Mazey “Super Proud” of WVU Accomplishments
By: Kevin Kinder
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – To the surprise of no one who routinely covers West Virginia baseball, head coach Randy Mazey focused on the positives after the Mountaineers were eliminated from the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament.
The building process that WVU has undergone over the last few seasons took another giant step forward, as the Mountaineers made it to the regional final against a team that has a good chance of making it to the College World Series. With four pitchers and one big hitter eliminated from the roster for much of the year, West Virginia’s advancement to Sunday in the Winston-Salem Regional Final was a major achievement.
“If you’ve seen all of our T-Shirts this year, it says ‘We’re On A Mission’,” Mazey said. “I felt that came through.”
As far as the game went, Mazey detailed the difficulty WVU had dealing with Wake Forest outfielder Stuart Fairchild, who drove in six runs with a pair of homers, including a grand slam. Mazey labeled Fairchild as a sure major leaguer, noting that he was the epitome of a dangerous player in Wake’s home ballpark.
Mazey also credit the Deacons for adjusting to starter BJ Myers, who didn’t appear to have his best pitches. Mazey disagreed with that assessment, and thought that the junior had good command.
“BJ’s stuff was pretty good. That wasn’t more than anything than those guys wanting to win a region. They came out swinging the bats. He struck out Fairchild once, and was sinking his fastball pretty good, but they started making some adjustments. Hitting is contagious, and they all caught fire there.”