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Wins in seven of last 10 moves WVU toward top

By Staff | Apr 17, 2017

With wins in seven of its last 10 games, West Virginia moved to a tie for second place in the Big 12 Conference baseball standings.

Highly-ranked TCU paced the league with a 7-1 record, while the Mountaineers were in second place with a 4-2 Big 12 record.

WVU’s conference schedule began with three games in Waco against Baylor, which was ranked 10th in the nation at the time.

With 7-1 and 6-5 wins in the first two games of the series, the Mountaineers had a positive beginning to the league schedule.

Baylor avoided a three-game sweep on its home grounds it decisioned the Mountaineers, 5-1, in the third game of the weekend series.

The next weekend found WVU in Stillwater to face the No. 23-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys in another three-game series.

The Cowboys grabbed a 3-2 win in the opener, but then West Virginia made a late-game comeback to send the second game into extra innings before winning, 5-3 in 10 innings.

In the rubber game of the three-game set the Mountaineers had another late-game comeback to prevail, 9-8.

After finishing the series with the Cowboys, West Virginia had a 15-10 record and had won more road games in 2017 than any team in the country other than Connecticut and Kent State.

Earlier this week, the Mountaineers finally returned home to play Marshall on April 4 and Morehead State (Kentucky) on April 5.

This weekend sees WVU host its first Big 12 three-game series of the season when Kansas visits Morgantown.

Today’s WVU vs. Kansas series opener is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. with Saturday’s conference game slated for a 4 p.m. beginning. Sunday’s series finale has a 1 p.m. starting time.

Last season, the Mountaineers had a rousing finish to their season and finally finished with a 36-22 overall record and reached all the way to the Big 12 Conference tournament championship game before falling to Texas Tech.

No at-large bid to any of the 16 NCAA Regional tournaments came WVU’s way, however.