Just in time for authentic baseball, there was no danger of ice chunks falling off the Riley Park scoreboard and crashing onto outfielders.

Under clear skies at high noon Friday, Louisville lefty Joe Filomeno threw a first pitch that West Virginia's Taylor Munden drilled through the hole into left field.

Louisville's Jeff Gardner hit the final pitch of the game over the fence in the right-field corner. The 10th-inning, walk-off home run gave the Cardinals a 7-6 victory.

West Virginia head coach Randy Mazey wasn't too distraught. After all, the Mountaineers endured a 20-hour bus ride from Morgantown that included a five-hour snow delay in Statesville, N.C.

The West Virginia and Louisville traveling parties, forced into indoor drills for the last two months, were just glad to get outside for a few hours.

"What a great game," Mazey said. "It was fun to watch our guys compete like that. If you're a college baseball fan and you came to this game, you got your money's worth."

What a college baseball season-opening weekend, thanks to the double-play combination of nice weather and icy intervention.

One-fourth of the 2013 College World Series field is in town.

No. 20 Louisville, led by former Citadel player and assistant coach Dan McDonnell, headlines the Citadel's annual February tournament. The five-team field also includes the host Bulldogs, Delaware and Virginia Tech.

Yes, Virginia Tech, a last-minute tournament addition made when it became clear Delaware wouldn't make it through the weather on time.

No. 17 North Carolina, a program that made it to Omaha last June along with Louisville, will play Saturday, Sunday and Monday against the College of Charleston. The series was moved to Mount Pleasant because of Chapel Hill chill.

Charleston Southern opens its season Saturday at home with a home doubleheader against Villanova.

Clemson, CSU ties

No fewer than nine NCAA Division I teams will be in action in the Lowcountry on Saturday, and no one is happier than Mazey, a former Clemson player and Charleston Southern head coach.

"I've been guilty of telling people this is one of the nicest places I've ever been," said Mazey, 47. "It's a great homecoming. I've got a lot of friends here. I've been telling the kids what a great place it is, so we're going to enjoy everything while we're here."

Perhaps you remember Mazey from one of his past impacts on Palmetto State baseball.

A three-time All-ACC selection as a Clemson outfielder and pitcher from 1985-88, Mazey was one of the late Bill Wilhelm's favorite players.

As the head coach at Charleston Southern in 1996, Mazey guided the Buccaneers to their first and only NCAA Tournament appearance.

Mazey in his second season at West Virginia faces a wild, wonderful challenge. The school doesn't have a great baseball history - only 20 big leaguers have come through a program that started in 1892. The Mountaineers' best modern-era major league players have been Paul Popovich (14 home runs with three teams from 1964-75) and Steve Kline (34-39 on the mound with five teams from 1997-2007).

New WVU stadium

But Mazey and Co. are getting a brand new $22 million stadium with 3,000 seats and plenty of extras, to be shared with a short-season Class A minor league team.

West Virginia last year in its first season in the Big 12 Conference went 13-11 and finished third (33-26 overall).

Mazey leans heavily on a pitching staff led by a pair of 2014 draft prospects. Fourth-year junior right-hander Harrison Musgrave went 5.1 innings with three earned runs, four hits, one walk and seven strikeouts Friday.

Junior lefty Sean Carley, a 6-4 transfer from Air Force, will pitch Saturday against Delaware.

"The good thing about West Virginia baseball is that our guys feel really bad about losing this game," Mazey said. "I think we've kind of arrived when that happens. Had we done this with last year's team, I think our guys would have been happy just to play well. But having the year we had last year, now we have expectations to win games like this and beat top-15 caliber teams."

The outlook gets sunnier, and not just for the Mountaineers.

Also for the Cardinals and Tar Heels and other teams glad to get outdoors in Charleston's baseball Aruba.

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