WVU roundup: Basketball player Allen opts to transfer

MORGANTOWN — WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins announced may 3 that freshman forward Teddy Allen asked for his release and plans to transfer.

Allen, a native of Mesa, Ariz., played in 35 games this year, averaging 7.0 points and 2.7 rebounds.

“We thank Teddy for his contributions to Mountaineer basketball,” Huggins said. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

BASEBALL

LAWRENCE, Kan. — After four consecutive weekend series at home, the Mountaineers are on the road for three games at Kansas, beginning day.

Games will start at 7 p.m., 3 p.m. and 1 p.m.

The Mountaineers (23-19, 6-9 Big 12) are winners of three in a row and seven of their last nine. WVU is ranked No. 34 in the NCAA RPI and has the No. 2 strength of schedule in the nation. WVU received votes in this week’s National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll.

Kyle Gray enters the weekend with a career-long and team-best 19-game hit streak and a 20-game reached-base streak. Braden Zarbnisky (19 games), Darius Hill (18) and Marques Inman (17) have career-long reached-base streaks.

WVU leads the Big 12 and is No. 22 nationally with 73 stolen bases, is No. 3 in the league and No. 13 in the country with 42 double plays turned, and is No. 3 in the conference and No. 23 in the NCAA with 15 triples.

Zarbnisky ranks No. 4 in the country with 1.03 walks per game.

The Jayhawks (20-24, 3-11 Big 12) return home from a four-game road trip that concluded with a 9-4 win over Missouri State, on Wednesday.

A pair of right-handers will start today and Saturday, beginning with senor B.J. Myers (0-1, 4.85 ERA) for the Mountaineers and junior Jackson Goddard (4-0, 4.34) for the Jayhawks. Two sophomores will face off Saturday, as Kade Strowd (4-3, 4.33) gets the ball for WVU and Ryan Zeferjahn (6-3, 4.31) goes for K.U. Senior lefty Taylor Turski (1-7, 6.32) will start Sunday’s game for Kansas, while WVU’s starter has not been determined.

TRACK AND FIELD

The Mountaineers close their regular season at two meets today.

Redshirt senior Amy Cashin and redshirt sophomore Candace Jones, both distance runners, are set to compete at the Billy Hayes Invitational, in Bloomington, Ind., while pole vaulters will participate at the Jim Thorpe Open, in University Park, Pa.

WVU opens the postseason with the Big 12 meet, May 11-13, in Waco, Texas.

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