Mazey Pleased With Mountaineers' Effort, Impressed By Jacksonville Pitching

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Randy Mazey was pleased to be on the right end of a walk off victory on Friday night.

If there was one thing that stood out to West Virginia head coach Randy Mazey about Jacksonville, it was the pitching of junior Michael Baumann. 

"I thought they helicoptered (Baumann) in from major league spring training," quipped Mazey. "That guy is every bit of a major league pitcher if he can corral that fast ball and throw strikes with that slider. That guys going to make a lot of money throwing the baseball."

Baumann tormented Mountaineer hitters through 7.2 innings and West Virginia had only one run entering the bottom half of the ninth, but that's when Jackson Cramer saved the day with a two run blast to center field. Mazey seemed pleased to be back at home and to have the opportunity to win a game in walk off fashion.

"I told the guys going into today that that last at-bat means the world," said Mazey. "We haven't got to do that so I think this will give us confidence that if we're down by two in the ninth we know our guys can come back in and win at any time.

"I couldn't be happier for Cramer and (Kyle Davis) and the older guys who help the younger guys get through the grind of the road schedule."

Cramer was also pleased with the performance of freshman Kade Strowd, who made his first career appearance at Mon County Ballpark and earned the win.

"You worry about nerves with new guys playing their first home game but when he came into the game I said 'Kade if you hold them here our offense is going to give us a chance to win the game and he did that. He's got a good arm and he did what I told him to do. He gave us a chance to win."

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