The ripple effect of the coronavirus pandemic reached the spring season earlier today, as the Big 12 announced competition would be canceled through the rest of the academic year. Overall, the players and coaches involved expressed disappointment with the news, especially the West Virginia baseball team.
“I’m really disappointed for our team, especially the seniors, but the health and safety of our kids takes precedence over baseball and always will,” said head coach Randy Mazey. “This is one of those tough parts of life that our players will have to learn how to get through. They will have each other, and we will help support them in any way we can.”
The Mountaineers were off to one of their best starts in years, at an 11-5 record. They were set to face No. 2 Texas Tech to open their conference season.
But while they were preparing for the Red Raiders, Athletic Director Shane Lyons was out in Kansas City facing an unforeseen and unknown challenge. Within a day, the Big 12 would make the announcement that their season was canceled.
“The announcement by the Big 12 to cancel the spring competition season is certainly disappointing but also is a necessity. We must take all precautions to ensure the health and safety of the league’s Universities, student-athletes and communities,” Lyons said. “All team activities have also been suspended until March 29 and then will be re-evaluated by the Big 12. The events of the past week have brought much sadness to our student-athletes, coaches and fans, but we must do our part to keep everyone safe.”