Varsity Sports Update

West Virginia University has named baseball shortstop Tyler Kuhn its athlete of the week after the senior recorded 14 runs on 16 hits and had 18 RBIs on the week.

Kuhn finished with three hits, blasted a career-high two home runs and drove in a career-high seven runs, to lead WVU to a 21-3 win over St. Bonaventure, on March 12. His seven RBIs brought his career total to 174, tying him with Stan Posluzsny's school record set in 2006. Kuhn then finished with four RBIs to set the school's career RBI record (178) in game one of a doubleheader against Iona, 7-2 in a seven-inning game and 12-2 in a nine-inning contest, on March 15.

He finished the doubleheader with four hits, four runs, one home run and one triple. Kuhn finished the eight-game week with three hits, which matched his career-high with two home runs and drove in five runs to lead West Virginia to a 17-1 victory over Iona in game four of the series on March 16.


This Week in Baseball

The West Virginia University baseball team will play host to a doubleheader against Canisius at Hawley Field on Tuesday, March 18 ... game one will begin at 1 p.m. … the Mountaineers will then open the 2008 BIG EAST slate on March 20, for a three-day series against Pitt.

Last Week in Baseball

The Mountaineers swept Valparaiso in a doubleheader (7-2, 11- 8) on Monday ... WVU then went 1-1 in a two-game mid-week series with St. Bonaventure ... in game one, the Bonnies had a five-run eighth inning to take a six-run lead and cruise to a 13-7 victory over West Virginia ... the Bonnies pounded out 13 runs on 16 hits to hand the Mountaineers their first loss in four games … in game two, senior Tyler Kuhn finished with three hits, blasted a career-high two home runs and drove in a career-high seven runs, to lead WVU to a 21-3 win … the Mountaineers (9-4) scored a season-high 21 runs on a season-high 19 hits and had one error, while St. Bonaventure (6-5) finished with three runs on 11 hits and committed two errors. WVU then swept Iona in a four-game series which began on Friday, March 14 … sophomore Billy Gross pitched a completegame shutout, striking out a career-high 12 batters and giving up only three hits to lead West Virginia to a 6-0 victory over Iona in game one … the Mountaineers (10-4) finished the game with six runs on 13 hits and had two errors, while Iona (0-9) finished with three hits and committed one error … in doubleheader action, Kuhn finished with four RBIs to set the school's career RBI record (178) in game one, and junior Austin Markel set a new Hawley Field record with three home runs in game two, as the Mountaineers won both ends of the doubleheader … Kuhn's 178 career RBIs surpassed Stan Posluzsny's school record 174 set in 2006 ... the finished the doubleheader with four hits, four runs, one home run and one triple … Markel's three home runs broke the previous record of two which had been done 30 times at Hawley Field, most recently by Trent Ridgley on April 13, 2007 against Cincinnati ... the center fielder also recorded a career-high five RBIs in game 2 to break his previous best of three set on Feb. 23, 2008, against Akron … in the final game of the series on March 16, Kuhn finished with three hits, matched his career-high with two home runs and drove in five runs to lead West Virginia to a 17-1 victory over Iona … the win marked the 500th win at Hawley Field … the Mountaineers (17-1) scored 17 runs on a season-high 17 hits, while Iona (0-12) scored one run on two hits and committed three errors ... WVU collected a season high 30 bases and tied a season-high with two triples.

Notes & Quotes

Freshman Jedd Gyorko continues to lead the Mountaineer offensive attack, hitting .493 with six doubles, three triples and one home run ... the starting second baseman has recorded 16 runs and 19 RBIs.


This Week in Track & Field

West Virginia has concluded its indoor season and opens the outdoor season at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C., on March 28-29.

Last Week in Track & Field

WVU's distance medley relay (DMR) took fourth place with a time of 11:07.64 to break a school record at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. … the previous school record was set in 2003 at 11:11.98 … the Mountaineers finished tied for 29th with eight points as a team ... composing the distance medley relay squad were sophomore April Rotilio (400m - 55.14), junior Karly Hamric (800m - 2:10.82), freshman Marie-Louise Asselin (1,200m - 3:24.76) and freshman Keri Bland (1,600m - 4:35.94) … Tennessee (11:01.97) took first, followed by Michigan (11:02.22) and Stanford (11:03.87) … the DMR race marked the eighth time in the last 10 years that West Virginia's DMR ran at the NCAA Championships … Asselin also qualified to race in the 3,000-meter run at the championships … the Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, native took seventh place with a time of 9:14.44 … by finishing in the top eight, Asselin is awarded All-America status.

