Area roundup: C-USA honors Blair

Marshall pitcher Aaron Blair was named Conference USA pitcher of the week Monday.In his lone outing, Blair kept in-state rival West Virginia hitless and scoreless over six innings while fanning a season high 11 hitters.  The junior was lifted at the end of the sixth due to a high pitch count.Beyond the first, Blair allowed only three base runners. Only two Mountaineer hitters were able to get the ball out of the infield in those six innings.
  • Marshall's baseball game versus No. 8 Kentucky, originally scheduled for today, has been moved to Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Lexington.
  • The Marshall-Wright State softball matchup scheduled for today has been pushed to Wednesday at Dot Hicks Field in Huntington. The doubleheader will begin at 2 p.m.
  • Marshall men's golf concluded the third round of the Furman Intercollegiate on Sunday and combined for a score of 314 to finish in 21st place.
  • Nathan Kerns scored a 77, tying for 40th individually with a 223. Brian Anania was one stroke behind Kerns, finishing with a 78. He tied for 65th.
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  • WVU SPORTS: West Virginia pitcher Harrison Musgrave was named a Louisville Slugger national player of the week, while also earning Big 12 pitcher of the week honors for his performance in a shutout victory over Texas Tech.Against the Red Raiders, Musgrave fanned a career-high 13 batters in 62/3 innings, allowing no runs on two hits for his second consecutive Big 12 victory. In those two wins, Musgrave is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings, allowing four hits with 19 strikeouts.
  • The National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships regional selections were announced Monday, and West Virginia will compete as the No. 5 seed at the Morgantown Regional, April 6 at WVU Coliseum.
  • The Mountaineers' (13-9, 1-3) bid is their 35th regional championship berth and their 30th in NCAA competition. Since 1983, the Mountaineers have advanced to the national championships three times (1995, 1999, 2000). The regional includes Michigan, the region's No. 1 seed, while Nebraska, the 2013 conference champion, earned the No. 2 bid. Illinois is seeded third, while Kentucky is the No. 4 seed.
    Four WVU gymnasts are nationally ranked in Monday's GymInfo poll.Kaylyn Millick is ranked No. 27 nationally in the all-around with a 39.3 regional qualifying score. Hope Sloanhoffer ranks No. 42 (39.16) in the all-around, while Jaida Lawrence ranks No. 43 (9.89) on vault and Alaska Richardson ranks No. 48 (9.88) on floor.
  • West Virginia swimmer Mandie Nugent has been named the WVU Varsity Sports Report athlete of the week for her performance at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend.
  • Nugent became the first female swimmer in WVU history to be named an All-American with her seventh-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 55.61 seconds. She finished her career at WVU with three national honors, including honorable mention All-America last year as a member of the 800 freestyle relay team and in the 200 butterfly.
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  • WVC HONORS: Kristy Kellogg of Alderson-Broaddus has been named the West Virginia Conference player of the week while Fairmont State's Chelsea Cobb and West Virginia State's Kelsey Lorraine were named co-pitchers of the week.Kellogg led the Battlers to a 2-0 week with a sweep over Edinboro, going 6 for 8 in the twinbill. Cobb threw a complete-game shutout over Edinboro, giving up three hits in seven innings while striking out eight with no walks. Lorraine helped the Yellow Jackets to a win over Belmont Abbey, allowing just one hit while tossing a seven-inning shutout. Lorraine struck out 11.
  • Jeff Conley of Alderson-Broaddus has been named the West Virginia Conference baseball player of the week while West Liberty's Mark Smyth has been named the pitcher of the week.
  • Conley guided the Battlers to a 6-0 week, recording 12 hits and hitting .545. Smyth tossed a three-hit shutout against Pitt-Johnstown.
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  • WEST VIRGINIA MINERS: Tony Bennett scored 28 points as the visiting Rochester RazorSharks downed the West Virginia Miners Sunday for the second time in as many weeks, 100-85, at St. Albans High School.Brian Barkdoll and Darin Mency each scored 13 points for Rochester (3-0). The Miners (0-2) were led by Will Collins and Brandon Tunnell with 16 points each.
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