MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Mountaineer baseball fans, fall ball is upon us.
Say it with us: 𝙁𝙖𝙡𝙡. 𝘽𝙖𝙡𝙡. 🍂
— WVU Baseball (@WVUBaseball) September 22, 2021
Leading up to head coach Randy Mazey’s 2022 slate, the WVU Baseball team will kick off fall exhibition baseball at Wagener Field at Monongalia County Ballpark on Oct. 1. First pitch for game one against in-state rival Marshall is set for 6 p.m. Fans will get free admission. The Mountaineers and Thundering Herd go back 75 games; WVU leads the series 50-25 in the regular season, including three standalone meetings last season. WVU took the 2021 series win 2-1.
Sixteen days later, the Mountaineers will travel to Kent State to play the second exhibition game. First pitch time for this game, in Kent, Oh. is yet to be determined. The Mountaineers and Golden Flashes last saw each other in 2020, to the tune of an 8-0 Mountaineer victory in Morgantown on Mar. 4. Kent State still leads the all-time series 20-15.
“We’re really excited to get back on the field and be able to play some outside competition this fall,” Mazey, entering his tenth season with the Mountaineers, said. “We have a big group of new guys, so it’ll really help us get an idea of what they can do out there, while also helping us prepare for what lies ahead in the spring. These will be great opportunities all around, for both players and coaches.”
Mazey’s crew, which welcomes 22 new roster additions, finished 25-27 in 2021. Returning players include three who earned All-Big 12 Conference honors last season: senior outfielder Austin Davis (Honorable Mention), sophomore infielder Mikey Kluska (All-Freshman Team), and sophomore left-handed pitcher Ben Hampton (All-Freshman Team and Perfect Game Freshman All-America selection).