West Virginia Uses Zarbnisky's Relief Efforrt, Pair of Homers To Top Texas, Take Series

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - If West Virginia was snakebit in some early nonconference losses, it's the opposite of that now.

As head coach Randy Mazey noted, baseball will reward those who keep grinding away on a daily basis. That was expanded upon by left fielder Kyle Davis, who had three hits, three runs scored and two RBI, including a homer, in leading West Virginia's 13-hit attack. The sophomore, above, details the Mountaineers' mindset, and how the team stayed with their preparation through some difficult out of conference defeats. Now, having won four in a row and seven of eight, WVU has moved past Texas into sole possession of fourth place in the Big 12, behind only Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and TCU, all of which are ranked. Davis discusses that aspect, and how WVU has managed to be so successful of late to take the first two series games from the Longhorns.

Pitcher Braden Zarbnisky, below, speaks to his 3.1 innings in relief of starter Ross Vance, who gave up two runs over three different innings before giving way to the freshman. Zarbnisky held Texas to just one additional run on one hit, and worked into the 9th to pick up his third win against no losses. The right-hander talks about Texas' plate approach, and how he managed to limit the Longhorns from the 5th through 8th innings while West Virginia's offense provided a cushion with by scoring at least one run in each of the last five innings.

And finally, second baseman Kyle Gray delves into how the Mountaineers have looked for fastballs against the Texas pitching staff, one that typically utilizes the breaking pitch as their mainstay. Gray noted that sitting dead red has aided the line-up, and it has shown, as every Mountaineer who came to the plate had a hit in Friday's series opener, while four different players had multi-hit games Saturday. Gray went a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored, two RBI and a pair of walks in an ultra productive outing. The freshman, one of five in the starting line-up on Saturday, also details what has made the team so successful of late, and the focus many of the Texas natives give to playing the state's traditional baseball power.


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