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WVU roundup: Baseball team has 4 games in S.C.

Created on:   Thu, Feb 22, 2018   11:07 PM

Last modified:   Thu, Feb 22, 2018   11:07 PM

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The second week of the season sends the WVU baseball team to the Brittain Resorts Invitational, hosted by Coastal Carolina, Feb. 23-25.

The Mountaineers play VCU at 11 a.m. today, then Illinois at 11 a.m. and VCU at 6 p.m. Saturday, and wrap up against Coastal Carolina, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Mountaineers (1-2) opened the season with a series loss at Jacksonville last weekend.

The VCU Rams are 1-3, the Fighting Illini are 1-1 and the Chanticleers are 4-1.

Senior righty B.J. Myers (0-0, 2.08 ERA) will take the mound today against VCU right-hander Sam Ryan (0-0, 0.00). In Saturday’s first game, sophomore right-hander Kade Strowd (0-1, 2.70) will make his first start of the season, going up against Irighty Quinn Snarskis (0-0, 0.00). Saturday’s second game will see sophomore right-hander Alek Manoah toe the rubber for the Mountaineers against Rams righty Sean Thompson (0-0, 13.50).

Sunday’s WVU starter has yet to be determined.


The Mountaineers conclude their regular-season Big 12 Conference slate at No. 1-ranked Oklahoma today. The meet will be broadcast regionally on FOX Sports Oklahoma and FOX College Sports. Links for a video stream and live scores are available at

The Mountaineers (7-6, 0-2) are coming off a season-best showing in their WVU Coliseum finale, tallying 196.225 in wins over Maryland (195.825) and Pitt (195.25), on Sunday.

The Sooners rank in the top three nationally on every discipline and sit at No. 1 on vault (49.454 average) and bars (49.5).

The NCAA announced qualifier allocations for the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Thursday. The most recent Coaches’ Panel Rankings and Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) were released as well.


The Big 12 Conference was awarded 45 automatic qualifying spots for the NCAA tournament.

The weight-by-weight breakdown: 125 pounds, seven; 133, five; 141, three; 149, five; 157, three; 165, six; 174, five; 184, four; 197, four; and heavyweight, three.

Each Division I starter was evaluated for Division I wins at his weight class, RPI and coaches’ panel rankings.

Wrestlers who do not earn a bid at their qualifying tournament may still be eligible for one of 47 at-large bids, which will be announced March 6. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers.

Three Mountaineers rank in the top 33 in the most recent NCAA coaches’ panel rankings: Redshirt junior Zeke Moisey (15th at 125 pounds), redshirt senior Jacob A. Smith (22nd at 197 pounds) and redshirt freshman Matthew Schmitt (No. 32 at 133 pounds).

WVU’s next competition is the Big 12 tournament, March 3-4.