Junior Rine Gets Draft Call

Although most of the Mountaineer baseball team is still mourning being shunned by the NCAA selection committee, at least one Mountaineer has something to celebrate.

Junior center fielder Jarod Rine became just the fifth Mountaineer in school history to be selected in the first ten rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft when the Baltimore Orioles called his name in the ninth round of Tuesday's selections.

Rine was the first player selected from the Big East conference after being named the conference's co-player of the year in May. The 6-2, 195 pounder, joins pitchers John Radosevich, Chris Enochs, and Steve Kline along with outfielder, and former football standout Darrell Whitmore in the elite group of Mountaineers who have been selected in the first ten rounds.

Overall, 52 Mountaineers have been selected to major league teams throughout the long history of the program.

Rine, a native of Moundsville, WV must now make the decision to either join the Orioles or play his senior season in Morgantown and take his chances again in next year's draft. Rine posted an impressive .403 average and stole 14 bases as the leadoff hitter in the powerful Mountaineer offense and led West Virginia to a second place finish in the Big East. The 36-19 record posted by the Blue and Gold, however, was not enough for the selection committee, as the Mountaineers were left on the outside of the 64 team field. Vaulting the Mountaineers into the tournament and finishing his degree may be enough to persuade Rine to continue his collegiate career although he will seriously consider what the Orioles have to offer.

The rest of the Blue and Gold prospects must wait to see when and where their name is called. Senior third baseman Tim McCabe and senior pitcher Jason DiAngelo both have an excellent shot at being selected while senior second baseman Eric Grimm and juniors Kurtis Clinton and Jake Serfass have an outside shot at being chosen over the next couple of days. The three-day draft will conclude Wednesday afternoon after the 50th round is completed.

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