The WVU baseball team will continue its tournament season this weekend with the Nike Showcase Classic hosted by Oregon State and Oregon from March 9-11.
WVU will travel No. 22 Oregon State for a game Friday at 5:35 p.m., while the Mountaineers will travel to the campus of Oregon and take on No. 16 Oklahoma and No. 18 Oregon in a doubleheader that starts at 11 a.m. WVU closes out the weekend with a game against Illinois at 11 a.m.
The Mountaineers were last in action this past Tuesday, splitting a doubleheader at home against Niagara. WVU took the first game 6-5, while falling in game two 5-4. Bobby Boyd led offensively with a 5-for-8 performance, including one run and one double, while Ryan McBroom batted 4-for-7 with one run, one double and two RBIs. Gabe Brown hit his first career home run and finished 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs.
Oregon State comes into the weekend with an 8-4 record and swept Winthrop, Saint Louis and Northern Illinois last weekend in the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz. Michael Conforto and Tyler Smith lead the team offensively. Conforto is batting .438 with eight runs, two doubles, two home runs and 10 RBIs. Smith is hitting .429 with eight runs, two doubles, one triple and seven RBIs.
Oregon has a 10-1 record and has won its last 10 after falling in the opening game of the season to Hawai'i. Kyle Garlick is batting .360 with six runs, two doubles, one home run and seven RBIs for the Ducks. Ryon Healy leads the team with 12 RBIs and is batting .333 with seven runs and two doubles.
The Sooners have a 9-3 record and most recently swept a two-game midweek series with Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Garret Carey leads the team batting .341 with six runs, one triple and seven RBIs. Hunter Lockwood leads the team in home runs (5) and RBIs (15) with a .326 average and seven runs.
Illinois is 4-5 and played two games last weekend at the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Fighting Illini defeated St. John's 4-0 and fell to Coastal Carolina 5-4. Willie Argo paces Illinois with a .364 average, five runs and four RBIs. Jordan Parr and Brandon Hohl each have two home runs, while Parr has knocked in 11 runs.