Mazey, McBroom Preview Baseball Season
Randy Mazey
Randy Mazey

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Something has to give for West Virginia's baseball team. The Mountaineers, with three surefire starters and an offseason roster boost, are set with as much depth as talent as any time in recent memory. But head coach Randy Mazey has challenged his team with the most difficult schedule in its major conference history.

West Virginia, with Harrison Musgrave, John Means and Sean Carley - all of whom were selected in the Major League Baseball draft - the Mountaineers have the weekend rotation set. They also have solid talent across the line-up and the ability to create runs via speed and a dose of power. The question is, even with more ability, can WVU overcome a schedule that includes nonconference road games at San Diego State, UNLV, Coastal Carolina, Maryland, Penn State and Pitt as well as neutral site contests with Louisville, James Madison, Virginia Tech and others? Add in a steadily improving Big 12 conference, and this is by far the biggest challenge for the program in its 17-year NCAA postseason draught.

Below, head coach Randy Mazey details the schedule strength, his rotation, and the overall goals and expectations of the Mountaineers as they enter their second season of Big 12 play.

Here, first baseman Ryan McBroom, also selected in the MLB Draft, speaks on playing one game at a time, his thoughts on West Virginia's challenges and goals - the term "NCAA Regional" was utilized - and what the team leader in runs, RBI, home runs, doubles and slugging percentage expects out of a deeper, more experienced Big 12.

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