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***Texas State vs Texas Game Thread***

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No. 17 Texas (33-18) vs. Texas State (25-25-1)
May 15, 2018

WhereUFCU Disch-Falk Field
Time6:30 pm CT

TVLonghorn Network

Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260
All-time series: Texas leads
, 49-11

           
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHE
RS

TUESDAYTexas State TBA vs. Texas RHP Matteo Bocchi (3-0, 3.68)

 

GAME NOTES

THE MATCHUP—No. 17 Texas Baseball hosts Texas State on Tuesday night for the Longhorns’ final non-conference game of the season…Texas is 2-0 vs. the Bobcats so far this season.

 

A LOOK AT THE BOBCATS—Texas State is coming off a weekend series win over Louisiana…at the plate, the Bobcats are led by Jared Huber (.303/.449/.356) and Luke Sherley (.302/.394/.466) while Derek Scheible leads the team with 12 homers on the year…out of the bullpen, Kyle Bradford leads the team in appearances with 23 and has compiled a 2-1 record with a 2.25 ERA over 20.0 innings of work. 

 

A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas is coming off a bye week after going 3-1 the week prior…last week, the Longhorns took two of three from then-No. 9 Texas Tech on the road, winning both Friday and Sunday…earlier that week, Texas got an 11-10 walk-off win over Texas State at UFCU Disch-Falk Field…Kody Clemens continues to pace the offense with a .345/439/.680 line to go along with 16 homers and 55 RBI…Zach Zubia has upped his average to .308 on the season to go along with 10 homers and 40 RBI…on the mound, Parker Joe Robinson’s 1.59 ERA over 15 appearances leads the bullpen while Andy McGuire has compiled a 2.45 ERA over 19 appearances including seven saves. 

 

NEXT UP—Texas will host TCU in a three-game Big 12 Conference series beginning on Thursday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field…this is the final series of the regular season for both sides before the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship in Oklahoma City.

 

THE COMEBACK KIDS—Texas has now recorded 15 come-from-behind wins this season, including three from its last week of gameplay alone…in both wins over Texas Tech, the Longhorns had to rebound from a deficit…on May 1 vs. Texas State, the Longhorns trailed, 10-6, entering the 9th against Texas State when Masen Hibbeler and Duke Ellis led off with walks, Kody Clemens singled, and Zach Zubia walked to set up Hamilton’s ninth inning heroics, a walk-off slam…it was the Horns’ second walk-off homer of the season (Austin Todd on Feb 17 vs. Louisiana) and first walk-off grand slam since Preston Clark’s against Army in the 2009 NCAA Regional.

 

WEEKDAY WINNERS—Over the past two seasons, the Longhorns are 22-5 in midweek games (non-weekend series matchups), however, all five losses have come away from UFCU Disch-Falk Field…in 2017, the Horns went 12-2 with losses at Texas State and against Louisiana in Sugar Land…so far this season, Texas is 10-3 record against midweek non-conference opponents with two losses on the road against Arkansas and one on the road at Texas A&M. 

 

THE DUKE—Sophomore OF Duke Ellis is riding an 11-game hitting streak in which he’s raised his average 50 points from .255 to .305…in Big 12 action, the transfer is second in the conference with a .394 average…Ellis also swiped three bases last Sunday at Texas Tech to give him 13 on the season.

 

A CASE FOR CLEMENS—Kody Clemens recorded his 55th RBI on the road against Tech and mashed three more homers in the series, becoming the first Longhorn with at least 55 RBI since Kevin Keyes in 2010 and first Texas player with at least 16 home runs since Kyle Russell’s 19 in 2008…in April, Perfect Game/Rawlings and D1Baseball.com each announced their Midseason All-America teams and was named first team second baseman on both…USA Baseball also announced Clemens as a member of its Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list…he ranks 8th in the Big 12 in batting average (.345), 7th in hits (67), 5th in runs scored (49), 2nd in homers, 3rd in RBI, 2nd in total bases (132), and 2nd in slugging (.680).

 

ZUUUBOMB—Twice this season, Zach Zubia has hit a two-run homer to help clinch a Big 12 Conference road series…he first did it at Oklahoma and also did it in the Sunday rubber match against Texas Tech…the redshirt-freshman has upped his season average to .308 on the year…he and Clemens are the first pair of Longhorns teammates with at least 10 homers apiece since Cameron Rupp, Kevin Keyes, and Kevin Lusson all had double-digit dingers in 2010

 

VROOM VROOM—David Hamilton leads the Big 12 with 27 stolen bases on the year…he’s the first Horn with at least 27 SB since  Drew Stubbs stole 28 in 2004…he also leads the team with 6 bunt singles and his 5 triples are 3rd-most in the Big 12.

 

DEEEEFENSE—The Texas defense has solidified since Big 12 Conference action began…the Longhorns are fielding at a .981 clip over 21 league games, with position players making just nine of the team’s 15 errors…the Horns’ .976 fielding percentage across all games is good for tops among Big 12 teams…as a team, Texas has also turned 59 double plays on the year, which ranks second in all of Division I.. 

 

RISING LONGHORNS—Texas currently finds itself ranked in all major Division I polls, including D1Baseball (17), Baseball America (15), Perfect Game (14), Collegiate Baseball (16), NCBWA (17), and USA Today (16)…the Horns also stand at No. 21 in RPI. 

 

THE MIND OF MCKENZIE—Senior RHP/UTIL player Jake McKenzie was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District team on Friday, becoming the first Longhorn to earn that distinction since John Curtiss in 2014…on April 17, he played all nine positions in Texas’ seven-inning win over UTRGV on April 17…McKenzie started the game at catcher, the only position he had not previously played while at Texas, before moving through the infield and outfield…he then got the final two outs of the ballgame on the mound…McKenzie was recognized on SportsCenter and on ESPN’s “Get Up!” program in the “My Favorite Player of All-Time (Right This Second)” segment for accomplishing a feat that only five major league players have. …in addition to his role as utilityman, McKenzie, a petroleum engineering major, was recently awarded the Marvin Wright Student Athlete Award from the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Big 12’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award…he was also given the Lorene L. Rogers Scholar-Athlete Award given to a graduating senior athlete at Texas. 

 

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