WVU Changes Approach, Beats Texas Tech

GRANVILLE, W.Va. - West Virginia's see it, slug it approach was causing little more than fits for itself and wins for the opposition. So entering the biggest of series against Texas Tech, head coach Randy Mazey and the seniors hit the reset button - and in the process gained a huge victory.

Mazey, below, discusses the change in philosophy, and details WVU's offensive effort, which plated six runs in the first three innings to give starting pitcher Chad Donato much-desired run support in what was nearly a must-win for the Mountaineers to make the Big 12 Tournament. The early offensive output also lessened the pressure on the sophomore right-hander, while turning it up against a Tech team trying to break into the Big 12's top three going into the postseason.

Donato, who pitched seven innings, allowing four earned runs, seemed as strong over his final three outs as he did through he first three innings. Donato threw a career-high 132 pitches before giving way to Connor Dotson, who picked up his first career save in getting the final six outs. Here, the Texas native speaks to his outing, his arm and the early lead.

Designated hitter Kyle Davis, moved into the lead off spot for the first time in his collegiate career, dissected that move by Mazey, his thoughts on a three-hit game, and how his plate approoach varies pending on position within the line-up.

And finally, senior and team captain Taylor Munden talks about the victory, the early ability to score, Donato's effort and continual pounding of the strike zone and how his mentality affects that of the team. Munden also discusses how the pressure is lessened with the first series game in the win column, and how the Mountaineers would like to seal the Big 12 postseason berth on Friday to keep from going to a decisive third game.

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