansas to open conference play on March 26, at Monongalia County Ballpark in Morgantown. The Gahanna, Ohio, native allowed just four hits and two walks, while tying his career high in strikeouts, with eight.
Wolf conceded just two hits to the Jayhawks through the first seven innings of action and retired KU in order three times. He threw 98 pitches, earning his second victory of the season.
The Mountaineers took two-of-three games from KU to earn the Big 12 series win.
On the season, Wolf sits at 2-2 with a 1.93 ERA in a team-high 28.0 innings of work. He has allowed just six earned runs and 16 hits in 2021, totaling 30 strikeouts.
The conference accolade is the second of Wolf’s career and the first this season. He last received the distinction on Feb. 17, 2020.
Next up, the Mountaineers return to action with a three-game, Big 12 series at Oklahoma State, from April 1-3, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. First pitch of Thursday’s series opener is set for 7 p.m. ET, while Friday’s contest also will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday’s series finale is slated for 1 p.m.