Situated in Oklahoma City only by chance - the Mountaineers finished a series in Stillwater on Saturday and, instead of returning home, they went straight to the tournament site - WVU was the only visiting team in the area on Sunday and Monday when a series of tornadoes swept through. Most of the players had never experienced anything like it.
"We were sitting at the hotel at lunch watching it on TV,'' Mazey said. "And then you look out the window and see the same thing.''
This wasn't about what the Mountaineers were going through, though. As quickly as the shock of what was happening around them passed, the players and coaches switched into help mode.
By now, you know the stories of how they asked if they could go to the hardest-hit areas outside Oklahoma City and help, but were turned away; and of their trip to Wal-Mart to load up on supplies for victims. They have been the toast of OKC media for what they've done. On Wednesday afternoon they were featured on a news segment on CNN.
Truth be told, what the team did was merely a drop in the bucket of what will need to be done. Mazey was even actually kicking himself for not gathering his team and jumping into action sooner.
"In retrospect, I wish we would have gotten more organized to be ready to help as soon as the storm came through here," he said. "We tried to get the guys loaded up on the bus and get them down there when it was really chaotic and they were still searching for people. You never know what kind of devastation you are facing until it actually happens."
The bottom line, though, is that Mazey and his team did some remarkable things this week and none of them had anything to do with baseball.
And that might go down as the most memorable thing about this team, which has already done some pretty memorable things on the field.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at twitter.com/dphickman1