The Texas Longhorns baseball team is back in the Big 12 postseason tournament after a one-year hiatus. The Longhorns will face the Texas Tech Red Raiders today.
Texas (36-16) took two of three games from Texas Tech (40-16) in Lubbock during the regular season. The Longhorns won the Friday game 11-1 behind seven strong innings from Parker French and a four-hit, three run day at the plate from Brooks Marlow. Tres Barrera and Mark Payton each had three RBI. Saturday’s game went to Texas Tech, 8-4. Dillon Peters didn’t make it out of the fourth inning in his worst start of the season. Texas came back to take Sunday’s game 5-2 in 12 innings. Texas pitchers gave up just eight hits. John Curtiss got the win with five scoreless innings of relief.
Texas Tech enters the tournament winning eight of its last 11 games. The Red Raiders closed the regular season with a three-game sweep of West Virginia – a team Texas dropped two of three to. Texas is 6-5 in its last 11 games.
Madison Carter and Tres Barrera have been swinging hot bats lately. In his last six games, Carter is 13-21 with 10 runs scored, four RBI and a home run. He has raised his season average from .262 to .381. Barrera is 8-23 with six runs scored and five RBI. Barrera has hit three home runs in the last two games.
Mark Payton continues to get on base and make things happen. He has reached base in 91 straight games. Payton’s on-base percentage is .446, good for second on the team behind Carter.
Lukas Schiraldi is scheduled to take the mound. Schiraldi is 6-3 with a 4.39 ERA. Texas Tech will counter with Corey Taylor (5-2, 1.79).
The tournament is double elimination. If Texas falls into the loser’s bracket it will have to rely on its pitching depth. Texas has a team ERA of 2.40.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 PM. FOX College Sports will air the tournament.