By Cam Huffman
The snow that fell over much of West Virginia Sunday night canceled the scheduled state showdown between West Virginia and Marshall universities, scheduled for Tuesday at Charleston’s Appalachian Power Park. So the Mountaineers made the decision to head south.
WVU (10-6) will face No. 12 North Carolina tonight at 6 p.m. from Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Today’s game will be a matchup of two hot teams.
The Mountaineers recently went 5-2 on a trip to the West Coast and have won eight of their last 10 games.
“I think it was a really successful trip on a lot of notes,” second-year head coach Randy Mazey told WVUSports.com. “We got to go out there and play seven games and practice three times. But the season is not a sprint. It’s a marathon. It’s a long race, and we’ve got to finish.”
The Tar Heels (14-5) have also been on a roll, wining 13 of their last 15. They took two of three at Maryland in ACC play last weekend.
WVU will send junior left-hander John Means (3-1, 1.64 ERA), who was supposed to start against the Herd, to the mound for today’s game. He’s struck out 14 hitters in 22 innings.
At the plate, WVU is led by junior center fielder Bobby Boyd, who’s hitting .362 with two doubles, seven RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Senior first baseman Ryan McBroom is hitting .365 with five homers and 23 RBIs.
UNC will send right-hander Luis Paula (1-0, 1.42 ERA) to the hill. He’s struck out 15 in 12 2/2 innings.
Wood Myers is the biggest threat at the plate, hitting .297 with four doubles and eight RBIs.
WVU will stay in North Carolina for a three-game series at UNC Wilmington over the weekend before Pitt visits Hawley Field in Morgantown on Tuesday.
The Mountaineers open Big 12 play March 28-30 with a three-game series against Baylor in Charleston.