MARTINSBURG — West Virginia fans can make a weekend of WVU athletics at the beginning of October after WVU Baseball announced its 2019 fall schedule Thursday.
The West Virginia University baseball team’s fall features a pair of battles against in-state foe Marshall.
On Friday, Oct. 4 — just the evening prior to WVU Football taking on Texas — the Mountaineers will take on the Thundering Herd at Monongalia County Ballpark. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
Prior to this match-up, the Mountaineer baseball team will travel to take on Marshall in Charleston at Appalachian Power Park. First pitch is also scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Admission to both contests are free.
“I’m really excited for these two fall games against Marshall,” said WVU coach Randy Mazey, who enters his eighth season at the helm. “We have a lot of new guys on this team, so it will be good to see them out there for the first time and gauge what they can do. I think it’s really important for us to try to get a picture of what this year’s team is going to look like once we get to the spring.”
One of the longest-running series in program history, WVU and Marshall met twice last season. On March 27, the Mountaineers topped the Thundering Herd, 15-3, in Charleston, before West Virginia completed the season sweep at home on April 30, with a 2-0 victory.
WVU has won seven in a row against Marshall and nine of the last 10 regular-season meetings. Since 1993, West Virginia has won 18 of the last 21 in the in-state series. The Mountaineers also lead the all-time series, 48-24, which began in 1910.
West Virginia’s 2019 fall roster features 40 players, including 22 newcomers. Junior designated hitter Paul McIntosh, a 2019 All-Big 12 Second Team selection, returns to the squad, as does junior second baseman and All-Big 12 honorable mention Tyler Doanes. Additionally, WVU’s 2019 signing class ranked No. 21 nationally, the highest in program history and the first top-25 national baseball class to ever arrive in Morgantown.
The Mountaineers had one of the most successful seasons in program history last spring, finishing with a record of 38-22, the most wins under Mazey and second-most ever. WVU reached the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years, and it hosted its first NCAA Regional since 1955. West Virginia also played in the Big 12 Championship Final for the second time in four seasons.
A program-record eight Mountaineers were selected in the 2019 MLB Draft, including right-handed pitcher and 11th-overall pick Alek Manoah, while 11 earned All-Big 12 honors, most in program history. Additionally, Mazey was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year last season after leading the squad to a top-25 ranking in each of the final eight weeks of the season.
Season-ticket deposits for the 2020 campaign are now available. Fans can visit WVUGAME.com to reserve seats for the upcoming year at Monongalia County Ballpark.
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Press Release Credit: WVU Athletics Communications
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose