WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. -- Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage will be the commencement speaker at West Liberty University.
The ceremony is set for Dec. 14 in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex. The university says 147 students are expected to receive diplomas.
The Pirates' surprising run to 94 wins and their first playoff appearance since 1992 was one of the feel-good sports stories of the year.
Searage is a former West Liberty baseball player. The 2013 season marked his 36th in professional baseball and his 11th with the Pirates organization.