Rice, a junior transfer in his first season at WVU, led the Mountaineers to a pair of wins in four games this past weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C. He batted .563 (9 for 16) with three runs, one double, three RBIs, three stolen bases and a sacrifice fly.
The Mountaineers (8-6, 1-1 Big 12) make their leap in the poll following a third straight 196.0-plus showing at the WVU Coliseum, as they finished second at Sunday's Wendy M. Roach Invitational Pink Meet with a season-best 196.55 mark.
Brault, a finance and economics major, has a 3.93 GPA and finished her final season as a Mountaineer by qualifying for her fourth straight NCAA championship. Williams maintains a 4.0 GPA as a pre-human nutrition and foods major and received all-region honors at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional after finishing in 22nd place with a personal-best 6K time of 21:20.
TENNIS CLINIC: The YMCA is taking registrations for its Parent-N-Me tennis class for ages 2-4 and Tiny Tot tennis class for ages 3-5. For more dates, times and fees, call (304) 340-3533.
BENEFIT HOOPS: Teays Valley Christian will be host for a game with Huntington Prep at 8 p.m.Thursday. On Friday, the school will host an all-star night with competitions and basketball games beginning at 4 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Davis Child Shelter in Charleston.