West Virginia baseball is back home at Monongalia County Ballpark on Wednesday, hosting the Liberty Flames in a non-conference matchup.
The Mountaineers (10-5) are hoping to maintain their hot start so far this year, which is now at their best record through 15 games since 2016. This contest will be the seventh meeting between West Virginia and Liberty in a series which favors the Mountaineers, 4-2.
West Virginia is coming off a big series win over Mercer, handing the Bears their second and third losses of the season over the weekend in a three-game series. That came just days after four Mountaineer pitchers combined for a no-hitter at home against Kent State.
The pitching effort against Kent State was started off by freshman Tyler Stretchay (1-1, 5.00 ERA), who tossed a perfect five innings before getting relief from Dillon Meadows. Stretchay will again get the start against Liberty, facing off aganst sophomore righty Mason Hand of the Flames (3-0, 0.54 ERA).
Braden Zarbnisky has continued his hot start offensively, ranking nationally in batting average, hits, hits per game, stolen bases and triples, with his 13 steals tying him at No. 2 in the nation and his 27 hits topping the Big 12.
The Mountaineers have also received lots of contributions from newcomers, especially Victor Scott. His three triples are eighth nationally, while freshman lefty Jake Carr leads the team with a 0.72 WHIP.
The Flames are led by Scott Jackson in his fourth season at Liberty. He holds a 117-76 record with the Flames, earning an Atlantic Sun Conference Championship last season en route to an NCAA Tournament bid.
The action gets underway at 3 p.m. ET, and tickets are still available at WVUGAME.com or by calling 1-800-WVUGAME. Can’t make it? Don’t worry, there will be a live stream of the contest on WVUSports.com, as well as live audio and stats.