Despite getting swept by Nebraska in Lincoln last weekend in fairly dominating fashion, and following that up with a home loss to the Water Aggies of TAMU-Corpus Christi on Tuesday, Texas sits at 5-1 in the Big 12 conference and can put the rough stretch behind them with a good performance in Oklahoma starting tonight.
Texas will throw Parker French tonight against Cowboy Senior righty Jon Perrin at 7:00 PM. Okie State comes in riding a nine-series winning streak in Big 12 play spanning the last two seasons, and they are right on the Longhorns' heels this year at 4-2. To be perfectly frank, if Texas manages to get off the snide with a single victory this weekend and come out of the series in a tie with the Pokes at 6-3 it would be a perfectly acceptable result. Taking two of three would be a dream.
The key, though, is not to get swept. Perhaps the best way to avoid that fate is to go ahead and win tonight's game, with ace French facing a strong hurler in Perrin, but one who has been touched up a bit this year resulting in a 4.55 ERA. Tomorrow and Sunday will be televised on ESPNU, with Chad Hollinsgworth battling sophomore Remey Reed and his 0.42 ERA and Kacy Clemens taking the hill Sunday against senior Michael Freeman. Both Hollingsworth and Clemens have been solid lately (Hollingsworth's rough outing against the Huskers notwithstanding), but the only pitching matchup obviously in Texas' favor is tonight's opening contest.
You can watch tonight's game online through OSU (not sure if you have to pay), or listen to Craig Way. This is your open thread. This is a huge series for Texas' 2015 ambitions, and for Augie Garrido's goal of remaining the only major-sport coach on campus without an excellent adjective for a surname. Hook 'em!