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WVU's Mazey Calls for Fans at Marshall Game


West Virginia takes on Marshall tonight at Hawley Field and head coach Randy Mazey wants you to be there.

Following the game in Morgantown, there will be just one more opportunity for the home fans to catch their baseball team in action on the field they've called home since 1971. Mazey is hoping that the support his Mountaineers (15-13) received in a four-game sweep of New Orleans this past weekend will spill over into an increased attendance for the Thundering Herd.

"I hope everybody that came here today that's maybe used to West Virginia baseball saw a little different product with our energy and the way we hustle around and do things right," Mazey said following Saturday's doubleheader. "Hopefully everybody who was here today will go back and tell one of their best friends to come back with them next time and we can double the crowd. I'd like to see this place full."

The official attendance Saturday was listed at 503 in a venue that seats 1,500. Tonight's game will represent one of just seven total true home games WVU will play in addition to "home" games scheduled in Charleston and Beckley for the remainder of the season.

"It's nice to be back playing in Morgantown taking advantage of the home games," starting pitcher Corey Walter said after putting together a complete game over the weekend. "We're undefeated now at home and just trying to get on a roll."

The Mountaineers' staff got plenty of run support, with the WVU offense providing 48 runs over the course of the current five-game winning streak. Junior first baseman Ryan McBroom was at the center of the onslaught, finishing the series against New Orleans 7-of-12 from the plate with three home runs.

"The good thing about this team is that we have enough good players that if it's McBroom today, it'll be [Matt] Frazer one day, it'll be [Ryan] Tuntland one day and we got to a point during this last game there we couldn't wait for McBroom to come back up to the plate," said Mazey. "You wish he could hit it every time, but he's seeing it well right now and hitting comes and goes."

Mazey points out that the current winning streak is the first to surpass two games all season and with Big 12 play resuming this weekend at Baylor, there is something to be said for the confidence that West Virginia can carry into the conference with a win over the in-state rival.

"It's important when your guys take the field thinking they can win every game," Mazey said of that confidence. "You try to tell them that as much as you can, but when you start winning, then they start believing you and believing in themselves and that carries over."

Up next is Marshall tonight at 6 p.m. and in addition what the players will do at Hawley Field, Mazey hopes to see a real difference made by having a lively crowd in the stands.

"They beat us pretty good down in Charleston when we played Marshall the first time," said Mazey, referring to an 8-0 loss on March 19. "I tell fans all the time, don't just come for entertainment, come because you can help us win, because you give us energy."

Through 28 games last season, competing in the Big East, West Virginia sported a 11-17 record. Now, the Mountaineers are four games ahead of that pace, but with the awareness that a tougher Big 12 slate is ahead.

A six-game winning streak leading into the conference schedule's resumption could go a long way to propel Mazey and WVU to continue their current momentum.

"This program is on the rise and I think these kids are fun to watch," said Mazey. "I enjoy watching them from the dugout and from the third base coach's box and I would think that fans enjoy watching them, too." 

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