CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Harrison Musgrave remains untouchable at Appalachian Power Park, and now it's West Virginia reaping the benefits.
Three years after pitching a shutout at the state tournament as a high school senior at Bridgeport, Musgrave struck out a career-high 13 batters in 62/3 innings, pitching the Mountaineers to a landmark 2-0 win over Texas Tech Friday night in WVU's first Big 12 home game.
The sophomore left-hander, who combined with reliever Pascal Paul on the three-hit shutout Friday, threw a five-hitter with 15 strikeouts in a 5-0 win over Fairmont Senior in the 2010 Class AAA state semifinals.
"Yeah, I like this place," said Musgrave, who improved to 3-1 on the season and 2-0 in Big 12 play. "It's big to get the first win of the series, and with it being the first Big 12 game in our state, it's really cool and hopefully we'll get the next two."
WVU (9-12 overall, 2-2 Big 12) and Texas Tech (15-9, 2-2) will conclude the three-game series with a doubleheader today starting at 1 p.m. The schedule originally called for single games today and Sunday, but expected wintry weather on Sunday prompted the switch.
Friday night's chilly temperatures - 44 degrees at the start, in the upper 30s by the final out - might've played a role in Musgrave's best collegiate start.
"It probably affects the batter a lot more than the pitcher, nobody likes to hit in the cold," he said. "But once you get warmed up, you don't notice it when you're pitching."
Musgrave's previous high for strikeouts in a game was nine, recorded last year against Rider. He doesn't consider himself a strikeout artist.
"I haven't been, honestly," he said. "My changeup worked really well tonight, which is good because it hasn't been working much this year. It kept them off balance."
Musgrave, who allowed just two hits and four walks, was pulled after a two-out single in the top of the seventh, by which time he had thrown 125 pitches. His only shaky moments came in the top of the third, when Texas Tech loaded the bases with one out on a base hit and two hit batsmen. The lefty escaped trouble with a strikeout and a grounder.