If there's a mantra that head coach Randy Mazey has instilled in this year's West Virginia baseball team, it's 'Keep Grinding' -- and that was nowhere more evident than in Dierdorff's performance in the Mountaineers' 4-3 win on Saturday. The professorial looking Dierdorff gave up three runs and six hits through the first three innings and appeared headed for an early exit.
However, exemplifying the spirit of this year's squad, Dierdorff turned from struggling pitcher to ace over the final six frames. He had four consecutive 1-2-3 innings from the fourth through the seventh, then after allowing a leadoff walk in the eight set down the next three Jayhawks in order. He then gave up a two-out single in the ninth, but again battled to get the final batter of the game retired to secure the one-run win.
Afterward, Dierdorff discussed the mentality needed to work out of early trouble, and explained that a change in tactics helped him turn the game around.
First baseman Ryan McBroom, usually a player who drives in runs, had a busy day on the basepaths. He scored from first base on a three-run double in the first game, and also legged home on a sacrifice fly to give WVU a critical run in the second.