After a good week for West Virginia Baseball, beating competition Virginia Tech Hokies 7-2 in the semi-weekly field and then the sixth big win 12 series and a Sunday 7-4 win against Kansas Wildcats State.
The Mountaineers fell last week after they had been with ease Marshall but they missed a much needed series TCU treated frogs. This week, some teams suffered the poor Mountaineers weeks including: Louisville Cardinals who went 1-3 and fell from 6 to 9, Baylor bears did not play and moved up two spots from 14 to 12, Miss Ole rebels swept and dropped from 11 to 15, Tigers LSU who went 1-3 and fell from 15 to 19 and Tar Heels North Carolina they lost their series against Pitt Panthers and it fell from 13 to 20.
The Mountaineers move up one location from 22 to 21 in the D1Baseball.com ratings.
American Baseball moves the Mountaineers up between 2 and 19.
West Virginia finished out of a major play 12 with a hard series won by Kansas State. Just Alek Manoah He returned on Friday, wearing eight nights without a score, giving up three hits and walking with 13 strikes. In this season's conference play, Manoah went with 4-2 with 1.75 ERA and a striking-to-walk ratio of 76-to-13 in 61.2 today. The Mountaineers went into the weekend to win on Sunday. Tracking 4-3 after seven play inputs, WVU scored four runners at the top of the eighth. Ivan Gonzalez RBI single, sacrifice flies off T.J. Loch and Tyler Doanes, and single RBI from the bat of Brandon White. Doanes, the second medalist, went 3-for-4 from the best spot in the lineup, and White, in the center of the center, was 3-for-4 right behind him.
The Mountaineers will travel to PNC Park to bring the Pitt Panthers into their fifth direct game before coming home on a series of Thursday-Saturday against George Washington.
The loss of the West Virginia series to TCU probably ended the Mountaineer hope to host a regional region but the final four seasons of the regular season could also win a deep run in the Great Tournament 12 to re-imagine those hopes. It should be noted that LSU, North Carolina and Ole Miss were predicted with regionals and that their weekend losses could jeopardize host chances.