Notes & Quotes

The DMR squad was ranked 12th in the country with an 11:13.14 qualifying time coming into the race. "For us to top this (DMR) record, it's unbelievable. We're doing this with young girls and we are truly watching some of the greatest athletes that will ever wear WVU uniforms. The next few years will be very exciting for this group. Our team will keep working hard to continue to reach the top." - head coach Sean Cleary.


This Week in Rifle

WVU's 2007-08 season has concluded.

Last Week in Rifle

The Mountaineers finished in sixth place with an aggregate score of 4616 at the 2008 NCAA Rifle Championship, on March 14, at West Point Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. … Alaska-Fairbanks won its third consecutive national title with a score of 4662 followed by Army (4652), Texas Christian (4627) and Nebraska (4625). Kentucky (4623) finished fifth overall followed by WVU (4616), Navy (4610) and Nevada-Reno (4591). The team, led by senior Lafe Kunkel, scored a total of 2305 in the smallbore event held on March 13 … Kunkel shot a 582 followed by freshmen Kyle Smith and Brani Eskew who recorded a score of 578 each … Tommy Santelli finished with 567 on the day. Two Mountaineers advanced to the smallbore finals where they shot an additional 10 shots ... Kunkel's score of 582 advanced the senior into the individual smallbore finals, while freshman Andy Lamson qualified to shoot in smallbore as an individual and shot a 580 ... Kunkel finished fourth, shooting 676.6 while Lamson finished seventh posting a score of 674.1. The Mountaineers recorded a score of 2311 in the air rifle event, held on March 14 … Eskew, who shot a 585, led the Mountaineers and was followed by Santelli who recorded a score of 577 … Kunkel scored 575 before freshman Lamson totaled 574. The Mountaineers' score of 2305 in the smallbore event was combined with the air rifle score of 2311 to total the team's aggregate score of 4616.

Notes & Quotes

WVU holds the most NCAA Rifle Championships since 1980 with 13 ... this was the first trip to the NCAA for the Mountaineers since 2002 and the first under head coach Jon Hammond. "We would have had to like to do a little better. We had a disappointing day but it gave us great experience. Competing in the NCAAs put us in a great position for next year." – Hammond.


This Week in Tennis

The West Virginia University tennis team continues its homestand with a match against California- Pennsylvania on Thursday, March 20, at noon at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

Last Week in Tennis

The Mountaineers (8-4, 2-1 BIG EAST) enjoyed a perfect weekend after defeating conference foes Seton Hall and Cincinnati … WVU downed the Pirates, 4-3, on Friday night to notch its first BIG EAST win of the season … the Mountaineers won three singles matches and earned the decisive doubles point … sophomore Stephanie LaFortune led the way with singles and doubles victories to pace WVU … Stacey Percival and Natalia Prinz each won at No. 1 and No. 3 singles after their opponents were forced to retire due to injury … on Sunday, WVU won another close match against the Bearcats, 4-3 … the victory was highlighted by four three-set matches in singles competition … LaFortune earned two more victories in singles and doubles competition … Percival and Prinz also scored two wins apiece by winning at No. 1 doubles and earning singles victories as well … Ashley Pilsbury and Monique Burton helped win the doubles point in both weekend matches after going 2-0 at No. 3 doubles.

Notes & Quotes

Percival's three-set victory at No. 1 singles against Cincinnati came in a 10-8 tiebreaker … Percival saved seven match points en route to her key victory over Alizee Paradis … LaFortune led the Mountaineers over the weekend with a 4-0 record … WVU has three more BIG EAST matches against Villanova, Connecticut and Rutgers before heading to the conference championships in Tampa, Fla., on April 16-20 … the Mountaineers also face eight other non-conference opponents before their conference tournament. "Our girls really showed a lot of fight today, especially with four of the six singles matches going to three sets," says Walters. "Winning back-to-back matches at 4-3 was very important for us. Cincinnati deserves a lot of credit; they came out and fought hard."


