The Texas Longhorns baseball team concludes the regular season this weekend with a road trip to play Kansas State.
The Longhorns sit in fourth place in the Big 12 standings. Texas (34-15, 11-10 Big 12) cannot move up in the standings, but can fall to sixth, depending on how Texas Tech and West Virginia fare. At this point, the team is just trying to gain some momentum going into the Big 12 tournament.
This is Texas’ first game since May 5 against West Virginia. The Longhorns dropped two of three to the Mountaineers and have lost seven of its last nine conference games. Texas was sloppy in the West Virginia series, committed nine errors.
Kansas State (24-28, 4-17 Big 12) has lost 10 straight games. The Wildcats sit in last place in the Big 12 and will not make the postseason tournament.
Ross Kivett leads the Wildcats with a .330 batting average. He also leads the team in home runs (4), runs scored (46) and is tied for the lead in RBI (31). Kansas State has four players hitting .296 or better. Pitching has been the Achilles’ heel for the Wildcats. The team ERA is 4.80. The only starter with an ERA under four is Jake Fromson.
Mark Payton’s 88-game reached-base streak is still intact. The senior is five games away from tying former Wildcat Nick Martini for the Big 12 record.
Dillon Peters returns to the mound after missing his start versus West Virginia with an injury.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Jake Matthys (2-4, 7.88) vs. Dillon Peters (5-3, 2.50)
Jared Moore (5-3, 4.52) vs. Nathan Thornhill (6-2, 1.75)
Jake Fromson (2-1, 3.07) vs. Parker French (5-4, 2.27)
Friday’s game starts at 6:30 PM. Saturday is also a 6:30 start. Sunday’s finale is at 3:30 PM.