The Texas Longhorns baseball team hits the road to take part in the Houston College Classic. All games will be played at Minute Maid Park.
Texas (6-3) is coming off of a series win versus Stanford last weekend, and a mid-week victory over UT-Pan American.
The Longhorns open the tournament tonight against Rice. The Owls (6-3) swept Purdue last weekend – including a 23-3 win on Sunday. Both schools have played a common opponent – Stanford – with Rice also taking two of three from the Cardinal to open the season.
Rice infielder Skyler Ewing leads Rice with three home runs and 17 RBIs.
Dillon Peters (0-0, 1.20) gets the start tonight. Parker French had been the Friday starter up to this point. He will go on Saturday. Rice will counter with Jordan Stephens (2-0, 3.00).
This is the eighth appearance for Texas in the tournament. The Longhorns play in it every other year. In 2012 Texas beat Rice before losing to Tennessee and Arkansas. The Longhorns record in the tournament is 10-11.
Some things to watch for this weekend.
– Mark Payton has an 18 game hitting streak.
– Texas has not made an error in its last four games. The Longhorns have just two errors since the five-error opening game against Cal.
– CJ Hinojosa and Tres Barrera are a combined 1-23 with three walks in Texas’ last three games.
– Travis Duke has pitched five scoreless innings of relief this season.
Tonight’s game will be on the Longhorn Network.