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May 12, 2013
Staff and wire reports , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Pirates strike

out ticket prices

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced tickets on sale now for the ''How Many Ks'' promotion that took place the first three games of the Pirates series in New York. The Pirates pitching staff struck out a total of 23 batters from Thursday-Saturday and tickets will now be made available for as low as $5 at

For every strikeout during the last three games, fans receive $1 off the purchase price of Lower Outfield Box and Outfield Box seats for a game this week, Monday through Friday, as the Pirates play host the Milwaukee Brewers for a four-game series and the Houston Astros on Friday. The regular advance purchase price for Lower Outfield Box seats is $32, while Outfield Box seats are $28. Thanks to the promotion, tickets in the Lower Outfield Box area are available now for as low as $9 and Outfield Box seats are now available for as little as $5.

Fourteen ticket limit per customer, based on availability. Offer limited to Lower Outfield Box and Outfield Box Seats only.

Steelers Hall of Famer Butler dies

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame defensive back Jack Butler died Saturday morning following a lengthy battle with a staph infection. He was 85.

Butler's son John said his father's heart stopped suddenly. Butler had been hospitalized for several months while dealing with a staph infection that had plagued him off and on since he retired in 1959.

A Pittsburgh native, Butler made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent out of St. Bonaventure in 1951. He developed into one of the top defensive backs of his era. He played nine seasons with the Steelers, collecting 52 interceptions. He made the Pro Bowl four times and was named to the All-NFL first team three times.

Butler was elected to the Hall of Fame by the senior committee in 2012.

Mountaineers split

twinbill with TCU

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia University baseball team allowed six runs in the first inning, falling 7-4 to TCU on Saturday evening at Appalachian Power Park in the second game of a doubleheader.

The series is now tied at 1-1 after WVU won 2-0 in the first game. The Mountaineers (30-21, 12-8 Big 12) had 10 hits with two errors and the Horned Frogs (24-25, 9-11 Big 12) finished with nine hits and no errors.

Ryan McBroom finished 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI for the Mountaineers, while Jacob Rice and sophomore second baseman Billy Fleming each had two hits.

In the first game, redshirt sophomore Harrison Musgrave continued his stellar season with a career high 14 strikeouts in a complete game shutout. Musgrave (8-1) tossed his third complete game shutout of the season, allowing no runs on three hits with 14 strikeouts and one walk.

WVU had six hits, led by two-hit performances by McBroom and redshirt junior designated hitter Matt Frazer. TCU finished with three hits.

The rubber match is set for this afternoon at 1 . The game will be video streamed on, while the radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network, with Morgantown affiliate WAJR 1440 AM serving as the flagship station.

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