MORGANTOWN -- Three months, 18 road trips, 30 victories and 52 games are in the scorebook for West Virginia's baseball team and yet the Mountaineers are nowhere near finished -- or inconvenienced.
"These next 10 days for Mountaineer baseball will be pretty important," Coach Randy Mazey said Sunday following the conclusion of a 1-2 series against TCU, the first series loss since the first week of April.
WVU (30-22) finishes non-conference play with today's 6 p.m. game against Marshall (19-31) at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley. The season series is even 1-1. The Thundering Herd ended a nine-game losing streak against WVU in April, but the Mountaineers won the second game two weeks later.
That's a secondary concern for WVU, though.
The Mountaineers are two games back of first-place Kansas State in the Big 12 standings after starting last weekend's series in a tie for first place. West Virginia travels Wednesday in advance of the three-game series at Oklahoma State that begins Thursday.
To make that happen, WVU will bus back to campus after tonight's game, get as much sleep as possible, and be at the airport in Pittsburgh in time for a 7 a.m. flight to Oklahoma City.
That's followed by the conference tournament that begins May 22 in Oklahoma City.
"Every time I've challenged them to do something, they've responded," Mazey said. "We've got a huge challenge coming up. The schedule challenge the next three days is going to be as bad as it's been the entire season, but we're going to flip that into a positive.
"We started the season with an unbelievable travel schedule and we're going to finish it that way. I have no doubts we're going to come out (tonight) and play hard."
To start a season in which all Big 12 home games would be played in Charleston and Beckley, WVU played its first 10 games and 17 of 18 on the road as either the visiting team or in a tournament. The 19th game was the first of the 11 games in Charleston. Tonight's game is the last of four in Beckley. The Mountaineers had only eight games on campus.