CONWAY S.C.- The WVU baseball team (2-2) will travel to Conway, South Carolina for their annual non-conference tournament starting this Friday.
The Mountaineers have three scheduled games over three consecutive days against Kennesaw State, Coastal Carolina, and Bryant.
The entirety of the tournament will take place at Coastal’s’ Springs Brooks Stadium.
The Owls of Kennesaw State are coming off a series in which they took three out of four games from Saint Louis.
2016 NCAA national champion Coastal Carolina split a series with #16 Duke University in their first four games.
Bryant also got off to a quick start in their 2021 campaign, taking two of three from High Point (NC).
Despite not playing Bryant University since 2011, Randy Mazey is familiar with both the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina and the Kennesaw St. Owls. The Mountaineers are 1-1 against Kennesaw St. with a win last season in Myrtle Beach, and 4-9 against Coastal, falling in the matchup last season.
Randy Mazey will go with Jackson Wolf (0-0, 1.80 ERA), Adam Tulloch (0-0, 6.75), and Jake Carr (0-1, 135.0 ERA) on the bump during the three games in Conway.
During the Mountaineers opening series, a 10th inning home run by Vince Ippoliti handed West Virginia their first victory of the season on opening day. The Mountaineers would then fall badly during the double-header on day two, falling 7-6 and 20-4, to then even the series with a day three victory in the final game from Georgia.
With the long layoff due to COVID and recent injury to starting pitcher Ryan Bergert, panic about the Mountaineers pitching would be premature at this point in the season.
With three important out of conference games, a strong performance in Conway would pay dividends prior to their home opener against Kent State on March 5th.
With splitting two of three off the start, the Mountaineers expectantly fell a bit in the rankings.
WVU comes in at #23 by D1baseball, and #27 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
The final game of the tournament against Coastal Carolina will be available for stream on ESPN+.
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