WVU Varsity Sports Update

WVU junior shortstop Jedd Gyorko had an eye-opening week for the Mountaineers. The Morgantown native went 10-for-25 with five home runs, nine RBIs, four doubles and 11 runs scored to earn athlete of the week honors from the school.

Included in the aforementioned stat line are two four-hit games, a career-high six RBIs against Maryland, a career-high five runs scored against St. John's last Sunday and two intentional walks. Gyorko surpassed his previous season-high in home runs when he belted a solo shot against St. John's on April 10. The preseason and reigning All- American now has a career-best 11 home runs. During the week, he also reached several career milestones, moving into third place in career doubles (60) and runs scored (174), fifth in base hits (238) and sixth in RBIs (154) on WVU's all-time list

Special Notes of the Week

  • The West Virginia University tennis team is set to compete in its last matches of the regular season on April 16-17. Matches are set for 2 p.m. at Villanova on Friday, followed by a 3 p.m. match against Rutgers on Saturday.

  • The WVU baseball team will travel to Charleston, W.Va., for the Mountaineer Diamond Classic on Tuesday, April 13, against Eastern Kentucky at 6 p.m., at Appalachian Power Park.

    This Week in Gymnastics

    The Mountaineers have concluded the 2010 season.

    Last Week in Gymnastics

    No. 6-seeded WVU (19-9, 12-2) earned 195.1 points and finished fourth at the 2010 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships on Saturday, April 10, at the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers finished first on beam with a season-best 48.85 score … the squad also finished fifth on vault (48.8), bars (48.6) and floor (48.85) … junior Amy Bieski came within 0.15 points of individually qualifying for the national championships, as the Nanticoke, Pa., native scored 39.1 points, a regional career-best score, and finished ninth overall … Bieski finished third overall on beam and set a career-high with her 9.85 showing … freshman Chelsea Goldschrafe equaled a career-high floor score and paced the Mountaineers with a 9.825 mark, the meet's fourth-best score … Bieski and sophomore Tina Maloney tied for second on the team with 9.8 scores … following the meet, assistant head coach Jason Butts earned his secondstraight NCAA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year award.

    Notes and Quotes

    Stanford (196.775) and Michigan (195.8), the meet's top two seeds, finished first and second and earned the right to advance to the 2010 NCAA National Championships … NC State's Taylor Seaman and Southern Utah's Elise Wheeler, the top two all-around finishers not attached to an advancing team, also earned bids to the national championships … the Mountaineers' regional score was their second-best point total of the season … Bieski's 39.0-plus mark was her eighth of the season and the 15th of her career … she is now tied with Mehgan Morris (2006-09) and TeShawne Jackson (2000-03) for fifth place on the WVU all-time career 39.0-plus all-around scores list … additionally, after breaking onto the WVU all-time career points list on March 19, Bieski ends the season ranked 17th with 1,474.9 points.

    This Week in Rowing

    The Mountaineers will continue competing on Saturday, April 17, as they host a race on the Monongahela River against George Mason.

    Last Week in Rowing

    WVU competed in the 2010 Knecht Cup Regatta, where it landed two boats in the Grand Finals and two boats in the Petite Finals.

    Notes and Quotes

    The top performances of the weekend were the Varsity 4+ and Novice 8+ boats, which each finished fifth in their respective ‘A' Finals … the Varsity 4+ team of Caroline Rettig, Lauren Washabaugh, Jenelle Spencer and Jeannine McCarty, with coxswain Amanada Mahasky, crossed the line with a time of 7:50.44 among the 30 crews that entered at this year's regatta … the Novice 8+ crew of Devin Milsop, Katie Leljedal, Ashley Dolan, Megan Neckelmann, Hilary Meale, Katie Moore, Jordan Burns and Brittany Doss, with coxswain Ellen Shular, also raced their way to a fifthplace finish (7:24.73) in the Grand Finals among 22 entries … the Novice 4+ teams raced in the ‘B' Finals, where team ‘A' captured a second-place finish (8:19.43) and team ‘B' placed sixth (8:49.92) to finish eighth and 12th among 33 entries … the second Varsity 8+ boat had an impressive fifth-place performance with a time of 7:13.08, capturing an eleventh-place finish out of 18 entries … the Varsity 8+ and the second Varsity 4+ boats did not qualify to continue after placing fourth (7:03.89) and fifth (8:22.34) in the first round of the competition.

    This Week in Track & Field

    WVU continues action this week with a trip to the James Madison Invitational in Harrisonburg, Va., on Saturday, April 17.

    Last Week in Track & Field

    WVU had a busy weekend with student-athletes competing in three different meets across the country … most of the team traveled to Knoxville, Tenn., where it competed in the Sea Ray Relays … seniors Keri Bland, Karly Hamric, Kaylyn Christopher and junior Jessica O'Connell travel to Tempe, Ariz., for the Arizona State Sun Angel Classic, while WVU's thrower competed at the Robert Morris Bennie Benson Invitational in Moon Township, Pa.

