"That's not an accident."
Neither is WVU's success on the diamond.
The Mountaineers received eight votes in the Big 12's preseason poll. That means the eight league coaches aside from Mazey slotted WVU in last place. Coaches aren't allowed to vote for their own team.
The expectant doormat Mountaineers looked the part after starting the season 9-13.
"Half the guys were returning guys, half the guys were new guys and the whole coaching staff was new," Mazey said. "It took us a little while to get to know each other.
"You don't get to practice outside much before the season starts, so it's hard to get on the field and work on things until the season starts. The first 20 games of the year are basically practice for us."
Then, he said, the team hit its stride.
"We started to figure each other out and the team got an identity," Mazey said.
WVU has won 20 of its last 27 games overall and seven of its last nine in Big 12 play. Oklahoma, which six Big 12 coaches picked to win the league, is trying to fend off the Mountaineers down the stretch.
Only five programs have won a regular-season Big 12 title: Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Nebraska and Texas Tech. The Cornhuskers, now in the Big Ten, are the only program outside of the state of Texas to accomplish the feat.
WVU has another three-game Power Park homestand against Mazey's former program, TCU, next weekend before wrapping up Big 12 play in two weeks at Oklahoma State.
The Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City (May 22-26) is guaranteed. So, too, should be the conference's Coach of the Year honors, which need to go to Mazey's amazing work with the Mountaineers.
Heck, WVU is now No. 68 in the RPI. An NCAA tournament at-large bid, if the Mountaineers falter in the double-elimination conference tournament, shouldn't be ruled out.
The fewest number of Big 12 teams to reach the NCAA tournament in the league's 16-year history is four, which happened last season and in the conference's inaugural season (1997).
"We've always believed," WVU slugger and former Nitro High School star Matt Frazer said. "We've got unbelievable confidence right now.
"We've accomplished so much, but it's not over yet."
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