The Times West Virginian

May 17, 2013

Musgrave ranks among top pitchers in college baseball

By Bob Hertzel
Times West Virginian

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University’s redshirt sophomore left-hander Harrison Musgrave’s spectacular season has reached the pinnacle of the heights a collegiate pitcher can attain as he has been named a finalist for the College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year Award.

As the Mountaineers opened a crucial series with Oklahoma State on Thursday, Musgrave was among 22 finalists for the honor.

Musgrave has been totally dominant this season, especially in the Big 12. He currently stands at 8-1 with a 2.14 ERA for the season in 13 starts with three complete games and three shutouts. Musgrave has won seven straight and is a perfect 5-0 in conference with a microscopic 1.02 ERA.

He has struck out 61 in 53 innings, leading in victories with 5 and holding opponents to a batting average of just .145.

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West Virginia freshman quarterback Chavas Rawlins, a January enrollee, has decided to transfer.

Rawlins stood behind holdovers Paul Millard and Ford Childress from last year’s team throughout the spring, but the Monessen, Pa., product’s situation changed when experienced Florida State quarterback Rick Trickett transferred into West Virginia with two years eligibility left.

Also weighing heavily on the decision had to be the recruitment of William Crest out of Baltimore-Dunbar for 2014. Crest is a 4-star recruit ranked the nation’s seventh-best dual-threat QB.

Rawlins’ situation changed even before he came to WVU when quarterback coach Jake Spavital, who had been important in his recruitment, left for Texas A&M.

“I think from the onset, the way things went down with going there and Jake leaving, I think that he always had a little bit of trepidation and in our conversations, I steered him and tried to tell him that look, this is a different world now because it’s a business and people leave and come and stay and go,” Monessen coach Andy Pacak said.

“I told him to at least give it a shot and he did the semester, went through everything and now, three or four months later, he still has that same feeling about the relationship that he and Jake had forged.”

West Virginia had no comment on the transfer.

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The West Virginia women’s soccer team raised $15,781 this spring in its effort to help fight breast cancer, pushing its 10-year total to more than $100,000. All of the money raised goes directly to the Betty Puskar Breast Cancer Fund at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

“We are thrilled to raise a record amount of money this year and put us over the $100,000 mark in money for breast cancer research,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “Ten years ago we knew we could put forth the effort to raise awareness, and really developed a special relationship with Betty Puskar and the Breast Care Center at WVU. Now, to see the commitment our ladies have given to generating funds for such an important cause, it’s very satisfying as their coach.”

“Not only are the girls on the WVU women’s soccer team outstanding athletes; they are also outstanding supporters of the Breast Care Center,” says Ginger Layne, MD, medical director of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center. “We are so glad they teamed up with us in the fight against breast cancer.”

On March 9, WVU held its annual “Three’s a Team … the Fourth’s a Mountaineer” all-day fundraiser at the Caperton Indoor Facility. The 4-versus-4 tournament was open to boys and girls in grades three through eight, with an open division for college-age and older groups.

West Virginia faced Duquesne on April 7 as part of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center Soccer Invitational at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The Mountaineers wore their pink Nike jerseys in a 3-0 victory over the Dukes.

A check presentation to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center will be held at halftime of one of the home matches this fall.

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