West Virginia’s baseball team ended a seven-game losing streak in the snow and cold temperature Tuesday night behind a gritty performance form Ross Vance — a sophomore who’d been used a bunch out of the bullpen this season and who had never made a start in his career.
All he did was shut done a decent Ohio State team and strike out 14 in a 145-pitch complete game. Randy Mazey needed that, in so many ways.
Mid-week games are oftentimes auditions, and Mazey has needed a spark for his rotation. He’s also needed to save a bullpen that has burned the team and that has been burned through far too often this season.
Vance took care of both birds, making sure the bullpen was fully rested before the weekend series against Oklahoma and also inserting himself into the starting rotation. Mazey said after the game that No. 1 starter Harrison Musgrave, No. 3 starter John Means and Vance would start against the Sooners.
That means Sean Carley, who’d been solid as the No. 2 starter, will go to the bullpen. As the closer, Mazey said. This is awesome because here’s Sean Carley …
… and here’s Kenny Powers.