Stupka's Gem Earns Award

Junior right-hader Joe Stupka has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week for his impressive debut.

The Pittsburgh, Pa. native made his first appearance in a Mountaineer uniform a memorable one as he picked up a victory over Virginia Tech in the Keith LeClair Classic last weekend.

Stupka (1-0) allowed just two hits and no runs over six innings as the Mountaineers shut out the Hokies 5-0. Stupka struck out two in six innings of work before yielding to Kenny Durst, who pitched the final three innings for the win.

"That was a great performance by Stupka," WVU head coach Greg Van Zant said. "He made some big pitches when he got into some situations."

WVU is now 5-1, its best start since 1969. The Mountaineers face Furman and Coastal Carolina this weekend in Conway, S.C.

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