Friday, October 28, 2016

Series Preview: West Virginia at No. 11 Oklahoma State

Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst

Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst

MORGANTOWN, W.Va– The West Virginia baseball team travels to Stillwater, Oklahoma to take on No. 11 Oklahoma State in its final Big 12 road series on May 8-10 Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

Friday’s game was originally slated for 8 p.m. but has been moved to 3 p.m. due to inclement weather. Saturday’s game is set for 4 p.m. and Sunday’s finale will be at 2 p.m. All times are Eastern.

West Virginia (24-23, 6-12 Big 12) is on a six-game losing streak and are coming off a 13-3 pounding by Virginia Tech on Tuesday night. West Virginia has lost 11 of their last 14 games.

Oklahoma State (31-15, 14-7 Big 12) is in second place in the Big 12 standings and have won six of their seven conference series this season. The Cowboys are ranked 13th in the latest official NCAA RPI.

West Virginia faces a tough task on the road while looking for their second conference series win. Oklahoma State is 18-5 on their home field this season, and the Cowboys have not lost a Big 12 series since 2012 when they were swept by Texas A&M.

The Mountaineers are batting a .268 clip with 90 doubles, five triples and 49 home runs.

Second baseman Kyle Davis leads the West Virginia offense with a .351 batting average. The freshman has 16 doubles, four home runs and 28 RBIs.

Senior shortstop Taylor Munden has a team-leading 11 home runs and 28 RBIs. Sophomore first baseman Jackson Cramer and sophomore right fielder Shaun Wood each have eight home runs. Wood leads the Mountaineers with 32 RBIs.

The Cowboys rank second in the Big 12 with its .285 batting average.

Junior outfielder Corey Hassel is batting .322 with 10 doubles, three home runs and 23 RBIs. Sophomore outfielder Ryan Sluder is hitting .311 with six home runs and 20 RBIs.

Oklahoma State is hitting .306 (174-for-569) with runners in scoring position this season, and 44 percent of the Cowboys RBIs come with two outs.

The Mountaineers will send freshman right-hander Conner Dotson (0-4, 3.88 ERA) to the mound on Friday. Junior southpaw Ross Vance (6-4, 3.12 ERA) will pitch on Saturday and sophomore right-hander Chad Donato (6-5, 2.87 ERA) will go in the finale.

Oklahoma State will counter with one of the league’s top pitching staffs. The Cowboys rank second with its 2.87 ERA. Seven hurlers have posted a sub-3.00 ERA this season.

Senior right-hander Jon Perrin (5-4, 4.16 ERA) will take the mound on Friday and senior lefty Michael Freeman (8-2, 1.16 ERA) will pitch on Saturday. Sunday’s starter has not been announced.

The Mountaineers are 2-8 all-time against the Cowboys, getting swept last season in Morgantown.



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