The WVU baseball team announced the 2018 season schedule, which features a healthy non-conference schedule. The Mountaineers will open their season Friday, February 16 with a three-game series at Jacksonville and open conference play on Friday, March 23 at Oklahoma.
Last season, the Mountaineers made the NCAA tournament for the first time in 11 years. Now, WVU will look to improve on their 36-26 record and advance past the regional round.
WVU will make two trips to the Atlantic Coast to open the season, following the first weekend in Jacksonville, Florida, with a trip to Conway, South Carolina, for the Brittain Resorts Invitational, February 23-25. The Mountaineers will trek through Kentucky and Tennessee to start March, playing Western Kentucky March 2-4, Middle Tennessee State March 9-11, and Tennessee Tech March 13-14.
The Mountaineers will debut in front of the Monongalia County Ballpark crowd the weekend of March 16-18, as Canisius comes to Morgantown. After a game against LaSalle on Tuesday, March 20, WVU heads to Norman, Oklahoma, for the first conference series.
Ten non-conference games are smattered within the conference season. WVU will host the Pitt Panthers in the Backyard Brawl on Tuesday, March 27. The Mountaineers travel to play Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, April 3. That weekend, WVU will fly out to play UNLV April 6-8, then come back to the Allegheny Mountains to play Penn State at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, April 10.
WVU will make the return trip to Pitt on Tuesday, April 17 and head south on I-79 for a game against in-state rival Marshall on Wednesday, April 25, at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston. The Mountaineers start May with a home game against Maryland on Tuesday, May 1 and will also host Virginia Tech on Wednesday, May 9. The final non-conference game of the season will be on Tuesday, May 15, as WVU hosts Marshall.
WVU’s regular season will end with a four-game homestand. After hosting Marshall, Baylor comes to Morgantown May 17-19, for the final series of 2018. The 2018 Big 12 Baseball Championship is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23-Sunday, May 27, from Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.