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The WVU baseball team practices at North Carolina's Boshamer Stadium on Thursday, June 6, 2024, ahead of playing UNC in the NCAA Tournament Super Regionals. (Mitchell Northam, WV Sports Now)
WVU's baseball team practices at North Carolina's Boshamer Stadium on Thursday, June 6, 2024, ahead of playing UNC in the NCAA Tournament Super Regionals. (Mitchell Northam, WV Sports Now)

Calling Friday night’s WVU baseball game a big deal would be an understatement, and ESPN agrees. In a programming change, game 1 of West Virginia’s NCAA Super Regional series against North Carolina will now air nationally on ESPN.

Prior to this adjustment, the game was expected to be televised on ESPN2. Due to the interest in this series and the convenience of the NBA Finals being on an off day and airing on ABC, the Mountaineers will now be on an even bigger stage for the biggest game in program history.

June doesn’t usually mean an opportunity for WVU fans to watch a Mountaineer team. Football and basketball are deep into their off-seasons and the other WVU teams are out of action as well. The summer months are usually just about following professional teams and gearing up for the fall. But that’s not the case this year.

This year, the WVU baseball team is still playing, winning the program’s first NCAA Regional last weekend. And now Randy Mazey’s Mountaineers will continue on and take part in Super Regional play this weekend in North Carolina.

WVU baseball team practices at North Carolina's Boshamer Stadium on Thursday, June 6, 2024, ahead of playing UNC in the NCAA Tournament Super Regionals. (Mitchell Northam, WV Sports Now)

WVU’s baseball team practices at North Carolina’s Boshamer Stadium on Thursday, June 6, 2024, ahead of playing UNC in the NCAA Tournament Super Regionals. (Mitchell Northam, WV Sports Now)

On Tuesday, the schedule for WVU’s weekend series with the Tar Heels was announced. West Virginia (36-22) will take on No. 4 North Carolina (45-14) through the weekend. First pitch for game 1 will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, game 2 will then be at 8 p.m. on Saturday and game 3 is set for Sunday at 3 p.m. All games on ESPN2. Monday is designated as a makeup day if any of the necessary games get rained out.

WVU Baseball has existed since 1892; the NCAA Baseball tournament since 1947. On Sunday, the Mountaineers advanced through the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, defeating the Grand Canyon Antelopes 10-6 to move on to the Super Regional round.

Winning an NCAA Regional is a big accomplishment in and of itself, but winning the national championship is a completely different level of success.  While the WVU baseball program will be able to celebrate the 2024 season no matter what happens the rest of the way, is it actually possible the Mountaineers could go all the way?

They aren’t the favorites, but most major sportsbooks have West Virginia’s odds to win the College World Series set around 40/1, per SportsBetting.ag. For clarity, DraftKings labels WVU’s odds at +6500. To put those odds into perspective, Tennessee is considered the favorite at 3/1.

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In addition to the odds for winning the title, WVU sits at +195 to even win their Super Regional series against North Carolina. The Tar Heels are the home favorite in the matchup at -250.

But no matter what happens, WVU fans should enjoy this historic ride of baseball into June.

Follow along with WV Sports Now as we cover WVU baseball in the NCAA Super Regional live from Chapel Hill.

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