Mazey Discusses Zarbnisky, Seniors After West Virginia Baseball’s 4-3 Win Over Gardner-Webb
West Virginia buckled down and earned its fourth win in its last five games with a 4-3 victory over Gardner-Webb on Sunday afternoon. Afterwards, head coach Randy Mazey made it known just how valuable sophomore Braden Zarbnisky has been as of late.
“We need to win games like this when we don’t execute all that great,” Mazey said. “We need to win these games. Thank goodness for (Braden Zarbnisky). He’s hitting .350 and now he’s got five wins and five saves. I don’t know if there’s a more valuable guy in the Big 12 than what he has meant to us. ”
Zarbnisky, who is a jack of all trades, played center field on Saturday and made an excellent throw to home plate. One day later he relished as a closer, earning his fifth save of the season by striking out three Bulldog batters. The save sealed the deal for a senior day victory and as Mazey explained, senior day can be a tough game to win.
“It’s hard to win on senior day because there are so many emotions involved,” Mazey said. “The two Jacksons (Jackson Cramer and Jackson Sigman) are out there just trying so hard to have a great day on senior day and everyone is crying before the game. Then you have the rest of the team trying to play for the seniors because they want to send them out with wins. If you go back and look at all the records of the home teams on senior day it’s not very good. I’m happy to come out of there for a win for all of those guys.”