FORT WORTH–The West Virginia University baseball team will face its toughest challenge of the young season when the Mountaineers take on seventh-ranked TCU in a three game series beginning on Friday.
WVU (10-4) begins conference play after defeating Radford 6-2 on Tuesday night.
Sophomore Shaun Corso led the offense with two hits and a career-high four RBI, including the game-winner in the third.
Freshman Jimmy Galusky and senior KC Huth are leading the Mountaineers’ offense with .333 clips.
Freshman Darius Hill has knocked in a team-leading 11 RBI for WVU.
Junior right-hander Chad Donato gets the ball on Friday night’s opener. He is winless on the season but the Mountaineers are 2-2 when he pitches.
Donato has posted a 0-2 record with a 3.51 ERA through four games.
Saturday’s starter is Ross Vance. The senior southpaw is 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA. Sophomore BJ Myers will take the mound on Sunday. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.98 ERA.
Freshman Luken Baker will start the first game for the Horned Frogs (13-3). The right-hander is 2-0 with an outstanding 0.84 ERA. Junior righty Brian Howard will go up against Vance on Saturday. Howard is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA. Junior lefty Rex Hill will take the rubber on Sunday. He is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA.
TCU is coming off a series win over USC over the weekend and a 6-4 win at Rice on Tuesday.
The Horned Frogs had their backs against the wall against Rice. With five outs to spare TCU rallied to win the game.
The Horned Frogs have hit 13 home runs this season that is tied for the most in the Big 12.
Sophomore Evan Skoug has been hitting the cover off the ball over the last 10 games. During that stretch, 11 of his last 12 hits have gone for extra bases.
Skoug leads the conference with nine doubles and he is just two short of the national lead.
TCU boasts a conference-best .493 slugging percentage, a mark that ranks 17th nationally. The Horned Frogs are first in the Big 12 with 35 doubles and tied for first with 13 home runs.
TCU and WVU began their series in 2013 and will be meeting for just the 12th time on Friday.
The Horned Frogs lead the series 9-2. TCU has swept the season series against the Mountaineers the last two seasons.
Fridays game is at 7:30 p.m. (ET). The series continues at Lupton Stadium on Saturday at 5 p.m. (ET) before the series finale on Sunday at 2 p.m. (ET).