Baseball, WVU Sports

Randy Mazey set to coach in his 800th game in weekend series against Kansas State

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — The West Virginia baseball team will travel to Kansas State to begin a three-game Big 12 series at 7 p.m. Friday.

Friday’s game will feature two of the Big 12 Conference’s best left-handed pitchers in senior lefty Jackson Wolf (3-4, 3.45 ERA) and Kansas State sophomore southpaw Jordan Wicks (4-2, 3.42 ERA).

WVU (14-16, 5-7 Big 12) enters the three-game set in possession of a 12-9 all-time lead over Kansas State (21-15, 4-8).

West Virginia is coming off a Big 12 series where it dropped two of three against No. 7 Texas Tech.

Senior Hudson Byorick leads the Mountaineers with a .310 batting average and his five doubles in conference play are tied for the league lead.

Mikey Kluska leads the Mountaineers in hits (35) and RBI (21), while senior infielder Kevin Brophy and sophomore catcher/infielder Matt McCormick co-lead WVU with six home runs.

On the mound, Wolf has logged a 3.45 ERA with 54 strikeouts in a team-best 47.0 innings.

Saturday’s game will mark WVU coach Randy Mazey’s 800th career game as a head coach. The ninth-year, Mountaineer skipper has amassed a career mark of 439-357-2, including 252-197 at WVU.

K-State enters this weekend winners of four of its last five games.

The Wildcats have blasted 51 home runs as a team, good for No. 8 nationally. Junior outfielder Zach Kokoska has belted a team-best 12, while sophomore outfielder Dylan Phillips has left the yard 10 times. Phillips leads the club with a .365 average, 50 hits and 39 RBI.