Late last week, Texas Longhorns baseball announced the dates, times, and locations for their 2019 season schedule. The defending Big 12 Champions will play host to some of college baseball’s premier teams and familiar conference foes in 2019 in what looks to be a strong schedule.
Texas opens the season in a similar fashion to 2018 with a three-game set on the road against the phenomenally-named Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. The weekend series takes place in Lafayette, Louisiana (go figure) from February 15-17. The first appearance at UFCU Disch-Falk Field will take place on February 22 as the first of a four-game series against Purdue.
Other notable non-conference opponents include rematches against a trio of SEC schools in LSU, Arkansas, and Texas A&M. LSU will play Texas from March 1-3 for a weekend series, as the Tigers return to Austin for the first time since 1998.
The next SEC school to visit the Forty Acres is the Arkansas Razorbacks, who are coming off
their first CWS championship a devastating CWS finals loss. The old Southwest Conference frenemy returns to Austin for a two-game set on March 19-20.
Texas A&M plays visitor for a midweek game on April 2 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The longtime, storied SEC program will look for a more contested game than the last time they faced the Horns in Austin.
"This is the game and this is the series, where you cement your legacy if you're a Longhorn or an Aggie."— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 2, 2018
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As for conference opponents, Texas will kick off Big 12 play March 15-17 with a three-game home series against Texas Tech. Conference play ends back where it starts for the Longhorns, with their season finale coming in the form of a home series May 16-18 against the Sooners.
Reviewing the schedule, Texas will yet again have one of the toughest schedules in the country. With non-conference games at Stanford, as well as against LSU, Arkansas, and TAMU, as well as the added difficulty in playing in what should be deep Big 12 Conference, Texas will have to post an impressive record if they hope to repeat as conference champions and build off a visit to the College World Series. Though this is obviously daunting from a pure win-loss perspective, a high strength-of-schedule should pay huge dividends for teams looking to host regionals and super regionals in the postseason.
The Longhorns may have lost a considerable bit of leadership and star power from last season, but David Pierce has proven twice now that he is more than capable of leading this team beyond preseason expectations. One thing is for sure — baseball season can’t get here fast enough.