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  1. Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to Game 3 live from Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Longhorns will try to get the series win today over UCLA It's a nice day out here; a bit overcast, but a comfortable 61 degrees. Sun is starting to peek through the clouds as the teams goes through their warm ups. Wind is light, 5-7 MPH from the ENE; as that relates to this field it's blowing in from RCF and that shouldn't be a factor today. Lineup for Texas has a few changes, but Joe Baker is not starting today. Still nursing a minor injury to his foot. IF is back to what we're used to seeing. Mathis in the DH spot and Connor Mayes will be on the hill. For those of you new to HornSports and visiting the thread, please feel free to comment on the game. We encourage discussion. Let's get this one. Hook Em!!
  2. Photo courtesy TexasSports.com Ladies & Gentlemen, Let's discuss the upcoming UCLA series. Games Friday-Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. UCLA (6-6) is ranked #19. This is a winnable series. Horns will start Johnston, Culbreth and Mayes. UCLA is coming off of a Tuesday loss to Cal State Northridge. They had previously won the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic, notching victories over Oklahoma, USC and Mississsippi State. More to come, but I'm here and I'm excited for the weekend.
  3. Sorry for the delay folks. I'm getting some ribs going on the pit this morning. Game time in 10 minutes Got some lineup moves for the Horns today. Be back shortly for first pitch.
  4. Texas Longhorns (5-5) vs. University of California (7-3) Game Time: 2 PM CT UFCU Disch Falk Field TV: Longhorn Network Radio: 104.9 FM The Horn/1260 AM Audio Stream: http://www.texassports.com/audio Lineups: Welcome to HornSports Baseball coverage. Let's get this going. Horns try to turn things around today after a late rally fell short last night. New day. Hook Em!
  5. Good afternoon Longhorn Baseball Fans! Let's do this. The Horns will try to bounce back from a night that stifled their bats and get on track with a win vs the #12 Cal Bears. Game time is 6 PM CT TV: LHN Radio: Stream on TexasSports.com Hope to see some participation from the Peanut Gallery tonight. Hook Em!
  6. Texas (4-3) travels to San Marcos tonight to take on Texas State (5-3) at 6 PM CT The game is on radio stream on TexasSports.com The on TV I have found is on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. Morgan Cooper (0-0, 0.00) will likely start for Texas. LHP Brandon Lewis (0-0, 6.75) will be on the hill for Texas St. I'll try to have some more information up later today. Not sure about how the PBP will go tonight merely due to the limited TV outlets.
  7. #23 TEXAS LONGHORNS (2-1) HOST STANFORD CARDINAL (3-1) THURSDAY 2/25-SUNDAY 2/28 at UFCU DISCH FALK FIELD Photo courtesy @Texas_Baseball The Cardinal of Stanford travel to Austin this weekend for a four game series against the Longhorns. Stanford took 2 of 3 from then #21 Cal St Fullerton last weekend at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto. The Cardinal also bested UC Davis on Monday 5-2 and carry a 3-1 record into the Disch. Texas took 2 of 3 from UR UNLV over the weekend. After a slow start in Friday's opener, the Horns racked up a whopping 18 runs on SA & SU while allowing only 2 by the Rebels. Stanford leads the series all-time, 34-31-1 Texas and Stanford last met in Palo Alto last year, where the teams split the series, each winning two games of the four game series. Here are your probable starters for the weekend: TH 6 pm ***RHP Nolan Kingham (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs LHP Kris Bubic (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 Save) FR 6:30 pm RHP Kyle Johnston (0-0, 2.25 ERA) vs RHP Tristan Beck (1-0, 0.00 ERA) SA 3 pm LHP Ty Culbreth (1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs LHP Chris Catellanos (1-0, 1.50 ERA) SU 12:30 pm RHP Connor Mayes (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs RHP Brett Hanewich (1-0, 0.00 ERA) All games televised on The Longhorn Network Notes on Stanford pitching: The Stanford starters combined allowed one earned run in their 3 victories. This included 10 hits, one walk and 8 strikeouts. Each starter in their 3 wins pitched 6+ innings and allowed 1 run or less. The Stanford bullpen has been better than solid, allowing one run in 11.2 innings, with 3 walks and 13 strikeouts. Keep an eye on: Stanford freshman P Kris Bubic who debuted in a save situation on Monday vs UC Davis. He garnered the save and will start Thursday's game vs the Horns. Stanford freshman P Tristan Beck earned a win in his first collegiate start and will be on the bump on Friday for the Cardinal. He shut out Cal St Fullerton and was voted the Pac12 Pitcher of the Week. Freshman Nico Hoerner 4/16 (.250) with two doubles and 1 RBI Sophomore Brody Quinn 4/13 (.308) with two doubles and 4 RBI Junior Tommy Edman 5/16 (.313) with a triple and an RBI
  8. A few quick notes on the Play-by-Play: I'm a Texas fan first and foremost, but I will try to remain somewhat objective in my PBP. I call each half inning in full, then I'll post. IF there's a big play or scoring, I may post the update and continue the inning in a new post. Feel free to comment and critique, we're all big boys here. Discussion is more than welcome.
