WVU Travels To Texas

Randy Mazey's WVU (20-17) squad travels to Austin, Texas this weekend to face perennial NCAA powerhouse Texas (20-15). It will be the Mountaineers' first ever games with the Longhorns.

Sophomore left-hander Harrison Musgrave (5-1, 2.15 ERA) is slated to take the mound in his usual Friday slot for West Virginia. He has not lost a Friday night game since the beginning of conference competition (5-0, 4-0 Big 12). Musgrave was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week on March 22 after striking out a career high 13 Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Southpaw Parker French (3-2, 2.77) takes the mound for Texas on Friday trying to improve upon the Longhorns' 2-5 record in their last seven series openers. French was named 2012 Big 12 Freshman of the Year last season sporting a 6-2 record with an impressive 2.84 ERA. He was also named to the Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America squad to go along with honorable mention All-Big 12 honors.


Justin Fox discusses the impact of Mazey's coaching on WVU's play in 2013

On Saturday senior righty Dan Dierdorf (2-4, 3.60 ERA) gets his first conference weekend start of the season in the 3:00 p.m. contest while Dillon Peters (3-2, 2.05) takes the mound for Texas. Dierdorf replaces Corey Walter (2-4, 4.87) who has struggled his last two times out in conference play.

Dierdorf is coming off a complete game 2-1 victory over Liberty last Sunday where he allowed no earned runs and five hits while striking out five and walking one. It was Dierdorf's seventh start of the season, but first in the weekend rotation as Coach Mazey gave normal Sunday starter John Means the weekend off.

Peters has allowed only one run in his last two starts (16 2/3 innings). He threw his first complete game on April 13 at Kansas allowing one run on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Peters was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week after throwing 7 2/3 scoreless innings against No. 13 Oklahoma, allowing two hits and no walks to go along with five strikeouts.

Sunday's 1:00 p.m. contest matches sophomore righty John Means (3-2, 3.15) against righty Nathan Thornhill (2-4, 2.29). Means will be making his eighth start of the season for WVU while Thornhill will start is ninth game of the season for Texas. Means fanned a career high eight batters in six innings against New Orleans on March 30. Thornhill tied his career high with seven strikeouts in six innings on March 15 against Texas Tech, and tied that mark again with seven whiffs on April 7 against No. 13 Oklahoma.

Notes

The Longhorns will honor the 1983 national championship team with a ceremony prior to Saturday's game with the Mountaineers.

Longhorn Head Coach Augie Garrido is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I baseball history. Garrido broke the old mark of 1,428 on June 9, 2003. He now sports a career record 1,867-862-9 in 45 seasons. He sports a 716-338-2 mark in his 17 seasons at Texas.

The Longhorns have made seven trips to the College World Series (CWS) in Garrido's tenure. Including the 2002 and 2005 National Championships and runner-up finishes in 2004 and 2009.

Texas has won seven Big 12 titles and four Big 12 tournament titles under Garrido.

New Mountaineer Head Coach Randy Mazey is in his sixth head coaching season in 23 college coaching seasons overall. Mazey's overall record is 207-177-2 as the head man.

All three games will be televised by the Longhorn Network.


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