Pitt (4-11) and Cincinnati (2-13) are behind WVU in the standings.
In beating Pitt twice last weekend, West Virginia completed a 3-1 week that also included a 17-6 drubbing of Akron. In those four games, sophomore first baseman Ryan McBroom was 7-for-14 with a home run, two doubles and four RBIs. Freshman outfielder Bobby Boyd was 5-for-13 with five runs, a home run, a double, seven RBIs and three stolen bases. They were among six regulars who batted .300 or better during the week.
And, of course, beating Pitt in the final Big East series between the teams was nice, too.
"It's always good to win a conference series regardless of who you play,'' Van Zant said. "Pitt has beaten us the last two years so it was good to win this year.''
BRIEFLY: West Virginia's women's track team will split its team again this week, competing in both the Penn Relays in Philadelphia and the Ashland Alumni Invitational in Ohio.
Senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades is ranked No. 2 in the country in the heptathlon this season with her 5,821-point performance at the Texas Relays in last March. She finished second in the event in the NCAA championships as a junior.
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