WVU Varsity Sports Update

West Virginia University has named Vince Belnome this week's Athlete of the Week after the junior produced the best single-game offensive performance in WVU baseball history as WVU routed Cincinnati, 18-3, on May 11.

Belnome finished the day 6-for-6 with two home runs, nine RBIs and four runs scored. The Coatesville, Pa., native's six hits are a single game school record while his nine runs driven in tie Bill Biddle's nine RBIs on May 9, 1947, as well as Angelo Onder's RBI total on May 23, 1936.

The junior finished the weekend with 77 RBIs on the season, sitting just five shy of breaking Mark Landers' 81-RBI season in 1994. Belnome also jumped his batting average by 19 points on the afternoon, carrying a .425 clip heading into Monday's home finale against Youngstown State.


This Week in Baseball

The West Virginia University baseball team will play its final home game on Monday, May 11, playing host to Youngstown State … the Mountaineers then travel north for a three-game series at Pitt, May 14-16.

Last Week in Baseball

WVU (34-14, 16-8) swept Cincinnati in three games at Hawley Field this past weekend … the Mountaineers won, 15-9, in game one of the doubleheader before winning game two, 9-2, on Saturday … WVU then completed the sweep on Sunday, downing the Bearcats 18-3.

Notes & Quotes

The Mountaineers (34-14, 16-8) are on the brink of equaling their most wins in regular season play, 36 by the 1998 squad … WVU needs to win three of its final four regular season contests against Youngstown State and Pitt to better the mark … WVU amassed 20 hits in its Sunday victory, the most recorded in conference play this season and the second-highest overall in 2009 … the Mountaineers broke their previous high of 16 hits in game two of Saturday's doubleheader, where they defeated Cincinnati, 9-2 ... WVU's victory coupled with St. John's 19-15 win over Louisville puts the Mountaineers behind the Cardinals by ½ games for second place … WVU sits two games behind conference leader USF after the Bulls salvaged their three-game set against Notre Dame with a 6-5 victory … WVU is in prime position to earn their first top-four seed at the conference tournament since 2003, when they entered the postseason as a No. 2 seed …finishing in the top four of the Big East regular season standings allows a team to be the designated home squad for its first round game ... Vince Belnome and Austin Markel became the 12th and 13th players to reach 200 career hits at WVU ... Justin Parks is just one hit shy of becoming the 14th player in school history to reach the milestone.


This Week in Track and Field

The team will travel to Princeton, N.J. to compete at the ECAC Championships May 15-17.

Last Week in Track and Field

High jumper Katelyn Williams cleared a height of 1.71-meters to win the event as the West Virginia University track and fi eld team competed at the Penn State Open in University Park, Pa. … Williams' jump was a season-best for the sophomore … Stephanie Caruso was the only other Mountaineer to compete at the meet. The Wheeling, W.Va., native placed 10th in the 1,500-meter event.

Notes & Quotes

WVU fi nished 14th last season with 26 points, tying Providence at the 2008 ECAC Championships … Clara Grandt set a new meet record in the 10k race and Kerri Bland won the 1,500-meter event to give WVU two individual champions.


This Week in Rowing

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

Last Week In Rowing

The Mountaineers finished the 2009 season at the Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pa.

Notes & Quotes

Due to bad weather and river conditions, races this weekend were 1500 meter time trials instead of heats with the top 18 going to finals ... without a week of practice due to weather conditions in Morgantown, the Novice 8+ was the only Mountaineer boat to qualify for the semifinals with a time of 5:15:43 in front of Drake ... the boat of Amelia Nelson, Alexandra Flavion, Alexa Waugh, Caitlin Murphy, Melissa Shaver, Shannon Gribbons, Jeannine McCarty, Lauren Washabaugh, with coxswain Amy Cheung, then finished sixth in the semifinals with a time of 7:07.00, in front of Rochester (7:10.70) ... also racing was the Varsity 8+, who raced well with a time of 4:53.66, but narrowly missed the cutoff to qualify ... the Varsity 2- also had a good race, as they crossed the line in 6:38.48, but failed to qualify for the semifinals.


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