    Notes and Quotes

    : Junior Katelyn Williams started the weekend at the Sea Ray Relays posting a ninth-place finish in the heptathlon with 4,689 total points … freshman Sydney Cummings led in the high jump finishing in seven place after clearing 1.65 meters, while senior Natasha Redman followed in 13th place (1.60 meters) … senior Jamie Cokeley finished in eighth place in the first section of 1,500-meter race, as sophomore Jordan Hamric followed in 12th place (4:46.22) … junior Stephanie Caruso finished in 26th place (4:45.13) in the final section of the 1,500-meter race … in Arizona, Bland, Christopher, Karly Hamric and O'Connell all competed in the 1,500-meter race and posted Big East qualifying times …Bland led the pack, finishing in fourth place with a time of 4:19.84, while O'Connell placed eighth (4:22.29) … Hamric and Christopher followed in 10th and 16th, crossing the line in 4:22.95 and 4:27.39, respectively … at Robert Morris senior Brittany Fink posted a Big East qualifying standard in the discus, after throwing 42.31 meters for a first-place finish … freshman Heather Adams also threw well finishing in third place (39.49 meters), while freshman Brittany Thomas placed seventh (34.07) … senior Terina Miller then posted a conference qualifying standard in the hammer throw with a first-place showing (45.13) … the Short Creek, W.Va., native also competed well in the shot put, finishing in fifth (11.00 meters).

    This Week in Tennis

    WVU will continue play on April 16-17, as it travels to compete against Big East foes Villanova on Friday at 2 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. match against Rutgers on Saturday.

    Last Week in Tennis

    The Mountaineers won two 6-1 matches last week in a home match against Duquesne on Thursday, followed by a victory on Saturday over Seton Hall on its home-courts.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU improved to 15-5, 5-1 Big East, while Duquesne fell to 7-10 and Seton Hall fell to 5-10 … the Mountaineers started on Thursday by sweeping the doubles competition … senior Stephanie LaFortune and redshirt junior Monique Burton clinched the doubles point, in their last home match as a team, with an 8-5 victory over the Duke's No. 1 pair … WVU continued the lead as it captured five of the six matches in the singles competition … LaFortune won in the No. 1 spot with a score of 4-6, 7-6(3), 2-0, before her opponent retired in the third set … Burton clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over McGowan in the No. 2 spot … Cardenas, Pilsbury and sophomore Kathryn Haught also contributed to the victory by capturing wins in the No. 3, 5 and 6 spots, securing the 6-1 triumph over the Dukes … the match against the Pirates also started with WVU sweeping the doubles competition with two 8-4 victories in the No. 1 and 3 spots, along with an impressive 8-1 win by its No. 2 pair … Seton Hall came back with a singles victory in the No. 1 spot to make the score 1-1 … WVU took the lead again as it battled to win the last five matches in the No. 2-6 spots, losing only two sets all day. Issue 30, April 12, 2010 WVU Varsity Sports Report

    This Week in Baseball

    The West Virginia University baseball team plays four games in the state of West Virginia … WVU begins with the Mountaineer Diamond Classic on Tuesday, April 13, against Eastern Kentucky at 6 p.m., at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston … WVU then welcomes nationally-ranked Louisville for a three-game set in Morgantown on Friday-Sunday … Friday's game begins at 7:05 p.m., followed by 3 p.m. and 1 p.m. start times on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

    Last Week in Baseball

    West Virginia went 2-3 overall … the Mountaineers (15-17, 3-6) earned a quality win over Maryland, defeating the Terrapins 20-9 … WVU took one of three at St. John's over the weekend, winning a 13-inning marathon on Sunday, 10-8 … WVU fell to Towson last Tuesday, 10-4, and lost to the Red Storm on Friday and Saturday.

    Notes and Quotes

    Sunday's victory was WVU's first at St. John's since April 28, 2003 ... the 13-inning contest was also the longest for WVU since it defeated Seton Hall, 4-3, on March 24, 2007 … it is also the first extra-inning affair for the Mountaineers since falling to USF in 10 innings on May 22, 2008 … the Mountaineers set several season highs on offense against Maryland, including 20 runs scored, 25 base hits, five home runs, eight doubles, 19 RBIs and 48 total bases … WVU's 25 hits were its most in a single game since setting a school record with 32 against New Jersey Tech on March 8, 2009 … over his last four games, junior shortstop Jedd Gyorko combined to go 10-for-20 with five home runs, nine RBIs, four doubles and 11 runs scored … he also produced two four-hit games during that span … freshman left-hander Michael Twigg earned his first career victory in his first-ever start against Maryland … Twigg tossed 6.2 innings and gave up four runs on five hits with six strikeouts … senior reliever Chris Enourato pitched eight strong innings to hold down the St. John's offense on Sunday … the Bridgeport, W.Va., native pitched between the second and 10th innings, allowing one earned run on six hits with three strikeouts … junior Justin McDavid batted .471 for the week with his first career home run, six doubles, nine RBIs and seven runs scored … the Queen Creek, Ariz., native is currently on an eight-game hitting streak and leads WVU with 10 multiple RBI games.

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