You see, the Mountaineers sat at 19-18, and had just come off three consecutive series losses. And with the majority of the Big 12 slate remaining, and losses to Canusius and Furman already dogging the psyche, there didn't appear much hope that WVU would find its way to much more than a semblance of a .500 team. But then Jackson Cramer went on a wicked tear, hitting .537 during an 11-1 stretch - including eight in a row and counting - that suddenly has West Virginia solidly in fourth place in the conference, and as among the hottest teams in the nation.
It'll still take some work, most believing that the Mountaineers (30-19, 11-9 Big 12) must complete the series sweep against William and Mary on Sunday, then win at rival Pitt on Tuesday before taking two of three in the regular season series finale at first-place Texas Tech (38-13, 17-4). On top of that, a run to the conference final in the postseason wouldn't hurt. But of now, WVU has done nearly all it can over the last three weeks in playing by far its best baseball of the year, including the 8-7 and 7-6 wins over William and Mary on Friday.
Cramer, above, has been the catalyst, supercharging an offense that has found a groove throughout, and produced nine-plus run games in eight of the last dozen played. In addition to raising his average to .310 by going 22-for-41 during the stretch, Cramer also has 20 RBI - meaning he is responsible for exactly one-fifth of the offensive production (100 runs) over the 12 games.
Corso, who has not started since a nonconference game against Penn State on March 22, came off the bench in the doubleheader opener to record a pair of key hits - including the game-winning RBI single in the 10th frame. He also tied the game with another RBI in the 8th inning to complete a rally from down 7-0 entering the 7th. It was a clutch performance from Corso, whose average is now nearing .300 at .296. Listen as the infielder speaks to his role, and the confidence of a Mountaineer team that he compared to a fire ready to break out, just needing a spark to ignite.