MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Coming off a dominating performance against Big 12 foe Kansas on Saturday, West Virginia University sophomore pitcher Michael Grove
has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
A native of Wheeling, West Virginia, Grove took a perfect game into the eighth inning and allowed just one hit with a season-best 12 strikeouts to lead West Virginia to an 8-0 victory against Kansas on Saturday. Grove retired the first 23 batters he faced and did not allow a baserunner until giving up a line-drive single with two outs in the eighth inning.
Grove’s 12 strikeouts led the Big 12 last week and was one shy of tying his career high. He has now struck out at least eight batters in four of his last five starts. He improved to 3-1 on the season and had his third consecutive quality start.
This Week in Baseball: West Virginia plays four games against ranked teams this week … the week begins at No. 24 Maryland on Tuesday, April 11, at 4 p.m. ET … WVU then returns home for a three-game series against No. 3 TCU at Monongalia County Ballpark … the matchup between two of the top teams in the Big 12 Conference standings begins on Friday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. … Saturday’s game is set for 4 p.m., while Sunday’s series finale will be at noon … tickets for the TCU series are still available, at 1-800-WVU GAME, WVUGAME.com or at the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum or on gameday at Monongalia County Ballpark … there are multiple promotions set for all three games against TCU, which can be found on WVUsports.com/promotions … Friday night’s game against TCU will be broadcast nationally on FCS Atlantic, the first televised game in Monongalia County Ballpark history … Sunday’s game will be broadcast locally on the Nexstar Media Group’s network of statewide affiliates … links to live streams, radio broadcasts and live stats for each game can be found on the baseball schedule page on WVUsports.com.
Last Week in Baseball:
West Virginia went 4-1 last week, including 2-1 in Big 12 play … WVU began the week with a 14-7 win over in-state foe Marshall on Tuesday, April 4, scoring 14 runs on 16 hits with the help of five Marshall errors and benefiting from a strong pitching performance from a freshmen duo of Isaiah Kearns
and Sam Kessler
… West Virginia added a 5-1 win against Morehead State the following day, scoring four of its runs thanks to four walks, three wild pitches, two throwing errors and a failed pickoff attempt with just two hits … WVU held MSU, one of the nation’s best teams offensively, to just one run on four hits … West Virginia won its fourth consecutive weekend series against Kansas … BJ Myers
struck out a career-high-tying 10 batters and pitched his first career complete game on Friday, April 7, leading WVU to a 10-1 win in the opener … West Virginia secured the series win the next day as Michael Grove
took a perfect game into the eighth inning in an 8-0 win … Grove held KU to one hit, with two outs in the eighth, with a season-best 12 strikeouts and no walks … the Mountaineers were unable to complete the sweep with a 7-2 loss to Kansas on April 9.
Following a 4-1 week, West Virginia improved to 19-11 on the season and is tied for second in the Big 12 with a 6-3 record … the Mountaineers are 6-2 against top-25 teams, all on the road, and 11-4 in their last 15 games … WVU has won 11 of its last 15 games and four consecutive weekend series … after the series win against Kansas, WVU is 9-7 all-time against KU and has won five of the last six games in the series … a season-high 2,085 fans attended Saturday’s game, the 13th-largest home crowd in team history and the seventh-largest at Monongalia County Ballpark … six of WVU’s first eight games have featured a crowd of more than 1,600 fans … WVU improved to 44-24 all-time against Marshall and has won five of the last six games and 14 of the last 17 in the series … WVU’s 14 runs scored in Tuesday’s win vs. Marshall are its most scored against Marshall since a 17-2 road win on April 5, 1988 … starter Isaiah Kearns
earned his team-leading 4th win of the season … Wednesday against Morehead State, Cody Wood
made his first career appearance and picked up his first career win, while Alek Manoah
made his first career start … starter BJ Myers
pitched his first career complete game and the first complete game of the season for the Mountaineers … Myers struck out a career-high-tying 10 batters, allowing one run on five hits with one walk in 9.0 innings … Kyle Gray
hit his first career home run, while Ivan Gonzalez
hit his second career home run … starter Michael Grove
took a perfect game into the eighth inning on Saturday, allowing his first baserunner in the eighth inning on a two-out single … Grove struck out a season-best 12 batters, allowed no runs on one hit and did not walk a batter in 8.0 innings ... Jackson Cramer
hit his sixth home run of the season, 24th of his career and fourth in the first seven home games in 2017 … Kyle Davis
hit his third home run of the year and 17th of his career … Darius Hill
hit his fourth home run of the season, seventh of his career and second in as many games on Sunday … senior student-athletes who have shown a commitment in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.
