By Cam Huffman
Six months ago, West Virginia University sophomore left-hander Harrison Musgrave was questioning his future with the WVU baseball program and first-year head coach Randy Mazey.
On Tuesday, the Bridgeport native, who committed to a Mountaineer program that was still competing in the Big East, was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year.
A unanimous decision for the award, Musgrave was 5-0 in Big 12 play this season with a 1.02 ERA in league games. In 53 innings, he struck out 61 Big 12 batters and held opponents to a .145 batting average. He allowed just six runs in the Big 12 all season. He was the second player in league history to be named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week four times during a single season.
Overall, Musgrave — who had a meeting with Mazey following fall practice and was given the choice to either get in shape and take his game to a new level or find a new place to play — was 8-1 with a 2.14 ERA. He became just the second sophomore to win the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year award and the first since Missouri’s Max Scherzer accomplished that feat in 2005.
Musgrave, a first team All-Big 12 pick, was not the only Mountaineer honored by the league when it released its postseason awards Tuesday.
Junior first baseman Ryan McBroom and junior designated hitter Matt Frazer both landed on the All-Big 12 second team.
McBroom, a Fredericksburg, Va., native, hit .272 with team-highs in runs scored (38) and RBIs (43). He led the team with 17 doubles and 11 home runs. Frazer, who played his high school baseball at Nitro High School, his .266 with seven homers and 37 RBIs.
Taking honorable mention honors were Bobby Boyd (OF), Billy Fleming (INF), Alan Filauro (C), Jacob Rice (OF), Brady Wilson (OF) and Ryan Tuntland (INF).
“I can’t say enough about how these guys have played all year and how they’ve done academically and socially,” said Mazey. “This is as close to a coach’s dream team as you can get. They’ve been so much fun to be around, so much fun to coach and they’re very deserving of all of the honors. It’s been a dream season, regardless of how it turns out from here.”
Kansas State junior infielder Ross Kivett was the league’s Player of the Year, while Kansas pitcher Jordan Piche was the Newcomer of the Year. The Freshman of the Year award went to Kansas State pitcher Jake Matthys, while, in a move that surprised many in the WVU program, Kansas State’s Brad Hill was named Coach of the Year.
Hill’s team was picked to finish seventh in the preseason polls and instead won the league’s regular season title.
The All-Big 12 team and individual honors were selected by the league’s head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.
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