Big 12 baseball is coming to Charleston.
West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck and West Virginia Power Executive Vice President Andy Milovich announced Tuesday that WVU would play nine games at Appalachian Power Park during the 2013 season.
"We're very excited about the opportunity to play in such a beautiful facility," Luck said during Tuesday's Power game. "It will be a great opportunity for our program. As the state's flagship university it's always important for us to get back to the state's largest city."
The Mountaineers will host three series in Charleston with Texas Tech (March 22-24), Oklahoma (May 3-5) and Texas Christian (May 10-12) scheduled to visit.
The location for WVU's fourth Big 12 home series (against Kansas in late April) will be announced at a later date.
WVU's new baseball coach, Randy Mazey, came to Morgantown from TCU and said he looks forward to the level of competition his team will face this spring in Charleston.
"One thing I've learned about being at WVU so far is that there are Mountaineer fans all over the state," Mazey said. "This is the biggest city in the state and we want to capitalize on that and bring some really good baseball to the park. It will be great competition and a great level of college baseball."
The Mountaineers make the temporary move to Charleston while plans to build a stadium in Morgantown are in the process of being approved. Luck said the possible project near University Town Centre had cleared several hurdles but still had some to cross before definite plans could be set.