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Grove City baseball sending seniors out right

| Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Grove City baseball team had a memorable weekend.

The Wolverines scored the program's first postseason win with a 14-7 victory over Medaille on Saturday. They followed that with the school's first ECAC Southern Championship crown, beating Penn State Behrend, 3-1, in Sunday's title game.

Perhaps the most significant feat was sending 13 seniors, Grove City's biggest senior class, out the right way.

"To send these guys out the way they went out couldn't be better," coach Rob Skaricich said. "For these guys to make the ECAC tournament, then to go out and win the thing, is just an awesome thing for all of them."

Catcher Marcus Magister, a Hampton graduate, is the school's all-time leader in home runs (26) and RBI (129). Left fielder Butch Kriger, a Montour product, is the career leader in games played at 149, and shortstop Scott Moran finished his career as the leader in runs with 149.

"Our seniors have left a huge legacy behind in regards to the records they've set, the records they broke, the games they've won, the postseason championship -- all of those things that they did, they played to the standard of the players before them," said Skaricich, who became the winningest coach at Grove City with 241 wins, passing the 236 won by Jack Behringer (1959-88).

Still, Skaricich started thinking about next season almost as soon as the Penn State Behrend game was over. Despite losing the huge senior class, a number of underclassmen return after playing key roles on a team that won 25 games, the second-most in program history.

"The leadership that was set forth by our seniors and the things that our underclassmen learned from our seniors, then to have this ECAC championship springboard us into next year," Skaricich said, "it's huge for every aspect of the program."

Big East audience

The West Virginia women's basketball team set a school record for total and average home attendance during the 2010-11 season.

The Mountaineers had a total attendance of 49,648 this season, an average of 3,103 per game. West Virginia had the fifth-largest per-game increase nationally; 1,156 more fans per game attended contests at WVU Coliseum.

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