Texas has the chance tonight to finish off this 13 game home stand (with one in San Marcos) at 11-3, exactly the kind of record one would hope to achieve through the easier part of one's schedule.
Of course two of those losses came to Kansas, seemingly negating all of the momentum this squad has built through the first half of the season. By all objective measures this Texas baseball team has been better through 25 games than the previous two squads that missed the post season.
But if they can't win in conference play then they haven't really improved at all.
After tonight the Horns will have 21 of their final 27 games against conference foes. Though none of their conference foes appear to be world beaters, none appear to be rollovers either.
After tonight the Horns will play 7 of their next 11 games on the road, including three at Texas Tech and three at Oklahoma. Texas hasn't lost a road series to either team since before 2003 (as far back as I could go), and the Horns are a remarkable 13-2 in Norman over that span.
Texas will also get a home & home against Rice (#1 in Boyd's World ISR) and a home series versus Baylor over the next 11 games. It's a tough stretch and one that will firmly determine whether this team is any different from the two that preceded it.
Tonight, however, Texas gets Texas State. Texas beat the Bobcats 6-3 on March 11th, getting good offensive production from Tres Barrera. Lukas Schiraldi should be on the mound for Texas.
Tonight's game is on LHN and this'll be your open thread. Hook 'em!