May 14, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A view of batting practice baseballs before a game between the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

WVU Baseball: Strong Finish to Improbable Season

While the West Virginia Mountaineers baseball team came up just short of qualifying for the Big XII Championship game this past weekend, the fact that they were even in contention speaks volumes to the job done by coach Mazey and the roster of this ball club.

Consider the fact that in a preseason poll of Big XII baseball coaches, the Mountaineers were picked to finish dead last in the conference this season. As a matter of fact, WVU received a mere 8 points in poll voting, signifying that almost every coach in the Big XII picked WVU to finish in last.

Given such humble expectations, it would have been easy to call the 2013 season a success if the Mountaineers had finished in 8th or higher. So what do you call a 3rd place finish?

Magical.

West Virginia finished the season on a high note with an extraordinary comeback from 5-0 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 6th inning to complete an impressive 6-5 rally in 10 innings. The win capped a 33-26 record with a mark of 13-11 in regular season Big XII play. That mark was good enough for a tie with Big XII tournament champion Oklahoma for 3rd place in the regular season.

With their Big XII tournament run at an end, the Mountaineers will be anxiously awaiting the NCAA tournament selections this morning, hoping to extend their season. Even if WVU does not make the cut, this will still go down as one of the most exciting seasons of Mountaineers baseball.

After such an impressive job done by coach Mazey and the Mountaineers in their inaugural Big XII season, expectations will be sky high for this club heading into the 2014 season.

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