WVU Sports with Tom Bragg

Before action gets rolling at the NCAA baseball tournament Morgantown Regional here in a few hours, let’s take a few minutes to look at the teams visiting West Virginia this weekend. We know plenty about the host and regional top-seed Mountaineers, but have not jumped into much with the other three teams. Let’s fix that with some quick capsules:

NO. 2 TEXAS A&M (37-21-1, 4th-place SEC East)

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Top hitters:

  • Braden Shewmake – junior infielder: .315 batting average, 6 home runs, 46 RBIs
  • Bryce Blaum – junior, infielder: .275 batting average, 7 home runs, 27 RBIs
  • Mikey Hoehner – junior catcher: .286 batting average, 3 home runs, 30 RBIs

Top pitchers:

  • John Doxakis – junior LHP: 7-3, 1.84 ERA, 106 strikeouts, 97.2 innings pitched
  • Asa Lacy – sophomore LHP: 7-3, 2.20 ERA, 123 strikeouts, 81.2 innings pitched
  • Chris Weber – freshman LHP: 4-1, 2.95 ERA, 77 strikeouts, 64.0 innings pitched

Head coach: Rob Childress – 14th season

  • College World Series: 2 (2011, 2017)
  • Super Regional: 6 (2007, 2008, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Regional: 12 (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

NO. 3 DUKE (31-25, 4th-place ACC Coastal)

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Top hitters:

  • Michael Rothenberg – sophomore catcher: .260 batting average, 10 home runs, 49 RBIs
  • Kennie Taylor – senior outfielder: .333 batting average, 6 home runs, 39 RBIs
  • Ethan Murray – freshman infielder: .316 batting average, 5 home runs, 37 RBIs

Top pitchers:

  • Bryce Jarvis – sophomore RHP: 4-1, 4.60 ERA, 74 strikeouts, 60.2 innings pitched
  • Ben Gross – graduate RHP: 6-4, 4.41 ERA, 64 strikeouts, 63.1 innings pitched
  • Matt Dockman – sophomore LHP: 6-1, 3.75 ERA, 33 strikeouts, 36.0 innings pitched

Head coach: Chris Pollard – 7th season

  • College World Series: 0
  • Super Regional: 1 (2018)
  • Regional: 2 (2016, 2018)

NO. 4 FORDHAM (38-22, 4th Atlantic 10;
A-10 tournament champion)

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Top hitters:

  • Jake MacKenzie – sophomore infielder: .313 batting average, 3 home runs, 28 RBIs
  • Alvin Melendez – junior outfielder: .275 batting average, 5 home runs, 29 RBIs
  • Jake Baker – junior outfielder: .305 batting average, 1 home run, 25 RBIs

Top pitchers:

  • John Stankiewicz – sophomore RHP: 8-3, 1.21 ERA, 102 strikeouts, 89.1 innings pitched
  • Anthony DiMeglio – senior RHP: 6-3, 2.61 ERA, 63 strikeouts, 62.0 innings pitched
  • Kyle Martin – junior RHP: 6-2, 2.30 ERA, 64 strikeouts, 43.0 innings pitched

Head coach: Kyle Leighton – 8th season

  • College World Series: 0
  • Super Regional: 0
  • Regional: 0