West Virginia rallied from a six-run deficit to defeat Kansas 10-9 on Wednesday.
Mountaineers coach Randy Mazey spoke to the media afterward about his team’s ability to rally, Kansas starter Jordan Piche’, and being on the NCAA Tournament bubble.
Q: What are your thoughts on the win today?
A: “What a relief. The last game we played before today on this field we were down by five in the seventh inning against Oklahoma State, and we came back and won that game. When we got down 8-2 (today) the guys got together and said, ‘Hey, been here done that.’”
Kansas starter Jordan Piche’ was on the bench for a while as they scored four runs each in the fifth and sixth innings, then he comes out for the seventh and you guys rally, do you think that rest changed the game at all?
“When Piche’ came back out (in the seventh) I didn’t think he was the same guy. It was almost like a rain dely. Prior to that, that was as well pitched of a game I’ve seen against the Mountaineers all year. His slider was way sharper than it was when we faced him a couple weeks ago. I was worried I was going to sit there and watch him strike out 20.”
As far as extending your postseason past this week, did you guys look at this as a must-win game?
“No. We just try and grind out every pitch and every at bat. I’ll leave the must-win decisions to the people that sit on the committee. I think we’re very deserving. We’ve played 53 games now, 13 have been on our home field. This is our 39th game away from home. A 9 a.m. game, first game of the tournament, it’s not easy. But we like tough conditions, we kind of shine when it’s an uncomfortable situation.”