Thursday, October 20, 2016

West Virginia Mountaineers at Virginia Tech Preview

Third baseman Justin Fox (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst)

Third baseman Justin Fox
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The West Virginia Mountaineers will travel to English Field to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies at 5:30 p.m on Tuesday. This will be the 86th meeting between the two teams.

The Mountaineers (24-22, 6-12 Big 12) are looking to snap a five-game losing skid, capped by a weekend sweep by TCU.

Virginia Tech (20-15, 19-14 ACC) is on a six-game winning streak, which includes a weekend sweep of Boston College.

Freshman second baseman Kyle Davis leads the West Virginia offense, batting .351 with 16 double, four home runs and 28 RBI. Senior shortstop Taylor Munden lead the Mountaineers with 11 home runs. He also has 10 doubles and 28 RBI.

Sophomore first baseman Jackson Cramer and sophomore right fielder Shaun Wood both have eight home runs. Wood leads the team with 32 RBI.

Junior right-hander Jeff Hardy (2-0, 5.76 ERA) will get his first career start for the Mountaineers against the Hokies. Hardy has made 15 relief appearances

The pitching staff has a 3.79 ERA in 412.2 innings with 336 strikeouts, striking out 21 in 25 innings.

Virginia Tech is led by a trio of seniors.  Infielder Alex Perez is hitting a .333 clip with nine doubles, seven triple, five home runs and 33 RBI.  Infielder Brendon Hayden is batting .330 and leads the Hokies with 17 doubles, 11 home runs and 50 RBI. Infielder Erik Payne is hitting .328 with 47 RBI.

Left-hander Jon Woodcock will make his 11th start of the season. The 6-foot junior has a 4.17 with 58 strikeouts in 58.1 innings.  Opposing teams are hitting .199 off of Woodcock.

The Mountaineers will be without head coach Randy Mazey, who has been suspended for two games per NCAA Baseball Playing Rule 2-26, A.R. 7 (prolonged arguing or unsportsmanlike conduct following an ejection on Sunday afternoon.




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