WVU Varsity Sports Update

West Virginia University baseball player Dan DiBartolomeo has been named WVU Athlete of the Week after he led the Mountaineers with a .400 batting average (4-for-10) during the weekend series at USF.

The sophomore went 2-for- 4 with a double in Saturday's 11-2 loss to the Bulls. The Margate, N.J., native has four multi-hit performances in his last six games. He continues to lead the Mountaineers with a .431 batting average while starting all 40 games at third base.

In 2008, DiBartolomeo batted .275, making him one of the country's most improved players this season.

This Week in Baseball

The West Virginia University baseball team has a nine-game homestand, beginning with five games this week … WVU begins the week with a nonconference game against Morehead State on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. … the Mountaineers follow with a 5 p.m. matchup on Wednesday against Maryland … the weekend conference series features Rutgers beginning on Friday at 7:05 p.m.

Last Week in Baseball

The Mountaineers (28-12, 11-7) were swept for the first time this season in conference play, falling to Big East leader USF … WVU lost on Friday evening, 8-3, at Red McEwen Field … USF defeated WVU on Saturday evening, 11-2 … the Mountaineers closed out the series with a 9-6 loss on Sunday.

Notes & Quotes

Dan DiBartolomeo led the Mountaineers at the plate, going 4-for-10 with one double and two runs scored … the Mountaineers currently sit at fourth place in the Big East with an 11-7 conference mark …USF (15-3), Louisville (12- 6) and St. John's (12-6) are the top three teams in the standings … WVU continues to lead the Big East in overall win percentage (.700) … the Mountaineers were 23-of-98 at the plate this weekend, dropping their overall batting average to .354, which still leads the conference … WVU previously defeated Morehead State on March 17, 13-9, in Morehead, Ky. … WVU has three remaining Big East series, with two at home against Rutgers and Cincinnati and a seasonending road series at Pitt.

This Week in Rowing

The WVU rowing team does not compete this week.

Last Week in Rowing

The Mountaineers finished eighth with 38 points at the 2009 Big East Rowing Championships, on April 25, at Cooper River Park, in Pennsauken, N.J. … WVU finished fifth overall in the Novice 8 Grand Final with a time of 7:21.641, behind fourth-place Rutgers (7:18.837) and ahead of sixth-place Villanova (7:23.201) … Syracuse won the race with a time of 7:01.713 … WVU finished sixth in the Varsity 4 Grand Final, clocking in at 8:31.04 … Notre Dame finished ahead of the pack, winning the race with a time of 7:36.622 … the Mountaineers finished on top in a head-tohead Varsity 8 Petite Final with Villanova, edging the Wildcats, 6:59.591 to 7:03.464.

Notes and Quotes

The team's finish matches WVU's from the 2008 season, though the Mountaineers earned 10 more points at this year's championships racing in the same three events as they did one year ago … the Fighting Irish won their sixth-straight conference title with 112 points … the Orange finished second with 97 points, while Louisville took third with 92 points. "The championship went very well for us. All three of our boats made great improvements from last year. Each of the finishes surpassed our seeds, which shows that the team is progressing. This is still a young team, but our returnees from last season set high standards for this year's crew, and as a whole, they have been making good on those expectations throughout the season." - Coach Jimmy King

This Week in Track and Field

The team will compete in the Big East Championships on May 1-3 in Villanova, Pa.

Last Week in Track and Field

The 4x100 relay team of Kyllie Bebout, April Rotilio, Chelsea Carrier and Brittany Hohn finished in 33rd place (47.39) ... the 4x400 relay team made up of Jordann Mitchell, Carrier, Hohn and Rotilio finished in 35th place (3:53.74) ... the high-jumpers Katelyn Williams and Natasha Redman finished tied for fourth place (1.68-meters) and a tie for 12th place (1.64-meters), respectively ... Carrier competed in the 100-meter hurdles and finished in 12th place (13.70) as the last Mountaineer to race ... O'Connell's time was an ECAC Championship qualifying time, while Carrier's was an NCAA Regional qualifying time.

Notes & Quotes

"Penn Relays is always a nice tune-up for the Big East Championships. We are leaving this meet having done what we needed to do to be prepared for next week." - Coach Sean Cleary.

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