Mazey Happy to See Grove Dominate In First Outing, Pleased to Take Series

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Randy Mazey spoke with members of the media after West Virginia split a pair of games with Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon and evening.

Shortly after splitting a double-header with Jacksonville, West Virginia (12-9, 2-1 Big 12) head coach Randy Mazey detailed just how hard it is to win the second game after winning the first.

"Double headers are such a beating," said Mazey. "At 5:30 this afternoon we were up 8-1 and as soon as that game ended (Jacksonville) made up a seven run deficit. Once the score went to 0-0 they caught life and started swinging the bats. That's why every coach in the world tries to avoid double-headers at all times. The team who loses the first game has momentum going into the second game."

The Mountaineers fell 8-2 after sophomore Michael Grove dismantled the Dolphins in the first contest of the day and the sophomore's outing drew recognition from his head coach.

"We desperately needed that," Mazey said of Grove's stellar performance. "We're not going to be able to get through the Big 12 without starting pitching. He was good and his velocity was good. He settled in with his slider and he was able to get his pitch count up. He's in a good position now where he can go the distance coming off of two extended starts."

With the split, West Virginia won its second series in a row. Mazey seemed more than pleased about that and hope it serves as a spring board going forward. 

"(Winning back-to-back series) really helps because we had lost a couple in a row coming into this one. In college baseball it's tough to beat anyone three times so winning series is what gets you into the postseason. It was a long day and our guys grinded it out and we'll take tomorrow off and get ready to face the (Pitt) Panthers on Tuesday."


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