AUSTIN, Texas – Sophomore left-hander Harrison Musgrave continued his season dominance with a complete game shutout in a 1-0 win over Texas on Friday evening at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
"He's just been unbelievable," coach Randy Mazey says. "You try and tell a team that not one particular game is bigger than the other and to try and play ball the same way, but to come in here and shutout this team out on their own field is special."
Musgrave improved to 6-1 on the season and struck out nine batters in 9.0 innings, allowing six hits with two walks. The complete game was the third of his career, including his second nine-inning shutout.
“I just go out there and try to throw strikes and our team plays great defense behind me,” Musgrave says. “It’s easy to go out there and be confident when everybody is doing their job.”
The win brings WVU’s record to 22-17 overall and 5-5 mark in Big 12 action. Texas falls to 20-16 and 4-9 in conference play.
Sophomore center fielder Bobby Boyd put the Mountaineers ahead 1-0 in the top of the eighth with a bases loaded sacrifice fly to left center field, scoring sophomore second baseman Billy Fleming. Fleming singled through the left side, followed by back-to-back walks to senior catcher Alan Filauro and sophomore shortstop Taylor Munden to load the bases.
Fleming led WVU with two hits, including a double in the third inning.
Munden used his glove to help the Mountaineers in the bottom of the eighth as the Longhorns put runners on first and second with one out for three-hole hitter C.J. Hinojosa. Hinojosa lined out to Munden, who made a jumping catch to rob a single and then doubled up the runner at second to get out of the jam.
Texas starter Parker French (3-3) allowed one run in 7.1 innings, giving up five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. Corey Knebel struck out two with one walk in 1.2 innings of no-hit relief.
Brooks Marlow went 3-for-3 with three infield singles to lead the Longhorns. Weston Hall added a two-hit performance.
Game two begins Saturday at 3 p.m., and will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network. The games can be heard on the affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network with the Morgantown affiliate WAJR 1440 AM serving as the flagship station.