Mountaineers Looking to Move Up in the Standings While Getting Revenge


      The standings in the Big East baseball conference are so bunched up that with six league games left, the Mountaineers have mathematical possibilities to finish anywhere from first to ninth. 

      WVU is currently 31-14 overall and 13-8 in the conference.    The Mountaineers are in sole possession of fourth place.   This weekends opponent–Cincinnati is 11-10 and tied with Notre Dame for fifth place.

     WVU will start the weekend four games behind conference leading South Florida.   The Bulls, who have lost just once at home all season, will play their final six conference games on the road at Notre Dame and Louisville. 

      The Mountaineers are a 1 1/2 games behind 2nd place Louisville.   WVU trails 3rd place St. John’s by a game.  Behind WVU in the standings, Cincinnati and Notre Dame are both two games behind the Mountaineers.  five teams are within one game of each other in positions 5-9.  

      The league is deeper and much more competitive than it’s been in recent seasons.    WVU’s Big East win total of 13 matches it’s total from all of last season and the Mountaineers don’t have a playoff position cliched yet. 

     The Mountaineers would also like to extract revenge from Cincinnati.   The Bearcats, during the final three games of the 2008 regular season, beat WVU by a combined 27-15.   The Bearcats then beat the Mountaineers again 11-5 in round one of the Big East tournament. 

     Saturday’s double header will begin at 3pm.   All kids in attendance will receive a free baseball.   Sunday is dollar day at the ballpark.   Also Sunday,

West Virginia’s seniors–Austin Markel, Justin Parks, Joe Agreste and Bobby Thompson–will be honored prior to the start of the 1pm contest.

      The Mountaineers have just four home games remaining.   The three with Cincinnati then a non-conference game against Youngstown State Monday night.   

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