The days are longer, flip flops are out of the closet, and there’s a spirit of hope in the air. This all signifies two things: 1)It’s almost springtime (official start date: March 20th) and 2)college baseball is about to kick into high gear, as the Texas Longhorns (11-5) open conference play tonight at the Disch against Texas Tech (12-7) at 6:30pm. The game will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network. Below are a few quick hitters to get you ready for the start of Big 12 action…
About the Longhorns: It’s been a season of streaks thus far for Texas. After reeling off five straight wins to push their record to 6-1, they promptly balanced that out by losing their next four games, including a series sweep on the road at the hands of highly-ranked Stanford. But in a show of resilience and their burgeoning team chemistry, the Horns responded with their second five-game win streak of the year, and they ride that momentum into their Big 12 schedule. UT pitchers have posted a collective ERA of 2.61, while the Longhorn offense is led by the trio of Mark Payton, Erich Weiss, and C.J. Hinojosa.
About the Red Raiders: Following an even-steven, 4-4 start, Texas Tech has played good ball of late, winning eight of their last 11 games. While outstanding at home (10-2), they’ve struggled away from Lubbock, going 2-3 in true road contests and 0-2 on neutral fields. The Red Raiders hit .269 as a team, and their pitching staff has a cumulative ERA of 3.45.
Probable starting pitchers: Friday – RHP Dominic Moreno (1-1, 4.79) vs. RHP Parker French (3-1, 1.59); Saturday – RHP Trey Masek (3-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Dillon Peters (1-1, 2.28); Sunday – RHP Matt Withrow (2-1, 5.40) vs. RHP Nathan Thornhill (1-1, 2.61)
Winning isn’t everything: Out of a roster of 35, 28 Longhorns earned a 3.0 GPA or higher in the fall semester—proving that, at Texas, there’s a reason the term is structured “Student”, THEN “Athlete.”
In case you were on the fence about going to the ballpark tonight: Little Big League will be shown—for FREE—on the stadium’s video board for all fans in attendance immediately following the game.
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