2018 is my sixth season covering the Longhorn baseball program. In those years, I’ve seen teams stay at home in the postseason, rally to make the postseason by winning the conference tournament, get eliminated in the regional round, and reach the national semi-finals before losing in extras. In those six seasons spanning two head coaches and dozens of players, 2018 is the first time I’ve seen Texas in the thick of the regular season conference championship hunt.
With the upcoming series with TCU carrying huge implications for both teams, this one is worth a preview. Melissa Triebwasser of Frogs O' War was kind enough to exchange previews as Texas fights for a regional and TCU fights for its postseason life.
In order for the upcoming weekend to remain relevant to Texas’ hosting chances, the Longhorns needed to make sure they went undefeated in the midweek at home in 2018 and defeat the Texas State Bobcats Tuesday night. Despite an early 1-0 deficit and a two hour rain delay, Texas did what they needed to do in a 6-2 victory to set up for an important weekend series against TCU.
David Pierce gave his Longhorn baseball team most of this week off in order to focus on final exams. As a result, Texas is sitting at home while the rest of the Big 12 involves itself in important late season series. Here’s a look at what’s going on.
LUBBOCK – Texas’ most reliable options in 2018 have been the trio of Parker Joe Robinson, Kody Clemens, and Zach Zubia. In order to clinch a Big 12 series victory over Texas Tech, UT head coach David Pierce had to rely on those three in what was the most important game of the Longhorns’ season. The trio delivered to help Texas to a 7-5 victory over the No. 8 Red Raiders at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Despite the Longhorns’ resiliency and the quality of bats up and down the lineup in 2018, neither could overcome a season-high ten walks issued to Texas Tech hitters. The Red Raiders recovered from Friday’s down-by-their-standards offensive performance to score in seven of eight at bats and explode offensively to tie the series with a 16-5 win.
LUBBOCK -- Texas Tech came into the weekend series as a team known for its bats. It was ranked highly in the country in slugging, average, and runs per game. On Friday, Texas beat the Red Raiders at their own game.