The Texas Baseball Longhorns may just be slumping. They may be lacking in confidence after being in the driver's seat for the Big 12 title and having Oklahoma State and TCU jolt them back down to earth. They may be showing signs of youth and inexperience, or perhaps fatigue. Or it's possible they are one win away from rejuvenating and getting back on track just in time for the postseason.
Whatever the reasons, Augie Garrido's bunch has in three short weeks fallen from projected top eight national seed to "holy crap is it possible Texas could miss the Tournament?" Last night's debacle in Morgantown was just one more example of how maddening it can be to try and get a read on this team. Desperately needing a Big 12 series win to get back on track and gain back some momentum heading into the conference tournament, Texas dropped Game One against an admittedly excellent pitcher but non-excellent team overall.
The bottom of the first featured an unearned run for the 'Eers thanks in part to a CJ Hinojosa error on what may have been a double play ball but I'm not sure because there is no Mountaineer Network. Another in the third and a two spot in the fourth against a not-super-sharp Parker French was all WVU would need. Texas scratched out 3 in the top of the seventh to make it interesting at 4-3, but West Virginia answered with an insurance run the bottom half of Texas reliever Morgan Cooper and that was the end of the scoring.
Texas looks to Dillon Peters to try and get a badly needed win today at 3. A loss means three straight conference series losses and a 3-4 record in such series for the season. Texas sits at a crossroads where hosting a first-weekend regional and being left out of the field entirely are both very real possibilities. It doesn't all hinge on this game, obviously, but at least having a chance to win the weekend would be a major positive.
This is your open thread. Hook 'em.