OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — West Virginia’s Randy Mazey, whose team wound up third in the Big 12 regular-season standings after being unanimously picked to finish last, was bypassed for Big 12 coach of the year honors Tuesday.

Still, it’s hard to argue with the award winner, Kansas State’s Brad Hill, who took a team picked seventh in the preseason and led the Wildcats to their first Big 12 title since 1933.

K-State’s Ross Kivett also captured conference player of the year. The leadoff-hitting second baseman’s .359 average was fourth in the Big 12, while he finished second in hits (55), second in steals (26), third in runs (46), sixth in on-base percentage (.434).

Kansas State’s Jake Matthys won top freshman.

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  • cek

    I think Coach Mazey did an outstanding job but a couple of coaching errors near the end of the season cost him. In need of RPI points he rested all the regulars in a bad loss to Marshall and then didn't pitch Musgrave in the final series against OK State. Musgrave should have pitched the opener against Kansas also. Very important to get that first win. Two more wins may not have got them into the tournament but it definitely hurt him in the eyes of the voters for coach of the year and the selection committee.

  • Doug

    I think Mazey got screwed! He did a wonderful job and WV was a wonderful surprise to all of us loyal Mountaineer fans! Let's gooooooooooooooooooMountaineers!!!

  • sue

    As usual WV didn't get any respect! WCHS was sure he would get first or second......
    The guys worked real hard and I'm happy for them...maybe next year

  • Grant

    Just shows what preseason polls are worth.

    Still a great job by the folks in Morgantown!