The Marshall baseball team led twice in the early going but ultimately fell to host Charlotte 7-3 Monday at Hayes Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.Freshman starting pitcher Michael Taylor (0-1) suffered the loss for Marshall (3-3) despite allowing only one earned run - three total - in 22/3 innings. Taylor struck out two and walked three.Charlotte starter Brock Hudgens (1-0) lasted five innings to get the win. Hudgens struck out five, walked two and gave up five hits.Andrew Dundon went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI for the Herd.
nnWVU SPORTS: The West Virginia women's tennis team will host Virginia Tech on Saturday at the Charleston Tennis Club. Warmups begin at 10 a.m. Doubles matches start at 11 a.m. followed by singles matches. West Virginia sophomore Thomas Kyanko has qualified to shoot small-bore at the NCAA rifle championships March 8-9 at Converse Hall and French Field House in Columbus, Ohio. Kyanko is one of eight student-athletes selected to shoot at the championships, and he earned one of the four small-bore spots based on his 580 score at the team's NCAA qualifying match on Feb. 17. Following her distinction as the Great American Rifle Conference Shooter and Senior Shooter of the Year, West Virginia senior Petra Zublasing has been named the WVU student-athlete of the week.The Italy native set her second WVU small-bore record in three weeks and won the discipline title with a 595 (199 prone, 199 standing, 197 kneeling) score in the open relay and a 101.4 in the final for a 696.4 mark Saturday. She is the fourth different Mountaineer to win the GARC small-bore title. West Virginia baseball player Jacob Rice was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, earning the program's first weekly honor as members of the Big 12 Conference.Rice, a junior transfer in his first season at WVU, led the Mountaineers to a pair of wins in four games this past weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C. He batted .563 (9 for 16) with three runs, one double, three RBIs, three stolen bases and a sacrifice fly. After earning the 10th-best score in program history, the West Virginia gymnastics team is up nine spots to No. 16 in the latest GymInfo poll.The Mountaineers (8-6, 1-1 Big 12) make their leap in the poll following a third straight 196.0-plus showing at the WVU Coliseum, as they finished second at Sunday's Wendy M. Roach Invitational Pink Meet with a season-best 196.55 mark. West Virginia cross country runners Sarah-Anne Brault and Kelly Williams have been named USTFCCCA Division I Women's Cross Country All-Academic honorees.
Brault, a finance and economics major, has a 3.93 GPA and finished her final season as a Mountaineer by qualifying for her fourth straight NCAA championship. Williams maintains a 4.0 GPA as a pre-human nutrition and foods major and received all-region honors at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional after finishing in 22nd place with a personal-best 6K time of 21:20. nnTENNIS CLINIC: The YMCA is taking registrations for its Parent-N-Me tennis class for ages 2-4 and Tiny Tot tennis class for ages 3-5. For more dates, times and fees, call (304) 340-3533. nnBENEFIT HOOPS: Teays Valley Christian will be host for a game with Huntington Prep at 8 p.m.Thursday. On Friday, the school will host an all-star night with competitions and basketball games beginning at 4 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Davis Child Shelter in Charleston.