By Jay Fisher
If you are a fan of the baseball version of RPI – the Big 12 is the top conference in the country. They boast several teams in the Top 15, and one of them is WVU. The Mountaineers are in that position by virtue of several quality road wins, included many over ranked teams. Now that WVU is playing games at home as well as the road, it will be important to win series to maintain their rankings.
They did that this week. It started with a pair of weeknight games. First they beat Marshall on Tuesday (14-7) and then stymied Morehead State on Wednesday (5-1). The pitching performance against Morehead was noteworthy, because they have one of the best team batting averages in the country.
For the weekend, it was a league series against Kansas. The first two games, the Mountaineers totally dominated. They won 10-1 and 8-0. Pitchers combined for 25 strikeouts in the two games, and Michael Grove took a perfect game into the eighth inning in the second game. Sunday’s game did not go as well (a 7-2 loss), which snapped a six game winning streak. But WVU still won the series, and are 6-3 in Big 12 play, which is good for a second place tie right now.
The schedule this week features a road game at Maryland (Tuesday), and a big Friday-Sunday series against league leading TCU. If you are in Morgantown, the currently scheduled start times are 6:30 on Friday, 4:00 on Saturday, and Noon on Sunday. (Yes, Easter Sunday)
[private] Another notable event on Saturday is the annual Blue-Gold Spring Game. It caps the spring practice for the football team, and gives fans a bit of a fall preview. For most fans, it will be their first opportunity to see Will Grier as quarterback. The game is at 1:00pm at Mountaineer Field, and tickets are $10 each – which benefits WVU Children’s Hospital.
On another football related note, a group of now-former WVU players are now looking forward to the NFL Draft, which is just about here. It will be held April 27-29, with Round 1 the first night, Rounds 2-3 the second night, and the remaining rounds on the third day. No Mountaineers are expected to be taken in the first round, but it is possible to hear one called on day two. The first WVU player likely to be picked is Rasul Douglas, who has excellent size and enough speed to catch the interest of NFL scouts. [/private]