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The schedule comes out, the Orange-White Fall World Series begins, and it’s just three months till Longhorn hardball.

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The 2018 Big 12 baseball schedule has been set for some time, but the Texas Longhorns revealed its full schedule last week and it’s a great one. Full details are available from Texas Sports, but here are some quick highlights:

  • A three-game set at LSU February 23-25, in a match up of two of college baseball’s most successful and storied programs.
  • The now-standard four-game series against Stanford, this year March 8-11 at home.
  • Two more road showdowns with SEC powers, at Arkansas in a midweek pair March 13-14 and at Texas A&M on April 10.
  • Notably absent? Traditional rival Rice, while Texas appears set to play just about every other school in the Lone Star State.

Needless to say, this looks to be one of the toughest non-conference schedules any college baseball team will face in 2018. That will mean fewer record-cushioning wins in the first part of the season, which will make it that much more important to notch mid-week victories against the likes of Sam Houston, Texas State, UT-RGV, etc.

Additionally, yesterday marked the first game of the Fall Orange & White World Series, with Orange winning 4-3. JuCo transfer Masen Hibbeler blasted a two-run homer in the first inning and freshman Sam Bertelson launched another in the sixth, both following hit batters. Chase Shugart started for the White team while Nolan Kingham went for the Orange, with freshman center fielder/reliever Kamron Fields getting the save for Orange.

Tonight’s Game Two is on LHN at 6 p.m. CT and will feature Josh Sawyer throwing for Orange and Blair Henley for White. The series concludes Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT on LHN as well, so you can catch that one if the Astros take care of business tomorrow and thus avoid the necessity of a Game Seven in the Other World Series.