Austin Named Student-Athlete of the Week

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  • By WVU Athletic Communications
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  • March 20, 2017 02:09 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - After leading the West Virginia University baseball team to a series win at No. 10 Baylor and extending his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games, West Virginia University baseball sophomore third baseman Cole Austin has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments
Austin led the team with a .571 batting average and eight hits in three games at Baylor. He went 3 for 5 on Friday night and 4 for 5 while driving in the game-winning run in the ninth inning on Saturday afternoon. His three hits on Friday tied a season high, while he eclipsed it the following day with a career-high-tying four hits.
Austin’s .571 average was third-best in the Big 12 last week, while his eight hits tied for second in the league. He was one of two players on the team with a batting average of .500 or better and the only Mountaineer with more than five hits. Austin’s 10-game hitting streak is the second-longest on the team this season.
This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia’s 2016-17 season has concluded.
Last Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia made its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance last weekend in College Park, Maryland … the sixth-seeded Mountaineers used a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter to knock off No. 11-seed Elon in the NCAA Championship First Round … Tynice Martin scored a game-high 26 points, while Lanay Montgomery registered her 20th career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds … Katrina Pardee tied an NCAA record with four triples and finished with 14 points in the win … the Mountaineers fell, 83-56, to No. 3-seed Maryland in the NCAA Second Round on Sunday … Muldrow paced all scorers with 16 points, while grabbing eight rebounds … Chania Ray led the team with 14 points and five assists and Tynice Martin added 10 points in the loss … Montgomery led the team with nine rebounds in her final game as a Mountaineer.
Notes: West Virginia finishes the 2016-17 season with a 24-11 record overall and an 8-10 mark in Big 12 play … the sixth-seeded Mountaineers knocked off No. 3-seed Oklahoma (82-58), No. 2-seed Texas (62-59) and No. 1-seed Baylor (77-66) to claim the 2017 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship title in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma … the conference tournament title was the second in program history and the first since winning the Atlantic 10 Tournament in 1989 … Tynice Martin’s 82 points were the third-most in a Big 12 Tournament, while her 32 points scored against Baylor were the most in a Big 12 Championship final … Martin was named the Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player … Teana Muldrow picked up All-Big 12 Tournament Team honors after averaging 14.6 points and 8.3 rebounds in the three games … in regular-season honors, Martin was a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team honoree and Lanay Montgomery was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team … Muldrow and Montgomery were both named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention … during the season, WVU knocked off five top 25 opponents (19/20 Oklahoma twice, 24 Kansas State, 12/14 Texas and 2 Baylor) – the most since 2014 … the Mountaineers reached the 20-win plateau for the 11th time in 16 years under coach Mike Carey … the Mountaineers capped the home slate with a 15-3 record (.833) and the third-most home victories in program history … WVU set the school’s single-season scoring record with 2,589 points and tied the 2008 team for the most three-point field goals in a season … Montgomery finishes her career with 937 rebounds, 854 points and 330 career blocks … fellow senior Desiree Rhodes capped her career 108 rebounds, 46 points and 20 blocks in 49 games.
Quotes from coach Mike Carey after Sunday’s game at Maryland: Desiree Rhodes didn’t play hardly any this year, but always had a smile. She was always positive, didn’t complain. I respect Des as much as any player I’ve ever coached. Lanay Montgomery has been everything for this program on and off the floor. I’m very proud of them. And I’m proud of this team.”
This Week in Gymnastics: Mathematically locked for postseason competition, the No. 23-ranked Mountaineers will learn today who will travel to West Virginia for the 2017 NCAA Morgantown Regional Championships, set for Saturday, April 1, at 4 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.
Last Week in Gymnastics: WVU (13-10, 3-3) finished third at the 2017 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship on Saturday, March 18, with a 195.575 score, earned at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas … a pair of Mountaineers earned All-Championship Team accolades, as sophomore Kirah Koshinski placed second on vault (9.9) and junior Zaakira Muhammad finished second on floor with a season-high 9.9 … sophomores Tiara Wright and Jaquie Tun paced on bars with 9.75 scores, good enough for 12th place …senior Brooklyn Doggette anchored the beam lineup with a team-high 9.8 and finished 10th overall … Muhammad finished fifth in the all-around with a 39.125 score … WVU earned its highest team total on floor with a second place, 49.15 showing … top-ranked Oklahoma won its sixth straight title with a 197.85 score, while No. 7 Denver finished second with a 196.475 total and Iowa State placed fourth with a 195.5 showing.
