Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WVU baseball awards announced in Oklahoma City Tuesday

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.

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Pitcher Chad Donato (Photo credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

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.

WVU's Jackson Cramer went 2-for-4 on Friday, May 6, 2016. (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

First baseman Jackson Cramer went 2-for-4 on Friday, May 6, 2016. (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

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.

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WVU’s Darius Hill talks with head coach Randy Mazey. (Photo credit Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

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.

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Kyle Davis smiles while standing on third base. (Photo credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

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.

Third baseman and catcher Ivan Vera throws the ball for an out at first base. (Photo credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

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.

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Senior closer Blake Smith pitches at Monongalia County Ballpark. (Photo credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

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Freshman pitcher Michael Grove. (Photo credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

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Jimmy Galusky rounds third base. (Photo credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

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