Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (4/2/14) Edition

Baseball beats Pitt, football reports, hoops notes, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

WVU Wins at Pitt, Sweeps Season Series - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball swept the season series against Pitt with a 6-4 victory on Tuesday evening at Charles L. Cost Field.

Bottom On Top - BGN
West Virginia has been looking for offensive help from the bottom of the batting order, and it got it in spades during a 6-4 win over Pitt on Tuesday at windswept Charles Cost Field in Pittsburgh.

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Sweeps Season Series, Wins at Pitt - WVillustrated
The West Virginia University baseball swept the season series against Pitt with a 6-4 victory on Tuesday evening at Charles L. Cost Field.

Big 12 Offers Increased Exposure for WVU Baseball - WVU Athletics
Baseball plays first national TV game in Mountain State.

Bussie and Holmes Honored by Associated Press - WVU Athletics
Asya Bussie and Bria Holmes earned AP All-America Honorable Mention honors.

Duo Invited to Canadian U-20 Camp - WVU Athletics
The camp opened today and will close April 11. Freshman forward Ashley Lawrence will attend the full camp, while classmate Amandine Pierre-Louis, also a forward, will participate April 4-6.

Deal confident heading to NCAAs - Daily Athenaeum
With the postseason in full swing, junior gymnast Beth Deal looks to carry her momentum into the NCAA Athens Regional Championships this weekend in Athens, Ga.

Furfari: Facility updates the key to WVU sports success? - Register-Herald
You may have heard or read that West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is planning to spend $106 million for major projects.


News of Note:

Mountaineers look to man up - Charleston Daily Mail
By most indications, whether spoken by participants or on display in two open practices, it seems like West Virginia’s defense hopes to play plenty of man-to-man coverage this season.

Tennessee, Virginia Tech seem on WVU football horizon - Charleston Gazette
In addition, WVU is having conversations with Virginia Tech officials about meeting in the Washington area. A 2015 game with Georgia Southern has also been added.

Wolf's Huddle: Defensive Outlook - WVU Athletics
An inside look at Mountaineer football.

Multiple Fronts, Looks and Insights - EerSports
Multiple looks. Multiple fronts. Multiple coordinators. No matter which way you look at West Virginia’s defense for 2014, there is nothing "singular" about it. It’s something that the staff has stressed all spring, and new assistant coach Tom Bradley did so again this week.

West Virginia Mountaineers Rushel Shell 'bringing it' this spring - ESPN
This spring, West Virginia linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski discovered firsthand the power Rushel Shell can bring between the tackles. During a team drill, the two fiercely collided at the line of scrimmage. Kwiatkoski bounced off one way. Shell bounced off the other.

WVU searching for offensive line depth - Daily Athenaeum
The message has been echoed in WVU football camp that head coach Dana Holgorsen is pleased with the number of guys he has on the field this spring.

Alford, fresh faces need to make impact in 2014 - Daily Athenaeum
Mountaineer fans may have only caught a glimpse of senior wide out Mario Alford last season since he only started in five games, but Alford is poised to open the eyes of the West Virginia faithful in the 2014 campaign.

Hoops

Macon Makes Most of Situation, Ready for Return to Court - WVillustrated
After sitting out, freshman big man is prepared to join a more experience bunch in 2014-15.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Rare optimism surrounds WVU for next season - Times West Virginian
With all of that facing the Mountaineer team as it goes into the off-season, it seems rather strange that it heads there with far more optimism than you ever would expect from a team that has managed to win only half of its 98 games over the past three seasons.


Recruiting:

Huggins looking to fill void left by Eron Harris - Charleston Gazette
The Mountaineers were already focused on 2015 and beyond, but suddenly the coaches were back on the trail, evaluating top prospects and scouring film, looking for a scorer who could come in and play immediately.


Pro News:

Rams HC Jeff Fisher expecting big things out of Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey in Year 2 - WVU Pros
Last season, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey were drafted two rounds apart. Austin began to come on strong before injuring his ankle during Week 14 and missing the rest of the season, while Bailey found a bigger role in the offense over the last month.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Video: Will Baylor be able to sell out the new stadium? - Waco Tribune

Spring Central: Practice No. 6 Highlights - CYCLONES.com

BREAKING NEWS: Embiid to Return Next Season - Rock Chalk Talk

Five things to watch as K-State spring football arrives - Wichita Eagle

Oklahoma football: Sterling Shepard taking on enhanced leadership role - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Oklahoma State football: Kevin Peterson becomes the veteran in the secondary - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas HC Charlie Strong provides updates on first scrimmage, spring practice - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU notes: Gary Patterson updates spring practice storylines; who’s No. 1 at quarterback? - Dallas Morning News

The Texas Tech Secondary and the Cover 6 - Viva The Matadors


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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely Peruvian who's been featured in the South African SI Swimsuit edition before. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Anahi Gonzalez.


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