MORGANTOWN - West Virginia baseball's five-game winning streak and run of 11 straight home wins came to an end Tuesday night at Hawley Field in a 7-6 loss to No. 17 Pitt. In years past, an occasion like that late in April might mean the end of meaningful moments for the Mountaineers.
The present is different, though, and WVU returns to Appalachian Power Park tonight for the start of a three-game series against No. 10 Oklahoma.
The Sooners (33-12, 10-5 Big 12) were the preseason favorites and are in first place in the Big 12. The Mountaineers (27-19, 9-6) were picked to finish last in the coaches' preseason poll.
A series sweep could put WVU in first place in the standings. A series win could force a tie for first. Either is subject to what Baylor (24-20, 11-6) does in a three-game series at Kansas.
"I don't know that there's been that defining moment for us yet," West Virginia Coach Randy Mazey said. "Usually there is one in a season when something happens and you realize it's a defining moment. Maybe it's still coming, but we haven't had that yet.
"I think it's been a gradual thing. It's taken this team a while to get to know the coaching staff and what we're all about and the way we attack things. And it's taken a while for us to get to know them."
Tonight's game starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's game starts at 4 p.m. Sunday's game starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $7 for reserved seats and $5 for general admission when purchased in advance with the West Virginia Power box office or by calling 304-344-BATS (2287).
Game day prices are $9 for reserved seating and $7 for general admission.
Each game will be carried by WVUsports.com and select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network. Saturday's game also will be broadcast on SiriusXM Channel 91. Live video, audio and stats will also be available at WVUsports.com.