  9. Photo courtesy TexasSports.com A few notes for the opening weekend of baseball. UNLV UNLV was forced to change head coaches in mid-December, as their former skipper, Tim Chambers, stepped away from his five-year stint as Head Coach due to health issues. Former pitching coach Stan Stolte takes over the helm for the 2016 season. This is a rebuild year for UNLV, with most projecting them to finish near the bottom of the Mountain West Conference this season. UNLV will be a fairly young team, (similar to Texas.) They will likely see freshmen contributions at 1B, 3B and they have some young arms in the bullpen that could see innings as well. Keep the names Kyle Isbel and Nick Ames in the back of your minds. Both are true freshmen that could see immediate playing time. The Rebels lost five of their top six hitters as well as two Ps to the MLB draft. Justin Jones (JR) will be back in the lineup at 2B after missing a majority of last season due to injury, which is a big plus for this squad. Payton Squier (SO) should also be a weapon for UNLV, both offensively and defensively. 6'5" 250 lb. RHP DJ Meyers (JR) should get the Friday night start against the Horns. Other pitchers that are likely to see some innings are: RHP Kenny Oakley (SR) RHP Ben Wright (SR) RHP Blaze Bohall (SO) RHP Cody Roper (SR) RHP Dean Kramer (SO) Here's a quick video from their Media Day.
  10. Feel free to discuss among yourselves. I'll be back to this thread in a bit. Got some errands to run first. Game time 3:30 PM CT I don't have any lineup yet, and not sure I will before game time. Should be a great day! Game will be live on the LHN.
  11. Photo courtesy TexasSports.com With the 2015 Big XII Conference schedule starting up this weekend, I'd like to give my predictions on how I see us matching up with our conference foes. A few disclaimers and thoughts before I begin. I am a Texas alum, first and foremost. I am a fan. I won't hide this. That said, I really do try to remain somewhat realistic throughout the season. I don't want to get caught up in the "fire the coach," "small ball sucks," and/or "so-and-so can't play X position on this team/at this level." Leave that for other sites. I am neither a professional journalist nor former professional athlete/coach. I just try to "call 'em like I see 'em." Much to my displeasure, I am not able to attend a lot of UT baseball games in person. I do try to get down to one series in Austin, and one West Coast series if time allows. Otherwise, I am a follower like many of you, via LHN and radio broadcasts. My style, (if you will,) of calling a game is pretty straight forward. I do Play by Play, sometimes with a bit of color injected for good measure. I will recap an entire inning from start to finish, so I may not be following as closely to "Live" as you'd like. If an inning runs long, there's a good chance I'll post what I have and continue in the next post. I do this because I enjoy it. Bottom line. I would like to think of myself as a "Teddy" starter kit. Teddy is the announcer from Bull Durham. Although that is probably far too much self praise. Ha! If there is something you'd like for me to do differently, look into, answer, please feel free to ask. I'll try to get it done/answered for you. Sit back and enjoy 2015, as we're about to get rolling. Big XII Conference preview Schedule: Fri. 3/13 West Virginia 6 PM LHN Sat. 3/14 West Virginia 5 PM LHN Sun. 3/15 West Virginia 12:30 PM FOX Sports 1 Fri. 3/20 Kansas St. 6 PM LHN Sat. 3/21 Kansas St. 2 PM LHN Sun. 3/22 Kansas St. 1 PM LHN Fri. 4/3 @ Oklahoma St. 7 PM Sat. 4/4 @ Oklahoma St. 6:30 PM ESPNU Sun. 4/5 @ Oklahoma St. 1 PM ESPNU