MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It was a long, but successful day for the West Virginia University baseball team as it played in the first-ever alumni game, followed by an exhibition against Potomac State College.
“It’s a long day for a lot of people, but there is no place I’d rather be than watching my team play all day long,” coach Randy Mazey says. “You learn a lot about your team when you play against outside competition, which is what we wanted to do. I have aspirations in the future of playing more than one game, so this is a good barometer of where we are.”
A total of 30 former Mountaineer baseball players from all different eras came out to play in the alumni game, narrowly falling to the current team, 2-1.
Highlights from the game included former third baseman Jerry Mahoney playing alongside shortstop Jedd Gyorko and snaring a ball to his left that was hit by junior Ryan McBroom
The day also saw an odd occurrence as David Carpenter was traded in the middle of the alumni game to the Boston Red Sox, joining manager John Farrell from the Toronto Blue Jays. Carpenter came in to record the final out of the alumni game, throwing three straight strikes to strike out the Mountaineer hitter looking.
Grant Buckner and Colin Durborow led the alumni team with two hits apiece, while Justin Parks added a double.
A 15-inning exhibition against Potomac State followed in which the Mountaineers came away with an 18-4 victory, out-hitting the Catamounts 17-11.
Sixteen different field players got in the game, while a total of nine pitchers saw action on the mound. Senior Brady Wilson
and sophomore Billy Fleming
had three hits apiece for the Mountaineers.
The team is set to continue the fall season this week with a three-game World Series event.