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WVU Baseball is in the midst of experiencing rarified air for the program as the Mountaineers get ready to play in the NCAA Super Regional this weekend. And of course, we at WV Sports Now wanted to make sure we gave this historic journey the coverage it deserves.

In an effort to cover West Virginia attempting to reach the College World Series properly, we will have someone there in person chronicling everything that happens. Mitchell Northam, who has helped us out in the past across the entire Sports Now family of networks, will be in Chapel Hill to provide coverage of WVU’s series with North Carolina.

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.

What Are the Odds WVU Baseball Actually Wins College World Series?

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.

For historical context, despite some other major success across all sports and getting this far countless times, West Virginia Athletics has only WON 20 total NCAA national championships throughout the entire history of the athletic department (19 in rifle combined for both men’s and women’s, 1 in boxing). In addition to the titles won, WVU also CLAIMS eight more national titles (1 in men’s basketball – 1942, 4 more in rifle and 1 in cricket). While some believe the football program should claim the 1922 season as a national championship, the program does not currently publicly recognize it as one. 

The WVU Baseball team winning a national championship on the field would be a gigantic deal for the school and state, to say the least. It would also ensure Mazey’s place as a beloved figure in West Virginia forever.

For related stories, Mountaineer Nation celebrates the NCAA Regional title on social media and a key member of the team had his travel home delayed.

For those unaware of his work, below is a brief biography about Mitchell Northam:

Mitchell Northam is a Digital Producer for WUNC. He was born in Iceland, but grew up eating blue crabs and scrapple on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

In addition to working at the Delmarva Daily Times and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, his work has also been featured at SB Nation, the Orlando Sentinel, NCAA.com, Sports Illustrated, Pittsburgh Sports Now, and the Associated Press. He is a graduate of Salisbury University and has won awards from the MD-DC Press Association and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He is also a voter in the AP Top 25 poll for women’s college basketball.

His first book — “High School Basketball on Maryland’s Eastern Shore: A Shore Hoops History” — was published in May 2022.

Click here for more of our coverage of the WVU baseball program and here to follow Northam on X (Twitter).

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