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Donor impact felt on Mountaineer baseball program

Following a sixth straight win over Pitt, the WVU baseball team enters its final regular season series with a 32-18 record and national ranking. 

The No. 17 Mountaineers are expected to make the NCAA tournament for just the second time since 1996 and 13th time in program history. 

It would be the second NCAA tournament appearance in the last three seasons for West Virginia.

"Without the donors, the financial support and a lot of great Mountaineer fans out there, we couldn't do what we do," said WVU head coach Randy Mazey. "These kids put a lot of hard work into this program. Not only are they full-time students, But being out here and being an athlete is also a full-time job."

Friends of Mountaineer Baseball through the Mountaineer Athletic Club is a baseball-specific program designed to raise money for program enhancement to benefit WVU baseball coaches and student-athletes, on and off the field. 

"My dad has gone to a little bit of college, my mom hasn't gone to college," said WVU junior first baseman/DH Marques Inman. "It's been a pretty cool opportunity to go to college and have most things taken care of. All I can say is thank you (to the donors) for giving me the opportunity to play baseball at a Division I school."

Donors' generous support allows WVU baseball to continue to raise the bar and compete for Big 12 Conference championships and national prominence.

"We know the people are there, we know people are supporting us," said WVU senior catcher/third baseman Ivan Gonzalez. "Whenever we think of that, we're playing for them. We're playing for them on the field and giving it out, in and day out, every single time we come to the field, just working our butts off."

Watch the video at the top of the page for more from Inman, Gonzalez and Mazey.

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