It has turned into a rebuilding year for the WVU baseball team with no seniors in the lineup or among the top six pitchers on the staff. The loss of middle of the order bats Dan DiBartolomeo and Matt Malloy to injury and suspension, respectively, has taken a big bite out of the offense.
Still, the team has an opportunity to reach the Big East Conference playoffs for a fifth consecutive season. To get there, the Mountaineers will have to play better on the road down the stretch. Four conference series remain–two on the road and two at home. WVU is just 1-5 away from home so far in Big East play and the team will play a three game series at Seton Hall this weekend. The results of the six remaining road games at Seton Hall and Georgetown will likely determine the fate of team this season.
The remaining home series will be very difficult as the Mountaineers will host No. 23 Louisville (the only ranked Big East team currently) and conference co-leader South Florida.
WVU will begin weekend play tied with Georgetown for 9th in the league. The Mountaineers are a game behind Villanova for the 8th and final conference tournament spot.
The Mountaineers have had some young pitchers emerge this season. Sophomore Corey Walter (from Wheeling Park High School) is WVU’s Friday night conference starter as he is throwing harder with better command this season. Walter is tied with junior college transfer Dan Dierdorff for the club lead with four wins. Dierdorff has picked up his first career Big East Conference win over Pitt last weekend. Sophomore Marshall Thompson is WVU’s other conference starter. Sophomore Ryan Tezak is the team leader with six saves.
Sophomore first baseman Ryan McBroom has his average up to .316 to lead the team. McBroom also leads the club with 33 RBI and he is tied with sophomore Matt Frazer for the team lead with five home runs . Freshman outfielder Bobby Boyd has his average up to .310 which is second on the team. Boyd has 18 stolen bases in 20 attempts.