MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Enjoying their final game on a field that could soon become a parking lot, the West Virginia Mountaineers sang “Country Roads” and celebrated with fans after a highly satisfying accomplishment: Beating No. 19 Texas.

Leadoff man Taylor Munden homered and drove in three runs, and Ryan McBroom produced a three-hit performance on Senior Day, boosting West Virginia to a 12-6 series-clinching win that wrote the final chapter for Hawley Field.

It also marked the second straight season the Mountaineers took a series from the vaunted Longhorns (34-15, 11-10), the most illustrious program in the Big 12.

“We’ve got a lot of kids from Texas who don’t like Texas because they didn’t get to go there,” said reliever Pascal Paul, who got five outs to bridge the gap between starter John Means and closer Sean Carley.

With 2,237 fans on hand Sunday, the three-game weekend total of 5,413 represented the most for a series at the Hawley Field, whose 44-year run is ending as the university constructs a new off-campus ballpark.

When second-year coach Randy Mazey absorbed the atmosphere and saw fans covering the hillside along the left-field line, he admitted reflecting, “Look how far we’ve come in such a short period of time.”

The same could be said for Mazey’s current team, which won its third straight Big 12 series to make a distant memory of a seven-game midseason losing streak and stay in prime position for the program’s first NCAA regional bid since 1996. West Virginia’s RPI stood at No. 21 after the win.

Freshman designated hitter Jackson Cramer had three hits and Billy Fleming added two more, part of a 14-hit attack for the Mountaineers (26-17, 9-8), who hit .330 this weekend against a Texas staff that’s holding opponents 100 points below that mark.

“We got a lot of hits off some great pitching,” Mazey said.

Longhorns starter Lukas Schiraldi (6-3) was the victim Sunday, leaving with none out in the third inning and WVU leading 5-2.

The Mountaineers struck for four more in the fourth against Morgan Cooper. And though Texas touched up Means to pull within 9-5 in the fifth, WVU countered with three in the bottom half. Two of those came on Munden’s second homer of the season before McBroom grounded a two-out single to left.

McBroom, after coming up empty in two run-producing situations Saturday, made amends 24 hours later by driving in two runs and increasing his team-leading RBI total to 42.

“We had a special day,” he said.

Means (6-1) allowed 11 hits over 6 1/3 innings, though only three go his six runs were earned. He struck out three, walked three and threw 102 pitches.

After Paul finished off the seventh inning and added a scoreless eighth, Mazey turned to Carley despite a six-run lead.

“With the wind blowing out in a game like this, you never feel good about it until the last out is recorded,” Mazey said.

West Virginia will host Virginia Tech (19-27) on Tuesday night at 1,700-seat Hunnicutt Field in Princeton, W.Va. The school announced Sunday the game is a sellout.

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Comments

  • Mister Man

    Congrats on your win over the Gobblers!!!!

  • YALE

    Go Mounties! We are moving up and will soon be known for more than rifle team!

  • WV grad

    cutty77: I couldn't agree more. They should take some salary from those two and give it to Mazey. (and by Wammer an ice cream)

    • cutty77

      I like Huggs and Dana,but i'm tired of hearing next year every year. If it happens again next year to both of them. Send them Both packing,and believe me Oliver wont put up with it anymore. Oliver is not afraid to make a move,thats for sure.

  • Rick55

    I've heard thru the rumor mill that they are going to turn Hawley field into a parking lot. Also they are having mudslides at the new site and may have to add a retaining wall to the budget. Just rumors though.

  • cutty77

    What WVU has done in 2 short years in Baseball,should be a National Story.Great Job everybody involved. Huggs and Dana you better get your act together. No more excuses from either of you.

    • Mister Man

      I love what the team has done. But, let's not get carried away. Nationally, no one would be that interested in an unranked team. Hopefully, we'll soon be ranked.

  • Mountaineer Fanatic

    I could not be more pleased. What a great team. Great job. Beat Va Tech!!!!! Lets Goooo Mountaineers.
    Keep winning and just maybe you can be on TV next year. That would be great.

  • Worm

    Thanks Oliver! It takes vision, hard work and leadership to run a successful athelic program. You have displayed all those qualities and then some. Thanks to the team and coaching staff for unbeleivable job!

  • ViennaGuy

    Congratulations, guys! Your hard work is paying off!

  • John

    Great way to send off Hawley Field!! Who would have thought baseball would be the most successful men's program since WVU joined the Big 12? Goes to show what a great hire can do w/ Coach Mazey who not only brings in excellent players but excellent young men as well. Congrads to WVU. Go get VT and take a couple of more Big 12 series. TTU will be tough at their place.

  • Thanks Ollie!

    Enough said.

    • Concerned

      Exactly.

  • Build it and they will come

    Once WVU has a new stadium, they should start cranking out national championships on a very regular basis.

    • Build it and they will come

      Meant "ballpark" instead of stadium.

  • WV Grad

    Proof that WVU can prevail in the Big !2. Way to go team and coach--making the Mountain State proud!

  • richard

    mazey was one great hire!!! WVU needs to do whatever it takes to keep this guy!

    • YALE

      Amen!!

  • David Kennedy

    Several other teams will be getting an 'old fashioned butt kicking in the next two weeks. This team smells blood in every game now!

    Cudo's to all and a great send off for a great old baseball field.
    I hope it can still be used for local baseball.

  • Aaron

    About the only thing I will add is that after losing 2 of 3 to WV, Texas will be ranked closer to the #19 that Taylor has been quoting all weekend instead of the to 12 most publications had them in the latest poll.

    • Allan Taylor

      @Aaron: Baseball America had Texas at No. 19, and it has long been informally considered the most legit poll. Another set of rankings (Collegiate Baseball) had UT at 22, while the NCBWA (national college baseball writers of America) had UT 12th and USA Today 11th. Some sports-information depts simply pick the highest ranking and list it in their game notes.