Notes: Prior to the championship, Koshinski was named to the All-Big 12 Vault Team, her second straight career honor … additionally, seven Mountaineers earned Academic All-Big 12 honors: Doggette, Koshinski, Muhammad (second team), senior Alexa Goldberg, juniors Robyn Bernard and Jordan Gillette and sophomore Carly Galpin
This Week in WVU Baseball: West Virginia concludes a season-opening 19-game roadtrip at Penn State on Wednesday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. ET … WVU then hosts Jacksonville for a three-game weekend series … the home opener at Monongalia County Ballpark is set for Friday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday’s game will begin at 3 p.m. … Sunday’s series finale has been moved up to a noon first pitch, to accommodate a change in Jacksonville’s travel schedule … tickets are available for all three games at 1-800-WVU GAME, WVUGAME.com or at the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum … all three games will be streamed at WVUsports.com and broadcast on the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG on various affiliates throughout the state, online at WVUsports.com, on the Mountaineer Gameday App and the TuneInRadio App … links to live streams, radio broadcast and live stats for all three games can be found on the baseball schedule page on WVUsports.com.
Last Week in Baseball: West Virginia (10-8, 2-1) went 2-1 last week, winning the opening series of Big 12 Conference play at No. 10 Baylor … WVU opened the series with a 7-1 win on Friday night thanks to 8.0 strong innings from junior BJ Myers … The Mountaineers secured the series victory with a 6-5, back-and-forth win on Saturday … Baylor avoided the sweep with a 5-1 win in Sunday’s finale … WVU never trailed in the first two games of the series … the week was scheduled to begin with the home opener against Morehead State on Tuesday, but inclement weather postponed the contest to Wednesday, April 5, at 5 p.m. ET ... in the 7-1 win on Friday, March 17, junior BJ Myers allowed just one run on five hits in a season-long 8.0 innings, as the offense scored a run in the first inning and took a 3-0 lead in the third and never trailed ... Myers held Baylor hitless in four of the first five innings and allowed just five runners to reach second base all night ... the WVU offense backed Myers up with 13 hits and seven walks, as runners reached base in every inning and all but one starter had at least one hit ... senior Jackson Cramer had two hits, two RBIs, two runs scored and two walks, while sophomore Cole Austin had a season-high-tying three hits and an RBI ... the Mountaineers won the series with a back-and-forth, 6-5 win on Saturday, March 18 ... WVU had runners reach base in all but one inning and again never trailed ... West Virginia took an early 3-0 lead, but Baylor chipped away until eventually tying the game at 5-5 in the seventh inning ... WVU answered in the ninth inning though, thanks to a two-out RBI single by sophomore Cole Austin ... with the bases loaded and a new pitcher in for the Bears, Austin’s single to center, his career-high-tying fourth hit of the day, scored the go-ahead run to put the Mountaineers ahead for good, 6-5 ... WVU fell short of a series sweep with a 5-1 loss on Sunday, March 19 ... WVU scored one run on nine hits with no errors, while the Bears scored five runs on nine hits with one error ... sophomore Marques Inman had three hits, going 3-4 and sophomore Cole Austin had one hit, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games ... following junior starter Conner Dotson’s 4.1 innings, four freshman right-handers combined to throw 3.2 shutout innings, allowing just three hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
Notes: West Virginia is 10-8 on the season, 2-1 in Big 12 Conference play and improved to 4-1 against top-25 teams with a 2-1 weekend at No. 10 Baylor … with the series win at Baylor, WVU handed the Bears just their second and third home losses in 14 games this season and BU’s first series loss in 2017 … with eight hits this weekend, sophomore Cole Austin extended his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games, the second-longest streak by a Mountaineer in 2017 … Austin had a career-high-tying four hits, including the game-winner in the ninth inning in Saturday’s win … Friday’s starter BJ Myers pitched a season-long 8.0 innings, allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts and no walks while earning the win … Kyle Gray had two hits and three RBIs, both season-highs, on Saturday … Braden Zarbnisky earned his second with of the season, pitching 2.0 innings and allowing one hit … WVU takes an 8-7 lead in the all-time series against Baylor and is 4-5 all-time in Waco.
Coach Randy Mazey on the Series Win at No. 10 Baylor following Sunday’s 5-1 loss: “Actually, this was one of our best games we’ve played all season offensively. We had nine hits and hit the ball really hard all day long against a pitcher that nobody else has hit. I’m encouraged by the offense today, even though we obviously didn’t get the result. We got some really quality innings out of some freshmen arms in the bullpen that showed they can go through a Big 12 lineup. There were a ton of positives today. To come down here and win the series, the first series of the year and on the road, says a lot about our team.”
This Week in Track and Field: The Mountaineers will return to North Carolina this weekend to compete at the Raleigh Relays on March 24-25.
