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Texas rematch on deck for WVU at the Big 12 tournament

Texas rematch on deck for WVU at the Big 12 tournament

May 26, 2021
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West Virginia’s Kevin Brophy rounds third base (Photo by Teran Malone) (Randy Mazey MetroNews Talkline interview) MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — With the ‘win or go home’ portion of the Big 12 tournament behind them, the WVU baseball team has entered the double elimination bracket in Oklahoma City. No. 1 seed […]

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West Virginia's Kevin Brophy rounds third base (Photo by Teran Malone)

(Randy Mazey MetroNews Talkline interview)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — With the ‘win or go home’ portion of the Big 12 tournament behind them, the WVU baseball team has entered the double elimination bracket in Oklahoma City. No. 1 seed Texas (40-13) awaits the Mountaineers (24-25) Wednesday afternoon. First pitch at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is set for 5 p.m.

The No. 8 seed Mountaineers rallied from a five-run deficit to defeat Kansas in Tuesday’s play-in game, 8-7. The game ended in unique fashion as Victor Scott walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.

“On the scale of walkoff excitement, a walk is actually on the lower end of the exciting scale. Nonetheless, when it happens you win the game. So that is exciting enough,” said WVU head coach Randy Mazey on Wednesday’s edition of MetroNews Talkline.

“Victor is a ‘COVID freshman’ and he was super-calm at the plate. That’s the guy you want in that situation. When the crowd is cheering and there is a lot of tension in the air, you want the guy at the plate that is going to be calm enough not to swing at that pitch. Victor has grown up a lot this year. We had the right guy up there.”

West Virginia defeated Texas on Thursday in Austin, 5-4. No. 1 starter Jackson Wolf will be on the hill again after picking up a win over the Longhorns last week.

“We beat them in the first game of the series with Jackson Wolf on the mound just to show them that we could beat them. And then the next two days we let them beat the heck out of us just to get them a little overconfident going into this game. It couldn’t have worked out better. They’ve got a guy here pitching that will probably be a first round draft pick in a month or two. But Wolf has pitched pretty well this year.

“They are so good offensively that you are going to have to slug with them a little bit. In a tournament situation, since we played in the play-in game especially, we have to have Jackson Wolf go out there and stay out there for 125 to 130 pitches. If that doesn’t happen, it could get ugly. If he does his deal like he has been doing lately and can get us into the eighth inning or so, he’ll give us an opportunity to win. That’s all we can ask for.”

West Virginia will face either Oklahoma or Oklahoma State Thursday.

“We’ve got nothing to lose down here. We have always played well in Oklahoma City. It is a great field and a great atmosphere down here. And we have always showed well down here. So our guys play on this field with a ton of confidence.”

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