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May 17, 2013

Musgrave ranks among top pitchers in college baseball

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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