WVU Baseball Season Preview
By: Jeff Vickers (@jvickers78)
We are now less than 70 days away from the beginning of the 2015 WVU Baseball Season.
Head Coach Randy Mazey will be in his 3rd season at the helm of the WVU program, enters this season with a 61-52 record with the Mountaineers and a career record of 247-212-2. This season Mazey will have a lot of holes to fill from last season’s team. Offensively, the Mountaineers saw the top 3 players from the 2014 team leave the team to being their professional careers.
Gone is the .356 batting average, 8 doubles, 24 runs batted in, 46 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. Gone is the .351 batting averages and 30 runs batted in by Billy Fleming. Gone is the .341 batting average, 8 home runs, 12 doubles, 49 runs batted in, and 32 runs scored by 1st baseman Ryan McBroom.
Mazey will also be in search of pitchers to step up as well. Harrison Musgrave (5-3 2.262 ERA), John Means (6-2 2.95 ERA), and WVU’s Kenny Powers, aka Sean Carley (5-3 4 save 2.93 ERA). Chad Donato (2.70 ERA in 4 appearances) and Left-Hander Ross Vance return for the Mountaineers. Vance posted a 3-4 record in 2014, with a 3.41 in 17 appearances. Vance started 7 games in 2014, 2 of those starts he went the distance. There will be a bunch of new faces that will be called upon to perform for the season.
Roughly 14 months ago the ground was broken on the new WVU baseball stadium, currently construction is progressing on time, the concrete has recently been poured in the stands, and the dugouts have been finished. Field work is scheduled to begin at the end of December. The 1st scheduled game at the new park is March 17th. The Mountaineers will start the season on an extended road trip, playing 17 games on the road, including a handful of games in Myrtle Beach.