Share This Page

WVU baseball players spring into action in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma

| Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 10:30 p.m.

Heavy wind and rain conspired so members of the West Virginia University baseball team couldn't see 30 feet during the storm that spawned a devastating tornado in Moore, Okla.

Yet the players saw clearly that people needed help.

Junior outfielder Brady Wilson on Monday came up with an idea to help the tornado victims: 26 players and their coaches who were in Oklahoma City for the Big 12 tournament found the nearest Wal-Mart and filled 35 shopping carts with necessities such as mattresses, children's clothes, batteries and flashlights.

While at the store, the players helped a woman they knew only as Jamie. She lost her house and was shopping for similar items.

A school official estimated the team spent $3,500 in money supplied by the Friends of Mountaineer Baseball booster group.

Senior outfielder Chris Raskey, a Penn-Trafford graduate, said many players' first instinct was to help with rescue efforts, but officials were keeping as many people as possible out of danger.

“It was a great experience,” he said. “I'm glad we could help out in some way.”

Coach Randy Mazey said the effort meant nearly as much to the team as it did to the victims.

“I think 20 years from now, when they look back on their college career, I have my doubts they will remember the games,” he said. “But they will remember the families and the impact they have had on people's lives.”

Jerry DiPaola is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.