The West Virginia State baseball team lit up the scoreboard as it pummeled the University of Charleston 18-7 Saturday in Institute to complete a three-game sweep in West Virginia Conference baseball. Andrew Pickering went 3 for 5 with a double, triple and a pair of runs and RBIs for State (27-17 overall, 24-8 WVC) while Jack Hudson added three hits and an RBI. Eric Craft drove in five runs for State and Noah Blackhurst and Josh Kiser each had a pair of hits Corey Hill led Charleston (19-27, 15-19), going 3 for 6 with a double and two RBIs.
STATE SOFTBALL: West Virginia State pounded out 26 hits as it earned a pair of wins over Glenville State 7-4 and 10-1 in five innings.
Mattie Best went 3 for 3 with a triple and Sabrina Schouten drove in four runs and had two hits for West Virginia State in the first game. Best homered and drove in three runs in the second contest for the Yellow Jackets.
STATE TENNIS: The West Virginia State women's team defeated Slippery Rock 5-2 Saturday at Indiana, Pa., earning a berth into the Atlantic Region final.
The Yellow Jackets face host Indiana at 10 a.m. today and can reach the Division II final 16 in Tucson, Ariz., with a win.
WVU SWEEPS KANSAS: West Virginia earned a pair of wins over Kansas 4-3, 3-2 Saturday in Beckley, clinching a series sweep over the Jayhawks, the team's first in the Big 12 Conference.
Right-hander Dan Dierdorff chucked the second straight complete game by West Virginia's starters in the first game. After Harrison Musgrave went the distance in a WVU win on Friday, Dierdorff's efforts clinched a series win. Billy Fleming had a three-run double to lead the offense for the Mountaineers.
In the second game, catcher Alan Filauro laced a two-out walk-off RBI single to left field in the 12th inning to secure the victory. Junior reliever Corey Walker got the win after allowing no runs and two hits in four innings while striking out three.
TULANE SWEEPS HERD: Five errors and a shaky bullpen doomed Marshall to a 7-3 loss to Tulane, giving the Green Wave a sweep of the doubleheader Saturday at Appalachian Power Park.
Tulane (22-22, 7-8 Conference USA) won the opener 3-2 in 11 innings, reversing the result of Friday night's opener. Marshall won that game 4-3 in 11 innings, with Isaac Ballou supplying the game-winning hit.
In the opener Saturday, it was Richard Carthon, singling up the middle with two outs. MU ace Aaron Blair took a shutout into the ninth inning, but he gave up two run-scoring singles that tied the game.
In the nightcap, Herd starter Michael Taylor left after 61/3 innings with a 2-1 lead, but reliever Alex Thackston promptly committed a throwing error that tied the game. Kolin Stanley relieved Thackston, and he immediately gave up two runs, courtesy of a throwing error by right fielder Gray Stafford. Tulane scored two runs against Stanley in the eighth and tacked on one in the ninth.
Marshall (16-26, 5-10) plays Morehead State in Beckley on Tuesday, travels to Chillicothe, Ohio, to play Eastern Kentucky Wednesday and travels to Memphis next weekend. Tulane improved to 22-22 overall, 7-8 in C-USA.
VAD DEADLINE NEARS: The deadline to order tickets for the 67th Victory Awards Dinner is Monday. The event, sponsored by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association, takes place May 5 at the Village Square Conference Center in Clarksburg.
Tickets, priced at $20 each, are available from sports departments of member daily newspapers, including the Gazette (304-348-1740) and Daily Mail. Everyone attending the banquet must have a ticket, including the honorees.
SECTIONAL SCHEDULES NEEDED: Area baseball coaches or athletic directors are urged to send their upcoming sectional schedules to the Gazette when they are finalized.
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