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End-of-Season Rankings Reveal WVU Baseball Was on the Rise

Cody Nespor

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With the college baseball season now over due to the coronavirus outbreak, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has released its fifth, and final, rankings for 2020.

While not ranked in the top 30, the Mountaineers had begun to receive votes in this final poll.

WVU was able to play 16 games prior to the cancelation of the season, finishing 11-5. The team’s best wins came in a road series victory over the 13-2 Mercer Bears two weekends ago. The Bears’ only losses were the two against WVU and one versus No. 13 Florida State.

Before the rest of the season was canceled, West Virginia was scheduled to play a three-game road series against No. 5 Texas Tech.

After the team’s final game of the season against Liberty, head coach Randy Mazey said playing the Red Raiders was going to be a challenge, but one that his team was looking forward to.

“Going into Texas Tech’s not going to be an easy feat, they’re one of the best offensive teams in the country so everybody’s going to have to pitch well for us to go down there and win.”

“Kids are kids, they look at the schedule and they know what Texas Tech is doing, how many times they’ve been to Omaha,” Mazey explained. “You don’t have to get a team fired up to play those guys near as much as you have to get them fired up to play the Libertys, the Kent States because they’re just kids. They get excited about certain games and not excited about others. This is one they’ve been excited about for a long time.”

Besides the Red Raiders, four other Big 12 schools were also ranked in the top 30; No. 10 Oklahoma, No. 27 Oklahoma State, No. 28 TCU and No. 29 Texas.

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Cody is currently a second-year graduate student at West Virginia University studying journalism. His graduate research focuses on the effects newspaper closures have on local communities. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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