WVU Schedule, Opponents Set For NCAA Baseball Regional

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WVU Schedule, Opponents Set For NCAA Baseball Regional

West Virginia’s landing position as a regional host in the NCAA Tournament was a bit lower than some might have suspected, but all that matters is that the Mountaineers are in. WVU, as the 15th national seed, will host Fordham (38-22) on Friday, May 31 at Monongalia County Ballpark. The Rams are the #4 seed in the Morgantown Region, and made their way into the Tournament as the automatic qualfier from the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Joining WVU are #2 regional seed Texas A&M (37-27-1) and #3 Duke (31-25). The Aggies were a bubble team for consideration as a national seed, and will be very strong competition for the Mountaineers should both teams win their openers.

The regional is a double-elimination competition.

Should WVU advance, it would likely have to travel to Vanderbilt. The #2 national seed Commodores are in line to also host a Super Regional if they can handle their regional of Ohio State, McNeese State and Indiana State.


The RPI turned out to be a pretty good indicator of which teams would be selected to host the NCAA Regionals. The top 13 RPI teams — including WVU at No. 13 — all earned hosting gigs. The other three were LSU (16), Oregon State (20) and Mississippi (22).

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West Virgnia played 14 games against regional seeds, going 7-7 overall. The Mountaineers were 2-2 against Oklahoma State, 4-2 against Texas Tech, 1-2 against Oregon State, and 0-1 against Georgia Tech.

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The Big 12 also placed national seeds Texas Tech (#8) and Oklahoma State (#9) in the Tournament, along with Baylor and TCU. The Horned Frogs were a somewhat surprising selection, and were among the last four teams included in the field.

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RPIs of the Morgantown Regional teams:  WVU – 13, Texas A&M – 15, Duke – 44, Fordham – 135.

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    WVU Schedule, Opponents Set For NCAA Baseball Regional West Virginia’s landing position as a regional host in the NCAA Tournament was a bit lower than
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    Has a pitching rotation been set yet?


    Not publicly. Would not be surprised to see Manoah held back for the Saturday game.


    That’s what I would expect. A&M is good.  The question is how good is Fordham?  If the seeding were done perfectly, 1 thru 64 in the selection committee’s eyes, then Fordham is #50, Duke is #47, and A&M is #18.  Other criteria might rank them differently.

    I was disappointed in how Snyder looked against Kansas and then encouraged in how he looked against OSU.  Though I would have liked to see him last a bit longer against OSU.  I don’t think Fordham can afford to hold back their ace, so who is their ace and how good is he?


    Only the top 16 teams are seeded. There’s not a 1-64 process done like in hoops. There is consideration given to competitive balance, so you wouldn’t get, say, teams that are 20-25 in the RPI all in the same region with a Top 16, but there are also some geogrpahic considerations in play, so that teams don’t have to travel as far. None of this results in perfect groupings, so A&M does have a fair hike for a #2. They might have been the last team eliminated for consideration as a host, so WVU didn’t get any favors here.

    Not sure on Fordham yet – just starting to look at them.


    Matt Mikulski looks like Fordham’s series opening starter for much of the year. 14 starts, 6-6 record 4.00 ERA, 1.38 WHIP.

    John Stankiewicz has typically been following him in the rotation. 8-3 1.21 ERA  0.83 WHIP.


    How Randy Mazey sets up WVU’s pitching rotation for the NCAA regional intrigues me. It would make sense to hold to hold Alek Manoah until Saturday’s game, which hopefully will be a winner’s bracket game against either Texas A&M or Duke. But also if Mazey feels his team can get by Fordham with Kade Strowd as the starter, he could then also hold Nick Snyder back to start in game three, which if everything goes right in games one and two, would come Monday with an opportunity to clinch the regional championship.

    Maybe that rolling the dice in game one against Fordham, but holding Manoah and Snyder for games two and three respectively could be a very interesting option. What do others think?


    you would love to be 2-0 with a bunch of pitching left.  but you do not want to be 0-1, even with pitching.  one advantage is WVU gets to watch both Duke and A&M play before they have to take the field.  Rotation may not be set until the 1st game is well underway or possibly even over.


    Great point, Cinci. If aTm wins, then maybe WVU goes with someone other than Manoah vs. Fordham.

    And, as WVU scouts both (which is already ongoing now), it could be that one of the other starters matches up well with the Aggies or Duke. Of course, Manoah matches up well with everyone.


    Understanding that I’m the 1 seed playing the 4 seed in a double elimination, I think I’d be pretty conventional and go with Snyder game 1, Manoah game 2, with Strowd in game 3. After that, it would likely see the precocious frosh at some point.  The downside to Manoah in game 2 is that you likely couldn’t bring him back until the final 7th tournament game on Sunday if that is necessary, and he’d still be on damn short rest.

    I don’t think A&M and Duke have any option other than to start their aces on Friday, but they could bring them back on Sunday if needed with 24 hours more rest than Manoah.

    If the worst case happens, you might be effectively taking him out of the super regional.

    So, we should pray we can win this thing and only use him once in doing it.

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