This Week in Gymnastics

WVU returns to action in a dual meet with Ohio State on Saturday, March 22, at the WVU Coliseum at 7 p.m. … the meet will be "Senior Night" for the Mountaineers' five seniors and is the last regular season meet before West Virginia welcomes the 2008 EAGL Championships to Morgantown on March 29.

Last Week in Gymnastics

West Virginia (16-7, 9-0 EAGL) posted its best score in four years with 196.175 points to top No. 24 Minnesota, New Hampshire and Rutgers on March 15, at the WVU Coliseum … the score was the highest since WVU totaled 197.050 points to win the 2004 EAGL Championships in Pittsburgh and it was the 16th best score in school history … Minnesota took second with 195.375 points, while New Hampshire claimed 193.400 points and Rutgers was fourth with 188.575 points … Amy Bieski won the all-around with a career-high 39.275 and won floor with a 9.875 … Jaime Gold won vault with a 9.9 … Kiersten Spoerke set new career highs on beam and floor with 9.85s … Spoerke's 9.85 on beam tied for first place … Erica Watson placed third in the all-around with 39.200 points, while Mehgan Morris was fourth with 39.150 points … the Mountaineers scored 49.200 points on vault, 49.025 points on beam, 49.125 points on floor and 48.825 points on bars.

Notes & Quotes

Freshman Jessica Young tied her career high with a 9.725 on bars … it was Young's fifth career competition … Emily Kerwin had a career-best 9.775 on vault ... Gold's 9.9 on vault was a season-best and also tied a career high.


This Week in Swimming and Diving

Sophomores Kayla Andrews and Morgan Callaway and junior Lindsey Largo will represent the WVU women's swimming and diving team at the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio, on March 20-22, at Ohio State … senior Kevin Donohue will represent the men's team on March 27-29, at the King County Aquatic Center, in Federal Way, Wash.

Last Week in Swimming and Diving

The Mountaineers had a fantastic showing at the BIG EAST Championships on February 20-23, breaking 14 school-records and four meet-records … the women's team placed in third with 447 points, while the men's team came in fourth with 398.50.

Notes & Quotes

Three Mountaineers on the WVU women's swimming and diving team were selected to swim at the NCAA Championships to be held on March 14-16 ... sophomores Morgan Callaway, Kayla Andrews and junior Lindsey Largo all posted qualifying times in a total of eight events ... Callaway will represent the Mountaineers in the 500 free, 100 and 200 back ... Andrews will compete in the 50 and 100 free events, while Largo will race in the 500 free, 400 IM and in the 1650 free. On the men's side senior Kevin Donohue was the lone qualifer for the NCAA Championships … Donohue will represent the Mountaineers in the 100 and 200 breast events … at the BIG EAST Championships on March 20-23, Donohue dominated the competition breaking BIG EAST Championship and school records in both the 100 breast (53.07) and 200 breast (1:55.78) … Donohue's times were also NCAA automatic qualifying times.


This Week in Wrestling

The West Virginia University wrestling team travels to St. Louis, Mo., to compete in the 2008 NCAA Championships at the Scottrade Center on March 20-22.

Last Week in Wrestling

The Mountaineers were idle after placing third in the Eastern Wrestling League Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa. … WVU qualified seven wrestlers in David Jauregui (149), Zac Fryling (157), Donnie Jones (165), Chance Litton (174), Kurt Brenner (184), Jared Villers (197) and Dustin Rogers (HWT) who will compete at the NCAA tournament.

Notes & Quotes

WVU repeats its feat of qualifying seven wrestlers for the NCAA Championships after doing the same in the 2006-07 season … the Mountaineers are one of only 19 teams who qualified at least seven wrestlers this season … in WVU's last trip to St. Louis for the NCAA tournament, current assistant head coach Greg Jones won his third national title in his final match as a Mountaineer.


This Week in Women's Basketball

West Virginia earned a five-seed and faces No. 12 seed New Mexico in Albuquerque in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Last Week in Women's Basketball

The Mountaineers were knocked out of the BIG EAST tournament by No. 7 seed Louisville, 67-60, in the semifinals on March 10 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. WVU finished the season with a 24-7 record, 12-4 in conference.


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