Kuhn, Gyorko Pace WVU Postseason Honors

West Virginia placed five players on the all-Big East baseball squads, led by Tyler Kuhn (first team infielder) and Jedd Gyorko (Rookie of the Year).

Gyorko was named the 2008 Big East Rookie Of The Year at the opening ceremonies for the league's postseason tournament, which begins today. The awards are voted on by the league's 12 head baseball coaches.

The second baseman hit .411 with seven home runs and 57 RBIs. He finished the regular season ranked third in the Big East in batting, and was second in the league with 90 hits, fifth in RBIs and total bases (133), sixth in slugging (.607) and eighth in on-base percentage (.453).

Gyorko is the second West Virginia player to be named Big East Rookie of the Year, joining Stan Posluszny, who won the award in 2003.

Senior Tyler Kuhn was named to the Big East first team after leading the Mountaineers and the conference with a .422 batting average, 67 runs and 95 hits. Kuhn has had 31 multiple-hit games this season. He has had two hits in 18 games, three hits in nine games, four hits in two games and five or more hits in two games. He also leads the squad with nine home runs.

Gyorko was also named to the Big East second team along with outfielder Justin Parks. Parks ranks sixth in the conference with a .379 average, 53 runs and 40 hits. He also leads the team with a .472 on base percentage.

First baseman Joe Agreste and third baseman Vince Belnome were both named to the Big East third team. Agreste has a .481 batting average on the season, 47 runs and 64 hits. Belnome leads the team with 64 RBIs and is tied with Kuhn for 17 doubles.

In conference play, Kuhn leads the pack with a .403 batting average in 27 conference games played. He also has a team high 31 runs on 48 hits. Jedd Gyorko leads the team with 10 doubles in league play, and is tied with Vince Belnome for a team-best 26 RBIs.

WVU earned a No. 7 seed in the 2008 Big East Championship, which is set to begin on Tuesday, May 20, at Bright House Field. The Mountaineers will face No. 2-seeded Cincinnati at 5 p.m. in game one.

The winner of Tuesday's game will play the winner of No. 6 USF versus No. 3 Notre Dame game on Wednesday, May 21, at 8 p.m. The loser will play the loser of that contest at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

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