The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 21, 2013

College Roundup

From Staff Reports

— n Ballou, Blair named All-C-USA first team

HOUSTON — Marshall senior Isaac Ballou and junior Aaron Blair have been selected All-Conference USA first team, announced Tuesday by the conference office.

It marked the first time either member of the Thundering Herd was named to an all-conference team.

Ballou, a senior outfielder from Smithfield, Va., led Marshall in hitting (.328), on-base percentage (.438), slugging percentage (.433), hits (66), walks (37), doubles (17), runs (40) and stolen bases (13).

Ballou holds Marshall records in career walks (129), career triples (16), triples in a single season (seven, 2011), and walks in a single season (43, 2012). His 16 triples are one shy of the conference record.

Blair, a member of the 2011 C-USA all-freshman team, was named the league pitcher of the week twice this season, following 11-strikeout efforts against West Virginia (March 19) and No. 19 Houston (April 6). In the WVU game, Blair was masterful for six hitless and scoreless innings in the rival clubs’ first in-state meeting since 1998.

Blair’s performance against Houston helped him receive the NCBWA national pitcher of the week and Louisville Slugger national pitcher of the week honor.

Blair finished the season 5-5 with an ERA of 2.85. He struck out 84 while walking 36 over 82 innings.

In league-only games, Blair was tied for first in strikeouts looking (20), second in strikeouts (52), seventh in ERA (2.87), and eighth in opposing average (.222).

n Marshall announces final three home football times

HUNTINGTON — The start times for Marshall’s football games against Gardner-Webb, Texas-San Antonio and UAB announced Tuesday.

The Thundering Herd will host Gardner-Webb at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 to punctuate the department’s Hall of Fame weekend. The Oct. 5 game against UTSA, which will serve as Homecoming, will be played at 2 p.m., as will the Nov. 9 game vs. UAB.

The other three home times (Aug. 31 vs. Miami, 7 p.m.; Nov. 2 vs. Southern Miss, 12:30 p.m.; and Nov. 29 vs. East Carolina, noon) were announced earlier this month.

The times for Marshall’s four remaining road games have not been set.

n Keaton Miles to transfer from WVU

West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins announced Tuesday that Keaton Miles has asked for his release and plans to transfer.

Miles, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward from Dallas, played in 29 games this past season, averaging 2.6 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.

n WVU coaches coming to Beckley Thursday

The Mountaineer Athletic Club Coaches Caravan will make two stops in the area with week, today in Bluefield at Thursday in Raleigh County.

Today’s event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will be held at the Chuck Mathena Center and is sold out. Thursday’s event, also scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start, will be at the Townsquare Pavillion at The Resort at Glade Springs.

West Virginia University athletic director Oliver Luck, along with head coaches Bob Huggins (men’s basketball), Dana Holgorsen (football), Jason Butts (gymnastics), Jill Kramer (volleyball) and Himmy King (rowing), will all be in attendance at both events. Assistant director of WVU bands Jay Drury will be at the Bluefield event.

The annual tour around the state gives MAC members and Mountaineer fans the chance to meet and visit with WVU coaches and administrators. All proceeds benefit the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Tickets are $50 per person and include admission and dinner.

For more information on the Beckley stop, contact DF Mock at (304) 256-7289 or Doug Ball at (304) 763-3167.