The way WVU baseball’s season ended Sunday stunned players, fans and even the team’s head coach, but Randy Mazey says the Mountaineers can still learn something valuable from their last-gasp loss to Texas A&M.
“It’s easy to go through life when good stuff happens to you all the time,” said Mazey after the 11-10 loss to the Aggies. “When bad stuff happens to you, that’s when you find out who you are and what you’re made of.”
WVU surrendered an eight-run lead and ultimately lost on a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The defeat brought West Virginia’s season to an abrupt halt just two days after it hosted its first NCAA Regional contest in 64 years.
Though Mazey admitted he was “speechless” after the game, he said the way players react to the loss will reveal a lot about their character.
“You have very few opportunities in life to show people what kind of person you are, and they’re smack in the middle of it right now,” said Mazey. “They can walk around with pride, dignity and class, and I know they will.”
He added: “I know everybody in that locker room, and I know exactly how they feel, and I know exactly how they’re gonna handle it.”
Mazey added that the team’s heartbreaking regional round exit shouldn’t overshadow its record-setting season.
The Mountaineers enjoyed a 38-22 campaign filled with memorable moments, including program records shattered by outfielder Darius Hill and pitcher Alek Manoah, who is likely to be a first round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft.
Manoah was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and became just the fourth first-team All-American in program history, while Mazey was recognized as the Big 12’s top coach.