"We just go on how we're feeling," Blair said. "I got to 100 pitches and [Waggoner] said that was it, so that was it."
Waggoner said the decision to pull Blair from the game with no hits on the scoreboard was a difficult one.
"It's not easy," he said. "He's just a competitor and he wants to be in for every inning and every pitch. That's what makes him so great."
West Virginia coach Randy Mazey said once Blair settled down his team was in for a long evening.
"He was rusty early because they held him out this weekend to pitch against us," Mazey said. "Anytime a pitcher has a long layoff they're gong to be rusty but when he caught his rhythm he was pretty good."
King picked up where Blair left off, striking out six Mountaineers in his three innings of work. WVU got its first hit in the eighth when Bobby Boyd beat the throw to first after a ground ball up the middle caught King on the foot. A Billy Fleming double to start the ninth was the only other hit West Virginia managed.
"We try not to get caught up in results," Mazey said. "We try to teach the kids about the process and let the coaches worry about the results - which we always do."
The game, seen by 1,664 mostly green-clad fans, was the first of three between Marshall and West Virginia this season. The teams will play again on April 2 in Morgantown and then on May 14 at Epling Stadium in Beckley.
"We got to understand that that's one out of three games, but what an opportunity for both clubs," Waggoner said. "It's great for the state of West Virginia and it was great to see such a good turnout from Marshall fans."
Marshall will have little opportunity to rest as the Herd travels to Richmond, Ky., today to play Eastern Kentucky.
West Virginia (8-12) prepares to host its first Big 12 series in Charleston this weekend with Texas Tech visiting Appalachian Power Park for a three-game set starting Friday.
Reach Tom Bragg at tom.br...@wvgazette.com.