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West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Preview: NCAA Regional Game 2

After yesterday’s big win, the Mountaineers may need some more slugging power against the Deacs

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OPENING THOUGHTS

Wow. What a win yesterday!!

I really liked all the home runs, as did everybody watching.

Now we have Wake Forest. The Deacs had a huge (with a capital “Y”) crowd for their game against UMBC and shold make for a rowdy, bowl game-like atmosphere tonight.

Also, Randy Mazey and Tom Walter (Wake Forest’s coach) are both from the same hometown (Johnstown, PA), so that’s pretty cool.

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, June 3rd

First Pitch: 7:00 PM ET

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

Tickets: General Public

WATCH/LISTEN

Streaming Video: WatchESPN

Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Affiliates) ; WWVU U92 (91.7 FM in Morgantown)

Streaming Audio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio ; U92 on TuneIn Radio

STARTING PITCHERS

West Virginia: TBD

Wake Forest: Parker Dunshee (9-1, 4.41 ERA)

NCAA WINSTON-SALEM REGIONAL BRACKET

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Series History: Wake Forest leads the series 12-3

Last Time: Wake Forest 11, West Virginia 3 on February 24, 2013 in Winston-Salem

SB Nation Blog: Blogger So Dear

Record: 40-18 (19-11 ACC)

Head Coach: Tom Walter

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • The outfield wall. The small dimensions won’t give the Mountaineers an advantage this time, since they’re playing a team that is used to it. Wake Forest is one of the best home run hitting teams in the country.
  • Rowdy atmosphere. West Virginia should have a pretty large contingent, but the Demon Deacon faithful will definitely make themselves heard at home.

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

Eight. I’m as afraid of the Deacs as I am of the Ross-Rachael storyline in Friends.

PREDICTION THAT WILL HOPEFULLY BE RIGHT

This is really a pick ‘em game for me. Wake is a phenomenal team. This is a vital game as the winner has the inside track to move on to the super regionals.

West Virginia squeaks by Wake Forest