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The #12 West Virginia baseball team blew out Pitt in the Backyard Brawl on Wednesday night, with a 10-0 run-rule win. Freshman pitcher Carson Estridge earned the win for WVU, by striking out seven hitters and allowing just two hits in four innings. The Mountaineers’ best play at the plate was sophomore JJ Wetherholt’s three-run home run in the fourth inning.
West Virginia infielder JJ Wetherholt was named last week’s Big 12 Conference Player of the Week. The sophomore second baseman hit .529 with three home runs and a triple in the Mountaineers’ four wins. WVU pitcher Blaine Traxel was selected as the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week and Co-Pitcher of the Week.
Along with being the conference Newcomer of the Week and Co-Pitcher of the Week, graduate student Blaine Traxel was named the Co-Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). The right-hander threw a complete game in West Virginia’s win over Baylor. Traxel also struck out six batters, walked none, and allowed just six hits.
West Virginia junior pitcher Carlson Reed has been named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award Midseason Watch List. Only 56 players made the midseason watch list. In 18 appearances this season, he is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA and five saves.
AROUND THE BIG 12
The Kansas State men’s basketball program picked up a big commitment from North Texas transfer Tylor Perry. Perry chose to join the Wildcats over Texas Tech, Florida, and Ole Miss.
AROUND THE NCAA
Michigan State starting quarterback Payton Thorne and top wide receiver Keon Coleman have both entered the college football transfer portal.
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