Saturday, October 22, 2016

WVU begins 11-day road trip at UNLV on Friday

Darius Hill and Kyle Gray had their first career hits last weekend against Charleston Southern. (Photo Credit: WVU Baseball Twitter Account.)

Darius Hill and Kyle Gray had their first career hits last weekend against Charleston Southern.
(Photo Credit: WVU Baseball Twitter Account.)

LAS VEGAS–The West Virginia University baseball team begins an 11-day road trip, spanning three cities, which begins with a three-game series at UNLV on Friday.

The series-opener is slated for Friday, Feb. 26 at 9 p.m. (ET) at Earl E. Wilson Baseball Stadium.

The Mountaineers started the season on a winning note, taking 2-of-3 from Charleston Southern last weekend.

The Rebels lost 2-of-3 games to No. 23 Texas last weekend.

UNLV defeated the Longhorns 4-3 in the series opener before losing 11-2 on Feb. 20 and 7-0 on Feb. 21 in the finale.

The Rebels trailed Texas by two runs when infielder Cooper Esmay tripled in two runs in the eighth. It would take extra innings for UNLV to take its first lead with a solo shot from catcher Andrew Yazdanbakhsh in the 12th

Relievers Dean Kremer and Blaze Bohall combined to shut out the Longhorns in 7.2 innings, holding Texas to one hit and fanning five.

The Rebels are led by first-year head coach Stan Stolte, who was an associate head coach with UNLV since 2010.

WVU had an excellent opening weekend from its pitching staff.

In Friday’s loss, Chad Donato suffered the loss but allowed no earned runs. Ross Vance did much of the same on Saturday in a 5-0 shutout performance from Ross Vance.

BJ Myers pitched eight scoreless innings in Sunday’s victory. The sophomore right-hander was named Big 12 Pitcher of the week on Feb. 22.

He struck out five and walked just one. Myers forced Charleston Southern to hit into three double plays.

The fearsome trio will take the mound this weekend against UNLV.

Catcher Ray Guerrini carried the Mountaineers’ offense during the opening series. ¬†The junior hit a two-run double in the fourth inning on Saturday, which was the game winner. On Sunday he scored the game-winning run on a single by freshman left fielder Kyle Gray, his first career hit and RBI.

Eight freshmen saw action for the Mountaineers last weekend..

Cole Austin started at second base all three games and hit .364 with four hits. He scored the first and winning run Saturday and had two hits on Sunday.

Jimmy Galusky started every game at shortstop and had three hits, all doubles. Saturday he had two doubles.

Gray started two games in left and played in all three. He had two hits on Sunday.

Michael Grove pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday. He faced three batters, striking out one and issuing a walk before the game-ending double play.

Darius Hill had three starts in right field and had two hits on Sunday.

Marques Inman pinch hit in the ninth and was hit by a pitch and Ivan Vera caught Grove on Saturday. Braden Zarbnisky played the ninth inning on Saturday.

WVU is 1-1 all-time against the Rebels.

The final two games of the series will be played on Saturday at 5 p.m. (ET) and Sunday at 4 p.m. (ET).

After the weekend series in Las Vegas, the Mountaineers will head to Scottsdale, Arizona to take on the MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks in an exhibition game on Feb. 29.








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