MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — University first baseman Ross Mulhall is another one of the state’s Division I baseball products for the 2018 class, signing with La Salle earlier this year out of the Atlantic 10.
“I really liked the coaching staff and the schedule they play – all of their coaches were drafted in the MLB,” Mulhall said. “They play teams out of the SEC, Big 12 and Atlantic 10.
“Head coach (at La Salle) David Miller was a first baseman and he was recruiting me to do things that he did, hitting home runs and hitting for power,” he continued. “I filled that spot and I’m really looking forward to it.”
The senior standout, 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, has put up big numbers this year, too, entering the middle of the week hitting .443 with eight home runs, nine doubles, 30 RBIs and 33 runs scored.
Mulhall made some noise this past summer and fall going through recruiting camps — he also participated over Christmas break in a Power Showcase from Miami at Marlins Park.
“It was really fun,” Mulhall said. “I’ve really liked going to all of the camps and putting a lot of work into it, doing the best I can. The Power Showcase was a great experience, too. I’ve been trying to work as hard as I can to improve myself.”
He’s been one of University’s leaders at the plate as the Hawks have their sights set on a state tournament appearance.
“We had a lot of players who came back this year,” Mulhall said. “Our goal is to go down to Charleston for the state tournament and win a state championship – I really feel like we can do that. As seniors, we’ve been trying to make sure everyone stays loose and stays relaxed, but plays every game like its their last game.
“We’ve been playing together for a long time and it’s been a lot of fun,” Mulhall said of his senior group. “I really want to end it on a positive note.”
Mulhall and the Hawks will get that chance soon as the regular season’s final week is on the way next week.
Included in that final week is a scheduled contest against No. 4 Parkersburg South and a contest from Monongalia County Ballpark, where WVU plays, against No. 9 George Washington.
“Playing there is really fun,” Mulhall said. “It’s a great view and the whole atmosphere, being on a field like that is really fun.”
University as a team entered this week hitting .331 overall.
Clay Maholic, Kaden Metheny,Trevor Barnhart and Cam Stoldt have all be at or around .400 on the year, while junior catcher Hunter Cottrell entered the week with four home runs and 26 RBIs himself.
The Hawks will have to battle in sectional play which features rival Morgantown and No. 10 Buckhannon-Upshur, while the opposing section includes No. 3 Wheeling Park who has taken two of three from University this season.