Finals season is over, which means Texas baseball is back.
After a nine day absence, Texas Longhorns baseball (33-18) returns to host the Texas State Bobcats (25-25-1) on Tuesday night at 6:30 pm CST. You can catch the action on the Longhorn Network or by tuning in to 104.9 the Horn.
This will be the third time the Longhorns and Bobcats have met this season. On March 27, the ‘Horns travelled to San Marcos and handled the Bobcats 6-1. The May 1 match-up was much more dramatic, as a five run bottom of the ninth propelled by a David Hamilton walk-off grand slam gave Texas the 11-10 home victory over Texas State.
Texas State sits at No. 102 in the nation according to Boyd’s World’s Iterative Strength rankings, but the team is coming off of an impressive series win against Louisiana-Lafayette last weekend.
Texas is coming off of a key series victory of its own, as the last time David Pierce’s team was in action, the ‘Horns won two of three games in Lubbock against No. 15 Texas Tech.
Texas State’s starter is TBA for tonight, but the Longhorns will be going with righty Matteo Bocchi (3-0, 3.68 ERA). This will be the Italian Stallion’s second career start. Though Bocchi has 22 appearances on the season, he has only thrown for one out in each of his last four appearances.
The Bobcats have a middling .265 team average, but have some pop in the lineup that could test Bocchi. Derek Scheible has 12 homers to his name, and Dalton Shuffield, Jared Huber, and Luke Sherley are all hitting over .300 on the season.
Texas currently sits on the bubble of being a regional host for the NCAA tournament, so picking up a victory tonight is crucial for the ‘Horns. The Longhorns are currently listed as one of the best No. 2 seeds in D1 Baseball’s May 15 bracket.
Tonight is the last non-conference game for the ‘Horns until (hopefully) the NCAA tournament. After Tuesday’s game, the ‘Horns will host surging TCU in a final conference series from Thursday to Saturday, and then the Big 12 tournament begins on May 23.
Also worth noting is that today is Kody Clemens’ birthday, so hopefully a few celebratory dingers are in order tonight.