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WVU set for 3-game series at Western Kentucky

Created on:   Thu, Mar 1, 2018   9:32 PM

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WVU’s baseball team continues its season-opening road trip with a series at Western Kentucky, March 2-4.

First pitch today is set for 4 p.m. Saturday’s contest will commence at 2 p.m. The series finale, at Nick Denes Field, is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.

It’s the first-ever meeting between the teams.

Western Kentucky will have live video, audio and stats for all three games. Links can be found on the baseball schedule page on

Additional behind-the-scenes updates, news and notes will be available on social media by following and connecting with the team on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @WVUBaseball.

The Mountaineers enter the weekend with a 2-5 record, all on the road. WVU is coming off a
1-3 weekend at the Brittain Resorts Invitational, in Conway, S.C.

WVU has hit 10 home runs this season, which ranks No. 21 nationally and second in the Big 12, and is No. 3 in the league with seven double plays turned.

Shane Ennis continues to share the NCAA lead with a 0.00 ERA, and Kevin Brophy’s 0.83 home runs per game also is No. 1 in the nation. Brophy is first in the Big 12 and 15th nationally with a slugging percentage of 1.000; he is No. 1 in the league with 1.67 RBIs per game.

A pair of seniors will take the mound today, with righty B.J. Myers (0-0, 2.53 ERA) going for the Mountaineers and left-hander Ryan Thurston (1-1, 2.38) for the Hilltoppers.

Saturday, sophomore right-hander Alek Manoah (0-2, 5.62) will throw for WVU, while junior righty Colby Taylor (1-0, 0.00) gets the ball for WKU.

On Sunday, sophomore righty Kade Strowd (0-1, 3.24) makes his second start for WVU. Western Kentucky’s starter has not yet been determined.

Western Kentucky is 5-4 overall, 4-1 at home.

Jacob Rhinesmith leads the team with 10 hits and has a team-high-tying five RBIs with a 294 batting average and a .500 slugging percentage. Sam McElreath paces the team with a .389 average, with seven hits in 18 at-bats.

Five pitchers each picked up one win, while Colby Taylor owns a 0.00 ERA in 11 2/3 innings pitched with a pair of starts. Ryan Thurston also has two starts and a team-best 16 strikeouts, while Ben Morrison has all three of the Hilltoppers’ saves.

Western Kentucky is coached by John Pawlowski, who is in his third season and owns a 45-73 record. Pawloski played at Clemson from 1983-’85, and was teammates with WVU coach Randy Mazey in 1985.

After this series, the Mountaineers play five games in Tennessee, with a series at Middle Tennessee State, from March 9-11, and two games against Tennessee Tech, from March 13-14.