Last we left Texas baseball they were swallowing a tough (game and series) loss to Cal 6-5. The Texas defense regressed again with three errors on Sunday giving the Horns eight for the entire weekend. Ricky Jacquez wasn't terrible but wasn't able to overcome the porous defense and Texas hitters repeatedly struggled to score runs in the clutch. The top of the Texas lineup, which hammered the baseball for three solid weeks, came back to earth with a 6-39 performance on Saturday and Sunday (including 3-30 from the top four).
The Horns return to Big 12 play this weekend on the road again with the conference race still tight. Texas and Texas Tech will play a Thu-Fri-Sat series to avoid playing on Easter this Sunday. If Texas can rebound and keep pace in the Big 12 then hosting a regional is still a possibility. The Red Raiders are 17-13, 2-7 in conference, and coming off an ugly series loss at Kansas. Duke von Schamann is scheduled to throw on Saturday but has been far and away the brightest light in Texas Tech's otherwise dreary season. The sophomore got hit hard by Baylor but has dominated Kansas, Oklahoma and TCU and pitched very well against Arkansas' potent lineup.
Barrett Barnes leads Texas Tech offensively with a .349 batting average, six home runs an OPS of 1.100. Jamodrick McGruder is the other major offensive threat with a .371 batting average, 1.039 OPS, five triples and 20 stolen bases in 25 attempts.
The Horns will look to get back to good defense and a few well placed hits this weekend in Lubbock. Pitching matchups after the jump and this can be your Thursday night open thread. All three games are available on Fox College Sports, in case you have that.
Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 6:30 p.m. Central
Texas: RHP Nathan Thornhill (3-2, 3.52 ERA)
Texas Tech: RHP Trey Masek (1-3, 3.22 ERA)
Friday, April 6, 2012 - 6:30 p.m. Central
Texas: RHP Parker French (3-1, 4.10 ERA)
Texas Tech: RHP Duke von Schamann (4-3, 1.72 ERA)
Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 2 p.m. Central
Texas: RHP Ricky Jacquez (1-1, 6.67 ERA)
Texas Tech: RHP John Neely (2-3, 4.26 ERA)