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WVU wraps up road trip at Hawaii

The WVU baseball team practices in Hawaii on Wednesday, March 2 2016.  (Photo Credit: Charlie Healy-WVU Athletics)

The WVU baseball team practices in Hawaii on Wednesday, March 2 2016.
(Photo Credit: Charlie Healy-WVU Athletics)

HONOLULU–The West Virginia University baseball team started its 11-day road trip with a series sweep against UNLV and now the Mountaineers finish the road trip with a four-game series against Hawaii starting on Thursday night.

WVU (5-1) is off to its best start to a season since 2006. The Mountaineers are on a five game winning streak, minus the 7-4 exhibition loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

As a team, WVU is batting a .306 clip, scoring 42 runs in six games, including 10 home runs.

The Mountaineers lit up the Rebels’ pitching staff last weekend. WVU’s offense scored 31 runs on 40 hits against UNLV.

Senior KC Huth was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Feb. 29 after a sensational week. He batted a .636 clip, going 7-for-11 with a 1.182 slugging percentage.

The center fielder had two home runs and four RBI.

The West Virginia baseball team learns to do the Hula on March 1, their first day in Hawaii.  (Photo Credit: Charlie Healy- WVU Athletics)

The West Virginia baseball team learns to do the Hula on March 1, their first day in Hawaii.
(Photo Credit: Charlie Healy- WVU Athletics)

Catcher Ray Guerrini is hitting .333 with a pair of doubles and a triple. He has scored five runs and knocked in four RBI.

The Mountaineers’ new additions have been contributed right out of the gate.

Redshirt freshman Jimmy Galusky had the game winning hit on Friday night and had a 5-for-5 afternoon on Sunday. The young shortstop hit his first career home run and drove in two RBI in the finale. Galusky is batting .391 this season.

Darius Hill had a three-hit, four-RBI day with a two run bomb in the ninth on Friday. The freshman right fielder continued swinging a hot bat on Saturday when he added three more hits and three RBI.

The Rainbow Warriors (4-5) are coming off a 2-1 weekend against San Francisco, where the bats came to life. Hawaii batted a .351 clip, scoring 24 runs over the three game set.

Senior Jacob Sheldon-Collins leads the Rainbow Warriors. The veteran shortstop is hitting .410 with seven RBI and six runs scored.

Freshman Kekai Rios has been a pleasant surprise for Hawaii. He is batting a .409 clip and leads the team with a .480 on-base percentage.

Sophomore first baseman Eric Ramirez is batting .308 with a team-high nine RBI.

WVU swept a three-game series against the UNLV Rebels last weekend.  (Photo Credit: Zach Krill)

WVU swept a three-game series against the UNLV Rebels last weekend.
(Photo Credit: Zach Krill)

WVU will send junior pitcher Chad Donato (0-1, 4.15) to the mound on Thursday night. The right-hander will go up against right-hander Brendan Hornung (1-2, 2.95).

Friday’s match up will be senior Ross Vance (2-0, 0.75) against right-hander Kyle Von Ruden (1-0, 3.72). Last time out for the Mountaineers Vance was sensational. The lefty pitched seven innings, giving up one run one three hits and struck out eight.

Sophomore BJ Myers (2-0, 0.00) is scheduled to pitch on Saturday against Alex Hatch (0-1, 6.35). Last weekend Myers continued to be dominant as he shut down the UNLV offense through seven innings. The right-hander allowed one unearned run through seven innings on three hits.

Sunday’s starters are yet to be announced.

This weekend’s match is the first meeting between the two teams. In the 121 years of varsity baseball, this is the first time the Mountaineers will visit the Hawaiian Islands.

First pitch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday is slated for 11:35 p.m. (ET). The series concludes on Sunday at 6:05 p.m. (ET).

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