MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia baseball team has earned the No. 15 national seed and learned the three other teams that will play in the 2019 NCAA Morgantown Regional beginning Friday at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The Mountaineers (37-20) have earned their 13th NCAA Championship berth in program history and first since 2017. WVU, coached by United graduate Randy Mazey, will host an NCAA Regional for the second time in school history and first since 1955.
Chestnut Ridge graduate Phillip Dull appeared in 34 games for West Virginia, including 12 starts and four appearances on the mound as a freshman.
West Virginia, seeded No. 1 in its double-elimination regional, will host No. 2 seed Texas A&M (37-21-1), No. 3 seed Duke (31-25) and No. 4 seed and Atlantic 10 Tournament champion Fordham (38-22). The Mountaineers will open play against Fordham at 8 p.m. Friday. Texas A&M and Duke will meet at 4 p.m. Friday.
The Mountaineers have gone 17-5 at home. WVU finished fourth in the Big 12, the No. 2-ranked RPI conference in the country, with a 13-11 record, tied for its best league mark since joining the conference.
Texas A&M, making its 35th NCAA appearance, is the first SEC baseball team to ever play at WVU.
West Virginia and Duke have met in the NCAA Tournament once before, a 7-3 Duke win in 1961.