Last Week in Track and Field: West Virginia opened up the 2017 outdoor season at the 49er Classic on March 17-18 in Charlotte, North Carolina … WVU collected three victories in field events – triple jump, long jump and in pole vault … on the first day of competition, sophomores Danique Bryan and Madelin Gardner led the Mountaineers with wins in their respective events … Bryan won the women’s long jump finals, marking a career-best mark of 6.01 meters … WVU’s second victory came from Gardner in the pole vault seeded finals with a mark of 3.90 meters … on Saturday, a dynamic duo of junior Shamoya McNeil and Bryan put together strong performances in the women’s triple jump to lead the Mountaineers on the final day … McNeil won the triple jump title, leaping an outdoor career-best mark of 12.78 meters, and Bryan posted a runner-up finish with a mark of 12.41 meters.
Coach Sean Cleary after the final day of the 49er Classic: “The triple jump and 800-meter run were strong performances for us. Overall, I feel as if we are coming home with eight to nine very strong performances. We will only get better as the season progresses.”
This Week in Wrestling: WVU completed the 2016-17 season.
Last Week in Wrestling: West Virginia (4-12, 1-3) capped the season at the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis March 16-18 … Senior Dylan Cottrell was the lone Mountaineer to compete … He entered as the No. 8 seed, winning a 4-1 decision over Penn’s Brooks Martino … he then fell to OSU’s Chandler Rogers and OU’s Yoanse Mejias.
Notes: Dylan Cottrell entered NCAAs as the No. 8 seed at 165 pounds … He was the first Mountaineer to earn a top-10 seed since Kurt Brenner started the 2009 tournament as the No. 10 seed at 174 pounds … the last time the tournament was held at the Scottrade Center, then-true freshman Zeke Moisey upset four ranked opponents at 125 pounds to wrestle for a national championship … Cottrell competed in his third NCAA Championship … he previously earned the No. 12 seed at 149 while competing as a redshirt freshman for App. State in 2014 … Cottrell represented WVU at the 2016 National Championships, wrestling at 157 pounds … Smith also qualified for his third straight NCAAs but was forced to withdraw due to injury.
Coach Sammie Henson after the NCAA Championships: “We are extremely proud of Dylan as a Big 12 champ and his representation of West Virginia at the NCAA Championships. I know he is disappointed with the outcome today but his leadership this year was invaluable for our program as we move into the future. This will prove to be a great foundation for our team to excel to an elite level. Thank you to all of our friends, family and fans for such loyal support.”
This Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers (4-7, 0-1) will swing through Kansas this weekend to take on the No. 17 Jayhawks on Friday, March 24, and Kansas State on March 26 ... first serve for Friday’s match will be at 5 p.m. ET, while Sunday’s match is slated for a 10 a.m. ET start time ... Kansas heads into the match with the Mountaineers with a 9-4 record after defeating Columbia (4-0) and North Texas (6-1) last weekend ... KU is 1-1 in conference play this season ... The Wildcats enter the weekend with a 9-8 record and are 0-2 in conference play ... K-State will take on Iowa State on Friday before their contest with the Mountaineers on Sunday.  
Last Week in Tennis: West Virginia did not compete last week.
Notes: Sofia Duran extended her winning streak to four with a singles victory over Iowa State ... Duran has started her Mountaineer career with a 4-0 record ... Habiba Shaker leads WVU with an 8-3 record at the No. 1 slot … Paula Goetz and Lyn Yuen Choo pace the Mountaineers with a 4-1 record in doubles play ... the tandem of Duran and Shaker have posted a 3-2 record in doubles play this spring at the No. 2 slot. 
This Week in Golf: West Virginia travels to Greenville, South Carolina, to compete at the Furman Intercollegiate … the event runs from March 24-26 at the Furman University Golf Course … Alan Cooke, Chris Williams, Tristan Nicholls, Max Sear and Etienne Papineau will represent the Mountaineers at the event.
Last Week in Golf: The Mountaineers did not compete.
Notes: WVU is coming off a record-breaking performance at the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Florida, on March 10-12 … The Mountaineers shot a 277 for a record-low round in the first 18 holes of competition … the team’s three-round score of 849 was also a program record for a 54-hole total in the new era … their finish of 15 under par marked the first under-par tournament in the new era for the Mountaineers … Alan Cooke lowered his own program-record to 206 from his previous mark of 207, set at Penn State’s Rutherford Intercollegiate … his finish at 10 under par is also a program-record … it marked Cooke’s third career top-10 finish … Chris Williams set a new career best with a 54-hole total of 213 for three under par … Tristan Nicholls fired a 68 in the first round to become the fourth Mountaineer to shoot 69 or better in a round this season.
This Week in Rowing: The West Virginia University Rowing team will return to the water for a dual race against Georgetown on March 25 ... the race will mark the squad’s second race of the spring after competing in the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational on March 11 and 12. 
Last Week in Rowing: The Mountaineers did not compete last week.
Notes: The Mountaineers will meet the Hoyas for the first time since 2012 ... The two schools have faced each other twice all-time in the regular season.

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