The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

March 28, 2014

WVU baseball opens Big 12 against Baylor

CHARLESTON — It’s been quite a week for West Virginia University baseball coach Randy Mazey, and the most important part of the week is yet to come as his Mountaineers open Big 12 Conference play with a weekend “home” series against Baylor at Appalachian Power Park.

The series opens with a 2 p.m. game on Friday, followed by a 4 p.m. game on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday game against a Baylor team that already stands 4-2 in Big 12 play and is pitching spectacularly.

Sunday’s game will be televised on Fox Sports 1, while Friday and Saturday’s games will be video streamed on wvusports.com.

“We’ve got to try to score,” Mazey said, speaking of the games against Baylor. “No one is doing it against them.”

In conference play, Baylor has 1.00 ERA and is holding opponents to just a .180 batting average, but WVU does have the kind of lineup that can do damage with three of the top six hitters in the league.

Junior second baseman Billy Fleming is third in the league batting .405 while senior first baseman Ryan McBroom is fifth, batting .386 with five homers and 27 RBI to lead the team. Junior centerfielder Bobby Boyd is sixth in the league at .363.

“Our top five, we’ll match them against anybody’s top five,” Mazey said, admitting he is looking for production from the bottom part of the lineup as the Mountaineers go into league play.

The Mountaineers bring a 13-8 record into the series.

“I’m happy where we’re at,” Mazey said. “This time last year we were under .500.”

Mazey will send junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave (3-1, 1.98 ERA) to the mound on Friday, followed by junior right-hander Sean Carley (4-0, 2.82 ERA) on Saturday and junior left-hander John Means (4-1, 1.45 ERA) on Sunday.

Last Friday at UNC Wilmington, Musgrave fired nine innings, allowing one run on five hits with eight strikeouts and one walk in a no-decision. Carley improved to 4-0 last Saturday, giving up three runs, two earned, on nine hits in six inning with three strikeouts and four walks. Means last pitched in a win at North Carolina, allowing one run on three hits with five strikeouts.

Baylor coach Steve Smith will counter this weekend with left-hander Brad Kuntz (4-0, 1.64 ERA) on Friday. Right-hander Austin Stone (3-1, 0.97 ERA) will pitch on Saturday, and right-hander Dillon Newman (2-1, 2.86 ERA) will take the mound on Sunday.

The latest WVU victory was a big one, a 6-3 triumph over Pitt, which gave Mazey’s week a big start.

That was followed with him being named to the Cambria (Pa.) County Sports Hall of Fame.

A native of Johnstown, Pa., Mazey was a star baseball player at United High and the local Johnstown Junior League/ AAABA Tournament. He played in three AAABA Tournaments from 1984-86 and was inducted into the AAABA Hall of Fame in 2012.

Mazey was drafted out of United High by the Baltimore Orioles in the 11th round of the 1984 MLB Draft, but decided to go to Clemson, where he was a three-time All-ACC selection.

Mazey is one of five new members that will be inducted during a July 12 banquet at the Pasquerilla Conference Center in Johnstown, Pa.

Other WVU ties in the Cambria County Hall of Fame include Tom Bradley and Jeff Hostetler.

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