West Virginia baseball is just right around the corner and according to Aaron Fitt of D1Baseball.com, the Mountaineers will have one of the better pitching staffs in the country headlined by sophomore right-hander Ryan Bergert and junior lefty Jackson Wolf.
"We knew we were going to be higher on West Virginia than everybody else was going to be because we took the time to go in there in the fall and see the Mountaineers. I've got to tell you, I really walked away from that thinking this team has big-time pitching. That's the bottom line. I think the Jackson Wolf, Ryan Bergert one-two punch might be as good as there is certainly in the Big 12 and one of the best duos in the country. I think the bullpen is a difference-maker. All of those power arms led by Madison Jeffrey, Jacob Watters, and Zach Ottinger, that's a great group of impact arms. I think they have ten or more guys that threw 95+ (MPH) this fall. Velocity matters and West Virginia has a lot of it."
In 21 career games, Bergert has a 4-1 record with a 2.30 ERA. He has 68 strikeouts to just 19 walks in 58.2 innings of work and has been one of the tougher pitchers to get a hit off of as opponents hold just a .182 batting average when facing him.
Wolf will be entering his fourth season in the Mountaineer program and boasts a 6-6 record with a 4.06 ERA. Those numbers don't do him any justice as he really turned the corner last year before the pandemic shut the season down. Wolf had a 3-1 record in four starts with 27 strikeouts, five walks, .157 opponents batting average, and an ERA of 1.05. He is West Virginia's workhorse in the pitching staff who can go deep into games. He averaged over six innings per outing in 2020.
D1Baseball also released their preseason Top 25 rankings and pegged the Mountaineers as the 14th best team in the country, which is the highest preseason ranking in program history.
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