OKLAHOMA CITY - West Virginia kept its Big 12 tournament championship hopes alive Friday night and it didn't even require another otherworldly performance by Harrison Musgrave.
Yes, Musgrave pitched well, throwing seven innings of five-hit ball with five strikeouts against TCU in his first start in 13 days.
But the Horned Frogs pitched in so much that Musgrave didn't even need to be at his best.
TCU committed a Big 12 tournament-record nine errors and West Virginia got eight hits off four pitchers in a 10-3 win at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The win, after a 7-2 loss to Kansas on Thursday, evened third-seeded WVU's mark in the pool-play tournament at 1-1 with a game today against No. 2 seed Oklahoma State. OSU lost in extra innings to TCU late Thursday and played Kansas in the late game Friday.
The winner of WVU's pool advances to the title game against either Oklahoma or Kansas State Sunday. WVU (32-26) must beat Oklahoma State in today's 5 p.m. game to have any chance of advancing. The Mountaineers also need TCU to beat Kansas in tonight's final game of pool play. If Kansas beats TCU, it would win the pool (depending upon the result of Friday's late game) either at 3-0 or at 2-1 and with a head-to-head win over WVU.
Musgrave (9-1), who had not pitched in almost two weeks - he threw 140 pitches in a 14-strikeout shutout of TCU in Charleston on May 11 - turned in his 10th straight game in which he gave up two or fewer runs. But he threw 126 pitches in seven innings and labored in several frames.
"I was concerned if I would find the strike zone after not playing for a while,'' Musgrave said. "Once I was able to find it, it made it a little better and I was able to settle in a little earlier than I thought I was going to be able to."
After retiring the side in the first two innings - he struck out the side in the first - Musgrave struggled a bit in the third, threw 31 pitches and walked two before getting out of the inning. He gave up his first hit to third baseman Jantzen Witte with one out in the fourth.
TCU (29-27) finally got its first run off of Musgrave after 13 shutout innings this season when shortstop Keaton Jones tripled to lead off the fifth inning and scored on a ground ball.