By Gary Fauber
Assistant Sports Editor
Jaesung Hwang has left the West Virginia Miners at the request of his coach at Lipscomb University.
Miners manager Tim Epling said Monday that Hwang is no longer with the team because Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand was concerned the right-hander was throwing too many pitches. Hwang threw 74 pitches in 4 2-3 scoreless innings in Sunday’s 10-0 win over Lorain County.
Hwang was having an award-caliber season before his exit. He was 5-1 with a Prospect League-best 0.36 earned run average, and had 44 strikeouts and only five walks in 50 2-3 innings.
This is the second time this season the Miners have lost a top pitcher because of pitch count concerns. David Hess left the team on June 29, one day after beating Richmond, because he was shut down by Tennessee Tech coach Matt Bragga. Hess was the league leader in strikeouts with 48 when he left.
West Virginia has made three additions to its pitching staff — Sam Hunter and Ali Asif also left over the weekend. Josh James, a right-hander, made his debut Sunday and was the winning pitcher. His fastball topped out at 91 miles per hour.
Joining the team today will be Marshall products Alex Thackston and Matt Margaritonda.