"He's a talented freshman," Schlossnagle said. "We've felt he's a starting pitcher in the future, but now he might have to be a starter in the conference tournament."
WVU will take on Marshall on Tuesday in Beckley before finishing with a three-game series at Oklahoma State beginning Thursday.
Kansas State remained in first place at 14-7 in league play after downing Kansas 7-3 on Sunday. Oklahoma moved to 12-9 and into a tie with WVU by defeating OSU 5-4. Baylor and OSU are both 11-9.
So the odds of WVU winning the league title are long, but Mazey continues to push his team.
"I was just telling the team, who would have ever thought, with one weekend left to go, we still have an opportunity to win the Big 12," Mazey said. "When this journey started back in August, the first thing we did after meeting these guys for the first time was go on a 12-mile hike in honor of the Big 12 conference. The reason we did that was we thought that getting in this league was something pretty insurmountable. But from the way we've played the entire season, and how hard they've grounded it out, they've climbed almost to the top of the mountain."
"These next 10 days for Mountaineer baseball is going to be pretty important. I couldn't be prouder."
The question is, after TCU's thrashing of WVU's pitching, are the Mountaineer arms worn down?
"Maybe," Wilson said. "Harrison Musgrave is still going out there every Friday and pitching his butt off. If he can keep up what he's doing, I think the other pitchers can keep on. I don't think we're tired. We've been doing this all year and are in this position."
WVU's Ryan McBroom was the only Mountaineer to have multiple runs batted in Sunday with two. Outfielder Jacob Rice went 3 for 5. TCU designated hitter Kevin Cron had four RBIs and an eighth-inning homer. Second baseman Paul Hendrix had a third-inning homer.
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