West Virginia University’s baseball team has taken the No. 8 seed at the 2021 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship. The Mountaineers will be playing the No. 7 seeded Kansas University Jayhawks.
So far the Mountaineers season has a 23-25 record. They have 15 wins at home and six away wins.
However, their conference record has only been an 8-16 this season.
This will be the first Big 12 Championship the Mountaineers will be looking for since they joined in 2013. While they have yet to win the championship, they have advanced to the semifinals in each of the last four years the event has been played. They have even had championship game appearances in 2016 and 2019.
So while it will be a difficult run for the team this year, they have a good history of advancing farther than one might think.
The team has won six of their last ten games. Most notably one against Texas, the number two seeded team in the top 25 college baseball teams this season.
From the Big 12, WVU players hold three major records. Victor Scott and Austin Davis hold the second and fourth most bases stolen this season, while Jackson Wolf has the third-most strikeouts. Scott has 18 bases stolen and Davis has 16. Wolf has totaled 97 strikeouts.
Randy Mazey has returned as the Mountaineers coach this season. He has been with them since they joined the Big 12 in 2013.
Wolf is a senior this year and has had an excellent season pitching so far. He had a recent season-high of 11 strikeouts against Oklahoma in their game on May 7.
The Mountaineers have played Kansas three times this season, only winning one of those games. Kansas also has the same conference record as WVU this season.
WVU’s first game in the tournament will be Tuesday, May 25, at 7:00 p.m ET. The game will be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
If the Mountaineers win this game, they will move to play the No. 1 seeded Texas on Wednesday, May 26, at 5 p.m. ET.