MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–For the first time in 21 years, the West Virginia University baseball team is heading to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.
The second-seeded Mountaineers (34-24) will play third-seeded Maryland in Winston-Salem, N.C. during the first-round regional on Friday, June 2 at 2 p.m. It’s WVU’s 12th appearance in the tournament.
Each regional field features four teams, playing in a double-elimination format.
After missing the Field of 64 last season, the Mountaineers set out to change that from the start and had a successful season. WVU posted a 10-6 record over ranked opponents, including the defending NCAA champion Coastal Carolina and Big 12 counterparts Baylor, Texas Tech and TCU. The Mountaineers are ranked 19th in the RPI.
Other Big 12 teams in the tournament are Texas Tech, TCU, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma State, who won the at large bid by winning the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
Both the Horned Frogs and Red Raiders are hosting regionals.
Cover Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS