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Top 1st: Oberste sacrifice fly to left; Aikin scores from third
Bottom 3rd: Gottsacker scores from third on wild pitch by Gray
Top 6th: Hermelyn RBI single to center; Carpenter scores from second
Texas hosts No. 13 Oklahoma this weekend in a three-game series - a series that could be the pivotal moment for the Longhorns' 2013 campaign.
Entering tonight's game Texas sits at just 16-11 and 2-4 in the Big 12. Even in last year's disappointing season - one that ended with the Horns not making the NCAA tournament for the first time since the turn of the century - the Longhorns started their Big 12 campaign 5-1 (15-11 overall record).
This weekend's series has the feel of a late-season matchup with postseason implications. A sweep at the hands of the Sooners - a group that hasn't taken a series from the Longhorns since 1998 - would put Texas, who's already at the bottom of the Big 12 standings, even farther behind the eight-ball. Flip it around and the Horns would be boasting an emphatic win over the only ranked team in the Big 12 and would be right back in the thick of the conference race.
Texas getting a sweep over the best pitching team in the Big 12 is hard to fathom - the Horns have scored a Big 12-low 105 runs through 27 games (they scored 131 through 26 games last year) - but a series win in any way feels like a must. We are sitting at the halfway point of the season. This young team has shown flashes of what it can be, but now's the time to prove - to itself as much as the outside world - that it has the right pieces to make a return trip to the NCAA tournament (we'll worry about Omaha later).
Texas has started 2-4 in conference play three times under Augie Garrido, and twice the Horns finished the season playing for a national championship in Omaha - they finished runner-up in 2009 and as national champs in 2002.
Oklahoma: RHP Jonathan Gray: 5-1, 1.34 (4th in Big 12), 53.2 IP (1st), SO 63 (1st)
Texas: RHP Parker French: 3-1, 2.17 (8th), 37.1 IP, 21 SO
This post has been edited 14 times, most recently by Dave Behr 12 months ago
We need this series. This team is just having issues with hitting at the right time.
Miles ahead of where we were last year, but our record doesn't show it. Hopefully some of the baseball breaks will start going our way this weekend.
2nd game the Longhorns will face a guy that could be the #1 overall pick in June to the Astros.
I'm not so sure. I think ahead of last year thanks to the pitching, but I don't know about "miles ahead". The Texas bats haven't improved much (if at all) from a year ago if you look at some of the numbers.
- The team batting average in 2012 was .263, as of today this year's team average is .268. \\
- Texas' season-ending OBP last year was .350. It's .351 today.
- As mentioned in the OP, heading into Texas' third Big 12 series in 2012 (26 games) it had scored 131 runs. As of today it's at 105.
- Last year's team finished the season getting 2.44 extra-base hits per game; this year's team is currently at 1.77.
We haven't lost a series to OU Sucks since 1998
This is the worst offensive team in Augie's tenure at Texas. It's time for him to go, as he's not getting the pitching talent to mask his inability to recruit, anyone that can hit the ball with consistent power, anymore.
It should tell you something that 3 freshmen are leading in the club in homers with 2, and two of them weren't even full time starters until 2 weeks ago.
The two biggest differences that set us ahead of last years team is the critical areas of pitching and fielding. We are back where we expect to be this year. Last year we were not there. Dead last in the conference in fielding and this year we are first. Last year our pitching staff had an ERA of 3.43 and towards the bottom of the league. Now we are 2nd in the league with an ERA of 2.81.
I still feel like the baseball breaks just haven't been going our way. Bases loaded with no outs and getting no runs out of it. I think this team is hitting better (and the average is proof to date,) but the luck hasn't been on their side.
We have increased in all 3 critical areas of the game... pitching, fielding, and hitting.
Dude, we're not real good.
I'm not seeing the improvements in hitting you speak of, but there's always a chance they can get hot or start getting some luck on their side and turn things around there.
Still a lot of time left and the average is up a bit from last year. Just not getting the hits at the right times.
But, after watching a lot of the team last year and this year... I still stand behind my statement that this years team is miles ahead of last years. I admit though, most of that is because we were so horrible at pitching and fielding last year.
The team is better than last year because the starting pitching is good and the fielding is better. I worry about middle relief and hitters 6-9.....................if those 2 become consistent Texas will make the NCAA Tournament if they don't It will be 2 years in a row without post season play...............IMHO
I like your optimistic post!
This post was edited by austinr 12 months ago
"Leadership is wisdom, courage and great carelessness of self"
Yup. Friday and Saturday OU pitchers are both guys that can shut down lineups, especially one like Texas' that's struggled so much against quality pitching.
We're underway at The Disch.
French facing the Big 12's leading run scorer, Jack Mayfield.
I agree in majority of what Dave said about this could be a "the" pivotal point of the season in this series. As has been pointed out, the front line of the Pitching unit, and the defense is improved, when compared to last season's team.
A major deficiency, really hurting this season's team is, "men (left) on base."
"Don't know. Never had one"
-- D. Royal-Mack Brown how to coach a team after a losing season
Beautiful weather for tonight's game Dave. Around 71', wind Vrbl 3 mph
OU's two best hitters get back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third.
A sac fly to left scores the first run of the game. 1-0 Oklahoma.
Craig Way--'Two MRI's have been done on Parker. The staff is watching him.'
Nice play at third by Weiss ends the inning for the Sooners. Decent start by French despite allowing the run. Going to be tough to get past Aikin, White and Oberste every time without allowing a run to score.
Bottom 1st: 1-0 Oklahoma
OU 1B #14 Matt Oberste's SFly gives him 40 RBI's
Roger Wallace--'The Longhorns are hitting over .300.'
Leads the Big 12 by a large margin.
Jonathan Gray, the Big 12's leader in strikeouts, gets Ks 64 (Johnson) and 65 (Payton) on the season to strand Weiss who hit a two-out single to right.
Top 2nd: 1-0 Oklahoma
French issues two-out walk after being up 0-2 on the batter.
A wild pitch on the first pitch to the next batter puts runners on the corners with two outs. Let's see if that comes back to haunt French.
Nicholson out out to have a chat after a second ball.
Making matters worse for French, the walk was given to the OU No. 9 hitter, so he'll have to get out of this jam against the top of the Sooner lineup.
Four-pitch walk loads the bases with two outs.
Grounder to second ends the inning for the Sooners without a run scoring. Could have been bad, but Horns get out of the 2nd unscathed.
Bottom 2nd: 1-0 Oklahoma
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