The Texas Longhorns welcome the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors to UFCU Disch-Falk for a four game series this weekend.
The Longhorns are red-hot right now, winning 10 of 11 games following a 0-2 start. Pitching once again has been the Longhorns strength. The team ERA is a minuscule 1.96. Opponents are batting a meager .239 against Texas pitching.
Offense continues to be a problem for the Longhorns. The team is hitting just .249. Mark Payton is still Mark Payton, hitting an eye-popping .458 this year. Payton has an active reached-base streak of 52 games. Ben Johnson is starting to heat up. The sophomore is hitting .263 and is second on the team to Payton in RBIs with seven.
Hawaii comes in having won six of its last eight games. The Rainbow Warriors opened the season by getting swept by Oregon in four games. Hawaii then swept Albany in a four game series before splitting another four game series with Pepperdine. Four starters are hitting over.300. Marcus Doi leads the team with a .423 average. Matt Cooper and Scott Squier have been lights out for Hawaii. The duo have a combined 37 strikeouts in 42 innings pitched.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Matt Cooper (2-0, 0.00) vs. Parker French (2-1, 1.00)
Scott Squier (1-0, 2.57) vs. Nathan Thornhill (3-0, 0.56)
Jarrett Arakawa (1-0, 1.80) vs. Dillon Peters (1-0, 0.82)
Scott Kuzminsky (1-1, 5.59) vs. Lukas Schiraldi (1-1, 4.85)
First pitch on Friday is 6:00PM CT. Saturday’s doubleheader gets underway at 1:00. The second game will start at approximately 4:15. Sunday’s finale starts at 1:00.