The WVU baseball team found its way last week with mid-week a win against Marshall after opening Big 12 play with three losses at Baylor the previous weekend. The Mountaineers needed to bounce back with Oklahoma coming to Morgantown for three games.
Staff ace Alek Manoah pitched well in the series-opener on Friday but the Sooners slipped past WVU 2-1. West Virginia’s fortune turned around however, with a 12-4 win on Saturday and a 5-1 win on Sunday to take the series from OU. Now the Mountaineers will look to keep that momentum rolling along with rival Pitt due in Morgantown for baseball’s Backyard Brawl on Wednesday before a weekend trip to Stillwater for three games at No. 23 Oklahoma State.
“Talking to (the team) going into this weekend, we’re down 0-3 (in the Big 12) after we lost three games at Baylor,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said. “After Friday, we were down 0-4. After yesterday, we’re 1-4, we’re creeping back into it. Going into today, they knew what I was going to say, they laughed at me saying we’re down 2-4 now. Next weekend, we have a tough road weekend (at Oklahoma State). Complacency can kill you. You can’t feel too good about where you’re at, ever. It just can’t sneak up on you. Pitt’s up there right now, scoring tons of runs against the Miami Hurricanes. So, you know they’re going to have a ton of confidence. We’re not going to get complacent at all. We’re just going to come out and try to win every game, one at a time.”