Big East

Grove Earns Second Newcomer of the Week Award

May 16, 2016

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The record number of awards continue to roll in, as West Virginia University freshman right-handed pitcher Michael Grove has been named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for the second time this season.

The award is the 10th weekly honor for the Mountaineers in 2016, the most in a season since WVU joined the Big 12 for the 2013 season. It is tied for the most of any school in the conference this year.

Grove, who was also recognized on April 25, has helped WVU to a conference-best four Newcomer of the Week accolades. West Virginia’s four Player of the Week honors is also tied for the most in the league.

This is the fourth consecutive week that West Virginia has been honored with at least one Big 12 award. The stretch includes a historic sweep of the Player, Pitcher and Newcomer of the Week honors on May 2, when the Mountaineers became the first school to win all three awards in the same week.

A Wheeling, West Virginia, native, Grove had an impressive day on the mound to lead WVU to a 4-1 victory against Maryland on May 10. He struck out a career-high-tying 13 batters in just 6.2 innings and earned his second win of the year.

It is the fourth time this season a Big 12 pitcher has struck out 13 batters in a game, with Grove accounting for two of those occurrences. Grove held Maryland to a .240 batting average and turned in his second career quality start. For the week, he led the league in strikeouts and was second among all Big 12 freshmen with a 1.35 ERA and 6.2 innings pitched.

Riding a nine-game winning streak, West Virginia will finish the 2016 season on the road. The season-ending roadtrip begins at Pitt on Tuesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. ET. WVU then travels to No. 7 Texas Tech from May 19-21 before the Big 12 Championship begins on May 25.

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