West Virginia ranks ninth (last) in the Big 12 with a team ERA of 4.22, and the Mountaineers are also at the bottom of the conference heap in fielding percentage (.965).
The WVU offense, though, has been cranking, as its .301 team batting average - third best in the league - attests.
Junior designated hitter Matt Frazer, who is familiar with Appalachian Power Park from his days at Nitro High, provides the most punch in the WVU lineup and is hitting .314 with team highs of four home runs and 19 RBIs in 20 games.
With the weather forecast calling for temperatures in the 30s and 40s this weekend, Mazey isn't expecting a lot of long balls, defying the APP's reputation as a hitters' ballpark.
"As cold as it is, the ball shouldn't carry that well. It's hard to hit on a cold day," Mazey said. "The advantage lies with the pitcher."
WVU's table-setters in front of Frazer include sophomore outfielder Bobby Boyd, whose .407 batting average and .467 on-base percentage rank among the leaders in the Big 12, and junior outfielder Jacob Rice, who's hitting .398.
Texas Tech comes to town after defeating No. 20 Arizona State 8-7 Tuesday in walk-off fashion, literally - two bases-loaded walks won it in the bottom of the ninth.
The Red Raiders are led offensively by junior outfielder Devon Conley, who has 21 RBIs in 23 games. Sophomore outfielder Brett Bell leads the Big 12 with 12 stolen bases.
While the expected cold weather might keep the crowds down, Mazey is hoping energy provided by Mountaineer fans will keep Appalachian Power Park warm.
"We're all thrilled to death to be here," Mazey said after holding a workout at the APP Friday night. "We're looking forward to good crowds and good energy."
Tickets at the gate are priced at $9 for reserved seats and $7 for general admission.
Reach Nick Scala at 304-348-7947 or nsc...@wvgazette.com.