Fri. 4/10 Oklahoma 7 PM LHN Sat. 4/11 Oklahoma 3:30 PM LHN Sun. 4/12 Oklahoma 2:30 PM LHN Fri. 4/17 @ Kansas 6 PM ESPN3 Sat. 4/18 @ Kansas 2 PM ESPN3 Sun. 4/19 @Kansas 1 PM ESPN3 Fri. 4/24 @ TCU 6:30 PM Sat. 4/25 @ TCU 4 PM Sun. 4/26 @ TCU 1 PM Fri. 5/1 Texas Tech 6 PM LHN Sat. 5/2 Texas Tech 2 PM LHN Sun. 5/3 Texas Tech 1 PM LHN Sat. 5/16 @ Baylor 3 PM Sun. 5/17 @ Baylor (DH) 1 PM & 3 PM We've already seen the Horns play 17 games, posting an 11-6 record. While this is not a stellar record, it's just about where I thought we'd be thus far. If you will recall, in my Non-Conference Preview, I had Texas finishing non-conference at 23-5, but I'd be happy with 20-8. Looks like the Nebraska series will be the determining series for my predictions, although we'll have one less game due the cold-out, (I have a hard time typing that,) cancellation against USD. A few other notes about the Horns right now. Texas currently has played the #5 toughest schedule in the country. For comparison, UT opponents USD #1, Rice #10, Stanford #3. Texas' RPI sits at #18. For comparison, UT opponents USD is #5, Rice #15 and Stanford #17. Big 12 opponents RPI as of now: TCU #60, Baylor #37, Tech #183, Oklahoma #113, Oklahoma St. #43, Kansas #131, Kansas St. #61 and West Virginia #20. Say what you will about Augie, but he darn sure doesn't shy away from playing solid teams early in the season. This will pay huge dividends in not only conference play, but also in the post season. Let's look at the matchups: West Virginia: UT wins 3 of 3 WVU comes in with a 7-6 record. While their record doesn't really look that good, they did open the season taking 2/3 at Clemson, before dropping 5 of their next 7. They got back on track last weekend with a sweep of E. Tennesee St. WVU's pitching staff is led by RHP Donato, (2-2, 1.44 ERA,) and LHP Vance, (1-2, 2.16 ERA.) Both are solid, racking up a combined 43 Ks in their combined 8 starts. They can be hit, giving up 45 hits in those same 8 starts. At the plate, OF Kyle Davis is their leading hitter, (.365/.431/.558) with 8 RBIs and 8 XBH. Senior SS Tyler Munden from Lewisville, TX is not far behind, (.356/.394/.695) with 11 RBIs and 10 XBH including 5 HRs. While their HRs are impressive with 17, they have not exactly faced stellar opposing pitching. WVU will try to manufacture runs, which is evident by their 22 SAC Bunt attempts in 13 games, (compared to UT's 15 in 17 games.) Although WVU has some talent on their roster, they don't match up well with Texas. If the Horns come to play, this series should be a sweep. Kansas State: UT wins 3 of 3 Kansas State will come to Austin with a rough non-conference performance. Their current record is 8-8, while their only win over a team with a current record over .500 came against Washington State in the Big 12/Pac 12 Challenge. K St. will throw Griep (2-1, 2.60 ERA) and Fischer (1-1, 3.66 ERA) They have struck out 43, walked 19 and given up 35 hits in a combined 8 starts. Their bullpen is a by-committee setup, with 7 of their 11 pitchers of record logging a minimum of 5 appearances. At the plate, Kraus (.353/.411/.412) and Dalrymple (.341/.453/.386) are their leaders. K St. is not a power hitting team, with only 2 HRs and 33 XBH in 16 games. Like WVU, K St. will play some small ball. They've had 30 SAC Bunt attempts in 16 games. Texas should sweep the Wildcats in Austin. @ Oklahoma State: UT wins 1 of 3 Oklahoma St. currently has an RPI of 37, and sports a 9-6 record. Picked by many to be one of the top 3 in the Big 12, they have not had the start that Manager Josh Holliday probably was looking for. Losses (2/3) to Arizona St. and Illinois (2/3) sandwiched a solid performance in the Big 12/Pac 12 Challenge where they went 3/4, with their only loss coming at the hands of Oregon St. This team is still a work in progress. OSU pitching is led by Perrin (2-2, 3.66) and Freeman (2-0, 2.38) Both have solid command of several pitches. They like you to put the ball in play. Combining for 35 Ks vs 10 walks with 31 hits in 8 combined starts backs this up. Their closer is Cobb, and he has 16Ks in 13 IP. CF Green (.373/.500/.559) and 2B Arakawa (.350/.417/.500) are their hitting leaders. While they're not a true power-hitting team, they will push runs across however necessary. They've racked up 115 runs in 15 games. 33 SAC Bunt attempts in 15 games show that Holliday is not afraid of small ball. Going to Stillwater is never an easy task, and I think this may be the series that creeps up on us. I could see us taking 2/3, but my gut tells me we may drop this one and Augie & Co use it as a teaching moment. Oklahoma: UT wins 2 of 3 OU is playing some good ball right now. They are currently 12-7 with solid wins over Washington, Oregon St. and Utah in the Big 12/Pac 12 Challenge, 3/4 from BYU and 2/3 from Purdue. They dropped 2/3 to Notre Dame and lost games to Washington State and Arizona State early. On the hill, the leaders are Hansen (2-1, 3.68) and Elliott (2-1, 3.28) Hansen is a hard thrower, (mid to upper 90s,) and Elliott has a low 90s fastball with a good slider. 59 Ks, 18 BBs in 8 combined starts, but when they're hit, they're hit hard-giving up 40 hits in that same time frame. There are some very serviceable arms in their bullpen, and I'd imagine we'll see a good dose of them throughout the weekend in Austin. Oklahoma has some solid bats, led by CF Aiken, (.377/.423/.506) with 14 RBIs, and Soph SS Neuse, (.343/.400/.614) with 5 HRs and 22 RBIs. OU loves to swing the bat. They have 21 HRs on the season so far, and 102 Ks. They'll play a bit of small ball, (33 SAC bunt attempts,) but their bread and butter is swinging away, (61 XBH.) OU always plays us tough. I see taking 2/3 in this series, and I'll be very happy with that. @ Kansas: UT wins 3 of 3 I'm not real sure what's going on in Lawrence, but it isn't pretty. Kansas currently sits with a record of 6-11, and they've played the #131st toughest schedule in the country with an RPI of 185. That is ugly. They have struggled thus far and have yet to win a series. They did go 2/2 in AZ at the Big 12/Pac 12 Challenge, but that may be the lone bright spot for the Jayhawks. On the hill, Kansas has four tabbed starters, none with an ERA lower than 5.21. Edwards, Morovick and Krauth have given up 69 hits in 60.3 innings. At the plate, 2B Wright (.375/.507/.464) is one of th bright spots for Kansas. 1B Blair (.304/.391/.643) has also been hitting the ball well with 5 HRs and 12 RBIs. Kansas is not a small-ball team, although they may try to manufacture some runs if the chips are down. I see Texas taking the brooms out in Lawrence. @ TCU: UT wins 2 of 3 The ONLY team in the Big 12 with a higher ranking (2) and higher RPI (4) than Texas is TCU. This should be a great weekend of baseball in Ft. Worth. TCU is currently 11-2, with their only losses coming against Arizona St and USC. On the bump, TCU probably has one of the best staffs in the country. Preston (3-0, 0.75,) Traver (2-0, 0.83) and Young, (3-0, 1.29) are as solid as they come. In the pen they have Teakell and Ferrell with ERAs under 1.32. Texas will have its work cut out for them with this staff. Patience will pay huge dividends, working deep counts and not hacking away at pitches will be key. At the plate, TCU is not a power hitting team. They are winning games mostly with pitching. They have only 4 HRs on the season. Steinhagen (.333/.349/.381) and Brown (.318/.375/.386) are their leaders. 