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A statistical look at the teams in the Austin regional

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Texas is in the NCAA tournament for the 60th time in program history, and hosting a regional for the 36th time. Three teams, Arizona State, Fairfield, and Southern, are making their way toward UFCU Disch-Falk Field, with the Longhorns taking on Southern on Friday at 1 p.m. in the opening game of the regional on LHN.

Arizona State finished fifth in the Pac 12, Fairfield made the tournament as an at-large out of the mid-major ranks, and Southern surged late to win the SWAC conference tournament despite a 20-28 record.

Here’s how the teams stack up statistically.

Texas

Record: 42-15, 17-7 Big 12
Batting average: .278
Home runs: 59
On-base percentage: .393
Slugging percentage: .445
Runs scored: 375
ERA: 2.95
Batting average against: .215
WHIP: 1.15
Fielding percentage: .980
No. 1 starter: Ty Madden – 6-4, 2.66 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 88.0 IP, 61 H, 31 BB, 103 K, .195 BAA
Top hitter: Ivan Melendez – .331/.441/.633 (AVG/OBP/SLG), 56 H, 11 HR, 25 BB, 9 HBP, 55 K, 30 R, 45 RBI

Arizona State

Record: 32-20, 16-14 Pac 12
Batting average: .287
Home runs: 58
On-base percentage: .360
Slugging: .458
Runs: 325
ERA: 5.12
WHIP: 1.54
Fielding percentage: .976
No. 1 starter: Tyler Thornton – 2-4, 5.73 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 70.2 IP, 73 H, 37 BB, 75 K, .267 BAA
Top hitter: Ethan Long – .340/.408/.725, 52 H, 16 HR, 14 BB, 7 HBP, 44 K, 40 R, 53 RBI

Fairfield

Record: 37-3, 33-1 MAAC
Batting average: .305
Home runs: 37
On-base percentage: .400
Slugging percentage: .469
Runs: 276
ERA: 2.75
WHIP: 1.03
Fielding percentage: .976
No. 1 starter: Michael Sansone – 8-1, 2.35 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 61.1 IP, 44 H, 11 BB, 66 K, .195 BAA
Top hitter: Mike Caruso – .414/.532/.566, 41 H, 3 HR, 15 BB, 10 HBP, 20 K, 31 R, 28 RBI

Southern

Record: 20-28, 13-11 SWAC
Batting average: .251
Home runs: 31
On-base percentage:
 .366
Slugging percentage: .311
Runs: 267
ERA: 6.71
WHIP: 1.71
Fielding percentage: .955
No. 1 starter: Joseph Battaglia III – 5-4, 5.86 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 55.1 IP, 65 H, 16 BB, 33 K,
Top hitter: Tremaine Spears — .304/.426/.476, 51 H, 6 HR, 23 BB, 15 HBP, 52 K, 37 R, 38 RBI