WVU Varsity Sports Update

West Virginia University freshman Sydney Cummings has been named WVU's Student-Athlete of the Week for her efforts at the James Madison Invitational this past weekend.

The Mountaineers placed second in the meet behind host JMU, after Cummings posted a first-place finish in the high jump.

A Charleston, W.Va., native, Cummings earned the top spot with a season-best height of 1.70 meters. The mark also qualifies her for the Big East Championships.

Special Notes of the Week

  • WVU baseball player Jedd Gyorko was named to the National All-Star Lineup by the College Baseball Foundation and as one of Louisville Slugger's National Players of the Week, announced by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper for his efforts last week. In five games, Gyorko finished 10-for-25 with five home runs, nine RBIs, four doubles and 11 runs scored.

  • The WVU rowing team is set to compete in the Big East Championships Sunday, April 25, in Worcester, Md.

    This Week in Baseball

    The West Virginia University baseball team plays four more games this week … WVU plays at Duquesne on Wednesday at 4 p.m. … the Mountaineers then host nationally-ranked Pitt in a weekend conference series … the Backyard Brawl rivals square off on Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at noon.

    Last Week in Baseball

    West Virginia went 1-3 overall … it began the week with an exciting 13-11 victory over Eastern Kentucky at the Mountaineer Diamond Classic at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. … the Mountaineers then were swept by No. 12 Louisville at Hawley Field over the weekend … WVU fell by scores of 8-1, 12-9 (11) and 10-1.

    Notes and Quotes

    Junior Dom Hayes led West Virginia at the plate this week, batting .421 with a team-high eight hits, three doubles, one triple and 13 total bases … Kevin Griffin finished 5-for-15 during the week, hitting his first career home run on Saturday against Louisville … behind the plate, Griffin threw out four of nine runners attempting to steal … Justin McDavid recorded at least one hit in all four games, extending his hitting streak to 12 games … WVU produced 19 base hits in its 12-9 extra-inning loss to Louisville in game two of a doubleheader last Saturday … the total is tied for WVU's secondhighest this season … reliever Andy Altemus earned the victory in WVU's 13-11 win at the Mountaineer Diamond Classic … in front of 1,289 fans, Altemus pitched the final 2.1 innings and allowed just one hit and no runs.

    This Week in Rowing

    The Mountaineers will continue action on Sunday, April 25, as they travel to Worcester, Md., to compete in the BIG EAST Championships.

    Last Week in Rowing

    WVU was defeated by George Mason on Saturday in its second-annual spring home-regatta on the Monongahela River.

    Notes and Quotes

    The racing slate consisted of a Novice 4+, a Varsity 4+, a Varsity 8+ and a second Varsity 8+ race, in which George Mason pulled through with the lead in each of the events … in the first race of the day, WVU's Novice 4+ team ‘A' (8.46.10) and team ‘B' (8.52.36) boats finished behind George Mason, which crossed the line in 8:39.70 … the Varsity 4+ boat (8.59.90) of Keyara Stevenson, Caitlin Murphy, Amelia Nelson, Melissa Shaver with coxswain Anastasia DuPont, also pushed for the lead, but fell behind George Mason (8.45.13) … the Mountaineers' Varsity 8+ (7.31.68) and second Varsity 8+ (7.49.41) crews also fought for a victory, but were passed by George Mason's Varsity 8+ and second Varsity 8+ crews and their winning times of 7.26.80 and 7.36.76.

    This Week in Track & Field

    WVU continues action this week with a trip to the fourth annual Saint Francis Father Bede Invitational in Loretto, Pa., on Saturday, April 24.

    Last Week in Track & Field

    The West Virginia University track and field team finished in second place at the James Madison Invitational in Harrisonburg, Va. … host JMU placed first with 168.5 points, while the Mountaineers followed in second (142 points), Robert Morris finished third (125 points), William and Mary finished fourth (101.5 points) and George Mason finished in fifth (77 points).

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU started the day sweeping the 800-meter run as senior Keri Bland came in first with a time of 2:08.00, junior Jessica O'Connell finished in second (2:10.53) and Heather Saffel placed third (2:28.53) … senior Marie-Louise Asselin and junior Kate Harrison then took the top spots in the 1,500-meter run, crossing the line in 4:30.00 and 4:34.00, respectively, while senior Kaylyn Christopher, sophomore Sarah-Anne Brault and junior Ahna Lewis swept the 3,000-meter race … Christopher led the pack, crossing the line in 9:30.00, while Brault placed second in 9:40.00 and Lewis finished in third 9:40.01 …in the high jump, WVU was once again represented well as freshman Sydney Cummings cleared a season-best height of 1.70 meters for first place ... junior Katelyn Williams followed in second after also clearing 1.70 meters and senior Natasha Redman finished third at 1.65-meters … in other field events, sophomore Lindsey Kopenhaver finished fifth in the pole vault (3.35 meters), sophomore Meghan Mock finished second in the long jump (5.55-meters) and Terina Miller placed third in the hammer throw (42.88 meters) and fourth in the shot put (11.67 meters) … Brittany Fink, Heather Adams and Brittney Thomas also placed well in the discus, as Fink placed fourth (37.26 meters) and Adams and Thomas tied for fifth (37.13 meters).

    This Week in Tennis

    The Mountaineers will close out their season April 22-25, as they travel to compete in the BIG EAST Championships in South Bend, Ind.

    Last Week in Tennis

    WVU defeated Big East foe Villanova on Friday in a 4-0 match, which was terminated midmatch due to inclement weather conditions … on Saturday, the Mountaineer then fell to Rutgers in a 6-1 match in Newark, N.J.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers finished their regular season with a record of 16-6 overall and 6-2 in Big East competition … in the match against Villanova, WVU swept the singles competition by winning the only four matches played today ... senior Stephanie LaFortune (No. 1), redshirt junior Monique Burton (No. 2), sophomore Kathryn Haught (No. 5) and junior Ashley Pilsbury (No. 6) captured today's victories for the Mountaineers … sophomore Veronica Cardenas (No. 3) and freshman Emily Mathis (No. 4) were both leading over their opponents before the match was ceased … during Saturday's match, the Scarlet Knights began the match by sweeping the doubles competition and continued the lead in the singles competition, where the Mountaineers dropped five of six matches … sophomore Kathryn Haught captured the lone win for the Mountaineers in the No. 5 spot with a 1-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-5, victory over Rutgers' Leonora Slatnick.

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