MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–After a hiatus due to COVID-19, No. 23 West Virginia returns to action in a three-game series against Central Michigan, beginning on Friday and concluding with a double-header on Saturday at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The Mountaineers (4-3) have been out of action since Feb. 28 when they rallied to beat Bryant 9-7 in the CCU Baseball Tournament. While the Chippewas finished a four-game trip to the state of Virginia on Monday, where they won their final three games. Central Michigan outscored their opponents, 40-18, in the four games.
Junior Jackson Wolf (1-0, 0.75 ERA) will be the starter for WVU on Friday. The Chippewas will send counters with junior right-hander Jordan Patty (0-0, 8.59 ERA to the mound.
On Saturday, sophomore left-hander Jake Carr (0-1, 23.63 ERA) battles Central Michigan’s redshirt freshman righty Andrew Taylor (1-1, 0.75 ERA). Starters for the second game of the twin bill have yet to be announced.
The Chippewas are led by sophomore Justin Simpson, who has a .357 batting average. The Golden West College transfer is one of four with a batting average of .320 or better. Zach Gilles and Garrett Navarra are both hitting a .350 clip and Griffin Lockwood-Powell is batting .320.
Lockwood-Powell and freshman Jakob Marsee lead Central Michigan with six RBI apiece. Lockwood-Powell leads the Chippewas with eight hits, including a double, a triple and a home run.
WVU is led by freshman outfielder Barry Braden, who is hitting .429. Junior Vince Ippoliti is batting .333, sophomore Victor Scott is hitting .321 and sophomore Dominic Ragazzo is hitting .318.
Senior Kevin Brophy and sophomore Matt McCormick each have three long balls for the Mountaineers. Brophy blasted three home runs and drove in seven in the three-day tournament, earning National Player of the Week honors by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on March 1.
WVU and Central Michigan have played just one other time with the Chippewas winning 4-3 in 2013.
First pitch is at 3 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS