Varsity Sports Update

West Virginia's Josh Whitlock has been named athlete of the week after posting an outstanding performance at the annual Baseball at the Beach Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The junior right-handed pitcher spread out three hits over 8.1 innings to lead West Virginia to a 5-3 win over in-state rival Marshall in day two of the Baseball at the Beach Tournament. Whitlock (2- 0) earned his second win of the season, facing 29 batters and holding Marshall hitless for three-straight innings. He also finished with five strikeouts. The Mountaineers were 3-1 on the weekend.

This Week in Baseball

WVU will play its home opener against Duquesne on Tuesday, March 4, at Hawley Field. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. … the Mountaineers will host their first home series against Valparaiso starting on Friday, March 7 at 3 p.m.

Last Week in Baseball

WVU went 3-1 this past weekend in Myrtle Beach at the annual Baseball at the Beach Tournament. WVU defeated Western Carolina 8-7 before on Friday, Feb. 29, before downing in-state rival Marshall 5-3 in game one on Saturday, March 1. The Mountaineers faced No. 26 Coastal Carolina, the tournament host, but fell 3-8 in game two. On Sunday, WVU defeated George Mason 4-1 to close the weekend. Whitlock, Ross Fetterly and Stephen Morrison all picked up wins from the mound while sophomore closer Chris Enourato picke dup his second save of the season. Freshman Jedd Gyorko posted a .625 average this weekend with 10 hits, two runs and five RBI in 16 at-bats.

Notes & Quotes

The Mountaineers had 20 runs, 20 RBI and 41 hits on the weekend. WVU had 31 assists and recorded a .965 fielding percentage … the pitching staff struck out 36.

This Week in Women's Basketball

No. 13/13 West Virginia (23-6, 12-4) closed regular season play at Syracuse, with a 73-55 loss.

Last Week in Women's Basketball

WVU went 1-1 last week to seal up third place and the highest league finish in school history … on Feb. 26, Shavonte Zellous scored 29 points to lead Pitt to a 77-75 overtime victory over No. 13 West Virginia at the Petersen Events Center in PittsburghMeg Bulger and Olayinka Sanni scored 19 points each for the Mountaineers, while Chakhia Cole contributed 14 points … on March 1, Meg Bulger and Olayinka Sanni each scored 20 points to rally No. 13 West Virginia to a 78-70 victory over Louisville before a crowd of 4,157 in Morgantown … with the victory, WVU secured third place in the BIG EAST, the highest finish in school history … the Cards' Angel McCoughtry lead all scorers with 29 points, including 22 in the second half.

Notes & Quotes

The Mountaineers lead the all-time series with Syracuse, 10-7 … WVU has won six straight against the Orange dating back to 2003 … the crowd at the Louisville game represented the fourth largest ever to see a women's game at the Coliseum … West Virginia set the school record with 208 made 3-pointers.

This Week in Rifle

WVU team has qualified to compete in the 2008 NCAA Men's and Women's Rifle Championships … the top eight teams in the country will participate in the tournament held March 15-16, at West Point Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Last Week in Rifle

The Mountaineers were idle last week.

Notes & Quotes

WVU will compete against Alaska-Fairbanks, Kentucky, Nebraska, Nevada-Reno, Texas Christian, Army and Navy in its first NCAA Championship appearance since 2002 … individual and team competitions in smallbore threeposition will be held on Friday, March 14, with individual and team competitions in air rifle to be held on Saturday, March 15 … the overall team champion will be determined by combining the smallbore and air rifle team totals into one aggregate score. "I'm really excited about going to NCAA's, especially for the first time as coach and with this team. They've worked hard this year and deserve to be there, and we'll just go and do our best." - Head Coach Jon Hammond

This Week in Tennis

The West Virginia University tennis team travels to Providence, R.I. and on Sunday, March 9, for a match against Brown at 10 a.m. … the Mountaineers follow with another match against Providence at 4 p.m., which will take place at Brown University.

Last Week in Tennis

The Mountaineers (5-3, 0-1 BIG EAST) went 1-1 last week as they lost to Penn State, 7-0, but defeated Columbia, 7-0 … WVU was led by the efforts of Stacey Percival, who performed well in her three-set loss to Katelyn BeVard at No. 1 singles … the Mountaineers were unable to muster any victories against the Nittany Lions … WVU rebounded by shutting out short-handed Columbia, who only had four players … WVU won all three tiebreakers as Percival, Monica Lyskawa and Natalia Prinz scored two victories apiece in singles and doubles competition to lead the Mountaineers … Colleen Speaker also defeated her opponent, 6-2, 6-1.

Notes & Quotes

WVU returns to BIG EAST action at home against Seton Hall on Friday, March 14, followed by a home match on Sunday, March 16, against Cincinnati. "The score tonight was certainly not indicative of how we played. The team showed a lot of heart and character tonight, and I felt like we played them a lot tougher than last year." - Head Coach Marc Walters

This Week in Gymnastics

West Virginia travels to Washington, D.C., to take on George Washington with Maryland and Kent St. on Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m.

Last Week in Gymnastics

Junior Mehgan Morris scored 39.1 points in the all-around as West Virginia topped Pitt 194.025-191.975, at Fitzgerald Field House in Pittsburgh on March 1 … Morris was the all-around champion after posting her fourth score above 39 points in her last five meets, while unior Erica Watson placed second with a total of 38.95 points on all four events … leading 145.800-143.175 going into the final rotation, West Virginia finished with 48.225 points on beam to seal the victory … Shelly Purkat was the beam champion with a 9.85 … after a 47.9 on bars, the Mountaineers bounced back with 49.100 points on vault, the second-highest total of the year on that event … each gymnast vaulted at least a 9.75, impressively ... junior Jaime Gold (9.875) and sophomore Chelsi Tabor (9.85) capped off strong lineup showing by taking first and second in the event, respectively … on floor, Watson notched a 9.825, Morris a 9.8, and Amy Bieski scored a 9.85 to pace West Virginia, who would total 48.800 points … Bieski was the floor champion.

Notes & Quotes

The Mountaineers (11-7, 5-0) picked up their fifth-straight conference win to stay unbeaten versus EAGL opponents … next week, WVU faces EAGL opponents GW and Maryland.

This Week in Wrestling

The West Virginia University wrestling squad participates in the Eastern Wrestling League tournament on Saturday, March 8, at the Fitzgerald Field House in Pittsburgh, Pa. … the competition consists of all seven EWL schools as each wrestler vies for a spot in the NCAA tournament for their respective weight class.

Last Week in Wrestling

The Mountaineers were idle last week in preparation for the conference tournament this Saturday.

Notes & Quotes

WVU will look to duplicate last season's mark of qualifying seven wrestlers at the NCAA tournament … the Mountaineers finished the season third in the EWL standings with a 4-3 division record … senior Jared Villers (197) led the team with a 17- 2 record as well as going undefeated in conference play … Kurt Brenner also went undefeated with a 6-0 record in the EWL.

This Week in Track and Field

WVU will compete in the ECAC Championships on March 8-9, in Boston, Mass.

Last Week in Track & Field

WVU was idle last week.

Notes & Quotes

The Mountaineers finished in seventh place at the 2008 BIG EAST Indoor Championships in New York City ... Marie- Louise Asselin captured the league title in the 3,000 meters, while Keri Bland won the 1,000 meters ... also WVU's distance medley squad captured a BIG EAST championship.

This Week in Swimming and Diving

The Mountaineers will be idle this week as they wait to see which swimmers will qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Last Week in Swimming and Diving

The Mountaineers had a fantastic showing at the BIG EAST Championships, breaking 14 school records and four meet records … the women's team placed third with 447 points, while the men's team came in fourth with 398.50.

Notes & Quotes

Throughout the four-day event the Mountaineers managed to break 14 school records, four meet records and qualify two swimmers for the NCAA Championships ... the women's 800 free relay team set a school record with a thirdplace finish and NCAA ‘B' standard time of 7:17.69 ... juniors Lindsey Largo and Taylor Stallings, along with sophomores Morgan Callaway and Shaunna Purtell broke the previous school record of 7:20.14 ... Callaway kicked off the event with an outstanding time of 1:47.76, to set another school record ... Callaway also broke school records in the 500 free (4:47.86), 100 back (54.60) 200 back (1:57.95) … Callaway then teamed up with fellow sophomores Kayla Andrews, Stephanie Shupe and Purtell to break the school record with a second-place finish in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:20.35 … Andrews also had an outstanding individual performance, breaking school records in the 50 free (22.65) and in the 100 free … Andrews' first-place finish in the 100 free, with a time of 48.33, was also a meet record and an automatic qualifying time to the NCAA Championships … Largo re-wrote the record books in the 1650 free (16.25.44) and in the 40 IM (4:23.08). On the men's side, senior Kevin Donohue had one of the most outstanding BIG EAST performances with two meet and school records, while also capturing two automatic qualifying times to the NCAA Championships … Donohue's first record came in the 100 breast as he posted a first-place finish stopping the clock at 53.07 ... Donohue then smashed the competition in the 200 breast with a first-place time of 1:55.78 ... junior Michael Walker also had an outstanding weekend, with a meet and school record in the 400 IM ... Walker captured first with a time of 3:50.14.

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