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Oklahoma tornado: West Virginia baseball team narrowly avoid tornado

Former St. John’s baseball player Bobby Boyd, the starting center fielder at West Virginia University, is in Oklahoma City for the Big 12 baseball championships and along with his Mountaineer teammates has pitched in with the relief effort after deadly tornadoes ripped through the state.

Boyd makes an appearance in a video posted on the WVU baseball Web site documenting the team’s trip to a Wal-Mart to buy clothes and supplies for the victims. The Mountaineers were safe in their hotel about five to 10 miles north of where the devastation occurred, Coach Randy Mazey tweeted Monday.

Boyd did not immediately return a phone call and text Tuesday afternoon. He is batting .320 this season, with 30 runs, 24 RBI and 17 stolen bases. Osbourn Park grad Zach Bargeron has made 10 pitching appearances for WVU.

The third-seeded Mountaineers (31-25, 13-11), a first-year Big 12 member picked last in the coaches’ preseason poll, are scheduled to open the Big 12 tournament against sixth-seeded Kansas on Wednesday.

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