"We prepared them for adversity," Mazey said. "They better get used to facing a little more."
The opener against TCU was rained out and WVU played three games in two days. Mazey needed to use nine pitchers in the second and third games.
"They abused our pitching pretty good," Mazey said.
After tonight's game, the Oklahoma State series begins a day earlier than normal, though a sweep and some help could get the Mountaineers their first conference title since 1996.
WVU has also had a little trouble with its only mid-week games between conference series. The Mountaineers lost at home to Pitt between series wins at Kansas and against Oklahoma, survived seven lead changes to win at Youngstown State between a series win at Texas and the Kansas series and were shut out by Marshall between a series loss at Kansas State and a series win against Texas Tech.
The loss to Marshall gave WVU a three-game losing streak, something it hasn't exceeded all season.
"Back in August when school started, the first thing we did after we met as a team for the first time, the first thing we did was go on a 12-mile hike in honor of the Big 12 Conference," Mazey said.
"I told the guys the reason we did that was because we thought getting into this league, we were facing something pretty insurmountable. But we played the entire season and we grinded it out and climbed almost to the top of the mountain. Now we've got three more games to get to the top."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.