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WVU's Sean Carley: "We're a Better Team Than They Are"

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MORGANTOWN - There is no shortage of confidence in the home dugout at Hawley Field.

You can see it in the faces of the players, in the quirkiness of their antics throughout the game and, of course, on the scoreboard out in right-center field.

Following their series-opening 5-3 win over Texas Friday night, members of the West Virginia baseball team expressed just how confident they are after knocking off a top 20 opponent for their seventh-straight victory.

“It’s huge,” head coach Randy Mazey said. “I think our guys feel like we’re better than they are. I think we play with that type of confidence right now.”

The win put the Mountaineers (25-16, 8-7) above .500 in Big 12 play for the first time since early April when the squad was in the middle of a seven-game losing streak. It’s also enough for WVU to leapfrog Texas for the No. 4 spot in the conference rankings, continuing to climb up the list after falling to the basement.

Junior right-handed pitcher Sean Carley, who hurled four strikeouts in two innings of work to pick up the save Friday night, made it clear that he and his teammates are not worried about standings with the way they have been playing recently.

“We’re just coming out here every game with an opportunity to win and we come to the park knowing we’re going to win,” Carley said. “We know we’re a better team than they are, so we’re going to come out here tomorrow and we’re going to get a win.”

The Longhorns need to be careful not to believe the very same rhetoric. Losers of three-straight, UT is trending in the opposite direction of WVU. With the historical significance of the final series at Hawley Field and the importance of every game to West Virginia’s postseason dreams, there is understandable momentum on the side of the home team.

“We really sat down, evaluated our goals for the postseason and obviously it’s to get out there and play in the postseason,” Carley said. “We knew that every game going forward after that losing streak was going to be important.”

Sophomore lefty Ross Vance gets the start Saturday, just the fourth of his career. He is a perfect 3-0 since his first start just over two weeks ago with the Texas match-up marking his second-straight weekend appearance after closing out the series sweep of Kansas State with a 6-1 win.

“It’s crazy to say it, but I have all the confidence in the world going into tomorrow’s game that if he goes his thing, he can hold these guys down,” Mazey said of Vance on Friday. “I’ve said in the past, we never had that feeling when we went to bed at night, but tonight, I’m going to have all the confidence in the world in him tomorrow.”

The Mountaineers played in front of more than 1,550 fans on Friday, the third-largest crowd in Hawley Field history. Mazey and the gang are hopeful that the support continues through the weekend as they push to send their ballpark off in style. 

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