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Critical Week for Texas Baseball Begins Against Central Arkansas

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Texas baseball begins its most important week tonight with a midweek tilt against Central Arkansas. Thanks to last weekend's series victory over Kansas and the Aggies sweep by Baylor, Texas holds a two game lead on second place in the Big 12 standings. The Horns will enter the weekend to take on Texas A&M for the final time in who knows how long. At stake:

  • The inside track on second place in the conference.
  • A realistic shot at hosting a regional.
  • A point in the Lone Star Showdown which would clinch the final competition for Texas.
  • Joining football, volleyball, swimming and diving, men's basketball and women's basketball with victories on the GTFO tour.

But tonight's opponent is the Central Arkansas Bears who come to Austin at 16-20 following a sweep last weekend at the hands of Texas State. The Bears have a solid win over Missouri this season in a midweek game and a nice series victory over Southeastern Louisiana. Right-hander Clint Green will take the mound for Central Arkansas. In his only other start of the season, Green through a complete game against Missouri. The Tigers managed 11 hits that night but only a pair of runs while Green threw 122 pitches. Dillon Peters makes his second consecutive start for the Longhorns after throwing only 29 pitches in 1+ innings on Sunday. Look for this to be a declared start for Peters and Ricky Jacquez will almost certainly see work out of the bullpen. Texas gave up just five earned runs to Kansas but the bats have clearly cooled down from their sizzling mid-March to mid-April run. Now would be a good time for the bats to heat back up again.


PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Tuesday, April 24, 2013 – 6 p.m. Central
Texas: LHP Dillon Peters (3-0, 3.00 ERA)
UCA: RHP Clint Green (2-0, 2.82 ERA)

Join us tonight for Longhorns-Bears at 6 PM on the Longhorn Network of which you are no doubt familiar.