No. 20 Mountaineers Host Kansas
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 18, 2019) – The No. 20 West Virginia University baseball team continues Big 12 play against Kansas at Monongalia County Ballpark from April 19-21.
The series begins on Friday, at 6:30 p.m. ET, while Saturday’s first pitch is set for 4 p.m. The series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. With the threat of inclement weather in the Morgantown area this weekend, fans are encouraged to stay tuned to WVUsports.com and @WVUbaseball on Twitter for the latest updates on this weekend’s schedule.
Tickets are available at WVUGAME.com, by calling 1-800-WVU GAME or on game day at Monongalia County Ballpark. Admission for WVU students is free with a valid student I.D.
Friday is Friday Night Happy Hour, with half-off beverages available from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and all fans can play Baseball Bingo to win prizes. Additionally, all fans will have a chance to enter to win an autographed Coach Randy Mazey jersey. Saturday is Family Day, where fans can purchase four tickets and receive a $10 concession voucher for just $25. The first 300 fans to Saturday’s game will get a free WVU baseball hat, courtesy of WVU Medicine. The weekend concludes on Sunday with the third of four trading card giveaways, courtesy of United Bank, to the first 250 kids, 16 and under. Sunday also is Kids Day, presented by WVU Medicine, which features a Kids Zone, inflatables and Mr. Twister’s Balloon Art and Face Painting, and kids can run the bases after the game.
The Mountaineers (22-13, 6-6 Big 12) have won eight of their last 10 games and are coming off a series win over No. 11 Texas Tech, their third consecutive series win over a top-25 opponent. WVU is ranked for the first time this season and comes in as high as No. 20 in this week’s D1Baseball poll, its highest national ranking since 1982.
The Jayhawks (19-16, 4-8 Big 12) are coming off a series win over Oklahoma State and have won four of their last five games.
Both teams did not play a midweek contest. WVU’s game at Penn State on Wednesday was canceled due to inclement weather, while KU did not have a midweek game scheduled.
Two junior right-handers will get the ball in Friday’s opener, as West Virginia’s Alek Manoah (5-2, 2.08 ERA) faces Kansas’ Ryan Cyr (2-4, 6.84 ERA). Sophomore left-hander Jackson Wolf toes the rubber for WVU on Saturday against KU junior righty Ryan Zeferjahn (3-2, 3.58 ERA). In Sunday’s finale, Mountaineer junior right-hander Kade Strowd (4-3, 3.61 ERA) gets the ball against Jayhawk freshman lefty Eli Davis (3-3, 5.81 ERA).
Statistically, West Virginia’s pitching staff is No. 5 nationally with 6.87 hits allowed per nine innings, No. 16 with a 3.26 ERA and 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings and No. 27 with a 1.26 WHIP. The Mountaineers also rank No. 22 in the NCAA with 72 stolen bases on the season.
Individually, Manoah is No. 10 in the country with 80 strikeouts and No. 24 with a 0.87 WHIP, while he also leads the Big 12 with 11.87 strikeouts per nine innings and is second in the league with 5.64 hits allowed per nine innings. Junior center fielder Brandon White is No. 24 in the NCAA with 0.61 stolen bases per game and senior right fielder Darius Hill is No. 30 with 14 doubles.
There are a number of ways to follow along with this weekend’s action, with Dan Zangrilli and Ernie Galusky on the call.
- The games will be streamed live for free on WVUsports.com/Watch and the WVU Gameday App, while fans also can watch the stream live via Roku and Apple TV by searching for the “West Virginia Mountaineers” channel.
- Fans can listen to the games on the Mountaineer Sports Network from Learfield IMG College on various affiliates throughout the state, while fans across the country can tune into the broadcast online atWVUsports.com/Watch and on the WVU Gameday and TuneIn Radio Apps.
- Live stats can be found at WVUsports.com/Stats.
- Direct links to video and radio streams and live stats are available on the baseball schedule page on WVUsports.com.
- Additional behind-the-scenes updates, news and notes can be found on social media by following and connecting with the team on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @WVUBaseball.