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Baseball: WVU Travels for Crucial Series

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The West Virginia University baseball team (17-24, 5-10 BIG EAST) faces Seton Hall (23-18, 8-7 BIG EAST) this weekend at Owen T. Carroll Field, in South Orange, N.J.


Game one is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, April 27, while game two (Saturday, April 28) and game three (Sunday, April 29) each begin at 1 p.m.


Mountaineer coach Greg Van Zant will send sophomore right-hander Corey Walter (4-3, 4.91 ERA) to the mound on Friday, while sophomore left-hander Marshall Thompson (3-6, 6.19 ERA) will take the hill on Saturday. Sunday's started has not been determined. Walter ranks fifth in the BIG EAST with 66 innings pitched in 10 starts.


Seton Hall coach Rob Sheppard will counter with a trio of right-handers - junior Jon Prosinski (6-2, 2.35 ERA), junior Ryan Harvey (3-3, 3.50 ERA) and sophomore Brian Gilbert (2-4, 4.14 ERA). In the BIG EAST rankings, Prosinski is first in innings pitched (69.0), third in wins (6) and ninth in strikeouts (49).


WVU has won three of its last four games. During that span, the Mountaineers have outscored the opposition, 37-29, with nine doubles, three homers and six steals.


In the BIG EAST, the Mountaineers rank 11th in team hitting with a .259 batting average and 12th in team pitching with a team ERA of 6.57. WVU ranks No. 2 in the conference with a .971 fielding percentage.


Sophomore first baseman Ryan McBroom is WVU's leading hitter with a .316 average and has collected 13 doubles, five homers, 33 RBIs and 23 runs. Freshman center fielder Bobby Boyd is batting .310 with 27 runs, five doubles, two homers and 18 stolen bases, while sophomore left fielder Matt Frazer is hitting .308 with 18 doubles, five homers and 25 RBIs.


Seton Hall is the BIG EAST's lowest-hitting team with a .259 average, while hitting a league-low six home runs. The Seton Hall pitching staff has a 3.65 ERA, which ranks third in the BIG EAST, and the Pirates are No. 5 in the league with a .967 fielding percentage.


Seton Hall is led at the plate by freshman infielder Kyle Grimm, who is hitting .304 with five doubles and 12 RBIs. Sophomore outfielder Zack Granite is batting .284 with five doubles, two triples and eight RBIs, while junior infielder Mike Genovese leads the team with 26 RBIs.


WVU leads the overall series with Seton Hall, 26-15, and the Mountaineers took two-of-three from the Pirates last season in Morgantown, before dropping a game to Seton Hall at the BIG EAST Tournament.


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