MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Feb. 3, 2020) – The West Virginia University baseball team appeared in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason Poll, the organization announced on Monday.
The Mountaineers checked in at No. 35 in the poll’s ranking of the nation’s top-35 programs entering the 2020 campaign. WVU is one of six Big 12 schools to appear in the poll, along with No. 3 Texas Tech, No. 18 Oklahoma State, No. 24 Oklahoma, No. 28 TCU and No. 30 Texas.
Defending National Champion Vanderbilt topped the list, while Louisville ranked No. 2. Texas Tech, Georgia and Miami (Fla.) rounded out the top five. Additionally, Arkansas, Arizona State, Florida, Mississippi State and Auburn were featured in the poll’s top 10.
Coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Mountaineers finished 38-22 last year, earning their second NCAA Tournament bid in the last three seasons. The team also hosted its first NCAA Regional since 1955. WVU finished No. 19 in the NCBWA’s final poll of the season in 2019, one of six polls to include the squad in their rankings.
West Virginia was last included in the NCBWA’s preseason poll in 2018, checking in at No. 27. The 2020 poll voters come from among 35 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. After a preseason top-35 listing, the remainder of the polls will feature a national top 30, beginning with the Feb. 17 NCBWA DI survey.
The Mountaineers begin the 2020 campaign on Friday, Feb. 14, with a three-game series at Jacksonville at the Dolphins’ John Sessions Stadium. The squad’s home opener at Monongalia County Ballpark is slated for Feb. 18, against Canisius.
Press Release: WVU Athletics Communications
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS