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No. 14 Texas hosts Rice to start homestand

The Horns are looking to win a midweek game for the first time in three weeks.

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Following midweek losses to the Incarnate Word Cardinals and the Texas A&M Aggies, the No. 14 Texas Longhorns are looking for a midweek win with the struggling Rice Owls coming to UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Tuesday evening.

At 14-20 and with a losing record in Conference USA, the Owls are coming off a home series loss to FIU. In the previous meeting this season between the two teams, Texas notched an 11-4 win at Reckling Park by scoring eight combined runs in the third and fourth innings before Donny Diaz, Cole Quintanilla, and Kamron Fields threw 4.2 scoreless innings.

Rice second baseman Trei Cruz enters the game with a nine-game hitting streak as he builds on his Freshman All-American campaign last season. Meanwhile, designated hitter Andrew Dunlap leads the team with a .339 average, 10 home runs, and 42 RBI.

Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for the game.

Tuesday’s contest against Rice starts a five-game home stand for Texas in critical stretch to rack up wins with the Big 12’s worst team, Kansas State, visiting Austin this weekend before Lamar serves as the midweek opponent next week.

First pitch is at 6:30 p.m. Central on Longhorn Network and 104.9 The Horn.