March 11, 2013
PITTSBURGH – Coming off a 4-0 weekend at the Panther Classic I, the University of Pittsburgh baseball team (9-4) will continue its 10-game home stand when it hosts long-time rival West Virginia (6-9) at Charles L. Cost Field at the Petersen Sports Complex on Tuesday, March 12, in a 3 p.m. contest.
The Panthers have been led by a potent offensive attack that tops the Big East in several categories including batting average (.318), slugging percentage (.490), home runs (13) and total bases (225).
Individually, Eric Hess (SO/Erie, Pa.) leads the league in batting average (.457) and on base percentage (.554), Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) bests the conference in homeruns (5), runs scored (21) and total bases (34) and Elvin Soto (SO/New York, N.Y.) leads the Big East with 18 RBIs.
WVU has been paced offensively by a pair of batters, Bobby Boyd (.426) and Jacob Rice (.403), who are batting over .400 on the season. Boyd also leads the team on the basepaths with nine stolen bases. Matt Grazer paces the team with 11 RBI. Managing the Mountaineers is Randy Mazey, in his first year with the program.
The midweek pitching matchup will see Luke Curtis (SO/Phillipsburg, Pa.) making his first start of the season against WVU’s Zac Bargeron.
The Panther and Mountaineer rivalry on the diamond dates back to 1892 with WVU holding a 99-85 advantage in the all-time series. However, in recent history Pitt has held the advantage winning seven of the last 10 meetings.
TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 3:00 p.m. EST
PITT: RHP Luke Curtis (0-0, 3.38 ERA)
WEST VIRGINIA: LHP Zac Bargeron (0-0, 4.82)