Mazey admitted that he was worried about the way his team would play after the layoff since the end of the regular season, and he believed that contributed to his team's slow start. WVU gave up two runs in the first inning and managed to score just one run despite a pair of two-on, one-out situations in its first two at-bats.
Mazey also observed that his team's game plan to be aggressive at the plate, while leading to a number of short innings for the Mountaineers, couldn't necessarily be changed based on Kansas' plan to try to get the ball in play early. KU had three innings that required fewer than eight pitches, which allowed Taylor to throw into the eighth.
Starting pitcher Dan Dierdorff acquitted himself reasonably well on the mound, but was unable to get an out on a pair of bunts in the first inning, which contributed directly to the two runs. He noted that he typically makes those plays, but was able to right himself and pitch well until the seventh.
Rightfielder Brady Wilson noted that KU starter Taylor Thomas had command of all three of his pitches, which made things difficult for the Mountaineer hitters.