WVU Baseball Team Earns Highest Preseason Ranking; Schedule Still Pending

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The West Virginia University baseball team has been slotted at No. 14 in D1Baseball.com’s Preseason Top-25 Rankings.

It is believed to be West Virginia’s highest preseason ranking in any major poll in program history. The Mountaineers are one of five Big 12 schools to appear in the preseason rankings, joining No. 3 Texas Tech, No. 9 Texas, No. 10 TCU and No. 20 Oklahoma State.

As with many other college sports, spring schedules for WVU and its Big 12 baseball bretheren are still being worked on. The league has looked at a number of alternatives for conference schedules, including the possibility of four-game series instead of the normal three, which would result in 32, instead of the standard 24, league contests. The number of non-conference games to be played or allowed have also been a major point of discussions, with a lean toward allowing schools to play some in the mid-week, along with the one open weekend that the nine-team conference schedule produces.

West Virginia began practice last week in preparation for the 2021 season.

WVU is coming off a COVID-19-shortened, 11-5 season in 2020, marking the club’s best 16-game start since 2009. The Mountaineers are set to welcome 25 returners back to the squad this spring, including eight of nine starters. Also returning are freshman left-handed pitcher Jake Carr and catcher/infielder Matt McCormick, who earned Freshman All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper last season.

West Virginia last appeared in D1Baseball’s preseason poll in 2018, when it was placed at No. 22. The rankings are determined by D1Baseball national writers Aaron Fitt, Kendall Rogers and Mike Rooney.

West Virginia received votes, but was not ranked, in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s preseason Top 50.

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    The West Virginia University baseball team has been slotted at No. 14 in D1Baseball.com’s Preseason Top-25 Rankings. It is believed to be West Virgini
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    #135151

    Coach has done an amazing job … when we joined the Big 12, who could have thought we even had a chance to be competitive in that conference. BTW, are there any other northern teams in the top 25

    #135164

    Mazey has done an amazing jog of putting together this program.  Before Mazey, when was the last time we were relevant in Baseball?

    8 of 9 starters back shows how young this team was last year.  And now a #14 pre season rank.  To be in the mix with  B12 powerhouses like No. 3 Texas Tech, No. 9 Texas, No. 10 TCU and No. 20 Oklahoma State shows how far this program has come.

    I do find it interesting that only 3 sportswriters make up this poll.  Is D1Baseball.com more reputable than Collegiate Baseball Newspaper?  We weren’t ranked in the top 50 there.

    #135200

    D1Baseball is much more invested in coverage than CBN. The writers at D1B are tireless, travel to sites to talk to coaches, and are really plugged in on the national scene. May not always agree with their opinions, like any outlet, but they are highly regarded and reputable.

    Here is the D1Baseball Top 25.  WVU is the northernmost school in the poll.

    #135248

    These guys aren’t shy about dropping last year’s top 25 out of the initial ranking.  #3, #9, #10 gone.  10 new teams in the top 25.

    #135255

    Agreed, and to me that shows their willingness to do homework and assess this year’s teams, not just regurgitate previous preseason rankings.

    #135257

    Pitching is legit.  That means more than anything else you read.

    I will make it down for a game or two this season.

    #135258

    read down thru the d1 twitter posts.  couple other WVU tweets.

    #135268

    I will say the potential for a really strong pitching staff is there –  a lot of arms showing some promise in fall ball and the newcomers with some good stuff.

    As always, it’s different pitching against Texas Tech, Okie State, etc, but the big thing is that I think WVU has 5-6 guys who have good enough stuff to be weekend starters. If four pan out, that gives you armes to cover schedule contingencies and also make hay in midweek games if OOC games are allowed. Winning OOC games was a huge part of WVU’s success two years ago.

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