32 SAC Bunt attempts in 13 games-small ball will come into play. TCU is strutting a bit right now, and I think that Texas can go in there late in the season and take 2/3 from them, provided we have a solid effort from our pitchers, defense and our hitters are patient. 2/3. Texas Tech: UT wins 3 of 3 Tim Tadlock's bunch has been playing good ball, albeit against some pretty weak competition. They're sitting at 11-4, but have fallen from their pre-season rank of #16 down to #24. Their losses were to Nevada and 3/3 to Cal St. Fullerton. Tech was picked to finish around 3 or 4 in the Big 12, depending upon the ranking service you looked at. They're projected to be playing in the post season, but it remains to be seen what they can do against good competition. On the mound, Dusek (2-1, 2.20 ERA) and Damron (2-0, 2.66 ERA) are leading the charge. Traylor, Moreno, Brown, Mushinski and Patterson all have had solid games out of the bullpen thus far. At the plate, Tech is not a power hitting team, but they will hit the ball. They have 55 XBH with 11 HRs. With only 19 SAC Bunts, small ball isn't something that Tadlock is doing a lot of. They hit a lot of singles. Tech has a bit of a swagger going on, but they're coming to the Disch. I think they go back to Lubbock with 3 more losses on their record. The Texas baseball machine should be primed and ready by the first weekend in May. @ Baylor: UT wins 3 of 3 After an opening weekend sweep of Cal Poly, Baylor had dropped 9/12. Sitting at 6-9, you may want to go back and read the Kansas preview. Baylor is struggling. They're currently on a 7-game losing streak. "Rose goes in the front big guy." On the hill, starters Tolson (0-2, 4.63,) Castano (0-2, 2.65,) and Kay (2-1, 4.02) are not lighting the world on fire. 71 hits, 32 Ks, 16 BBs in a combined 10 starts. At the plate, the Bears appear to be shuffling the lineup quite a bit to find out what might work for them. Baylor isn't a power hitting team, with only 3 HRs. Brown (.327/.444/.423) seems to be the only constant. With 35 SAC Bunts, they're clearly pulling out all the stops to get something going. Texas should finish out the regular season with a sweep in Waco. I realize this sounds pretty optimistic, but I like where this team is headed from what I've seen so far. Quick Joeywa Recap I see Texas' Big 12 conference record at 20-4. I'll be happy with 17-7. Thoughts?
  12. Ok, a couple of quick notes on the series. Stanford's FR-SU regular starters are all nursing some minor injuries. This means that Stanford will likely throw some different pitchers against us for the next 3 games. It will be a platoon of sorts. They also have a few position players working through some things, which is why we're seeing some freshmen in their lineup and a player or two playing in a new position. Ben Johnson's performance last night was praised by one Stanford player I spoke with today. He could not have been more complimentary of him. Of the four HRs last night, the one by Stanford's Austin Barr was picked up beyond the trees in LF. If I had to guess, that ball traveled well over 400 feet. One of the longest, towering HRs these eyes have seen at the collegiate level in many years. Ben's HR was also a beast of a shot. Very close to Barr's but Ben's was more of a line drive, as was his first one. Ben's second one may be embedded in one of those trees out there. I'm headed over here shortly, but figured I'd share a few thoughts with y'all. Hook Em! Let's win one tonight boys.
