At long last, the Austin regional has been whittled down to just two teams after five games of play. And, for the championship game (or games), we get the match-up Texas Longhorns fans have been clamoring for since the regional seeding was announced.
That’s right, Horns fans. Texas will face off against the Indiana Hoosiers for the right to a Super Regionals berth against the winner of the Oxford Regional. Tennessee Tech needs to win two games against Ole Miss in order to advance.
The game is set to get underway at 8:00 p.m. Central on LHN or ESPN+. As always, you can also tune in to Craig Way and The Horn on 104.9 on the radio.
Indiana comes into tonight’s game literally right off the heels of a nail-biting 9-7 win over the Texas Aggies. After Indiana jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first inning, Texas A&M chipped away at the Hoosier lead for the rest of the game, tacking on runs in pieces and ultimately putting the game winning run at the plate with one out in the bottom of the ninth. However, a double play allowed Indiana to escape the loser’s bracket game with the Aggies, sending A&M home and providing the Hoosiers their first regional final appearance since 2013.
Blair Henley will receive the start for the Longhorns. As the Hoosiers prepare to play a fourth game in three days, the Indiana head coach declined to name a starter following the win over Texas A&M. So the Horns have a major advantage in available in available pitching depth, an illustration of why it’s so important to win the first two games in a regional.
Indiana will have to win two games over Texas to advance, with Monday’s contest scheduled for 6 p.m. Central as an “if necessary” game. Meanwhile, Texas will look to continue their home hot streak rolling, as the Horns haven’t lost a game at the Disch in over a month (April 22 vs New Orleans). Since that loss, the Longhorns are a perfect 8-0 in Austin, outscoring their opponents 59-27 in that span.
Tune in tonight to what is undoubtedly the biggest Longhorns baseball game in nearly a half-decade.