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WVU baseball coach Randy Mazey talks with his team after a 9-4 win over Texas Tech in the Big 12 Tournament (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) WVU baseball coach Randy Mazey talks with his team after a 9-4 win over Texas Tech in the Big 12 Tournament (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

Written by: Samuel Donato

The West Virginia Mountaineers (15-10, 4-2 Big 12) are set to host the Marshall Thundering Herd (12-13) Tuesday, April 4th in Morgantown at Monongalia County Ball Park. West Virginia is on a 5-game home stretch after returning from Stillwater (OK) where the Mountaineers took 2-of-3 from the No. 23rd ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. In fact WVU's baseball RPI has improved to 9th nationally with some rather impressive roads victories for the Mountaineers.

Marshall is looking to get back on track after winning only 1 of their last 5, with their most recent win coming against Middle Tennessee. The Mountaineers started off their series against Oklahoma State with a loss but came back strong winning the last 2 games, improving their record against Top-25 teams to (6-2) and (4-2) against Big 12 opponents.  “That’s as big a win as we’ve had since I’ve been here,” admitted West Virginia coach Randy Mazey following the Sunday game in Stillwater. “Coming back to win that game gave us a big lift.

This will be the 68th meeting between the two teams with WVU holding the series lead 43-24 against the Fighting Herd. They first faced each other in 1915. The Mountaineers have dominated the Fighting Herd at home with a record of 29-8, hoping to add another victory this up-coming game. The Mountaineers are also 5-3 since 2013 against their in-state rival since head coach Randy Mazey took over with a series sweep in their 2016 campaign against Marshall.

Freshmen right-hander Isaiah Kearns (2-0, 4.80 ERA) is set to start Tuesday’s game against Marshall, with junior right-hander Brad O’Connor (1-2, 5.70 ERA) starting on the mound for the Fighting Herd.

Cole Austin is leading the Mountaineers in hits with a total of 36 as Sam Finter has 30 on the season for the Fighting Herd. As a team, WVU is hitting .287 while averaging 5.8 runs per game. The Fighting Herd are hitting .251 while bringing in 5.4 runs per game. 

Fans don’t forget, it’s Dollar Day Game Day! Tickets and select concession items are just $1, and Coach Mazey wants your help Tuesday night against Marshall at 6:30pm ET. Come cheer on the Mountaineers vs Marshall. We’ll see you at Monongalia County Ballpark!

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