Spring Sports Update
Texas starts its second Big 12 series Friday when it travels to Stillwater to play Oklahoma State. The Longhorns have won six straight and ten of their last eleven, including a series sweep of Kansas State in their Big 12 opener.
While offense remains a question for this year’s Texas team, it has shown some signs of improvement over the last few games.
Second baseman Jordan Etier has been one of the reasons the Texas offense has started to look a little better.
“He (Etier) is right now the hottest hitter on the team,” Augie Garrido said after Texas’ 12-0 win over Houston Baptist Wednesday night.
The bottom line for Texas is putting runs on the board, something they may be able to do in Oklahoma State’s small Allie P. Reynonlds Stadium if they can find a way to get to OSU’s above-average pitching.
“That ball park is a small ball park, so they’re typically an offensive team with a couple quality pitchers that can prevent the other team from hitting home runs,” Garrido said.
The Longhorns will be facing a tough Cowboy team this weekend. They currently rank third in the Big 12 with a .321 batting average and second in the conference with a .243 ERA (Texas ranks 8th and 3rd, respectively).
Texas will be sending RHP Taylor Jungmann (5-0, 0.63) to the mound Friday evening (6 PM start time) to likely face fellow right-hander Brad Propst (3-1, 1.65).
Saturday (2 PM) will probably feature lefties Hoby Milner (2-0, 2.49) for Texas and Andrew Heaney (3-1, 2.18) for Oklahoma State.
Sunday’s (1 PM) matchup likely puts Longhorn right-hander Cole Green (1-2, 3.81) up against Cowboy lefty Mike Strong (2-0, 1.56).
Swimming and Diving
The Texas men are currently swimming in the NCAA championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Texas held a slim lead for first place over Stanford and California in the 28-team field after Thursday, the first of the three day competition.
Though the Longhorns didn’t win any of the events on Thursday, quality finishes in all the races added up to a strong start for Texas.
“I would like to have come out perfectly, but you just never get that,” Texas coach Eddie Reese told TexasSports.com Thursday night. “It’s the first day and it’s a slugfest. Everybody’s in the meet. All you have to do is come out and race. It’s the name of the game right now.”
Hookem.com will keep you posted on Texas’ quest for its 11th national championship throughout the weekend.
The 8th-ranked Texas softball team starts its Big 12 season this weekend with a two-game series against Kansas on Saturday and Sunday.
The Longhorns have won ten straight games since losing to No. 25 LSU earlier this month, and with sophomore pitcher Blaire Luna ranking among the nation’s best in every pitching statistic Texas should be able to keep its streak alive against Kansas this weekend.
Track and Field
The Texas men’s track and field is hosting No. 14 Arkansas and No. 24 UCLA in a tri-meet Friday. The No. 17 Longhorns kick off their outdoor schedule against some quality competition before competing in the Texas Relays in two weeks.
The 7th-ranked Texas women will be competing in their second outdoor competition of the season when they head to Houston Saturday and Sunday to compete in the Victor Lopez Bayou Classic. The Longhorns were impressive in their first outdoor appearance in Orlando last weekend and will look to build off that as they too look to prepare for the Texas Relays.
Big 12 play starts for the Texas men on Saturday when they play No. 30 Oklahoma in Norman. The No. 4 Longhorns have lost three of their last four matches after cruising through the first two months of play.
The No. 26 Texas women have already started their Big 12 campaign and have looked very good in their first three conference matches. The Longhorns won the three contests by a combined score of 19-2 over Texas A&M, Missouri and Colorado. Texas will now travel to Manhattan, Kansas to take on the unranked Kansas State Wildcats Friday and then they’ll go to Lawrence to play the Jayhawks on Saturday.
Both the Texas men’s and women’s golf teams are off this week. They’ll be back in action next week. The men will host the Morris Williams Intercollegiate on April 4th and 5th and the women will be in Tempe, Arizona to participate in the PING ASU Invitational from April 1st through 3rd.