The top seeded Longhorns open Big 12 tourney play this afternoon against #8 seed Texas Tech. The game is at 1:00 p.m. Central time, and you can track the action live on CSTV's Game Tracker. To access the tracker, head over to the Big 12's Tournament Central.
Ken Kasparek will take the ball for the Horns, while Miles Morgan will start for the Red Raiders. Kasparek has had a solid year, though not spectacular. Kasparek made seven starts on the year, along with 14 relief appearances. He's 3-2 with a 4.62 ERA this season. His biggest problem has been the free pass, as he's issued an unacceptable 25 walks in just 50 innings pitched. He's also dished up a team-high 5 home runs this year. That's not a good combo, as walks become that much more costly when you're giving up long balls.
Texas will hope to get by Tech with Kasparek while saving ace Kyle McCulloch for their toughest matchup (likely Nebraska).
The Longhorns have had a strong season for a young team, but they don't look like national title contenders to me just yet. This week's Big 12 play will show us how competitive they can really be.
Hook 'Em Horns!! Beat Tech!!
Update [2006-5-24 16:0:30 by HornsFan]: The Horns just put three runs on the board in the bottom of the third inning. After two groundouts to start the inning, Hunter Harris tripled and Nick Peoples was hit by a pitch. With runners on the corners, Drew Stubbs hit one back to the pitcher that wound up an infield hit scoring Harris. After an RBI single from Chance Wheeless, the Horns got one more run when Stubbs streaked home during a rundown between first and second base involving Wheeless. Kasparek, meanwhile, has been steady through three, walking only one batter and giving up just two hits, both bunt singles. 3-0 Texas through three innings!
[UPDATE 2] Augie has now sacrifice bunted -twice- to give away outs. In both innings, Texas failed to score. Not only is Augie limiting the possibilities of a big inning when he does this, but he's taking the bat out of capable hands. "Small ball" is beyond overrated - it's detrimental to winning.
[UPDATE 3] The Horns loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, but only managed one run on a Drew Stubbs double play groundout. Texas leads 4-0 now, as Kasparek continues to pitch well.