OKLAHOMA CITY – The West Virginia University baseball team is set to begin play in the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship on Wednesday morning, as it takes on three-seeded Kansas at 10 a.m., EDT at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in its opening game of double-elimination play.
The Mountaineers will look to get back on the winning side after dropping seven straight to close out the regular season. West Virginia finished with a 27-24 overall record and 9-14 mark in Big 12 play, finishing sixth in the conference.
“The team who is most comfortable in an uncomfortable situation is going to win this game. The Mountaineers are used to being in uncomfortable situations, that’s how we roll,” coach Randy Mazey says. “I like where we’re at right now, we’re very confident coming into it and the last game we played on this field there was a walk-off win. We’re as confident going into this game as we were in any game this year.”
In the regular season at Kansas, the Jayhawks swept the three-game series and have won the last four contests after defeating the Mountaineers in the first game of last year’s Big 12 Championship.
The pitching matchup will be a rematch between WVU junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave
(5-3, 2.32 ERA) and Kansas right-hander Jordan Piche’ (6-5, 4.25 ERA) who both took a no-decision in a Kansas win on May 9.
Musgrave allowed three runs on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks in 7.1 innings. Piche’ gave up two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks in 7.0 innings.
Offensively, West Virginia is led by All-Big 12 First Team honorees in junior center fielder Bobby Boyd
and junior second baseman Billy Fleming
. Boyd and Fleming finished first and second, respectively, in Big 12 regular season batting average. Boyd is hitting .360 with eight doubles, two triples, one homer, 23 RBIs and 18 stolen bases, while Fleming is batting .352 with eight doubles, one triple, one homer and 27 RBIs.
Senior first baseman Ryan McBroom
has a team-leading eight homers and 47 RBIs to go along with a .340 batting average.
The Big 12 Championship will have all games televised on Fox College Sports, while WVU’s games can be heard on the affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG College.