If there was one thing that caught the eye of West Virginia baseball coach Randy Mazey, it was the performance of his young pitchers as the Mountaineers routinely stifled Eagle batters on Wednesday evening. Alek Manoah, a 6'6 true freshman, looked like a veteran at times in his first career start.
"We went into it knowing (Morehead St. was) the No.1 offensive team in all of college baseball and Alek Manoah came to me last night and said 'come on man, give me the ball.' I said you better be careful what you ask for because they're hitting .340 as a team but he said he wanted it and that's encouraging. He was getting the ball in the strike zone and a couple of their batters came off the plate a little bit and he did really well. That's super encouraging."
It wasn't just Manoah that impressed though, as freshmen Cody Wood and Riley Troutt looked solid in relief and in closing the game out respectively. Wood made his collegiate debut on the night and Mazey hinted that you could see much more of the Denver native in the future.
"Kudos to him," said Mazey. "He's worked his tail off since he's been here and he deserves everything good that happens to him. If you throw like that, you throw more often. I', anxious to see him in there again soon."