WVU Roundup: Gray a Big 12 first-team pick

OKLAHOMA CITY —  The WVU baseball team earned 10 all-Big 12 honors, highlighted by junior second baseman Kyle Gray being selected for the first team, the conference announced Tuesday.

Junior right fielder Darius Hill was named to the second team.

Freshman third baseman/left fielder Tyler Doanes made the all-freshman team and earned Big 12 honorable mention honors with junior catcher Ivan Gonzalez, junior left fielder/right-handed pitcher Braden Zarbnisky, sophomore first baseman Marques Inman, sophomore right-handed pitchers Isaiah Kearns and Kade Strowd, and sophomore center fielder Brandon White.

“Congratulations to all of our All-Big 12 honorees,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said. “It’s great to have our players’ accomplishments recognized, and I’m proud of what they’ve achieved. Kyle’s season was especially impressive to watch, and he is well-deserving of First Team accolades.”

Gray’s season so far was highlighted by a 23-game hit streak, the longest by a Mountaineer since 2009, and 14 home runs, tied for sixth-most in a season in program history.

Gray led the conference with a .391 batting average, was second with 66 total bases and a .759 slugging percentage, third with eight home runs, fourth with 34 hits and a .460 on-base percentage, and seventh with 24 runs scored.

Gray’s .685 overall slugging percentage ranks No. 10 in program history.

Hill led the team with 71 hits, while he hit 19 doubles, third-most in the league. In Big 12 play, Hill was second in the conference with 36 hits and sixth with a .364 batting average and nine doubles.

Doanes is second on the team with a .406 on-base percentage, third with a .330 batting average and fourth with a .511 slugging percentage.

Gonzalez hit .259 with 48 hits, 22 RBIs, 24 runs scored and one home run.

Inman is 10th in the Big 12 with a .333 batting average and third with 19 doubles. Inman leads the team with 38 RBIs.

Kearns has a 3-3 record in 10 starts with a 4.35 ERA. He also owns a .271 batting average.

Strowd (4-6) is tied for the team lead with 12 starts and has a team-best 56 strikeouts in 59 innings.

While starting every game in center field and making numerous spectacular catches, White is hitting .276 with 51 hits, 19 RBIs and 30 walks. He was sixth in the Big 12 with 19 stolen bases.

Zarbnisky is tied for third in the Big 12 with 25 stolen bases and 40 walks. He hit .246. On the mound, Zarbnisky (2-3) has 14 appearances with four starts. He has 33 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings with a 4.84 ERA.

Women’s basketball

BIMINI, Bahamas – The field and schedule for the women’s  Junkanoo Jam were announced Tuesday by tournament directors. WVU and seven other Division I  teams will compete  Nov. 22-24, in Bimini, Bahamas.

The tournament also will feature Clemson, Eastern Kentucky, Florida State, Iowa, Oklahoma, Tennessee and UAB.

The field will be split into two divisions of four teams, the Junkanoo and Bimini Divisions, and each will crown a champion.

WVU is in the  Bimini Division and will play Iowa in its opener, on Nov. 23.

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