Both the Charleston and West Virginia State baseball teams appeared in the West Virginia Conference tournament pairings released on Sunday. All games will be held at Johnstown, Pa.UC finished second in the South division and will play the tournament-opening game against Shepherd at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. State will play the following game against Seton Hill at 1 p.m.On Friday, the teams will play each other at 9:30 a.m., while Saturday the Yellow Jackets will take on Shepherd at 9:30 a.m. and UC will play Seton Hill at 1 p.m.After three days of round-robin play, the two teams with the best records will meet in the championship game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.For complete pairings, see page 2B.
nnPOWER LOSES IN 10: Greensboro's Matt Smith delivered an RBI single, plating Ryan Goetz as the host Grasshoppers salvaged a 5-4 win over the West Virginia Power on Sunday.Smith was the offensive star of the game, going 4-for-6 with three RBIs as the Grasshoppers (21-8) pounded out 18 hits.Kevin Cravey (5-0) picked up the win for Northern Division-leading Greensboro after tossing a pair of scoreless innings in relief with three strikeouts.Jordan Cooper (1-3) took the loss for West Virginia after giving up Smith's single in his only inning of work.Jose Osuna, Gregory Polanco and Willy Garcia had a pair of hits each for West Virginia (11-19).The teams will play the second of the three-game set at 7 p.m. today. nnWVGA JUNIOR QUALIFIERS: Scott Depot's Chris Williams fired a 1-under-par 71 at Sleepy Hollow and Wheeling's David Coram shot a 2-over 74 at Preston Country Club as each won a qualifier on Sunday for next week's Junior Match Play Championship.A total of 14 golfers qualified for the event, which will be held Saturday and Sunday at Parkersburg Country Club.
For a list of qualifiers see page 2B. nnREDSKINS SIGN EX-HERD PLAYER: The Washington Redskins have signed former Marshall defensive lineman Delvin Johnson to a free-agent contract.Johnson started 12 of 13 games last season for the Herd, compiling 42 tackles and two sacks. He joins second-round draft pick Vinny Curry and fellow free-agent signee Omar Brown as Herd players entering the NFL this offseason. nnMU SPORTS: Former Chapmanville standout Andi Williamson threw ten innings of shutout ball and Alysia Hively launched a walk-off home run as Marshall eked out a 1-0 softball win over Central Florida in Huntington on Sunday.
Williamson struck out six while yielding six hits and four walks for the Thundering Herd (34-20 overall, 15-9 Conference USA). The Marshall baseball squad was limited to just three hits as it fell at East Carolina 6-3 on Sunday.Gray Stafford scored a pair of runs for the Herd (15-31 overall, 3-15 Conference USA). nnWVU SPORTS: The West Virginia baseball team yielded four runs in the seventh inning as it fell 8-4 to Louisville on Sunday in Morgantown.John Polonius had three hits and an RBI to lead the Mountaineers (18-29 overall, 6-15 Big East).