The Times West Virginian

Sports

May 10, 2013

FURFARI COLUMN: Is WVU’s Mazey Big 12 Baseball Coach of the Year?

MORGANTOWN — Randy Mazey, West Virginia University’s new baseball coach, continues to raise eyebrows from coast to coast as the Mountaineers elevate to a three-way tie in the Big 12 Conference for first place in the standings.

Fresh from a 2-1 series win over No. 10 nationally ranked Oklahoma in Charleston, West Virginia is 29-20 overall and 11-7 in conference competition. Mazey’s magnificent magicians of the diamond now face another important three-game series against Texas Christian (23-24, 8-10 Big 12) this weekend in Charleston. Sharing the league lead with WVU and the Sooners (34-14, 11-7 Big 12) is Kansas State (34-15, 11-7 Big 12).

“(This feeling) is going to have to sink in a little bit,” said Mazey after his team came back from losing the opener to take the series from the Sooners. “We told the guys before the game started that they put themselves in position to win before the (Sunday) game.”

The Mountaineers obviously are overflowing with confidence. But they vow to keep working hard and probably feel that they have a very good chance to finish on top in the Big 12’s tightly knit race.

In the meantime, Mazey has done such an unbelievable job already, he deserves the Big 12 Baseball Coach of the Year award.

Keep in mind that West Virginia was selected last in the field before the season started.

o o o o o o

WVU, which has won 20 of its last 27 contests, has yet to break into the nation’s top 25 rankings.

However, Grant Dovey, the Mountaineers’ director of baseball communications, said the team has begun receiving some votes in both the collegiate baseball writers’ and USA Today coaches’ polls.

Hopefully, Coach Mazey can keep his charges on track a few more weeks so they can wind up somewhere in the rankings of both polls.

o o o o o o

If West Virginia is fortunate enough to earn a bid to the NCAA Baseball Tournament, it would mark only the 12th time that a Mountaineer baseball club had qualified for postseason play in the sport.

Text Only
Sports
  • Morgan Hoke -ts.jpg Polar Bear tennis sweeps East: PHOTOS

    Last week East Fairmont’s girls’ tennis team beat Fairmont Senior, 4-3.
    Wednesday at Fairmont State University, the Polar Bears returned the favor with a 5-2 win over their cross-town rival.
    Alissa Link won No. 1 singles, 8-4. Morgan Hoke won No. 3 singles, 9-7. And Avery Towns won No. 4 singles, 8-5, for the Polar Bears.

    April 24, 2014 8 Photos

  • Falcons set for spring game

    Football is back … well, kind of.
    Today at 7 p.m., Fairmont State will hold its annual Maroon & White spring game at Duvall-Rosier Field. The scoreboard won’t mean a whole lot since it’s little more than a glorified scrimmage. Instead, here are five things to watch during today’s game.

    April 24, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: NCAA football is thriving in the digital age

    The other day Baylor football coach Art Briles walked into his graduate assistants’ office and had to laugh at what he saw.
    “There’s five guys sitting in there — a couple of GA’s and some office personnel — and they all are within a foot and a half of each other and not a one of them is talking to each other,” Briles said, describing the scene “Every one of them is on the phone.”

    April 24, 2014

  • Hillberry commits to Wesleyan

    Last year Emma Harrison and Kaitlyn Conaway teamed up with Alexis Hillberry to win several relay medals at the state track meet.
    Though the two West Virginia Wesleyan runners are now in college, they helped to pass the baton to Hillberry Wednesday when she signed her National Letter of Intent to join her former teammates on the Bobcats’ track team.

    April 24, 2014

  • O’Brien leads WVU baseball past Marshall

    Catcher Cam O’Brien made a bid at becoming only the second West Virginia University player to hit for the cycle as the Mountaineers jumped on Marshall early and routed their in-state rival, 10-3, behind strong pitching from Corey Walter and a pair of relievers.

    April 24, 2014

  • North, East softball earn blowout wins

    The North Marion softball team was at it again Wednesday night.
    Mattie Polling tripled and singled, starting pitcher Chelsi Latocha doubled and gave up just one hit as the Huskies rolled to another 3-inning mercy-rule victory over Lewis County, 18-1.

    April 24, 2014

  • Simon, Bruce lead Reds past Bucs, 5-2

    Alfredo Simon pitched into the seventh inning despite erratic control, Jay Bruce drove in a run for a fifth consecutive game and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Wednesday night.
    Simon (3-1) worked 6 2-3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out four.

    April 24, 2014

  • Pens squander lead, fall to Columbus

    Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno’s wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

    April 24, 2014

  • FSHS #32, 29-BU #15-TS.jpg Cousins Sansalone, Craig lead Polar Bears past B-U: PHOTOS

    They say you don’t mess with family. Buckhannon-Upshur found that one out the hard way.

    April 23, 2014 7 Photos

  • Gabbi Mascaro Signing -md.jpg Mascaro signs with FSU

    Gabi Mascaro is staying in Fairmont.
    After considering several out-of-state colleges, the Fairmont Senior soccer standout signed her National Letter of Intent Tuesday to continue her career at Fairmont State University, an upstart program which will play its first games in 2015.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
NDN Sports
House Ads
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos