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WVU Baseball Picks Up State Native in Transfer Portal

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WVU baseball equipment lays on the warning track at North Carolina's Boshamer Stadium on Thursday, June 6, 2024. (Mitchell Northam, WV Sports Now)

WVU baseball picked up a transfer commitment from USC Upstate outfielder Jace Rinehart on Friday night. Rinehart is a native of Mannington, W.Va.

“Take me home…,” Rinehart wrote on Instagram.

Rinehart played three years at USC Upstate with a batting average of .345 in 452 career at-bats. This past season, the 6-foot-1 outfielder batted .366 with 17 homeruns and 59 runs batted in. Rinehart had a fielding percentage of .972 with three errors in 60 games.

On Friday, West Virginia formally introduced Steve Sabins as the program’s next manager following the retirement of Randy Mazey. Sabins has been in the transition plan since last summer but got an opportunity to speak about the next step in his career.

“Having the opportunity to become a head coach at the place you worked for 9 years is really rare. It’s a dream come true,” Sabins said.

WVU Baseball HC Steve Sabins Details New Role, Won’t ‘Cower in Fear’ of Expectations

More from Sabins about taking over the WVU baseball program on the heels of the most successful period in school history.

“Nine years ago, Coach Mazey took a risk on me and hired the youngest Power 5 assistant in the country. I was unproven with no direct ties to West Virginia. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity he gave me and my family. I’ve worked hard every day since to prove him right and make WVU proud. Tabitha and I have poured our energy into this community, welcomed two children, Charlee and Tucker, and Morgantown has become home.”

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