Texas Trying to Hook College World Series Berth
The Texas Longhorn baseball team plays tonight for a chance to compete in this year’s College World Series.
The NCAA Division 1 Austin Super Regional starts today. The UT baseball team takes on Arizona State in a best-of-three series that will send one team to Omaha. Of the eight Super Regional's happening this weekend, this is the game that has the most people talking as it pits two college baseball giants against each other.
As Austin American-Statesman sports writer Kirk Bohls describes it, it will be UT's pitching vs. ASU's hitting:
ASU hits the ball at a .305 team pace while Texas' .272 average ranks 204th nationally. Texas' 2.33 staff ERA ranks second nationally behind only Virginia. ASU pitchers rank fifth in their own conference. Rarely have two such household-name college baseball brands with such completely diverse personas been matched up with so much on the line. Both philosophies have paid off. Texas' trophy case bulges with six national championship prizes, but ASU has had to cram five in its own.
Texas last won a national championship in baseball in 2005. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Disch-Falk Field.