Davis Named Student-Athlete of the Week
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After continuing to swing a hot bat at the plate, senior outfielder Austin Davis of the West Virginia University baseball team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
Davis finished 9-for-19 (.474) in four games last week. On April 23, at No. 8 Texas Tech, he recorded a five-hit day with four runs scored, three doubles, two RBI and a stolen base. It marked the first time a Mountaineer tallied five hits in one game since Braden Zarbnisky on March 3, 2018.
In all, Davis, who leads the team with a .348 average at the plate this season, has hit safely in 18 of his last 21 games. Additionally, the Orlando, Florida, native moved to No. 3 in WVU’s all-time record book with 60 career stolen bases last week.
The Mountaineers play four games this week, beginning on Wednesday, April 27, when the squad returns home to take on Penn State. First pitch at Wagener Field at Monongalia County Ballpark is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.
This Week in Baseball: West Virginia plays four games this week, three of them on the road … WVU returns home to take on Penn State on Wednesday, April 27, at Wagener Field at Monongalia County Ballpark … first pitch against the Nittany Lions is set for 6:30 p.m. ET … from there, the Mountaineers travel for a three-game series at Kansas, from April 29-May 1, in Lawrence, Kansas … Friday’s opener at Hoglund Ballpark is scheduled for 7 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday’s games will begin at 3 p.m., and 1 p.m., respectively.
Last Week in Baseball: WVU (24-14, 7-5 Big 12) went 2-2 in four road games … West Virginia began the week with a 3-2 win over Pitt in 11 innings on April 20, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh … after the Mountaineers took the lead on a Panther error in the top of the 11th, sophomore right-handed pitcher/utility Ben Abernathy slammed the door to earn the win on the mound … Abernathy was part of a group of seven pitchers to limit Pitt to just three hits with 14 strikeouts … from there, WVU dropped a pair of games at No. 8 Texas Tech in a doubleheader on April 23, in Lubbock, Texas … the Mountaineers fell, 7-5, and, 12-2, in the two games … the squad salvaged the series finale with an offensive explosion, winning, 15-4 … WVU tallied a season-best 18 hits and scored 10 runs in the ninth inning in the win … senior outfielder Austin Davis finished with five hits, four runs scored, three doubles, two RBI and a stolen base, while freshman infielder JJ Wetherholt added four hits, four runs and three RBI … fifth-year senior right-hander Chase Smith earned his first Mountaineer win, while fifth-year senior right-hander Trey Braithwaite recorded his fifth save against the Red Raiders … for the week, Davis led the way with nine hits in four games, while freshman outfielder Evan Smith, who hit a grand slam on April 24, had a team-best six RBI.
Notes: Following the Texas Tech series, WVU is now 16-17 all-time against the Red Raiders … at 7-5 in Big 12 Conference play, WVU begins the week tied for fifth place in the league standings … West Virginia has won 14 of its last 20 games … with the win over Pitt, the Mountaineers are now 4-0 all-time at PNC Park … on April 24, Davis became the first Mountaineer to record five hits in a game since Braden Zarbnisky on March 3, 2018, against Western Kentucky … Sunday’s game marked just Texas Tech’s second loss at home this season … it also was West Virginia’s fourth win over a top-10 opponent this season … WVU is 44-70 against Penn State … the two squads already met once this season, an 8-4 Mountaineer win on April 12, in University Park, Pennsylvania … PSU hasn’t played a game in Morgantown since 2017 … West Virginia has won 22 consecutive midweek, home games, dating back to a 9-6 win over Niagara on April 3, 2017 … WVU also is 11-16 in 27 meetings against Kansas … last season, WVU won three of four meetings against the Jayhawks … the Mountaineers have stolen 130 bases as a team this spring, the most in single-season program history … junior outfielder Victor Scott II has 30 stolen bases, the most by a player in one season in WVU history, while Davis’ 60 career stolen bases rank No. 3 in the Mountaineer record books .. Davis, who leads West Virginia with a .348 average, has hit safely in 18 of his last 21 games.
This Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers concluded their 2021-22 season.
Last Week in Tennis: West Virginia (7-16, 0-9 Big 12) traveled to Fort Worth, Texas for the 2022 Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships, on April 21-24, at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center … WVU fell, 4-0, during the first-round matchup against No.7-seed Iowa State … the Cyclones went into singles play with an advantage after claiming the doubles point … starting in the No. 3 spot, junior Ting-Pei Chang fell to Miska Kadleckova in two sets, 6-4, 6-0, to begin singles competition … next up, freshman Kendall Kovick came up short to No. 95-ranked Ange Oby Kajuru, 6-3, 6-3 … Chie Kezuka secured the match for ISU against freshman Tatiana Lipatova, 7-6, 6-0 … the remaining matches from the No. 1, 4 and 6 slots went unfinished … the Mountaineers led in the No. 1 match (senior Anastasiia Bovolskaia), were tied in match No. 6 (freshman Michaela Kucharova) and trailed in match No. 4 (freshman Camilla Bossi).
Notes: The matchup againt No. 32-ranked Iowa State marked the conclusion of the 2021-22 season … it also served as senior Bovolskaia’s final collegiate match … the Irkutsk, Russia, native, finished her career with 83 total wins, tied for No. 33 in program history, alongside Kaja Mrgole … on the year, Bossi led WVU with 13 singles wins and nine doubles victories alongside Chang … the tandem made their debut on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) doubles rankings, on March 23, at number 42 … of note, this was the first time in program history a doubles pair has made it on the national rankings … Bossi and Lipatova finished the 2022 season with 20 or more wins and five Mountaineers finished with 10 or more wins.
