Youth an early bright spot for Mazey, WVU | Baseball


The West Virginia baseball team has seen early season success on both offense and defense. Young pitchers and hitters have combined to show promise for the Mountaineers thus far.

Coming off of one of its best seasons in school history, as well as the loss of a first-round MLB draft pick in pitcher Alek Manoah and other key players, head coach Randy Mazey has not had to worry about his team’s youth.

Out of 34 total players on the roster, 25 of them are either freshmen or sophomores. Fourteen out of 17 pitchers total are either freshmen or sophomores.

In a game against Kent State on March 4, four WVU pitchers combined for a no-hitter against the Golden Flashes. Out of the four pitchers that made appearances that game, three were freshman, including starter Tyler Strechay. The early-career experience being gained by the young players is something Mazey feels good about.

“We got a pretty young staff so it teaches them. [Tyler] Strechay went out there and dominated the game with his fastball.” Mazey said. “If you can command your fastball and keep it out of the middle of the plate and throw strikes with it, you’ll always have success…

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