West Virginia University opened its inaugural appearance in the Big 12 tournament with a 7-2 loss to Kansas. In this pool-play format, another loss essentially eliminates the Mountaineers from any shot at advancing to the Big 12 Championship Game on Sunday.
Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Harrison Musgrave will get the start. He was the only pitcher on the staff to beat TCU during the regular season series a few weeks ago in Charleston.
In that start, Musgrave struck-out a career-high 14 batters and pitched a complete game shutout.
Musgrave is 5-0 with a 1.02 ERA in Big 12 games this season. The Mountaineers need a strong outing from him.
The TCU bats came alive the moment Musgrave was off the mound. The Horned Frogs outscored the Mountaineers 23-10 in the final two games of the series.
TCU will enter this game with some momentum. The Horned Frogs scored six runs in the top of the ninth to beat Oklahoma State on day one of the tournament.
This is a familiar foe to WVU Head Coach Randy Mazey. He spent the past six seasons as an assistant coach at TCU. He knows the players and coaches well on that team and they know him.
West Virginia and TCU are expected to play Friday at 5 p.m.