Mazey reminded the Mountaineers of the teams this season that had climbed and fallen. He then related it to real life, just to highlight the value of consistency.
"We talked about some other professions that, if you look at the nature of their business, they can't afford to take a day off," he said. "Imagine if a heart surgeon doesn't give 100 percent at work or if a pilot doesn't give it his all one day. What's the result of that?"
WVU took to Hawley Field the next day before the biggest crowd in stadium history and fell behind 6-0 when the Panthers scored six times in the fourth inning. The meaning of Mazey's lesson from the day before sunk in quickly. The Mountaineers scored twice in the fourth and found five scoreless innings of relief pitching in the bullpen. They eventually had the tying run on second in the bottom of the ninth inning of the 7-6 loss.
The team met in left field after the game.
"I congratulated everyone for doing exactly what I asked them to do," he said. "Every time I've given this team a challenge, it has responded. So after the Pitt game, we said like we say all the time: Don't get caught up in the result, get caught up in the process. They came into the Pitt game with energy and enthusiasm and played hard.
"They scored one more run than we did. That doesn't overshadow the fact we were coming off a huge conference weekend and we showed up to play. I left that game feeling better about the team than I did when that game started."
WVU took two of three games against the Sooners to force the tie for first place - and the Mountaineers actually led the first game 3-2 in the eighth inning before losing 4-3 in 10 innings.
"These guys created this themselves based on how hard they worked," Mazey said. "Now they've got to live up to it."
TCU was ranked No. 12 in the USA Today preseason poll and No. 14 in the Baseball America preseason poll, but is in seventh place in the Big 12. The Horned Frogs are No. 2 in the Big 12 in ERA (2.77) and last in batting average (.244).
"They're very capable of shutting you out on any given day, no matter who starts or who comes in in relief," Mazey said. "You really have to play your best game every time to try to scratch out a couple runs. They're very capable offensively, too. They've got good hitters in their lineup, top to bottom. They're not all having great years right now, but in typical TCU fashion, they always swing the bats better at the end of the year than they do at the beginning."
"Once their hitting catches up with their pitching, which it always does, they could potentially be the best team on our schedule."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.