MORGANTOWN, W.Va.- As the WVU baseball team prepared for their first-pitch in the Big 12 tournament Tuesday, eight Mountaineer names were announced when the postseason awards were released in Oklahoma City.
Junior pitcher, Chad Donato, was named on the All-Big 12 First Team for the 2016 season. Donato finished the season with a 3-4 record while tallying 110 strikeouts, which led the Big 12 Conference.
Named to the Big 12 Conference Second Team was junior Jackson Cramer and freshman Darius Hill. During the season, Cramer started all regular season games on first base. His season stats included blasting eight home runs, finished second on the team with 57 hits and also recorded 41 RBI’s. Right fielder, Darius Hill, ended the season with a .348 batting average which was second on the team. He also led the Big 12 with 19 doubles this season.
Five WVU players received awards on Tuesday, with three of them being freshman. Sophomore Kyle Davis, freshman Jimmy Galusky, freshman Michael Grove, senior Blake Smith and freshman Ivan Vera received Big 12 Honorable Mention recognition.
The final honor with Mountaineer representation was the All-Big 12 Freshman Team, which includes Darius Hill and Ivan Vera. Vera saw playing time on both third base and catcher. He also played a huge role on offense by batting a team leading 48 hits.
WVU received the fourth seed in the Big 12 Conference baseball championship, and first-pitch is set for 10 a.m. ET today against the Oklahoma Sooners in Oklahoma City.