It’s that time of year again! Baseball is beginning for both college and Major League Baseball. While winter in Austin is mild compared to many places across the nation, the Texas Longhorns baseball team is ready to begin it’s season against the Sacramento State Hornets tonight at Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Texas. Before we watch the first baseball game tonight, let’s preview the 2013 Texas Longhorns baseball team.
Immediate infusion of talent
After not making the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998, the Longhorns went out and got 5 junior college transfers for immediate playing time. 3 of those junior college transfers are in the projected lineup tonight. Those are first baseman Codey McElroy, third baseman Madison Carter and center fielder Weston Hall. True freshman C.J. Hinojosa will make the start at shortstop. Only 4 of the projected starters in the lineup for the Texas Longhorns tonight played on last year’s team. Augie Garrido is looking to put the best players out on the field regardless of experience.
One of the storylines of the 2012 Texas Longhorns was the Texas Longhorns’ starter rotation could not stay healthy. Sophomore Parker French will be the ace of this Longhorns pitching staff after being named Big 12 Freshman of the year. Hopefully for the sake of this season the pitchers are able to stay healthy because when they are, they are the best in the Big 12.
The expectation has always been to get to Omaha for the College World Series. The Longhorns have been to Omaha 34 times out of their 53 NCAA tournament appearances. That means 64% of the time Texas makes the NCAA tournament, they make it to Omaha.
This year, it’s just getting back to the tournament. My prediction is Texas will be a 35-40 win team. They have to take this weekend’s series against Sacramento State and at least get 1 win in Palo Alto against 7th ranked Stanford. If they can do that, the Big 12 isn’t that strong this year and they could end up winning the Big 12.
Final regular season record: 38-13. Texas will make the tournament and win a regional.