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WVU Baseball Team Entering Foreign Territory


Can you remember the last time the West Virginia University baseball program competed in the NCAA Tournament? It has been 17 years since that last appearance in 1996.

After winning a three-game series against then No. 10 Oklahoma, WVU moved into a tie for first place in the Big 12 and put itself in the conversation for a potential at-large bid into the tournament.

Since it has been 17 years since the Mountaineers last competed in the NCAA tournament, here is a crash course on how the 64-team field is put together.

30 conference champions earn an automatic bid into the tournament, which leaves 34 at-large bids. Like the basketball tournament, a committee analyzes resumes and eventually fills out the field.

These 64 teams are competing for a spot in the College World Series and ultimately a chance to win a national title.

The road to the College World Series involves several steps. The tournament begins with 16 regionals featuring four teams in each location. Each regional is played at the home of the highest seeded team in that region.

One winner advances from each double-elimination regional to a super regional. The super regionals are hosted by the eight national seeds if those teams advance. The super regionals are a best-of-three game format.

The eight winners of the super regionals advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

WVU has appeared in the NCAA tournament 11 times, but has never earned an at-large berth into the tournament.

West Virginia is 29-20 overall and 11-7 in the Big 12. The Mountaineers made a big jump in the RPI rankings following their series win over the Oklahoma Sooners. WVU is now No. 68 in the RPI. Strength of schedule hurts the Mountaineers, all of that due to its non-conference schedule. Right now WVU sits as No. 108 in strength of schedule, but it does own six wins over teams in the top 50 and 12 wins over schools in the top 100.

Winning a regular season Big 12 title does not earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Big 12 reserves that automatic bid for the winner of its conference tournament May 22-26 in Oklahoma City.

WVU has seven games remaining in the regular season. Three of those games will take place in Charleston this weekend against Head Coach Randy Mazey's former team, TCU. That will be followed by a game against Marshall in Beckley on May 14. West Virginia's final three regular season games will be played at Oklahoma State May 16-18.


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