WVU Baseball Hosts Final Home Opener At Hawley Field, Fans Excited For The Move


West Virginia Baseball is writing the final scores in a long history at Hawley Field.

Tuesday the Mountaineer hosted Pitt in the field's final home opener before the team moves across town to Monongalia County's new ballpark.

"It's really exciting to see the team improve like this and get a lot more recognition around the campus and state," said Dan Krotz, the team's public address announcer. "I remember doing some games a few years I go and you might have only gotten 10 people."

The buzz is in the air about WVU baseball. On the field the team is winning, off the field it's helping the community, and the field itself is changing too.

"Considering it's been two years, just a year in discussion before we even got to the point to move it. So it's exciting, the idea that all the work we've done and planned will come to fruition," said Monongalia County Commissioner Eldon Callen.

The Monongalia County commission, tax and Sheriff's office joined more than 500 fans supporting the team Tuesday.

Commissioner Callen and his family even threw out the first pitch. He said the project stands for more than just baseball.

"I think people need to be excited about the idea that we can all work together cooperatively for everyone's best interest and improve the quality of life for everyone in the community," Callen said.

In 2015 the new ballpark located near the University Towne Center will be home to WVU.

Fans say it's been a good run at Hawley, which opened in 1971, but are as excited as ever to take Mountaineer Baseball to the next base.

"It's been real good and conducive to the ball teams they've had in the past, but moving to the Big 12 it's good to be moving to a new venue," said fan Ed Berry.

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