Taylor Jungmann and the Longhorns were absolutely dominant Thursday, likely ending Baylor's season. The Bears have a solid RPI of 29, but their barely-over-.500 record of 29-26 will likely keep them out of the NCAA Tournament. Yesterday's game seems to be proof that they can't really hang with the big dogs anyway, as Jungmann pitched eight no-hit shutout innings after allowing a run in the first based mostly on the impressive speed of leadoff man Brooks Pinckard. Pinckard walked, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, then scored on what would turn out to be Baylor's only hit of the game.
Jungmann showed why the rest of the pitching staff needs only to win the games they ought to win in order to get Texas to Omaha in moving his record to 13-0 on the season. We'll be very surprised if this kid is not in a Major League uniform within two to three years. For now, though, we're enjoying watching him in the burnt orange.
Texas starts today's festivities with a 3:15 first pitch against Oklahoma State with Cole Green on the mound. If the Longhorns win, they will have to beat MIssouri twice tomorrow in order to advance to the championship game. To be perfectly honest, a win today should solidify Texas' top-eight national seed and any further victories in the Big 12 Tournament would be mere lagniappe.
Following the Texas-Okie State game, there will be second elimination game between OU and Kansas State. You can watch all the action here, and this is your open thread for both games.