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WVU roundup: Baseball teams loses to VCU, 6-2

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CONWAY, S.C. — The WVU baseball team lost the opening game of the Brittain Resorts Invitational, 6-2 in 11 innings, to VCU on Feb. 23.

In the first of four games in three days in Conway, the Mountaineers (1-3) where held to two runs on 10 hits with one error. The Rams (2-3) scored six runs on 11 hits with three errors.

Both teams scored a pair of runs in the sixth inning before VCU scored four in the 11th.

The Mountaineers’ runs both came home on a single by junior Andrew Zitel.

Senior right-hander B.J. Myers had a strong start, allowing two runs on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks in 6 1/3 innings. Fellow senior righty Shane Ennis relieved Myers in the seventh, stranding two baserunners, and followed with 2 2/3 shutout innings, allowing three hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

Ennis started the 10th inning, but gave up back-to-back singles to lead off the frame and was relieved by junior righty Conner Dotson. With runners on the corners and no outs, Dotson got out of the jam. But he gave up four runs, three earned, in the 11th.

Junior catcher Ivan Gonzalez, junior shortstop Jimmy Galusky and sophomore center fielder Brandon White had three hits each for WVU.

The Mountaineers play two games today, against Illinois (11 a.m.) and VCU at (6 p.m.).


AUSTIN, Texas — The Mountaineers set five school records late Thursday, the second day of the Big 12 meet:

— Sophomore Morgan Bullock, 200 individual medley, 1:57.66 (silver medal).

— Men’s 400 medley relay team (freshman Angelo Russo, junior Jake Armstrong, sophomore Sam Neaveill and junior Merwane El Merini), 3:09.78 (silver medal).

— Women’s 400 medley relay team (senior Amelie Currat, junior Emma Harris, Bullock and sophomore Julia Nilton), 3:37.43 (silver medal).

— Currat, 100 backstroke (53.50 to lead off the 400 medley relay).

The Mountaineers also earned two bronzes:

— Redshirt senior Nate Carr, 200 individual medley, 1:45.05.

— Nilton, 50 freestyle, 22.51.=

After two days of competition, the men’s team sat in second place, behind Texas. The women were in third place.

The meet continued late Friday and ends today.


After claiming a team title in its last trip to the Sunshine State, WVU returns to Florida to compete in the Seminole Intercollegiate, hosted by Florida State, today and Sunday.

The Seminoles will host 12 programs in addition to the Mountaineers at the par-72, 6,965 Golden Eagle Country Club. Big 12 foe Kansas State joins WVU in the field, while Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Western Kentucky, Troy, Arkansas State, Illinois State, Winthrop, Southern Illinois, James Madison, Nicholls State and Western Carolina will also take part.


The Mountaineers play host to the Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) championships today and Sunday, at the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range inside the WVU Shell Building.

The first smallbore relay will begin at 7 a.m. today, with two additional relays to follow. The smallbore final is at 2:30 p.m.

The first air rifle relay will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, with two additional relays to follow. The air rifle final will be held at 2 p.m., and a championship awards presentation will follow. Admission is free both days.

— WVU’s Elizabeth Gratz was named the GARC Outstanding Senior at the league banquet Friday, at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Gratz, from of Sigel, Ill., is the ninth Mountaineer and fourth since 2013 to claim the conference’s top senior award.

Gratz also was named the Mountaineers’ GARC Scholar Athlete for the fourth straight year. A marketing major, she is the only Mountaineer to earn the award four times.

Of the 10 combined all-GARC smallbore and air rifle first team honors, Mountaineers claimed eight. Junior Ginny Thrasher, sophomore Milica Babic and redshirt-freshman David Koenders were named to both teams. Sophomore Morgan Phillips was named to the smallbore first team, and Gratz to the air rifle first team.

Gratz also was named to the smallbore second team, while Phillips landed on the air rifle second team. Junior Will Anti and freshman Sarah Osborn were named air rifle honorable mention.

Thrasher, Babic, Koenders and Phillips were named to the combined score first team. Gratz landed on the second team, and Osborn and Anti claimed honorable mention honors.


The Mountaineers play host to Buffalo, at noon today, and Towson, at 1 p.m. Sunday. Both matches will take place at the Summit Tennis Academy, formerly known as the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

Free pizza and posters will be available to all fans attending the match today. Sunday, free pizza will also be available for the first 150 fans in attendance.