  13. Zane Gurwitz-Image Credit: University of Texas Athletics With less than a week before the first pitch at Reckling, I wanted to give you some of my thoughts on this team and how I see us matching up with our non-conference foes. A few disclaimers and thoughts before I begin. I am a Texas alum, first and foremost. I am a fan. I won't hide this. That said, I really do try to remain somewhat realistic throughout the season. I don't want to get caught up in the "fire the coach," "small ball sucks," and/or "so-and-so can't play X position on this team/at this level." Leave that for other sites. I am neither a professional journalist nor former professional athlete/coach. I just try to "call 'em like I see 'em." Much to my displeasure, I am not able to attend a lot of UT baseball games in person. I do try to get down to one series in Austin, and one West Coast series if time allows. Otherwise, I am a follower like many of you, via LHN and radio broadcasts. My style, (if you will,) of calling a game is pretty straight forward. I do Play by Play, sometimes with a bit of color injected for good measure. I will recap an entire inning from start to finish, so I may not be following as closely to "Live" as you'd like. If an inning runs long, there's a good chance I'll post what I have and continue in the next post. I do this because I enjoy it. Bottom line. I would like to think of myself as a "Teddy" starter kit. Teddy is the announcer from Bull Durham. Although that is probably far too much self praise. Ha! If there is something you'd like for me to do differently, look into, answer, please feel free to ask. I'll try to get it done/answered for you. Sit back and enjoy 2015, as we're about to get rolling. Non-conference preview First, let's take a look at our non-conference slate with dates. Fri. 2/13 @ Rice 6 PM CBSi stream Sat. 2/14 @ Rice DH Noon & 4 PM CBSi stream Sun. 2/15 @ Rice 1 PM CBSi stream Tue. 2/17 UTSA DFF 6 PM LHN Fri. 2/20 Minnesota 6 PM LHN Sat. 2/21 Minnesota DH 3 PM & 6 PM LHN Sun. 2/22 Minnesota 1 PM LHN Tue. 2/24 UT Pan American 6 PM LHN Fri. 2/27 San Diego 7:30 PM LHN Sat. 2/28 San Diego 6:30 PM LHN Sun. 3/1 San Diego 1 PM LHN Thu. 3/5 @ Stanford 6 PM Fri. 3/6 @ Stanford 6 PM Sat. 3/7 @ Stanford 2 PM Sun. 3/8 @ Stanford 1 PM Tue. 3/10 Incarnate Word 6 PM LHN Tue. 3/17 @ UT Arlington 7 PM Tue. 3/24 @ Texas State 6 PM Fri. 3/27 @ Nebraska 6:35 PM Sat. 3/28 @ Nebraska 2:05 PM Sun. 3/29 @ Nebraska 12:05 PM Tue. 3/31 TAMU Corpus Christi 6 PM LHN Tue. 4/7 Wichita St. 7 PM LHN Tue. 4/14 Sam Houston State 6 PM LHN Tue. 4/21 Texas State 6 PM LHN Tue. 4/28 Prairie View A&M 6 PM LHN I won't spend much time on the mid-week single game sets, but suffice it to say, I feel Texas wins 9 of 10 of these mid-week match-ups. These games, (as has historically been the case,) will be a time for Augie and Skip to take a look at some younger players and test out some of our non-weekend pitchers, and build depth with live-game experience. Rice: UT wins 3 of 4 Head coach Wayne Graham is going to have his Owls ready. They have won Conference USA 19 times in his 22 years as their skipper. They come into the season ranked anywhere from 13-16 on the national scene. Traditionally a tough pitching team, this year will be no different. They'll like go with Jr lefty Blake Fox on Friday night. He was undefeated last year, posting a 12-0 record and an impressive 1.46 ERA. We will likely see Soph Jon Duplantier (EDIT: Not sure what Rice will do now that Duplantier is out, prob committee for both SA games,) Jr Kevin McCanna on Sunday, with a committee approach on Sat in the second game. Their Jr stud Jordan Stephens will be a factor later in the season, but he's still working his way back from TJ surgery. Their closer is Matt Ditman and they have a solid bullpen with Trevor Teykl, Blake Fox and Josh Pettitte, (although Pettitte is