Posted April 1st, 2009 by Mike
Filed under: Baseball, Feature

The Texas Longhorn baseball team got a much needed series win against [tag]Texas Tech[/tag] over the weekend. Tech managed to sandwich a 4-2 win on Saturday in between Longhorn wins on Friday and Sunday. The series win couldn’t have come at a better time. The Longhorns sit at 4-5 in the Big 12 with a brutal schedule, starting with [tag]Oklahoma State[/tag] next weekend. Texas has yet to win a conference game on the road and they’re sure to face Oklahoma State’s Andrew Oliver in the series opener.

[tag]Chance Ruffin[/tag] got the win on Friday after giving up 4 in 6.2 innings of work. Ruffin moved to 4-2 on the season on a night he didn’t have his best stuff, but was able to command the strike zone. The Longhorn ace threw 98 pitches on the night and 71 counted as strikes. Closer [tag] ustin Wood[/tag] came in with a one run lead in the top of the seventh to shut the door.

Texas only scored in two innings, but they made both of them count. The Longhorns scored five in the bottom of the third after Tech took the lead in the top half of the inning by scoring two. Texas also managed four runs in the bottom of the seventh to put the game away.

Both the Longhorns and Red Raiders recorded 11 hits, but it was the five Tech errors that were the difference.

The Longhorn bats went quiet in the second game. Texas has struggled at the plate, especially with runners in scoring position, all season and it continues to be what is holding this team back. Texas got off to a good start, scoring two runs in the first, but could manage nothing after that.

[tag]Brandon Workman[/tag] had a tough outing and fell to 3-2. He gave up four runs in just four innings of work. [tag]Keith Shinaberry[/tag] and [tag]Taylor Jungmann[/tag] combined to shut out Red Raiders for the rest of the game. Texas never got a rally going however and Tech took the victory.

The Sunday game was about as much of a must win as a top 15 ranked team can have this early in conference play. After propelling the first in the polls after a series win over [tag]Stanford[/tag], which in hindsight isn’t that impressive because the Cardinal are falling apart, Texas has struggled to say the least. And with the schedule getting much tougher coming up Texas couldn’t lose another series to a bottom tier conference foe.

In the first real pressure situation of the year the Longhorns came through. Texas’ bats woke up by scoring in the first five innings. [tag]Cole Green[/tag] only went 4.2 innings so he didn’t get the win, but he was superb only giving up one run. [tag]Austin Wood[/tag] finished the second game of the series.

The top of the lineup played as well as they had all season, but 1-9 this team is still struggling. The move to get [tag]Michael Torres[/tag] to third base and Brandon Loy to shortstop appears to be sticking. It really comes down to Loy’s bat because there is no question the defense will benefit from having him there. If Loy can get on base [tag]Augie Garrido[/tag] can keep him there, but if he can’t Texas may not be able to afford having any more holes in the lineup.

This next weekend is very important for Texas. The last time this team was on the road they got swept by Kansas. The Jayhawks aren’t as bad as some thought, but the Cowboys are better. Texas already faced one of the aces in the conference when they took on Kyle Gibson and Missouri. The Longhorns were shut down that game and Oliver has that kind of talent. If Texas can win this series it will make up for the Kansas sweep because no team is running away with the conference lead, but if OSU takes two or all three of the games the Longhorns will have a huge hill to climb to get to the top of the conference.

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