The Texas Longhorns open up a critical three game series with conference-leading Oklahoma State this weekend.
Texas (31-11, 9-6 Big 12) sits in third place behind the Cowboys (29-12, 11-4 Big 12) and TCU. This series will be the last conference series at home for the Longhorns. If Texas hopes to compete for the Big 12 regular season championship, it will need to take care of business against Oklahoma State.
The Longhorns are coming off a 5-4 victory over UT-Pan American on Tuesday. Texas had to rally late to avoid the upset. Ben Johnson hit his fifth home run of the season and Mark Payton drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the eighth inning. The win comes on the heels of getting sweep by TCU. Texas managed just one run in three games against the Horned Frogs.
Oklahoma State brings the offense. Zach Fish and Tann Krietemeier lead the Cowboys with seven home runs each. The Cowboys have 29 home runs as a team. Fish leads the team with a .327 average and 29 RBIs.
The Cowboys seemed to have settled its starting rotation after going through eight starting pitchers. Oklahoma State has only one complete game this season. John Perrin has come out of the bullpen to solidify the series-opening starting gig. Tyler Buffet has only four starts, but has been solid. Tyler Nurdin has been the one constant in the rotation and usually pitches on Sundays. If the Cowboys have the lead in the ninth, closer Brendan McMurray has been lights out with a 5-0 record and 11 saves.
John Perrin (5-2, 2.11) vs. Parker French (4-3, 2.27)
Tyler Buffet (2-1, 1.84) vs. Dillon Peters (5-3, 2.70)
Tyler Nurdin (2-3, 6.42) vs. Nathan Thornhill (6-1, 0.97)
First pitch on Friday is at 7:00 PM. Saturday’s start is 1:00 PM and Sunday’s finale starts at 2:00 PM. All three games will be televised on the Longhorn Network.