This Week in Rowing: The Mountaineers are idle this week before returning to the water in two weeks for a pair of races on Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23 ... WVU will take on Duquesne and Dayton on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh on April 22 ... the following day, the Mountaineers with travel to Fairfax Station, Virginia, to compete in the George Mason Invitational ... nine teams will compete in the event, including Big 12 foes Kansas and Old Dominion.
Last Week in Rowing: WVU continued the spring season by competing against Alabama and Tennessee in the first-ever Big 12 Double Duals on Melton Lake in Oak Ridge, Tennessee ... WVU had crews racing in five events, the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four, second varsity four and the third varsity eight boats competed in both of Saturday’s sessions ... the Mountaineers took on Alabama in the morning session, where the Crimson Tide were able to win all five races ... in the afternoon session, WVU took on Big 12 conference affiliate Tennessee ... the Volunteers placed first in four of the five races, with Alabama taking the second varsity eight race in the afternoon.
Coach Jimmy King after the Big 12 duals: “Our primary goal was to put together more complete racing from start to finish. Not only was our racing better, it was consistent from the morning session to the afternoon. Our crews feel good about the quality of their racing today, but we all realize we need to find more speed. Just as we’ve made good improvements since we were last in Oak Ridge, we’ll make more improvements by the time we return for the Big 12 Championship.
This Week in Gymnastics:
Junior Zaakira Muhammad
competes in the all-around in the second semifinal session of the 2017 NCAA National Championships on Friday, April 14, at 8 p.m. ET, inside Chaifetz Arena, in St. Louis, Missouri … the meet will be broadcasted on ESPNU, and links for a video stream and live scores can be found at WVUsports.com.
Last Week in Gymnastics: The Mountaineers (13-10, 3-3) did not compete last week.
Notes: Muhammad will rotate with No. 6-ranked Alabama … Muhammad will compete on floor in the first rotation … her complete rotation order is floor, vault, bye, uneven bars, balance beam, bye … individual event winners, as well as the all-around champion, will be determined following the conclusion of the second semifinal session on April 14.
This Week in Track and Field: West Virginia will compete at the Bison Outdoor Classic in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, on April 14-15.
Last Week in Track and Field:
Sophomore Madelin Gardner
of the West Virginia University track and field team claimed the women’s pole vault title on Saturday, April 8, at the Mason Spring Invitational in Fairfax, Virginia, at George Mason Stadium … WVU collected seven top-seven finishes … Gardner won the pole vault with a clearance of 3.85 meters, winning by .15 meters … West Virginia notched a top-three finish in the women’s 800 meters, thanks to redshirt freshman Candace Jones
, placing third with a career-best time of 2:09.22 … Jones shed 1.12 seconds from her previous best … in the women’s long jump, sophomore Danique Bryan
took third with a mark of 5.79 meters … junior Bria Welker
placed fourth in the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 56.55 … in the women’s high jump, senior Marseille McBeam
placed fourth, marking 1.65 meters … sophomore Chaqieta Robinson
placed sixth in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.88 … in the women’s triple jump, junior Shamoya McNeil
took seventh, leaping 11.87 meters.
