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WVIAC Weekend Softball Preview

Every league team is in action this weekend and all but one doubleheader is slated to be conference contests.

Glenville State currently leads the conference standings power ratings with 115 and a 4-0 mark in conference competition. Shepherd is second with a ranking of 103.33 (6-0) while Davis & Elkins is third with 100 in the power rating (2-0).

Seton Hill (90, 5-1) and Charleston (83.3, 2-1) are fourth and fifth, respectively. West Virginia Wesleyan (77.5, 3-1) and Alderson-Broaddus (55, 3-3) are fifth and sixth while Wheeling Jesuit (32.5, 1-3) and Ohio Valley (21.6, 1-5) are just behind them. WV State, Fairmont State, Bluefield State, West Liberty and Concord will be playing their first league games this weekend.

WV State leads the league with a .351 average while WV Wesleyan is just behind them at .335. WV Wesleyan has already notched a league-high 12 triples and 22 round-trippers. Concord, which is hitting .301 for the season, has recorded 36 steals – second highest in the conference.

WVWC has a league-best .524 slugging percentage and has crossed home plate 171 times. Alderson-Broaddus has a conference-high 48 doubles. WVSU leads the way with 24 sacrifice bunts. Both WVWC and Glenville State have launched six sacrifice flies.

On the base paths, West Liberty has swiped 41 bases on the season.

The Bobcats are first in team ERA with a mere 1.78. The squad has combined to toss a league-high seven shutouts and has given up just 30 walks. Shepherd is second among the mix with a 2.42 ERA. Charleston is third with a 2.64 ERA. The Golden Eagles have combined to strike out a league-best 194 batters.

SHU and WV State each have notched three saves on the season. Shepherd and Concord lead the league in runners picked off with two apiece.

WVWC leads the conference in fielding percentage with a .969 average. Fairmont State is a close second, having committed just 22 errors for a .962 mark. Shepherd (.958) and A-B (.953) are third and fourth, respectively.  

A-B has a league-best 252 assists while Shepherd has turned a conference-high nine double plays.

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**Statistics are through games played on March 29 as sent in by league institutions**

For full league statistics, go to http://wviac.org/custompages/softball/11sbHTML/confstat.htm?path=softball

Friday, April 1
Seton Hill at Fairmont State -3 p.m.

Concord at Salem International – 3 p.m.

West Liberty at Charleston – 5 p.m.

Davis & Elkins at Ohio Valley – 5 p.m.

Wheeling Jesuit at Bluefield State – 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 2
Wheeling Jesuit at Concord – 12 p.m.
Davis & Elkins at Seton Hill – 1 p.m.
Shepherd at West Virginia Wesleyan – 1 p.m.
West Liberty at Bluefield State – 2 p.m.
Fairmont State at West Virginia State – 2 p.m.
Charleston at Glenville State – 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 3
Charleston at Shepherd – 12 p.m.
West Liberty at Concord – 12 p.m.
Seton Hill at Bluefield State – 1 p.m.
Alderson-Broaddus at West Virginia State – 2 p.m.
Davis & Elkins at Fairmont State – 2 p.m.
Glenville State at Wheeling Jesuit – 2 p.m.

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