West Virginia Mountaineers Head Coach Randy Mazey Breaks Down Marshall Game; Pitcher Blake Smith Analyzes Long Outing

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia head coach Randy Mazey discusses his team's approach to midweek games and his long search for a way to communicate their importance after the Mountaineers rallied for a 5-4 win over Marshall

Despite a slow start that saw the Mountaineers go hitless through nearly six innings, Mazey didn't think his team was taking the Herd lightly. Still, to that point, West Virginia  had more errors than hits and runs combined, so there had to be at least some concern from the veteran coach, who knows that every non-conference game is vital for a squad struggling to find a way to make it to post-season play. Joking that "you guys keep asking it so I must not have an answer for it", Mazey also touched on the importance of the win at the start of a stretch of six non-conference games -- each of which is just as important at Big 12 weekend series.

West Virginia relief pitcher Blake Smith discussed his 2.1 inning stint -- a season-long -- and how he bounced back from yielding a game-tying hit in the eighth -- to record his second win of the season. He indicated an eagerness to work more than his usual one inning assignment, and noted that going longer did not affect how he approached his appearance. His final inning was made easier after WVU pushed across a run in the tenth, and although he allowed a baserunner in that frame he responded with two strikeouts to close out the victory.


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