Pitching Focus

WVU baseball head coach Randy Mazey makes no bones about the importance of pitching. His recruiting hauls on the mound have been heavy, and he's back at it again this summer as he assembles his second Mountaineer class.

Mazey didn't have a lot of time to put together his first recruiting class at West Virginia, but he didn't let that stop him from going after pitching with a vengeance. Fully 11 of the 15 players announced on Signing Day on Nov. 21, 2012 were pitchers, and Mazey didn't even stop there. Dmitri Casas was later added to the commitment list, giving WVU a very full roster of hurlers. While one or two might end up as position players, there's no doubt that the competition on the hill will be more spirited, and more challenging, this fall and spring.

With 11 returning pitchers on the roster, that might seem to be enough, but the Mountaineer staff, which also includes pitching coach Derek Matlock and assist coach Steve Trout, is still rounding up arms. They've returned to a familiar area -- Texas -- to nab four pitching verbal commitments for this fall's class.

According to Allen Publishing, Flower Mound High School pitchers B.J. Myers and Seth Jordan, along with Marcus High hurler Conner Dotson, have all made West Virginia their choice. They can't sign until Nov. 13, but all appear to be solid in their choice of WVU. The fact that they play at high schools just four miles apart appears to have helped in the recruiting process, but each has excellent credentials. Jordan and Myers combined to record 11 of their school's 15 wins this spring (neither lost a game in district play), and both earned first team All District honors.

Dotson followed that duo's commitment by making WVU his choice late last month, and he too was outstanding, putting up a 6-1 record with a no-hitter during his junior season.

Need more? Yet another Texas hurler, Connor McMann of Liberty Christian School (Argyle, Tex.) is also on West Virginia's commitment roster. Located northwest of Flower Mound, McMann helped lead his school to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools to a state title with an 8-1 record this spring.

As West Virginia tries to follow up on its astounding first year success in the big 12, pitching is clearly one of the building blocks that Mazey is putting in place. And while these rising seniors won't be on campus until the fall of 2014, they'll certainly be a strong addition to what could be one of the best pitching rosters ever seen at WVU.

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