Sigman, WVU Look For Redemption Vs. Maryland
By Kevin Kinder
Most college tournament match-ups are marked by new faces, as teams square off against opponents with which they are unfamiliar.
That’s not the case for WVU in the first game of the Winston-Salem Regional in the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament, though. The Mountaineers (34-24) will face Maryland, which has been a regular non-conference opponent for many previous seasons. WVU and the Terps squared off once this year, with Maryland (37-21) taking a 7-6 home decision back in April.
That’s the cue for West Virginia reliever Jackson Sigman, who also has some motivation for redemption.
“When I came into that game, we were ahead 5-0, and when I left we were behind,” the plain-spoken senior said. “That was the worst game I have ever pitched. So as soon as I saw Maryland pop up as our opponent, I thought, ‘This is my chance to get some redemption.’ The whole pitching staff wants another chance to show what it can do.”
Following a good showing by starter Alek Manoah, Sigman came on to start the seventh inning and was able to record just one out while giving up five earned runs. It’s clear that he wasn’t ducking any responsibility for the outing, but clearly, like the entire team, wants the chance to show they can do more than just hang with the Terps.