West Virginia University Athletic Director Oliver Luck announced the release of the 2013 baseball schedule today.
The Mountaineers are slated to play 56 games this season, with 23 games played in West Virginia. WVU’s “home” schedule features games in Charleston and Beckley this season.
The Mountaineers will play 11 games in Charleston against Marshall, Texas Tech, Morehead State, Oklahoma, and TCU. WVU will play 6 straight games in Charleston against Oklahoma and TCU May 3-12 as part of the Mountaineers long Big XII home stand.
As far as Beckley is concerned, the Mountaineer will play there 4 times this season; a 3 game series against Kansas April 26-28 and a May 14 regular season finale against Marshall.
The Mountaineers and the Thundering Herd of Marshall will play a total of three times this season; once each in Morgantown (April 2), Charleston (March 19), and Beckley (May 14).
While the Mountaineers will have an excellent opportunity to build their brand across the state with the Charleston and Beckley series, it is a shame that the Mountaineers will not be playing but a handful of games in Morgantown. WVU will only play 8 games at home this season, none of which are Big XII conference games.
West Virginia will host New Orleans for a 4 game series in addition to single games against Marshall, Eastern Kentucky, Youngstown State, and Pittsburgh.
With the Mountaineers joining a more competitive baseball league, talk of a new baseball stadium in the works, and a new baseball coach, there is a lot of buzz built up around this program. It would only make sense that the Mountaineers would have scheduled at least one Big XII home series to capitalize on the added attention their program is receiving.
Outside of the major over sight in home (Morgantown) scheduling, the slate of games for the 2013 Mountaineers baseball looks to be a tough, yet exciting schedule that fans should really appreciate.
For a complete list of Mountaineers games, you can see the entire schedule here.