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Horns Head To Lubbock -- Weekend Preview

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Texas heads into its first true road series of the season against Texas Tech at Dan Law Field, where crazy things have been known to happen. Tech enters the series a mediocre 11-12 on the year and 1-2 in conference play after dropping a series last weekend to Texas A&M. Following a 6-1 start the Red Raiders have gone 5-11, including a 1-7 record against TCU, A&M and Rice. As with every road series this season, the goal for the Horns this weekend will be a series victory.

The NCAA released baseball statistics this week and the news is exactly as you'd imagine. The pitching: very good. Texas is #3 in the country in ERA, #4 in hits per 9 IP, #8 in fielding percentage, #10 in walks, and #18 in strikeouts. The hitting: pretty bad. Texas is #247 in hitting, #234 in scoring, and #185 in slugging. Want to feel better about it all? Compared to this point last season, Texas is batting .001 points lower and scoring 1.1 more runs per game. Texas has shown surprising power to this point in the season, ranking #70 in the country in home runs with 19 (12 more than at this point last year). Add in the growing contributions of freshmen Jonathan Walsh and Cohl Walla and things do appear to be looking up.

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday, March 26, 2010 - 6:30 p.m. Central

Texas: RHP Taylor Jungmann (2-0, 1.98 ERA)
Texas Tech: RHP John Neely (0-1, 5.74 ERA)

Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 5 p.m. Central
Texas: RHP Cole Green (4-0, 3.00 ERA)
Texas Tech: RHP Bobby Doran (0-1, 4.97 ERA)

Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 12 p.m. Central
Texas: RHP Brandon Workman (3-1, 2.94 ERA)
Texas Tech: TBA

Some administrative notes:

Friday -- On TV on Fox College Sports.

Saturday -- Start time moved to 6:30 PM due to forecast high winds.

Sunday -- On Fox Sports Network.