WVU Basball will be closing their doors on a huge chapter in the history of their baseball program this weekend. Hawley Field, the home of Mountaineers baseball since 1971, will be hosting it’s last series when the Longhorns from the University of Texas make their way to Morgantown. The Mountaineers are looking at a $21 million stadium, currently being built at the University Town Centre, which overlooks Evansdale and the Downtown Campus, the two main campuses’ at WVU.
Texas enters the weekend as the No. 11 team in the nation with a record of (33-13, 10-8 Big 12). The Mountaineers enter the weekend on a 6 game winning streak and an 8-2 record in their last 10, bringing their 2014 record to (24-16, 7-7 Big 12).
Game one is set for Friday night at 6 pm, followed by a late afternoon affair at 4 pm on Saturday, finished on Sunday with a 1pm start. According to WVUSports.com, Friday night the Mountaineers will send Junior lefty Harrison Musgrave to the bump to defend his 4-3 record and 1.95 ERA. Saturday afternoon undefeated Sophomore Ross Vance brings his 3-0 record and 2.57 ERA to the mound, and junior John Means takes the ball on Sunday, holding a 2.10 ERA and a 5-1 record.Texas will counter on Friday with right-hander Parker French (5-3, 2.08 ERA), lefty Dillon Peters (5-3, 2.50 ERA) on Saturday and right-hander Nathan Thornhill (6-2, 1.85 ERA) on Sunday.
WVU Baseball and second year head coach Randy Mazey looks forward to the challenge to hosting Texas for the first time who has established themselves as one of college baseball’s most prestigious programs lead by Auggie Garrido. Garrido, the most winningest coach in college baseball history with 1,906 career victories in town, is a great way to say goodbye to Hawley Field.