WVU Details "Wolf Pack" Status

GRANVILLE, W.Va.– This could be the start of a new West Virginia. With the Mountaineers facing a sweep against Kansas - and the best the Big 12 has to offer in upcoming series against TCU, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech - WVU turned to a bit of self-reflection and their new mantra of being a "wolf pack."

After captain Taylor Munden spoke to the team about staying a family and buying in to head coach Randy Mazey's philosophy of playing for the team as a whole and not themselves, the Mountaineers dug themselves out of yet another early hole against Kansas to beat the Jayhawks 5-4 on Munden's two-run homer in the seventh inning. Here, Munden speaks about the meeting, and team mantra and his Big 12-best 10th home run of the season.


Starter Chad Donato, who went 7.2 innings and shut out Kansas over all but one frame, details the team creed, discusses the confidence level with which he pitched after West Virginia answered KU's four-run second with three runs in the bottom half and delves into how WVU, as a wolf pack, can begin to challenge for middle of the pack status in the Big 12.


Mazey, below, discusses losing the first two games of the series and allowing four runs in the second inning, having a "don't give up attitude," and the crowd energy after the three-spot in the bottom of the second. Mazey also dissects Donato's start, his lack of fastball command early and a ruling on some of the ground rules of the park.


And finally, catcher Garrett Hope delves into his switch from football to baseball, his love of the National Pastime, his ability to block the plate as a natural catcher and his handling of pitchers and calling a game. Hope also delves into the psychological aspect of working with various pitchers and the improvements that must be made if the Mountaineers are going to better position themselves for the postseason.



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