Any time you beat the No.3 team in the country it's a pretty big deal. If you take a series over the No.3 team in the country, it can change the trajectory of an entire season. That's exactly what West Virginia did with its 5-4 win on Sunday afternoon and Randy Mazey, who called a walk-off win before the contest started, detailed the magnitude of the series victory.
"I actually told our guys that I thought that we were going to win this one in walk-off fashion," said Mazey. "That can change a season. It can give our guys belief when we can face the number one closer in the United States and beat him. That's a testament to this team."
It should also give the Mountaineers' bullpen, which has struggled mightily of late, some renewed confidence going forward.
"We had a pitcher's meeting before the game today," said Mazey. "We talked about getting right back out there and getting a second chance to prove yourself and (Sam) Kessler grabbed the ball and pounded the strike zone. So did (Braden Zarbnisky) and (Jackson Sigman) was really good too. We just kept hanging around and we gave ourselves a chance to win."
The trio of Zarbnisky, Kessler and Sigman pitched five scoreless innings leading up to the bottom half of the ninth, when the Mountaineers took advantage of TCU's bullpen blunders.
With West Virginia's 5-4 win over TCU, Mazey will now (maybe) be relegated to wearing an Easter bunny suit for the rest of the day.
"I told our guys today that I felt like it was a good day to have a walk-off and I promised my kids that I would wear an Easter bunny suit for the rest of the day. We walked off TCU so that's where you will find me," said Mazey with a smile.