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Longhorns Beat Texas Tech 11-1; Saturday Open Thread

Texas started slow, but a Brooks Marlow home run sparked 16 Texas hits and an 11-1 victory over Texas Tech. Texas goes for the first series win since 2012 today at 2 PM.

Now hitting .290!
Now hitting .290!
Photo courtesy of Schoolly_D

Texas scored in each of the last five innings on Friday night including crooked numbers in the 5th, 6th and 8th and got a very solid start from Parker French in the 11-1 win. It was the first Friday night conference win since Oklahoma State to start the conference season a year ago. Huzzah!

The Horns have now won their last six games by a combined score of 45-6, scoring five or more runs in each of the last six games. Texas hasn't accomplished that feat in six straight wins since the NCAA bat standards changed before the 2011 season. The last time Texas won six straight scoring 5+ was in the midst of a 21 game streak in 2010 when Texas won six against Texas A&M, UT Arlington and Oklahoma State by a combined 62-3 score.

Texas has now raised its team batting average 24 points over the last six games to an almost respectable 163rd nationally. The win over Tech puts Texas back at #1 in Boyd's World's ISR, reinforcing that feeling that this is objectively a very good team but one which won't we won't trust without one (or probably more) conference series win. Tres Barrera's work is worth pointing out. The freshman started the season 6-45 (.133) but he is 19-41 (.463) in the last 10 games with hits in all but one of them and an OPS of 1.072 over that time. Just a remarkable turnaround for the youngster.

As I mentioned in yesterday's preview, Tech has played hot and cold all season. Last Friday they lost to TCU 9-0 before winning the next two games 22-4. Texas will have to show up today and stay hot at the plate if they're going to get their first Big 12 series win since Obama's first presidency.

First pitch is at 2 PM. There might be an internet stream but no TV today. Dillon Peters on the mound looking to seal a huge conference win.