This Week in Track and Field: West Virginia will host the Mountaineer Twilight on Saturday, April 30, at the Track and Field Complex at Mylan Park in Morgantown, West Virginia … additionally, a handful of Mountaineers will attend the Penn Classic on April 28-30 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Last Week in Track and Field: WVU hosted the Mountaineer Showcase on April 22-23, at the Track and Field Complex at Mylan Park in Morgantown, West Virginia … additionally, a handful of athletes traveled to the Virginia Challenge on April 21-23, at Lannigan Field, in Charlottesville, Virginia … redshirt senior Hayley Jackson posted a Mylan Park record time in the 800-meter run after finishing in first place with a time of 2:08.16 … senior Katherine Dowie also earned a first-place finish (10:13.68) in her 3,000-meter steeplechase season debut …next up, fifth-year Sylvia Russell took first (4:32.82) in the 1,500-meter run … following Russell, sophomore Maria Kaylor crossed in second (4:39.01) in the 1,500-meter run, while sophomore Megan Weaver took fourth (4:45.27) … also on the track, senior Mikenna Vanderheyden placed third in the 800-meter in 2:11.07, while freshman Ghamani Houge placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.12) … in the field, junior Katelynn Caccamo placed first in pole vault with a height of 3.71 meters, while redshirt senior Ellie Gardner and sophomore Lynsie Curtis followed in second (3.56m) and third (3.56m-judge’s decision), respectively … senior Sada Wright placed second in the discus throw competition, with a distnace of 44.84 meters … at the Virginia Challenge, sophomore Cassandra Williamson placed third in the 800-meter run (2:08.26).
Notes: Ten of West Virginia’s top-five finishes came at the Mountaineer Showcase … additionally, the squad also tallied three first-place finishes on the track … the Mountaineers are set to host their fourth of five outdoor meets this season … WVU last hosted the Mountaineer Twilight on May 1, 2021 … last season, WVU closed out the meet with four first-place finishes … then-freshman Abigale Mullings took first in the high jump competition, with a winning height of 1.72 meters … then-redshirt freshman Sarah Stair and then-freshman Lydia Moell competed in the pole vault competition, sharing a winning height of 3.69 meters to both take first place … additionally, Ceili McCabe won the steeplechase competition with a winning time of 9:58.62 … McCabe’s time placed second best in outdoor program history, following her program first place finish of 9:57.93 … at the Mountaineers last visit to Penn Relays in 2018, then-redshirt senior Amy Cashin broke her own school record in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, with a personal-best time of 9:59.40 … of note, she became the first Mountaineer to ever break the 10-minute barrier in the event … the Werribee, Victoria, Australia, native topped her previous WVU-best time of 10:01.19 from 2017 … the record-breaking performance also was good for the fourth-best women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase time in Penn Relays history.
This Week in Golf: The golf team will compete in the Big 12 Golf Championship on April 25-27, in Trinity, Texas … the Big 12 Championship will be contested at Whispering Pines Golf Club on the 7,467-yard, par-72 course.
Last Week in Golf: The Mountaineers did not compete.
Notes: The conference championship format will consist of a total of 72 holes across three days with 36 holes scheduled on Monday, followed by 18 holes each on Tuesday and Wednesday … pairings will consist of play beginning off both the No. 1 and No. 10 tees each of the four rounds … West Virginia will be paired with Iowa State and will tee off on No. 1 at 10:30 a.m. ET on Monday … fifth-year seniors Mark Goetz and Logan Perkins, senior Kurtis Grant, junior Trent Tipton and sophomores Jackson Davenport and Olivier Ménard (substitute) make up the WVU lineup … Goetz competed in the 2018 and 2021 Big 12 Championship, while Perkins competed in the 2019 and 2021 Big 12 Championship … Tipton and Davenport participated in the 2021 Big 12 Championship, while Grant traveled as a substitute … the 2020 Big 12 Championship was canceled due to COVID-19 … all three WVU seniors currently rank inside the PGA TOUR University Top 125 with Goetz at No. 25, Perkins at No. 104 and Grant at No. 125.
This Week in Rowing: West Virginia travels to Moon Township, Pennyslvania, for a scrimmage against Robert Morris on Saturday, April 30.
Last Week in Rowing: The Mountaineers competed at the George Mason Invitational on April 24, in Fairfax Station, Virginia … WVU took first in the 1V4 and 2V4 races, while earning a second-place finish in the 2V8 competition … Senior Maura Harkins, freshman Grace Cronen, seniors Danielle Shuttleworth and Michaela Pulick and freshman Ksenia Kaluderovic posted a time of 7:35.1 in the 1V4 finals … freshman Ava Milano, sophomore Alexandra Farron, juniors Jordyn Hussain and Ally Fisher and redshirt freshman Katherine Captain recorded a time of 7:14.4 in the 2V4 competion … during the second-place 2V8 race, junior Sydney VanAuken, senior Megan Present, fifth-year Kileigh Lade, freshman Abigail Yingling, senior Katherine McMullen, juniors Kaira Lay and Kathleen Meldrum and sophomores Samantha Perro and Ryleigh Williams finished in 6:52.8.
Quote: “We had our most complete overall team performance today,” WVU rowing coach Jimmy King said. “It’s great to see our 4s continuing to progress week to week, learning and building upon prior races. I’m looking to see them build some momentum from here. I’m most pleased with the consistency and aggressiveness of our 2V8. No matter the circumstances, they just race… they’re racers, which is essentially what we want from all of our crews.”