Monday, September 24, 2012
Monday provided perfect weather to start West Virginia University's first fall baseball practice for new head coach Randy Mazey and his handpicked staff.
Practice began with Mazey and assistant coach Steven Trout taking position players for infield base running and hitting scenarios. Daniel Carte, volunteer assistant coach, took the team's pitchers to the outfield for long toss and arm stretches.
Matlock and Trout this season will be joining Mazey in his first year as WVU's head baseball coach. Trout was previously a student athlete for Randy Mazey at TCU. Trout began coaching in 2008 as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas State University before his previous position as head coach for Texarkana College where he coached infielders and the hitters. Matlock brings a strong record of 251-67 coming to WVU as a high school baseball head coach in Texas playing within Class 5A.
The team broke down into groups of three for live scrimmage and game scenarios to end first practice. A couple of players helped the coaching staff after practice in running walk-on tryouts. Selected few were chosen and asked to stay till Wednesday where final cuts will be made for season.
Future looks bright for WVU baseball and new coaching staff entering into the talented Big 12 Conference this year.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
West Virginia University baseball's team began today's practice with a speech from special guest, All American and alumni Joe Hatalla.
Hatalla was a three-year starter for the Mountaineers while earning All American honors his junior year. Hatalla talked to Mazey's team about teamwork and how one player's talent can't win a ball club the game. Hatalla was part of a baseball team at WVU who won three conference championships in the Atlantic 10 and made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Hatalla responded to Mazey's message that he sent out to all previous Mountaineer baseball alumni. Mazey wanted to shine a light on what it truly meant to be a part of this university and the state of WV. He put out the word to all alumni that he wanted to have the directory rewritten and updated with player's most recent information.
October 20th will host alumni weekend at WVU with the 21st being the date of the alumni game. Mazey hopes to see a good turnout to help show the upcoming and future WVU baseball players what it truly means to be a Mountaineer.
Walk-on participants were cut down from 40 players on Monday to only seven who made it till Wednesday. The seven players trying to walk-on expect to show up to practice everyday until told different by head coach Mazey. Live scrimmage had left-handed pitcher Harrison Musgrave starting on the mound. With live pitching and defense the team could get used to game speed and situations before season begins.