Galusky Keeps Head Up Despite K-State Finale Loss; Looks Forward to Herd
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Everyone on the West Virginia baseball team, from head coach Randy Mazey on down, knows that the Mountaineers missed a good chance for a Big 12 sweep on Sunday against Kansas State. Keeping in the right frame of mind, though, Jimmy Galusky accentuated the good that came out of the Friday and Saturday wins, while acknowledging the sting of the loss.
“Every loss has a little bit of burn in you, but you can’t be too sad about it. You want to get the sweep, but we can still carry this into next weekend. You just have to keep winning series,” the junior shortstop noted.
That’s a good assessment, and one that is important for the team to keep. While a win on Sunday would have pushed WVU to a much better 5-7 record in the league instead of its current 4-8, the Mountaineers still moved up to seventh in the standings, and in the loss column are tied with TCU and just one game behind Baylor. Three-game series remain with both of those squads, so a fifth-place finish isn’t out of the question, but WVU will have to, at a minimum, win those series, as well as the Kansas set.
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One of only four West Virginia natives on the roster (Chase Illig, Shane Ennis and the sidelined Michael Grove are the others), Galusky was a natural target for the de rigueur baited question about the Mountaineers facing off against the Herd. They meet on Tuesday in Charleston in the first of a pair of home-and home games (this one is Marshall’s home game), with the rematch coming three weeks hence at Monongalia County Ballpark. WVU has much bigger fish to fry that just worrying about this one game, as it still has at least a puncher’s chance of making the NCAA Tournament, but for Galusky, it is a contest that he puts some importance on.
“Winning midweek games is a big deal. You always want to beat Pitt and beat Marshall. If you can go down there and win it would be a big deal,” he noted.
The two games against the Herd are half of the remaining currently scheduled mid-week contests, as West Virginia also hosts Maryland and Virginia Tech. in May. Given the need for more wins, though, there could be yet another game added to the schedule. Due to bad weather cancellations, WVU is one game under the maximum number of allowable regular season games at the moment, and the chance for another victory, even though it will stress an already fragile pitching staff, is probably too important to pass up. Head coach Randy Mazey noted that if another opponent can be found, it could be scheduled as early as Wednesday of this week, even though that would entail the late bus trip back from the Capital City and a quick turnaround.
WVU and Marshall meet for the 70th time on Tuesday, and the Mountaineers lead the all-time series 45-24. West Virginia has won four in a row in the series, six of the last seven and 15 of the last 18. The Mountaineers (19-17) have won eight of its last 11 games. West Virginia is ranked No. 32 in the NCAA RPI and has the No. 5 strength of schedule in the nation, according to WarrenNolan.com.