Friday, October 28, 2016

West Virginia baseball to take on Pitt

Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst

Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– The West Virginia Mountaineers will take on the Pitt Panthers in the 190th edition of the Backyard Brawl on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Monongalia County Ballpark.

West Virginia (35-23, 7-12 Big 12) is coming off a 5-4 win against No.11 Oklahoma State on Saturday in resumption of Friday’s game. The other two games were canceled due to inclement weather.

Pitt (17-31, 7-20 ACC) lost 2-of-3 to Georgia Tech last weekend. Senior outfielder Boo Vazquez recorded his 200th career hit in Sunday’s 10-3 loss.

Second baseman Kyle Davis leads the Mountaineers’ offense with a .349 clip. The freshman has 16 doubles, four home runs and 29 RBIs. Senior shortstop Taylor Munden has a team-leading 11 home runs. Sophomore right fielder Shaun Wood and first baseman Jackson Cramer have eight home runs apiece. Wood leads West Virginia with 32 RBIs.

Pitt is led offensively by sophomore outfielder Jacob Wright with a .285 batting average. Junior outfielder Aaron Schnurbusch is batting .275 with 25 RBIs. Freshman infielder Charles LeBlanc leads the Panthers with 27 RBIs to go along with his 11 doubles, two triples and three home runs.

Junior left-hander Ross Vance (6-4, 3.12 ERA) will start for West Virginia. He has struck out 70 batters in 80.3 innings. Opponents are hitting .258 against the southpaw.

Pitt will counter with senior Hobie Harris (3-3, 5.36). The right-handed Harris will make his second start of the season. He is has fanned 40 batters in 40.1 innings, but the opposition is hitting .308 when he is on the mound.

West Virginia leads the all-time series 103-86.



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