WVU Varsity Sports Update

West Virginia University baseball player Justin Parks has been named the West Virginia University Athlete of the Week, following a standout performance this past week.

The fifth-year senior from Columbus, Ohio, went 9-for- 23 this week with four home runs, 12 RBIs and two doubles to lead the Mountaineers to a 3-2 week.

He recorded a career-high seven RBIs in WVU's 21-12 victory over Duquesne, and also went 4-for-6 with two home runs, including a grand slam, in the same contest.

Parks recorded a key three-run shot against Notre Dame on Friday, and had a two-run home run in the ninth inning against the Fighting Irish in game two.

He is one of three everyday starters who is batting over .400 (.405), and leads one of the country's best offenses with 64 base hits this season. His 10 home runs are a career high and tie for the team lead.

This Week in Gymnastics

The West Virginia University gymnastics team has concluded its season.

Last Week in Gymnastics

Senior Mehgan Morris completed her Mountaineer career with an 18th-place finish in the first session of the NCAA Championships on Thursday, April 16, in Lincoln, Neb. … the Belle, W.Va., native scored 39.05 points in her final collegiate meet … Morris finished tied for 12th on the floor with 9.825 points, the fifth best point total of the session … Morris opened the competition with 9.75 points (31st place) on the balance beam … the WVU co-captain also earned 9.775 points (29th place) on the uneven bars and 9.70 points (40th place) on the vault.

Notes and Quotes

Morris' score was her 15th career 39.00-plus score, the fifth-best total in Mountaineer history … the point total pushed Morris' career point total to 1,623.975 and moved her in to 12th place on the WVU Career Points List … additionally, Morris concluded the season with 469.10 points, the 34th best season point total in program history … this is Morris' second appearance on the list, as her junior season point total (515.575) ranks 10th … Morris just missed qualifying for the NCAA Championship's Individual Event Finals on the floor, as the top four scores advanced to Saturday's final … Morris competed alongside LSU, which finished third in the session and advanced to Friday's Super Six Team Championship … Morris was the first individual WVU qualifier since All-American Janáe Cox in 2007, and the 17th overall.

This Week in Baseball

The West Virginia University baseball team faces a crucial four-game stretch against Ohio and Big East conference leader USF this week … WVU battles the Bobcats on Wednesday, April 22, at 4 p.m. in Athens, Ohio … WVU then heads to Tampa, Fla., for a three-game set with the Bulls from April 24-26.

Last Week in Baseball

The Mountaineers (28-9) went 3-2 during the week after defeating Maryland Eastern Shore, Duquesne and taking one of three games at Notre Dame … WVU defeated UMES, 5-4, on Monday, then hit a season-high five home runs against the Dukes in a 21-12 victory … the Mountaineers also defeated the Fighting Irish on Friday, 19-3, but fell in their next two games.

Notes & Quotes

WVU's series loss to Notre Dame last weekend is its first conference series loss of the season … the Mountaineers' Friday night victory at Notre Dame (19-3) was the worst loss for the Irish at Frank Eck Stadium since playing at the venue in 1994 … WVU hit a season-high five home runs against Duquesne on Tuesday night, its highest single-game home run total since tallying five against Seton Hall on May 8, 2005 … Justin Parks had two home runs, including one grand slam, and a career-high seven RBIs against Duquesne … Jarryd Summers improved to 6-1 on the season after holding Notre Dame to two earned runs on seven hits in seven innings … WVU's loss to Notre Dame in game three marked the first time this season that WVU did not garner an extra base hit … the Mountaineers also snapped their 11-game home run streak against the Fighting Irish after losing, 3-0, in the rubber game … junior Vince Belnome now has 56 RBIs this season, putting him on pace to break Mark Landers' 81-RBI season in 1994 … WVU begins the week tied with Louisville for second place in the Big East with an 11-4 record … USF is one game in front with an 11-3 conference mark.

This Week in Rowing The West Virginia University rowing team is set to travel to Pennsauken, N.J., for the Big East Championships.

Last Week In Rowing

The Mountaineers competed at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta, in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on April 18-19, with three boats placing in the "B" finals.

Notes and Quotes

The Varsity 4+ placed sixth in the "B" final at SIRAs this weekend with a time of 8:43.9 ... to qualify, the boat of Keyara Stevenson, Anna-Claire Bowers, Stephanie Roof, Kathryn Walsh and coxswain Gillian Hanbury placed second (8:19.7) in its first race on Saturday, then fourth (8:36.5) in the afternoon finals to earn the spot in the "B" finals ... the Varsity 8+ also had a good showing as they placed fifth in the "B" final 7:25.5 … in the Novice 8+ competition, WVU finished second the "B" finals in time of 7:37.9 behind winner Purdue 7:27.6.

This Week in Tennis

The West Virginia University tennis team has completed its 2009 season.

Last week in Tennis

The Mountaineers (9-15, 4-3 Big East) completed the season with a 0-2 showing at the Big East Championships in Tampa, Fla. ... No. 10-seed WVU went down 0-4 to No. 7 Syracuse in the first round, and then fell to No. 11 St. John's, 4-2.

Notes & Quotes

In the match against Syracuse, juniors Stephanie LaFortune and Monique Burton captured the only win, with an 8-4 victory over Ashley Spicer and Chelsea Jones at the No. 2 spot ... after capturing the doubles point, the Orange then went on to secure the match with three-straight singles wins ... the Mountaineers captured the doubles point against St. John's on Saturday, as LaFortune and Burton defeated Ira Aleksova and Nakita Austin 8-1 at the No. 2 spot, while sophomore Ashley Pilsbury and freshman Kathryn Haught defeated Jenny Yonkus and Joanna Zwirbulis 8-3 at the No.1 spot ... in singles play, Haught led WVU as she posted a 6-1, 6-0 win over Gabija Gasiunatie at the No. 2 spot ... the Red Storm then returned with Ece Firat defeating junior Olga Elkin 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 3 spot, Ksenia Mikhayova defeating freshman Veronica Cardenas 6-5, 6-2 at the No. 4 spot and Austin defeating Burton 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 6 spot ... with the score 3-2 in favor of St. John's, Pilsbury fought hard in a thirdset tiebreaker at the No. 5 spot, but fell in the end to Zwirbulis 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 ... LaFortune also played excellent at the No.1 spot, but was unable to finish after St. John's took the match ... the final score of the match was 6-4, 1-6, 5-1.

This Week in Track and Field

The team will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to compete in the Penn Relays on April 23-24.

Last Week in Track and Field

The Mountaineers hosted the WVU Invitational on Saturday, April 18 … sophomore Chelsea Carrier finished first in the 100-meter dash in 11.87, which was a lifetime best … in the 200-meter event, April Rotilio placed first, followed by Carrier with times of 24.22 and 24.38, respectively … both performances were lifetime-bests, and BIG EAST and ECAC qualifying times … Jordann Mitchell took first in the 400-meter event with a Big East qualifying time of 57.43, while the 4x100-meter relay team of Kyllie Bebout, Rotilio, Carrier and Brittany Hohn finished first with a season-best time of 47.26 … in the field events, Meghan Mock placed first in the long jump, leaping 5.63-meters, and Natasha Redman took first after clearing 1.68-meters … both were Big East qualifying heights.

Notes & Quotes

"The crowd was great today and the low-key atmosphere was a welcomed break from being on the road this past month. Having the team competing for their friends and family served them well. Today's meet was a good tune up for the Penn Relays, and the Big East Championships meets coming up." - Coach Sean Cleary.

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