Season-opening road trip continues in Charlotte
MORGANTOWN, WV — The West Virginia University baseball team travels to Charlotte, North Carolina for a three-game weekend series against Charlotte February 25-27.
Friday’s first pitch at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET, while Saturday and Sunday’s games are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 12 p.m., respectively.
Fans can follow the action throughout the weekend with live stats, found at WVUsports.com. Additionally, Friday’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN+, while Saturday’s game will be shown on CUSA.tv. Sunday’s series finale is back on ESPN+.
Second-year right-handed pitcher Carlson Roseau (0-0, 6.75 ERA) gets the ball in Friday’s opener against Charlotte southpaw Spencer Giesting (0-0, 2.25 ERA). Saturday, second left-hander Ben Hampton (1-0, 3.60 ERA) takes on right-hander Cameron Hansen (0-0, 2.25 ERA) of Charlotte, while freshman right-hander Chris Sleeper (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will face 49ers left-hander Will Lancaster (1-0, 1.69 ERA) on Sunday.
This weekend marks the first time WVU (3-1) and Charlotte (2-1) have met since 2017. Overall, the 49ers lead the all-time series, 4-2, the previous six meetings taking place in Charlotte.
The Mountaineers opened the 2022 campaign with three wins in four games at the Baseball at the Beach event, Feb. 18-21, in Conway, South Carolina. WVU in the lead then-No. 16 Central Michigan, 13-8, on Opening Day before claiming an 8-3 win over Kent State on Feb. 19. -7, February 21, to close the trip.
As a team, WVU combined a record 38 runs on 48 hits at Conway. That includes 20 extra hits and six homers. Through four games, junior outfielder Victor Scott II and junior infielder/receiver in red shirt Dayne Leonard are hitting .500 to the plate, while the freshman infielder Grant Husseywho hit a grand slam in his career opener Feb. 18, has three home runs and nine RBIs to start the year.
Additionally, the freshman infielder JJ Wetherholt hits .412 with a home run, a double, a triple, four runs scored, six RBIs and two stolen bases. The Mars, Pennsylvania native hit a home run in his first career at bat on Feb. 18, helping him earn Big 12 Newcomer and WVU Student-Athlete of the Week honors.
On the mound, senior southpaw Handsome Lowery picked up the win on opening day, before Hampton struck out 10 in 5.0 innings to earn the win over the Golden Flashes on February 19. Sleeper’s college debut also went 5.0 innings, as he struck out five without giving up a CMU run on Feb. 20.
In all, 17 newcomers made their mountain debut at Baseball at the Beach, including 12 true freshmen.
After its season-opening trip, WVU ranked No. 30 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll. He also received votes in this week’s National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll.
Charlotte is led by coach Robert Woodard, who led the 49ers to an NCAA region last season. The team finished 40-21 in 2021, including 24-8 in Conference USA action. This year, Charlotte was chosen to finish fourth in the C-USA preseason poll.
The 49ers opened the season in Tampa, Fla., with wins over UConn (7-3 on Feb. 19) and South Florida (8-3 on Feb. 20), as well as an 8-7 loss to Louisville. the day of the opening.
Individually, infielder Austin Knight is a preseason All-American selection and was on the Golden Spikes Award watch list. He was also named C-USA Pre-Season Player of the Year.
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