[Update: Horns open the season with a 6-2 victory. Taylor Jungmann pitched great, going 7 innings, 7 Ks and just 1 earned run. Game two against New Mexico begins tomorrow at 2 PM]
The Horns open up 2010 with a three game visit from the New Mexico Lobos (37-20 in 2009). The Lobos have lost the Friday starter and closer from a 2009 pitching staff that gave up five or more runs 28 times last season. To say the Horns have the pitching edge, therefore, would be something of an understatement. The big news coming out of Austin this week has been Augie's announcement that Austin Dicharry and not Cole Green will be the Sunday starter, at least to begin the season. There are a couple of ways to read this that won't really become clear until a few weeks into the season:
- A superior offseason has led Augie to see Dicharry as the better pitcher at this point in time.
- The move is an easy way at the beginning of the season to get Dicharry starting experience against relatively better competition than in midweek games.
- Augie's less than happy with some of Cole Green's struggles through much of last season and is willing to roll the dice on the youngster who had a 1.65 ERA in limited Big XII action last season over Green, knowing he can always go back to the surer Green later in the season.
Either way, the important thing to take from this change is the insane depth of Texas' pitching staff. That Texas has five guys who could be a Friday or Saturday starter at pretty much any other program in the conference is a testament to how strong this unit can be. Austin Dicharry and Cole Green have now become an important story to watch.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 - 3 p.m. Central
Texas: RHP Taylor Jungmann (11-3, 2.00 ERA)
UNM: LHP Rudy Jaramillo (4-2, 5.73 ERA)
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 - 2 p.m. Central
Texas: RHP Brandon Workman (3-5, 3.48 ERA)
UNM: RHP Willy Kesler (0-1, 18.56 ERA)
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 - 1 p.m. Central
Texas: RHP Austin Dicharry (8-2, 2.28 ERA)
UNM: LHP Mike Lachapelle (Juco)