Other Mountaineer finishers on Saturday: junior Rebekah Lafata
and freshman Greer Gumbrecht
tied for 10th, registering 3.40 meters in the pole vault … junior Meghan Jean-Baptiste
finished 17th in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 15.37, just .01 seconds shy from matching her season-best … in the women’s 1,500 meters, redshirt freshman Olivia Hill
finished 19th with a time of 4:40.93 … Robinson and Jean-Baptiste competed in the women’s 200-meter dash, their second event of the day. Robinson placed 32nd with a season-best time of 26.37 and Jean-Baptiste followed in 33rd in a season-best 26.45 … in the women’s 100-meter dash, Bryan placed 33rd with a time of 12.83 and McNeil finished 36th in 12.92.
Coach Sean Cleary after the Mason Spring Invite on Saturday: “Today was a strong day for the team. We had highlights spanning over a many event areas. Danique (Bryan) and Maddie continue to lead the way. Maddie handled the windy conditions very well as she attempted her lifetime best. Bria (Welker) and Candace (Jones) showed that they are rounding into to top form as they continue running at or very near their lifetime best marks. We had a strong day today, but none the less have better moments to both train and look forward to.”
This Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers (4-13, 0-7 Big 12) are off this week.
Last Week in Tennis: WVU dropped a pair of matches last week against No. 30 TCU on Friday, April 2, and No. 5 Texas Tech on Sunday, April 9 … the Horned Frogs were able to take the doubles point and win the first three contests in singles play to close out the 4-0 victory … West Virginia opened Sunday’s match with a 1-0 deficit after conceding the doubles point and was unable to secure a singles win as the Lady Raiders would go on to take the 4-0 decision.
The tandem of Kaja Mrgole
and Christina Jordan
earned WVU’s first doubles win in conference play on Saturday when they knocked off TCU’s Caroline Wegner and Donika Bashota ... Habiba Shaker
leads WVU with an 8-5 record at the No. 1 slot … Paula Goetz
and Lyn Yuen Choo
pace the Mountaineers with a 4-4 record in doubles play ... Goetz has won a team-high eight doubles matches.
This Week in Golf: The Mountaineers wrap up regular season action this week … the squad travels to Penn State’s Rutherford Intercollegiate on Saturday and Sunday … the team will play at the Penn State Blue Golf Course in University Park, Pennsylvania.
Last Week in Golf:
WVU claimed its first tournament victory in more than 30 years, winning the 2017 East Carolina Intercollegiate at Brook Haven Country Club in Greenville, North Carolina, last week … a four-stroke improvement in the final round pushed the Mountaineers from fourth to first place in the final round, as the squad totaled 300-299-296=895 in claiming top team honors … they finished 31 over par and four strokes ahead of host East Carolina (899) and Western Kentucky (899) … Maryland claimed fourth place at 36 over par with a team score of 900 … Max Sear
used a pair of birdies on the front nine and three more on the back nine to shoot one under in the final round, totaling 76-75-71=222 across 54 holes to finish six over par … he finished atop the individual leaderboard in a three-way tie with Tim Conover of East Carolina and Grant Renegar of Florida Gulf Coast, but fell to Renegar on the second hole of the playoff … Sear was joined by three teammates in the top 15, as Alan Cooke
and Chris Williams
finished tied for eighth, while Tristan Nicholls
tied for 14th place.
It marks the program’s first win since resuming varsity competition in 2015 and its first under coach Sean Covich … Sear is the second Mountaineer to claim a runner-up individual finish … Alan Cooke
finished as the runner-up at last year’s Rutherford Intercollegiate … its marks Sear’s third top-10 finish of the season … he leads the team with a 73.11 scoring average at 1.11 vs. par … WVU finishes as the team runner-up at least season’s Rutherford Intercollegiate.
Coach Sean Covich after winning the East Carolina Intercollegiate: “The conditions were really tough out there today. The greens were firm and fast, there were difficult hole locations and winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour. The guys took advantage on the front nine, then played hard on the back nine. I couldn’t be happier for them. They committed to us when we didn’t have a program, worked hard and have built a foundation for our team. The best feeling as a coach isn’t winning, but seeing your guys proud of their hard work.”