As West Virginia Baseball heads into their second time ever hosting a regional in Morgantown, the team has been recognized as a rising team in the rankings. Here are the latest on where the team stands as of May 30.
D1Baseball.com - D1Baseball has been the most bullish of the publications on the Mountaineers. They had WVU as high as a 12 seed in the Field of 64 predictions. The Mountaineers are one of the big climbers in their poll this week, jumping 6 spots from 19th to 13th.
Baseball America moves the Mountaineers up two spots to 17th in their ranking. Here is what they had to say.
West Virginia faced a difficult path in the Big 12 Tournament but navigated it well, reaching the championship game before falling to Oklahoma State, one of the hottest teams in the country. The Mountaineers faced Texas Tech three times and won twice, both times holding the Red Raiders’ powerful offense in check. Ace Alek Manoah came up big in that regard Thursday and righthanders Ryan Bergert and Zach Ottinger followed suit in the second semifinal game Saturday, combining for a one-hit shutout.
The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association ranks the Mountaineers 15th, a move of 3 spots from 18 the week prior.
Collegiate Baseball is the slowest of the polls to take notice of Randy Mazey’s squad. They only had the Mountaineers at 24th entering the Big 12 Tournament and despite beating Texas Tech twice in the tournament and 4 times this season, they only moved the Mountaineers up 2 spots to 22.
Texas A&M Aggies, the Mountaineers most likely second game in the Morgantown Regional, are ranked #18 in D1Baseball, #15 in Baseball America, 18th in NCBWA and 25th in Collegiate Baseball.