Musgrave Throws Gem in 10-1 Win

It took four starts, but Harrison Musgrave finally earned his first Big 12 Conference victory of the season - twirling a gem in West Virginia's 10-1 win against Kansas State Friday night.

The reigning Big 12 Pitcher of the Year took three no decisions and a loss in his first four conference starts of the season, but a dominating performance paired with another solid showing from the hot bats of the Mountaineer offense paved the way for WVU to cruise its way to a victory.

"I thought the rain delay affected him a little bit, he wasn't very sharp in the first couple innings," said West Virginia head coach Randy Mazey. "But once he settled in, he was typical Harrison. He was really good."

After battling his way through one of his longest innings of the game, Musgrave started to get his run support in the bottom of the first inning when the Mountaineers were able to get on the board with two runs on singles by Billy Fleming and Jacob Rice. And they didn't look back from there.

The runs kept coming in the third inning, on another RBI single by Fleming and Ryan McBroom's two-run home run (his seventh of the season).

The quick onslaught of runs allowed WVU to get a jumpstart to its fourth game in a row with more than 10 hits, and improved the Mountaineers' record to 18-2 in games when they score five runs or more.

"When you score 10 runs, it makes pitching a lot easier," Musgrave said. "You don't have to worry about giving up as many runs in order to win."

Two-run hits by both Bobby Boyd and Taylor Munden stretched the WVU lead to 9-0, with the other run coming in the seventh inning when Max Nogay drew a walk with the bases loaded to give WVU and Musgrave more than enough cushion to get the victory. The top four spots in the order (Munden, Boyd, Fleming and McBroom) drove in eight of West Virginia's 10 runs Friday night.

And while the offense was providing more than enough run support to have a shot at a victory, the redshirt junior lefty was dealing his way to one of his better performances of the season.

"I feel like I'm a little better than I was last night," Musgrave said after improving his record to 4-3 on the season with a 1.77 earned run average.

"This stretch has been a perfect storm for us. We're scoring a ton of runs, we're holding teams to pretty reasonable numbers and allowing us to win games."

Musgrave threw eight innings of shutout baseball, allowing just three hits and striking out eight batters while walking one batter against a Kansas State team that was near the top of the Big 12 in hitting.

WVU was able to hold reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Ross Kivett hitless, getting him to pop out to the infield twice and grounding out to third.

Kansas State's lone run in the game would come in the ninth inning against WVU reliever Michael Bennett. A single, walk and a passed ball set up a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Kyle Speer that brought home Tyler Stover.

The win is the fourth win in a row for West Virginia and the sixth in the last seven games. During the stretch, the Mountaineers are outscoring opponents 57-17.

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