"We've been seeing it pretty good lately," Mazey said. "We had so much to play for. Once it was determined we were a championship team, we knew we couldn't take games off."
McBroom, a junior first baseman from Fredericksburg, Va., had a huge day for the victors. In that second inning, he pushed across two runs with a double. Then, in the sixth inning, McBroom belted his 10th homer of the season to left field, which made the score 8-2.
"It was a fastball," McBroom said. "I was looking for something hard to hit."
WVU had the bases loaded in the first inning with no outs - but came away with just one run. In the second, the scenario surfaced again. This time, though, the Mountaineers cashed in. Aside from McBroom, left fielder Jacob Rice pushed across two with a single to center.
Oklahoma shortstop Jack Mayfield, who went 5 for 5 with three RBIs, sparked a Sooner rally in the eighth, closing the gap to 8-6. WVU, though, received an insurance run in the bottom of the inning when McBroom's sacrifice pushed across Brady Wilson to account for the final numbers.
Mazey, surrounded by his batboy and son "Wammer," reflected on his first season at WVU.
"When I got here, all I knew was what I could get off last season's stat sheet," Mazey said. "There wasn't much good there, so it was hard to expect much out of these guys. But when I got to know them and how hard they work, this isn't surprising."
"Our expectations now are through the roof," said Means, a sophomore lefty. "Our first goal was to make the tournament. We have that. Then we wanted to finish in the middle of the pack. We're in first."
The Mountaineers will play again in Charleston next weekend against TCU, which was 23-24 on Sunday.
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