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Weekend Preview: Longhorns Open Conference Play

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Texas welcomes its first official conference opponent to the Disch this weekend as Nebraska comes to town. Augie Garrido seems to have settled on a weekend rotation, which is what the beginning of the season is for. Heading into the Big XII slate, Taylor Jungmann, Brandon Workman, and Cole Green are your clear weekend starters. But the big news in terms of starting pitching this weekend is that they won't be appearing in that order; rather, Green will pitch on Saturday while Workman goes on Sunday. 

Chance Ruffin has had ice water in his veins as the closer since his rocky beginnings in the opening series of the season against New Mexico, and the middle relief has also been solid--though Ken Carillo, Austin Dicharry, and Stayton Thomas all had somewhat rough outings on Tuesday in the loss to Rice.

The game times are 6 PM/2 PM/12 Noon, and your pitching matchups (via Texas Sports Preview) are:

Friday, March 19, 2010 - 6 p.m. Central
Texas: RHP Taylor Jungmann (2-0, 0.93 ERA)
Nebraska: RHP Casey Hauptman (1-2, 1.96 ERA)

Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 2 p.m. Central
Texas: RHP Cole Green (4-0, 2.59 ERA)
Nebraska: RHP Michael Mariot (1-2, 4.68 ERA)

Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 12 p.m. Central
Texas: RHP Brandon Workman (2-1, 2.81 ERA)
Nebraska: RHP Tom Lemke (3-0, 2.95 ERA)

A few notes on the Huskers after the jump.

Nebraska had a very disappointing season in 2009 after having shared the top of the conference with Texas for several years in a row. The 2010 campaign has not started much better, with big Red coming in this weekend at 8-7 but without having really beaten anyone of note. Their seven losses have come to UCLA, Fresno State, and Rice; their eight wins have come against Nebraska-Kearney, Houston Baptist, South Dakota State, Elon, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

The Huskers' leading hitter is Adam Bailey, who has four dingers and 17 RBI while hitting .412. Two other Nebraska hitters are over .300, and only five players have started at least 13 of their 15 games. This obviously indicates a level of indecision and flux in the Nebraska lineup as coach Mike Anderson searches for the right formula. In other words, it isn't a great time for Nebraska to be coming into UFCUDFF, and the Longhorns should take care of business.