So far, Blair has accumulated a 2-1 record with a 3.57 ERA and 21 strikeouts compared to just six walks in 222/3 innings.
"I'm glad they are throwing their best guy," Mazey said. "It will be good for us. It's a lot easier to get motivated to hit when you know the pitcher you're facing is potential superstar."
One of those hitters will be former Nitro standout Matt Frazer who enters today with a .324 average and team highs in home runs (four), RBIs (19), and slugging percentage (.603).
But Mazey said it is about much more than numbers when it comes to his junior leftfielder.
"He's been impressive just from how he's gone about practice, his work ethic, and his leadership skills," Mazey said. "He leads us off the bus every time we walk into a stadium. He's been swinging the bat well lately too but we are getting into the toughest part of our schedule so he's going to have to stay sharp."
West Virginia (8-11), who plays a three-game conference set Friday through Saturday against Texas Tech in Charleston, will counter with Zach Bargeron, who has no-decisions in both of his starts this season. He has a 5.06 ERA and has walked 11 in 102/3 innings with six strikeouts.
Andrew Dundon (.356, nine RBIs), Gray Stafford (.321, seven doubles, 12 RBIs), and Nathan Gomez (.316, 10 RBIs) power the Herd's lineup.
Jacob Rice (.413, six doubles, 11 RBIs), Bobby Boyd (.410, four doubles, nine stolen bases), Brady Wilson (.343, nine RBIs), Ryan Tuntland (.328), and Ryan McBroom (three home runs, 17 RBIs) will surround Frazer in the Mountaineer lineup.
"They're coached really well," Waggoner said. "They're going to play hard, it's going to be a big game for both teams, there's going to be momentum swings. They've got some really good players."
"It's going to be a good game and if our kids go out and execute the fundamentals, we'll have a chance to win the game."
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