Texas Longhorns baseball (15-10) is taking a quick drive down I-35 in a midweek game against the Texas State Bobcats (14-8-1) on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 pm CST, and you can catch audio of the game on 104.9 The Horn.
This is the 59th meeting between these two schools, with Texas boasting the series lead at 47-11. This is also the first of three contests against the Bobcats this season.
The Longhorns are looking to follow up on what was a rousing week. The ‘Horns went 3-1, including a win over No. 25 Sam Houston State and a 2-1 series victory of Big 12 foe Oklahoma State.
It was a particularly good week for Kody Clemens and Nolan Kingham. Clemens continued his hot start to the season, and compiled a .400/.471/.800 batting line that included his Big 12 leading 7th Home Run of the season.
Meanwhile, Kingham showed why the Burnt Orange Nation diamondsport writers unanimously selected him to be the team’s Pitching MVP for the 2018 season. Last week, he earned the save on Tuesday with a perfect ninth inning against No. 25 Sam Houston State. He followed that performance up on Saturday against Oklahoma State with an eight inning, five strikeout game to earn his fourth win on the season. Those two outings earned Kingham the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors.
A save on Tuesday and a win on Saturday? That’ll get ya @Big12Conference Pitcher of the Week, @nolankingham .— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) March 26, 2018
The junior totaled nine innings over two games, allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out six. pic.twitter.com/usjZVk1Jhv
Turning to the opponents from down under, Texas State returns to their home in San Marcos after suffering a three game sweep to the No. 24 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. The Bobcats are lead offensively by senior outfielder Derek Scheible, who is hitting .274 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs.
Nico “Tuesday” O’Donnell will be the starter for Texas tonight, making his sixth start of the season. Overall, O’Donnell is 1-1 with a 4.02 ERA, but he’s been a victim of inconsistency this season - he’s given up six of his seven earned runs on the season in just two games.
Unfortunately, tonight’s game won’t be televised. So unless you’re able to float the river down to San Marcos, you won’t be able to actually see the game. However, Craig Way and 104.9 The Horn will be calling the game, and you can follow live stat updates on Texassports.com or through stat broadcast live to get that pure, pre-LHN feel of Texas Longhorns baseball.
Of course, you can always catch the post game recap right here at Burnt Orange Nation after the game ends. Let’s hope the Longhorns can take care of business on the road.