Area roundup: State sweeps doubleheader from Fairmont
West Virginia State's baseball team picked up two wins on Wednesday, taking both games of a doubleheader against visiting Fairmont State at Calvin Bailey Field in Institute.
In the first game, State starting pitcher Devin Bowles went six innings and allowed just four hits to go with five strikeouts in the Yellow Jackets' 4-2 win.
State's bats came alive in the second game as the Jackets rattled off 14 hits, including home runs from Andrew Pickering, Jack Hudson, Noah Blackhurst and Eric Craft in a 14-11 win.
State (6-10, 5-3 West Virginia Conference) stays at home for its next series with Concord visiting Institute for a three-game set starting Friday.
UC BASEBALL: The University of Charleston split a doubleheader with visiting Seton Hill on Wednesday. The Golden Eagles dropped the first game 7-6 but bounced back to take the second game 3-2.
Josh Weinberg took the loss for UC (6-9, 4-2 WVC) in the first game after allowing five earned runs in 51/3 innings. In the second game, Mike Hoeft singled in the bottom of the seventh inning, bringing UC's Brad Johnson around to score the winning run.
PAYNE TO SIGN: Valley senior guard Alexis Payne will sign to play basketball with Rio Grande (Ohio) at 10:30 a.m. March 27 at the high school.
Payne, who finished her four-year career with 1,493, led the Greyhounds to the state tournament for the first time since 1991 this past season. She was a Class A first-team all-state selection after averaging 24.6 points per game.
MU SOCCER: The Marshall men's team received two plaques from the NCAA this week for leading the country in statistical categories. The Herd was No. 1 in the nation with a 0.898 save percentage, and goalkeeper Daniel Withrow, now with Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, was the national individual leader with a 0.895 save percentage.
BASEBALL CLINIC: The Buffalo High baseball staff will conduct a Little League clinic at the school on Saturday for children ages six through 14. The clinic will be split into two groups, with ages 6-10 from 9 a.m. until noon and 11-14 from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $40. For more information, contact coach Jim Tribble at 304-415-1124.
GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Best of Best golf tournament will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Meadowland Golf Course on U.S. 35. The cost is $200 per team of four. The tourney benefits the Buffalo High School softball team. For more information, call coach Darrell Moore at 304-549-1223.
3-ON-3 HOOPS: The North Charleston Community Center is hosting a free 3-on-3 basketball tournament Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Age groups are 9-13 and 14-17. Contact Amanda Q. Thompson at 304-348-6884 or firstname.lastname@example.org.