West Virginia University will host an NCAA Baseball Regional tournament this weekend for the first time in 64 years.
The 15th-seeded WVU Mountaineers (37-20) earned a spot in the NCAA Championship this past weekend. That’s despite losing, 5-2, to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship final on Sunday.
It’s the 13th time in school history that the Mountaineers have made it to the NCAA Baseball Tournament, and the first time since 2017, according to WVU. The school last hosted an NCAA event in 1955, when Wake Forest won a best-of-three series, 2-1, in the NCAA District III Championship.
According to a WVU news release, the four-team NCAA Morgantown Regional will take place Friday, May 31, through Monday, June 3, at the Monongalia County Ballpark.
“We are super excited to host an NCAA Regional and welcome everyone to Morgantown,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said in the release. “This is a great opportunity for our program and all of Mountaineer Nation, and I know our team can't wait to play in front of a packed Monongalia County Ballpark on Friday night.”
Texas A&M and Duke will meet in Friday's first game, at 4 p.m. WVU will play Fordham at 8 pm. That game airs on ESPN3.
The winners of Friday's games will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday, while the losers will play at 2 p.m. in an elimination game. On Sunday, the winner of Saturday's elimination game and the loser of Saturday's winner's bracket contest will square off at noon, with the winner advancing to the Regional Final to face the winner of Saturday's winner's bracket game at 6 p.m. If necessary, a seventh game will be played at 4 p.m. on Monday.
According to WVU, due to extremely high volume of priority ticket requests for the Morgantown Regional, the general public sale of all-session tickets has been delayed until 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 29.
Additional information regarding general public ticket options will be announced later this evening at wvusports.com.
Tickets for full-time WVU students will be available on game day at the Monongalia County Ballpark ticket windows. Tickets will be free for WVU students with a valid student ID only to games that WVU plays in. Tickets to all other games will be $10. Students from other participating schools presenting a valid student ID from their institution can purchase a $10 general admission ticket at the Monongalia County Ballpark ticket windows on game day.