The 2019 West Virginia University baseball team was one of the best in program history, in large part because the Mountaineers could match pitcher for pitcher with just about any team in the country.
Now, with the 2020 season set to begin for West Virginia this weekend when the Mountaineers visit Jacksonville, WVU will have to depend on new arms and new methods as it attempts to make the program’s third NCAA tournament in the last four seasons.
West Virginia’s starting pitchers were so good in 2019 that three of them were selected in last June’s Major League Baseball draft — Alek Manoah (11th overall to the Toronto Blue Jays), Nick Snyder (11th round to the Arizona Diamondbacks) and Kade Strowd (12th round by the Baltimore Orioles).
With that trio departed for the pros, junior Jackson Wolf — a 6-foot-7 left-hander — returns as the WVU starting pitcher with the most experience. Wolf appeared in 15 games last season with 13 starts while posting a 5.17 earned run average. In 69 2/3 innings, Wolfe tallied 50 strikeouts while walking 31 batters and allowing eight home…