It will be a short wrap-up today, as I (AO this time) am in charge of the judges for the greatest event of the year and have some stuff to do for that. But on to something you care anything about.
The baseball Longhorns got back on track with a crucial series win at home against Texas Tech this weekend. Texas took Game One 9-5, lost Game Two 4-2, and won the rubber game 8-1. While it was disappointing to squander a 2-0 first-inning lead on Saturday that could have gotten the Longhorns a big conference sweep, the team did what they absolutely had to do: get back in the win column after a really tough 0-3 weekend in Lawrence. The way college baseball is set up, the formula for success is to win two of three the vast majority of the time, get an occasional sweep, and avoid getting swept. Texas has already failed on the third point, but one off weekend won't kill their conference title hopes. There is no reason the 'Horns can't expect to win two games each weekend from here on out.
A few notes:
- Taylor Jungmann was awesome on Saturday, going four scoreless innings. He has already become an important factor out of the bullpen.
- Chance Ruffin remains human but solid, allowing nine hits on Friday but limiting the damage to five runs, which was safe in the hands of the offense (for a change). It partially makes up for the complete lack of run support Ruffin got at Kansas.
- Texas was finally on the good end of some big innings, putting up a five-spot in the third and a four-spot in the seventh on Friday. Games One and Three of this series showed some signs that the offense may be about ready to break out, which is the number one key for this team to start hitting on all cylinders. As encouraging as Friday's two explosions were, we're almost more excited that Texas scored in each of the first five innings on Sunday.
Next up: Oral Roberts comes to UFCUDFF tomorrow evening at 6:30, and the Longhorns travel to Stillwater "At Least it's Not Norman," OK to take on the Cowboys this weekend.