Texas will look to keep its solid start to the 2013 season going this weekend when it hosts former Big 12 foe Nebraska in a three-game set at UFCU Disch-Falk Field starting tonight at 7 p.m.
Leadoff hitter Matt Moynihan has two stolen bases to go with his .389 batting average and four-game hit streak to start the year.
The Longhorns enter the series 3-1 after taking two of three against Sacramento State in the season-opening series last weekend and using a great team pitching performance to squeak by UT Arlington Tuesday night in Austin.
While things haven't been perfect for the Horns to start the year, they've set a tone through four games for a season much more in line with what is expected from UT's baseball team compared to last year.
Texas has relied on its incredible team speed (10 stolen bases), gotten great starts from pitchers Parker French (7 IP, 3 H, 5 SO), Dillon Peters (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 SO) and Chad Hollingsworth (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 SO), and on Tuesday got the dominating performance it's been expecting from closer Corey Knebel (2 IP, H, 3 SO).
Another positive sign is the way the Horns are swinging the bat. A team-wide struggle at the plate was a big contributor to the early end in 2012, but after four games this season the Horns are batting .316, being more aggressive and making better contact.
Texas' four an five hitters, Mark Payton and C.J Hinojosa, are batting a combined .481, and Matt Moynihan is proving to be a solid leadoff hitter with a .421 on-base percentage and has hit safely in each game so far.
The Horns will look to continue their good start against 0-4 Nebraska.
The Cornhuskers were picked to finish second in the Big 10 by the conference coaches, but return from a trip out to California where they went winless against Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Fullerton and USC. The Huskers were outscored 32-12 in the four games.
Nebraska's Friday starter will be right-hander Brandon Pierce, a Gunter, Texas native who was a 26th-round selection in the 2010 MLB Draft. Pierce, one of three Huskers picked as players to watch in 2013 by Big 10 coaches, struck out a team high 35 batters in 2012, but also walked 37 and finished with a 4.21 ERA. In his first start of 2013 he only lasted two innings against Bakersfield, giving up five earned runs on six hits.
Friday - 7 p.m.; LHN
RHP Parker French (1-0, 0.00)
RHP Brandon Pierce (0-1, 22.50)
Saturday - 1 p.m.; LHN
LHP Dillon Peters (1-0, 2.57)
RHP Christian DeLeon (0-0, 1.93)
Sunday - 12 p.m.; LHN
RHP Nathan Thornhill (0-1, 7.36)
RHP Ryan Hander (0-0, 5.06)