Posted on April 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM
Bobby Boyd’s RBI sacrifice fly in the eighth proved to be the difference Friday as the West Virginia Mountaineers defeated the Texas Longhorns, 1-0, in a Big 12 series opener at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. UT sophomore starting pitcher Parker French registered a career-high seven strikeouts, but took the loss after allowing the lone run on five hits in 7 1/3 innings.
Harrison Musgrave (6-1) recorded the win for West Virginia (22-17, 5-5), keeping the Longhorns off the scoreboard despite Texas recording six hits in the game. Musgrave, who has not lost a Big 12 game this season, pitched his third career complete game with nine strikeouts.
Brooks Marlow led the Longhorns (20-16, 4-9) with a 3-for-3 game, all singles. Erich Weiss left the game in the fourth inning after being hit on the nose by a Musgrave pitch as his status will not be known until tomorrow.
Billy Fleming hit a one-out single in the top of the eighth for West Virginia before Alan Filauro drew a walk against French. Corey Knebel then relieved French and walked shortstop Taylor Munden to load the bases. Boyd then lifted a fly ball to center to score Fleming from third.
Texas had scoring opportunities in the eighth and ninth innings. Brooks Marlow and Weston both singled in the eighth and C.J Hinojosa hit a line drive towards left center, but Munden was able to snare the hard shot and tag up Marlow at second for the inning-ending double play. Mark Payton and pinch-hitter Alex Silver walked to put the potential winning run on base in the ninth before pinch-hitter Jeremy Montalbano popped up as Musgrave was able to go the distance for the Mountaineers.