Texas Southern Tigers @ Texas Longhorns Baseball 3/12/2019


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No. 12 TEXAS (12-6) vs. TEXAS SOUTHERN (2-10)
March 12, 2019
Where: UFCU Disch-Falk Field
Time: Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
TV: Longhorn Network
Radio: 104.9 FM The Horn/1260 AM
Live stats: https://texassports.com/sidearmstats/baseball
All-time series: Texas leads, 11-0

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Texas hosts Texas Southern for a midweek game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Tuesday. The Longhorns and Tigers played twice last season, with Texas winning both meetings. Texas Southern finished its season at UFCU Disch-Falk Field after advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Texas is 11-0 all-time against Texas Southern.

A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas is in the midst of its first losing streak of the season, after dropping three-straight games on the road at No. 6 Stanford. The Longhorns had a season-long five-game winning streak snapped by the Cardinal. The Texas pitching staff has been dominant at times and has a 2.92 ERA with 156 strikeouts. Last season, Texas won the 2018 Big 12 Conference Championship and returned to the College World Series for the first time since 2014. The Longhorns posted a 42-23 record and 17-7 mark in league play.

DUUUKE—Junior outfielder Duke Ellis is the national leader with 25 walks this season and the Longhorn lead-off man leads the team with a .494 on base percentage. With Ellis' ability to get on base, he is tied for the team lead with 18 runs scored and he leads the club with six stolen bases. Ellis is also a standout defender in center field, with a number of highlight reel catches and two outfield assists already this season.

MARCH MADNESS—Throughout the month of March the Longhorns are testing themselves against some of the best teams in the country, playing 15 games against nationally ranked teams. After a series sweep of LSU and dropping three-of-four at Stanford, Texas is 4-3 against ranked teams this season. Starting this weekend, Texas plays eight-straight against ranked teams, playing Texas Tech, Arkansas and TCU.

THE FRESHMEN PRESIDENTS—Several freshmen are already making an impact for Texas, but a trio of hitters, that all sport Presidential names have especially stood out. Eric Kennedy has been one of the Longhorns' top hitters, batting .284 with 13 RBI and 18 runs this season. Bryce Reagan has started 15 games at shortstop and has a double, a homer and eight runs scored. Lance Ford has played in 12 games and has a double and five runs scored.

YOUNG GUNS—Head Coach David Pierce's 2019 pitching staff is likely the youngest he has ever head, featuring seven freshmen (one redshirt) and five sophomores (one redshirt). All 12 of the underclassmen pitchers have already appeared in a game this season. Five of the seven pitchers to have started a game for Texas this season are underclassmen. The young pitching staff has had ups and downs, and leads the Big 12 with 156 strikeouts but also has the most wild pitches with 28.

NEXT UP—Texas opens Big 12 play against No. 13 Texas Tech with a three-game series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorns are in the midst of playing 15-of-17 games against nationally ranked teams. After the series with Texas Tech, the Longhorns host Arkansas for a pair of midweek games before traveling to TCU.

RANKED—Texas remains in the national rankings heading into the fifth week of the season. The Longhorns' rankings are: D1Baseball (#12), Baseball America (#10), NCBWA (#15), USA Today Coaches Poll (#18) and Collegiate Baseball (#20).

WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS—Four Texas players have received weekly awards from the Big 12 Conference this season – Bryce Elder (Pitcher, Feb. 18), Coy Cobb (Newcomer, Feb. 25), Austin Todd (Player, March 4) and Eric Kennedy (Newcomer, March 4). Elder threw an opening-day gem, pitching eight innings and allowing just one run on four hits with no walks. He struck out a career-high nine batters. Cobb was lights out in his UFCU Disch-Falk Field debut, allowing just four hits and no walks in seven shutout innings. Following the weekend sweep of No. 2 LSU, Texas outfielders Austin Todd and Eric Kennedy were both recognized by the Big 12.. Todd had seven RBI during the week and played the role of walk-off hero on Sunday to complete the sweep of LSU. Kennedy played a huge role in helping to sweep LSU, producing hits in every game of the series.

PRESEASON ALL BIG 12—The Longhorns' top returning hitters, OF Duke Ellis and DH Zach Zubia, were named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team. Following the 2018 season – each of their first on the Forty Acres – both Ellis and Zubia were selected as All-Big 12 First Team members.

PRESEASON POLL—In the Big 12 preseason coaches' poll, Texas was selected to finish fourth behind preseason favorite Texas Tech (61), Baylor (58) and TCU (48). Last season, five of the nine Big 12 teams made the NCAA postseason.

DRAFTED—Texas saw five players selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft: INF Kody Clemens (Tigers, 3rd round, No. 79), RHP Nolan Kingham (Braves, 12th round, No. 354), RHP Chase Shugart (Red Sox, 12th round, No. 370), LHP Josh Sawyer (Cubs, 16th round, No. 488) and INF Andy McGuire (Blue Jays, 28th round, No. 836).

PIERCE TO THE POSTSEASON—Head Coach David Pierce has reached the NCAA postseason in each of his seven seasons as a head coach at Texas, Tulane, and Sam Houston State. Last season marked the skipper's first trip to the College World Series as a head coach. Pierce advanced to the College World Series four times as an assistant coach at Rice, including winning the 2003 National Championship.

PRO PARKS—Texas plays a pair of regular season games in professional ballparks this season. The Longhorns take on Incarnate Word at Nelson Wolff Stadium, home of the Triple-A San Antonio Missions, on March 26. Texas then plays at Whataburger Field, home of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on April 30. Also for the 19th time, the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship will be played in Oklahoma City. The Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, home of the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers, plays host to the event.

WATCH 'EM—All but one Texas home game will be broadcast on Longhorn Network this season. The team of Lowell Galindo, Keith Moreland, and Greg Swindell will return to the booth to call the action.

HEAR 'EM—In partnership with IMG-College, Texas games will be broadcast on the Austin Radio Network, primarily on 104.9 The Horn and AM 1260. Craig Way handles primary play-by-play duties alongside Roger Wallace and Quan Cosby.

Courtesy: https://texassports.com/news/2019/3/11/no-12-baseball-preview-texas-southern.aspx




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