also waiting to be cleared following TJ surgery.) Rice has lost a couple of good sticks in Hoelscher, Aquino and Ewing, but they have faith in their catching duo of John Clay Reeves and Hunter Kopycinski. In a situation similar to UT's, (Cantu/Barrera,) these two will likely split duties behind the dish and at DH. Juniors 1B Connor Teykl and SS Leon Byrd provide some solid sticks. While Rice is in somewhat of a rebuilding year, they certainly are the favorite to win CUSA and challenge for a trip to Omaha. Much will depend on the emergence of a young lineup and production at the plate. With their first test out of the gate being against the Horns, it won't be easy for the Owls. I see Texas as being able to win 3 of 4 in Reckling to start off the season, provided we get some of the offense I anticipate. Texas has announced that their starting rotation will likely be: FR: French SA: Clemens SA: Sawyer SU: Hollingsworth Closer: Johnston You'll also see the following lineup, although there may be some tweaks as the weekend moves along. 8 Gurwitz 9 Shaw 6 C.J. 4 Marlow 2 Tres 5 Boswell 7 Johnson DH Stell, McCann, Mathis or Cantu (This will probably be by committee for a while) 3 Jones Minnesota: UT wins 4 of 4 Minnesota will be the complete opposite of Rice. The Golden Gophers will come to Austin not being ranked in the Top 25 preseason polls, and have not been given much of a chance to compete for the Big10 title or post season appearance. They are very thin at pitcher, returning two seniors RHPs, Kunik (2-2, 2.84) and Meyer (4-5, 2.39,) but after that is a mystery. They have a couple of freshmen in Meyer (RHP) and Gilbreath, (LHP) that they'll look to for innings. To say they're not long on arms is a huge understatement. At the plate is a similar story. They have no player with more than 100 ABs over a .300 AVG. The bright spot at the plate for them is Sr. Skjefte and Jr. Handel, who both have shown flashes of power last season. While I have followed baseball for many years, and know there are no gimmes, this series, more than any other non-conference series this year, shapes up to be the easiest one we will see. San Diego: UT wins 3 of 3 USD enters this season picked to finish 3rd in the West Coast Conference behind Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. While not ranked in the top 25, they do come in respectable at 30-34, depending upon the poll and are listed as 'a team to watch' as the season plays out. Coach Rich Hill usually has a fundamentally solid ball club. They lost three top players to the MLB draft, but they reloaded with 6 players also drafted in June who chose to go to USD instead of the MLB route. Pitching is a strong point for the Toreros. They have 3 JUCO transfers, twin brothers David (RHP) and Jacob Hill (LHP) who will likely be the Friday and Sunday starters. They will probably bookend RHP Gary Cornish-19th rd selection of the LA Dodgers. Also look to see Mets prospect Jon Teaney and Cubs draftee Riley Adams on the bump at some point. At the plate USD has some power with Austin Bailey and Jesse Jenner; both .325-plus hitters on the season in 2014. Freshman Bryson Brigman also has some good pop in his bat. Defensively keep an eye on Kyle Holder, one of the better SS on the west coast that doesn't get much pub. USD should be a formidable challenge for Texas, but if things go as I think they will, I see us taking the series from them, especially at home. Stanford: UT wins 2 of 4 I got to tell you, I'm really looking forward to this series. I really enjoy our west coast visits. It is always a good time. Stanford comes into the season off of their post-season win of the Bloomington Regional with a surprise victory over heavy-favorite host Indiana. And guess who the Cardinal opens up with in 2015? Yep. Indiana next Friday in Palo Alto. Oh, and that's not all. By the time Texas arrives