The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

February 28, 2014

Musgraves strikes out 12 in WVU win

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Junior left-hander pitcher Harrison Musgrave retired the first 20 batters he faced  en route to a 3-1 victory over Duke on Friday afternoon at the Caravelle Resort Tournament.

“Any time you can beat a team that is in the ACC, it’s a big win,” coach Randy Mazey says. “Early in the year we have been playing good, we just haven’t been winning. It’s nice to play  well and win one.”

Musgrave (2-0) produced another spectacular outing, striking out 12 in 8.0 innings of shutout pitching. He allowed just two hits, a double and a bunt single, without issuing a walk.

“It was probably my best outing in awhile,” Musgrave says. “It’s very rare for me to have three pitches that work, so today was an unusual circumstance, but made pitching a little bit  easier.”

“All of the good stuff he did last year, that might be the best I’ve ever seen him,” Mazey says. “His pitches are getting better, he’s really competing and he’s making great pitches when he needs to. There is nothing you can say above and beyond what he did today was outstanding.”

Senior first baseman Ryan McBroom continued his hot start to the season by driving in all three of WVU’s runs. Junior center fielder Bobby Boyd had a game-high two hits, one run and one  stolen base.

McBroom plated junior shortstop Taylor Munden in the top of the third on a fielder’s choice to give WVU a 1-0 lead. Munden and Boyd led off the inning with back-to-back singles.

In the top of the eighth, McBroom hit a two-out, two-run homer to left field, extending WVU’s lead to 3-0. His team-leading third homer of the season drove in Boyd from third base, who  had reached on an infield single to shortstop.

A trio of relievers pitched in the ninth inning for WVU with senior right-hander Corey Walter picking up his first save of the season.

Duke starter Trent Swart was impressive, allowing one run on four hits in 7.0 innings with four strikeouts and one walk. Swart left the game in the eighth inningafter an apparent injury.

Five players had one hit apiece for Duke, and Ryan Deitrich drove in the Blue Devils’ lone run.

West Virginia returns to action on Saturday to face tournament host Coastal Carolina at 1:30 p.m. Junior right-hander Sean Carley (0-0) will toe the rubber for the Mountaineers. Carley  has yet to allow an earned run in 13.0 innings. The Chanticleers will counter with right-hander Tyler Herb, who is 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA in two starts this season. A link to live stats is available via WVUsports.com.

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