The West Virginia University baseball team remained in Oklahoma following its regular season finale at Oklahoma State. That is because the Big 12 tournament is set to begin Wednesday in Oklahoma City. Its mission was and still remains to win a conference tournament title.
However, mother nature provided the Mountaineers with an opportunity to do more than perform on the field.
Devastating and fatal tornadoes struck just south of Oklahoma City killing at least 51 people Monday afternoon. Monday night, the Mountaineers were not out on the town exploring Oklahoma City or even trying to get in some extra batting practice.
They went to a local store and stocked up on clothing and other supplies that they intend to deliver to victims of the tornadoes on Tuesday.
The WVU Baseball twitter account and twitter accounts from some of the players tell the story very well.
Head Coach Randy Mazey tweeted, "Our team is safe from tornado, missed us by 5-10 miles. Trying to get team to Moore, OK to help. Wouldn't let us in today, families first."
Outfielder Brady Wilson tweeted, "Waiting in line! Can't wait to give all of the clothes to the kids!"
Pitcher Pascal Paul tweeted a photo of a shirt with a big smiley face on it and wrote, "Just trying to brighten up a little kids day"
Pitcher Corey Holmes tweeted, "Can't even begin to describe the emotions here and what these people are going through."
Outfielder Kevin Cohen tweeted, "Just met a lady who lost everything today, besides her family…Im glad we were able to supply her with the necessities she needed."
The team did not do these things because they wanted the recognition or to be singled out as nice guys. They did it because they felt the need to do something while they wait to get back on a baseball field.
Secondary to providing necessary supplies to victims is the vast amount of respect they have gained from some of their new Big 12 brothers.
Numerous Oklahoma fans are taking to twitter and already thanking the WVU baseball team for doing what it can to help.
Mountaineer fans around the world are also chiming in to thank their baseball team for showing such great character in the face of a terrible event.