By Ryan Decker
West Virginia is going dancing!
For the first time since 1996, the WVU baseball team (34-24) is advancing to the NCAA Baseball tournament.
It also marks the first time in program history that the Mountaineers have been selected to the tournament without winning either its conference’s regular season title or conference championship.
West Virginia, listed as the No 2 team in the Winston-Salem Region, joins Wake Forrest (39-18), Maryland (37-21) and UMBC (23-23).
WVU faces Maryland in it’s first NCAA Touranment game in 21 years.
The Mountaineers were 10-6 against Top 25 teams this year.
The team held a watch party at the team facilities Monday to watch the selection show that aired on ESPN2, and forty long minutes later saw its name flash on the screen.
West Virginia is one of seven Big 12 schools to qualify for the tournament, joined by Regional hosts Texas Tech and TCU, Big 12 champion Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma, Texas, and Baylor.
For the NCAA D-1 Baseball Tournament, teams are divided into 16 regionals, each including four teams, and will play a double-elimination tournament at the regional site. Regional champions will then face each other in the Super Regionals, which is a best-of-three series.
The eight winners of the Super Regionals series advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
Regional play begins Friday, June 2, and will run through Monday, June 5 if necessary.