West Virginia State remained winless on its southern baseball trip, losing 14-8 Monday at Winston-Salem State in North Carolina.Zach Cloxton had three hits and three runs for the Yellow Jackets, who fell to 2-8 overall and 0-4 in a four-game tour through North and South Carolina. Noah Blackhurst drove in three runs with two hits and a sacrifice fly.State jumped out to a 4-0 lead with four runs in the top of the first, but Winston-Salem State answered with three runs in both the first and second innings before pulling away. Levi Grassley and Rafael Gonzalez each drove in four runs for the Rams.Jackets starter Jesus Rivero took the loss after allowing six runs on four hits in 12/3 innings.nn
HURRICANE SOCCER: Three Hurricane High School girls soccer players will sign national letters of intent today at 11:15 a.m. at the Hurricane High School library.Brittany Minor will play for Alderson-Broaddus, Taylor Morton will attend West Virginia Wesleyan and Callie McClanahan will suit up for Elizabethtown (Pa.). All three athletes have played club soccer together for the past nine years with the West Virginia Soccer Club Rowdies.
WVC AWARDS: Katelyn Norton of Davis & Elkins has been named the West Virginia Conference softball player of the week while teammate Alanna Jones has earned conference pitcher accolades.Norton registered a .533 batting average after going 8 for 15 on the week, driving in five runs.Jones garnered a 2-0 week in the circle for D&E, working 16 innings while giving up just one earned run and striking out 22. In her last five appearances, she has registered 32 strikeouts and has given up just one earned run.
WVU SPORTS: The West Virginia baseball home opener against Eastern Kentucky scheduled for today has had a time change due to impending weather. The game, originally scheduled for 3 p.m., will now begin at 1:30 p.m. at Hawley Field.West Virginia track runner Kelly Williams has qualified in the mile for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday in Fayetteville, Ark. Williams goes into the race ranked No. 12 with a personal-best time of 4:36.77, posted this past weekend at the Columbia Last Chance meet in New York. She will run in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday with the top eight moving on to the final at 7 p.m. Saturday.West Virginia women's swimmer Rachael Burnett has been named the WVU Varsity Sports Report athlete of the week for her performance at last week's Big 12 swimming and diving championships.
Burnett won three individual events for the second consecutive season, broke three school records and broke the Big 12 record in the 500 freestyle. Burnett's individual wins came in the 200 free (1:45.22), 500 free (4:38.40) and 1,650 free (16:04.26). Burnett finished her conference championships career with nine individual wins.The West Virginia gymnastics team is down five spots to No. 21 in the latest GymInfo poll. The Mountaineers' drop comes despite scoring their second-highest mark of the season, 196.375, in a second-place effort at their home quad-meet Sunday.nn
HERD SOFTBALL: Marshall's Bri Anna Hope has won Conference USA hitter of the week honors after a stellar performance in this past week's games against Drexel, UNC Greensboro, Buffalo and Robert Morris. Hope went 8 for 17 with eight RBIs and a 1.059 slugging percentage, scored six runs, hit two doubles, a triple and two home runs within the six-game span.nn
BASKETBALL TOURNEY: The Charleston Parks & Recreation Department will host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for players ages 9-17 at the North Charleston Community Center. For more information, call Amanda Thompson at (304) 348-6884.
LOCAL TENNIS: The YMCA in Charleston will hold its annual Junior Spring Open tennis tournament beginning Friday. Entry deadline is 8 a.m. Wednesday. For more information, call 304-340-3533.