Texas welcomes the Texas State Bobcats to Austin tonight for the Longhorns' final midweek tuneup before the beginning of conference play. Kirby Bellow gets the start for Texas, and he'll hope to toss enough innings to bring down that pesky 18.00 ERA and .500 batting average against. That number, of course, is simply an outlier based on the fact that Bellow has only thrown three innings so far. It's still something he would probably like to stop seeing next to his name on state sheets.
The guess here is that Augie will once again use a committee approach to this contest so as to accomplish the twin goals of getting several guys some reps in live game action and having everyone fresh and ready for Kansas State this weekend.
One interesting note from the Texas Sports preview: after his big weekend against Brown, freshman Erich Weiss now leads the conference in on-base percentage at an incredible .529 and is second in batting average (.415) and slugging percentage (.660). How does a hitter get to a .660 slugging percentage with only one homerun? Four triples. That's how.
Finally, in a shameless act of self-promotion, JA has begun writing a weekly college baseball roundup for the mothership site SBNation.com. You can read this week's piece here and should be sure to check it out every Tuesday.
Video is here, and your first pitch is at 6 PM CDT.