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Walking the Walk, or Country or Pop

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WRITTEN BY JAKE STUMP
PHOTOGRAPHED BY RAYMOND THOMPSON JR.

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From the ominous tones of heavy metalers Five Finger Death Punch to the more uplifting, kneeslappin’ 1980s country group Alabama, the West Virginia University baseball team has quite the eclectic taste in music. 

There’s even a Justin Beiber fan on the squad (not that there’s anything wrong with that).  

Whether walk-up songs play a part in an athlete’s actual performance remains to be seen. We still grabbed the list of entrance songs for the 2018 squad. 

Used to energize players, a walk-up song can be identifiable with whichever player is up to bat. 

Here's the list:


Country 

Jimmy Galusky: "Dixieland Delight" by Alabama 

Shane Ennis: "Loud and Heavy" by Cody Jinks

Dillon Meadows: "Midnight Train to Memphis" by Chris Stapleton 

Chase Illig: "Roots" by Zac Brown Band 

Nick Denicola: "Body Like A Back Road" by Sam Hunt

Andrew Zitel: "They Don't Know" by Jason Aldean 


Pop

Riley Troutt: "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani 

Jacob Potock: "Bom Bidi Bom" by Nick Jonas and Nicki Minaj 

Alex Manoah: "Baby" by Justin Bieber 


Hip-Hop

Christian Young: "Champions" by Kanye West

Kevin Brophy: "God's Plan" by Drake 


Rock

Cody Wood: "Black Betty" by Ram Jam 


Reggaeton 

Ivan Gonzalez: "Ella Me Levanto" by Daddy Yankee

Sam Kessler: "Danza Kuduro" by Don Omar 


Heavy Metal

B.J. Myers: "Wrong Side of Heaven" by Five Finger Death Punch 


Christian Hip-Hop 

Brandon White (pictured above): "Revolution" by Kirk Franklin