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West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Maryland Terrapins Preview: NCAA Regional Game 1

The Mountaineers’ first NCAA Tournament game in 21 years is against a familiar foe.

John Lowe/The Daily Athenaeum

OPENING THOUGHTS

After 21 years we’re finally here.

We’ve seen what was originally an eyesore of sports team become successful, new staple of university pride.

The Mountaineers have come a long way since joining the Big 12.

As fans, let’s savor this accomplishment a little.

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Friday, June 2nd

First Pitch: 2:00 PM ET

Where: David F. Couch Ballpark, Winston-Salem, NC

Tickets: General Public

WATCH/LISTEN

Streaming Video: WatchESPN

Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Affiliates)

Streaming Audio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio

STARTING PITCHERS

Maryland: Brian Shaffer (7-3, 2.18 ERA)

West Virginia: Alek Manoah (1-1, 3.10 ERA)

NCAA WINSTON-SALEM REGIONAL BRACKET

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? College Park, Maryland (basically Washington, DC)

Series History: Maryland leads the series 39-24-1

Last Time: No. 21 Maryland 7, West Virginia 6 on April 11 in College Park

SB Nation Blog: Testudo Times

Record: 37-21 (15-9 Big Ten)

Head Coach: John Szefc

Baltimore Sun

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • Bullpen. The bullpen collapsed against Maryland back in April. If the Mountaineers can get some good outings out of their bullpen, then they should be in good shape.
  • Left on base. STOP LEAVING TWO OR THREE RUNNERS ON BASE EVERY INNING!!!

HOW AFRAID SHOULD WE BE? (SCALE 1-10)

Six. I’m as afraid of the Terps as I am of Sheldon the Turtle.

PREDICTION THAT SHOULD BE RIGHT

The Mountaineers exact revenge on the biggest game they’ve played since the Clinton administration.

West Virginia beats Maryland