in the Bay area, Stanford will have hosted Indiana (3 games,) single games against Cal and Nevada, and traveled to Fullerton (3 games) and Rice (3 games) and one at San Jose St for good measure. They will be locked and loaded for the Horns. Stanford returns their entire arsenal of starting pitching from 2014. All American candidate, RHP Soph Cal Quantrill is a stud. We will probably see him on Thursday. Other RHPs are Hanewich, and newcomer Weisenberg who hits 95 on the gun. Two LHPs in James and Hochstatter will also likely see starts for Stanford. Their bullpen is absolutely loaded with the leaders being Jr. RHP Brakeman and RHP Viall. The question mark for the Cardinal will be finding out who is going to fill the shoes of Blandino, Diekroeger, Taylor and Slater. Those four accounted for a combined .307 AVG and 259 hits in 2014. To put that in perspective, that was almost 47% of their entire offensive production. Numbers like those are very hard to replace overnight. OF Zach Hoffpauir is a big stick returning, (.324, 35 RBIs, 7 HRs in '14,) as is 2B Tommy Edman, (.256) Jr. Austin Barr, (local kid from Camas, WA-Hey now!) is slated for a breakout year. I'm not sure if he will see time at C or 1B, but he's got the potential to be a very productive offensive weapon for Stanford. By the time we see them in March, I fully expect that they will be firing on all cylinders. On the plus side, I think we will too. This will be an excellent test for the Horns before heading into conference play. I say we split this series, but I honestly would not be surprised to see us take 3 of 4 if we limit mistakes and our pitching is solid. Nebraska: UT wins 2 of 3 Huskers come into the season ranked 23-26, depending on the poll. They are penciled in as the #2 team in the Big10, and could easily see postseason action. Pitching is their strong suit. They have preseason All American Sr. RHP Chance Sinclair. He went 9-1 last season with a 2.15 ERA. He is their ace. I'd assume we would see him on Friday in a match-up with French. Another Sr., LHP Kyle Kubat brings starting experience to the hill. While Darin Erstad hasn't named a 3rd starter yet, it looks to be between Soph LHP Max Knutson and RHP Jake Hohensee. We will know more by the time we see them at the end of March. Their closer is Sr. RHP Josh Roeder. He needs just 14 saves to become Nebraska's all-time saves leader. Offensively the Huskers lost two key bats, RBI-leaders and .300 hitters Pritchard and Kelly. Keep an eye on Fr. 1B Scott Schreiber to fill some of the void. Soph OF Ryan Boldt will be a key to their offense if he stays as effective in the leadoff spot as he was in '14, hitting .311. Nebraska will not play a home game until mid March, and has matchups against WCC favorite Loyola Marymount, Houston College Classic vs ags, Hawai'i and LSU, Michigan and Top 20 Cal St. Fullerton before Texas comes to town. ************************************************ Quick Joeywa Recap I see Texas' non-conference record at 23-5. I will be happy with 20-8. Understand, I have not seen a single inning of baseball from any of these squads, but that's my bold prediction with 5 days to go before the first pitch. What do you think?
  14. Longhorn Lineup: 7 Johnson 9 Shaw 6 CJ 4 Marlow 3 Tres 5 Boswell DH McCann 2 Cantu 8 Gurwitz RHP Mayes UTSA Lineup: (Probable) 8 Markham 7 Hilston 2 Bormann 6 Straub DH Matulia 4 Valentine 5 Pickering 3 Jackson 9 Bowles RHP Burns
  15. Ok, here's the menu for tomorrow 2 14# briskets (already on the pit) 12# country style ribs (on the pit in the AM) Potato salad Ranch Style Beans Fruit skewers Pasta salad Picking up a fresh keg of Shiner Bock in the AM. Game on at noon here. I'm jacked! So what's on your menu?
  16. First pitch at 3:05 CST; Watch live on ESPN2. Listen on 1300 AM. Lineups shortly.

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