WVU's baseball team dropped two out of three this weekend to drop to 25-18 overall and 7-13 in the Big East. The losses dropped WVU to 10th in the Big East.
Coach Greg Van Zant estimates his team can still reach eighth place and qualify for the playoffs by winning at least four of their last six remaining games against Connecticut next weekend in Storrs, and at home against Georgetown to end the regular season. Connecticut is presently one spot ahead of West Virginia in ninth place with a 6-12 record while Georgetown is 12th with a 6-15 Big East mark.
The baseball team will need a big final week from Justin Jenkins. Justin is a Dick Howser Award candidate and had a 38 game hitting streak this season that is a school and conference record and 10th longest in NCAA history.
Jenkins has a good shot at breaking all of West Virginia University’s major batting records before season’s end, making him the most prolific hitter in school history. Jenkins already owns the school record for single-season hits (94), total bases (411), career doubles (69), consecutive multi-hit games (8) and hitting streak (38 games).
Speaking of hitting, the DeLa Hoya-Mayweather fight probably didn't have enough for non-boxing fans. After the fight Max Kellerman described the action as beautiful for boxing's biggest fans, but probably boring for a casual fan. Mayweather seemed content to throw 30-45 punches a round while Oscar would throw more but land very little. Despite throwing almost twice as many punches DeLa Hoya landed about a third less. I agreed with Kellerman that Mayweather dominated. I thought Oscar won the 2nd, 4th, and 12th rounds and that was it. Every other round had Mayweather dominating the tempo and landing clean or glancing blows to Oscar's face while Oscar did nothing until he would run at Mayweather and windmill like a 8 year old girl while throwing soft punches that missed by about a foot. The pro-DeLa Hoya crowd would stand and cheer and Mayweather would laugh.
The biggest problem with the fight was the announcers. First Emmanuel Stewart and Larry Merchant spent two rounds arguing over whether or not Oscar would tire. He did, but after I was tired of listening to it. Then all three announcers, including play by play woman-beater Jim Lampley, continually stated that Oscar was blocking punches and landing punches despite the clear visual evidence and compu-box numbers to the contrary. Oscar deflected some punches but still blocked most with his nose or ear and I don't think that counts. After the fight Kellerman blasted the one judge who gave the fight to DeLa Hoya and rightfully so while the others made excuses for the judge. It doesn't matter if you throw a bunch of punches. DeLa Hoya believed he won because he threw more punches, but that is not how boxing is scored. If you land 20% while your opponent lands almost 50% and lands more punches and you start fighting like you trained with Tonya Harding you lose.