Tulsa University

Junior Nadia Taylor and the rest of the Longhorns are finally heading home after a long road trip to Hawaii and Iowa. Taylor has been a huge part of Texas' recent success winning Big 12 Player of the Week last week.

Photo Credit: Zachary Strain | Daily Texan Staff

There’s no place like home.

After several weeks of playing on the road, the No. 6 Longhorns will finally be able to enjoy a home field advantage. Texas will host four non-conference games this weekend at Red and Charline McCombs Field before Missouri heads to Austin for another Big 12 Conference weekend series.

The Longhorns, who are 27-2 in the season thus far and 6-0 in Big 12 Conference play, will face No. 25 New Mexico in a best of three series and Tulsa University in a single Saturday afternoon contest.

Texas leads both series; 2-0 with New Mexico and 1-0 with Tulsa. The New Mexico Lobos, who are 22-6 on the season, are coming to Austin fired up about facing the Longhorns. Their recent success has propelled them into national rankings for the first time in a while. The last time the Lobos had 20 wins in a season was 2008.

The Tulsa Hurricanes are 23-6 on the season and are coming off a 6-0 road win against the University of Arkansas. The underappreciated Hurricanes are coming in on a seven-game win streak.

The Longhorns will begin the weekend Friday with a 5 p.m. game against New Mexico. On Saturday, the Longhorns face a double header — a game against Tulsa followed by a game against the Lobos. Sunday afternoon brings the series completion against New Mexico. The four game stretch will be a good test to see if the Longhorn’s depth can survive a busy slate.

This past week, senior third baseman Nadia Taylor was named the Big 12 Player of the Week for her part in the Longhorn’s three-game sweep of Iowa State last weekend. Taylor went 5-for-10 during the three-game stretch with seven RBI and two homeruns. The weekend totals include five personal runs scored and two doubles. Taylor also achieved a team high 1.200 slugging percentage for the weekend.

Taylor is only one of the many Longhorns who have made national and conference headlines for their performances this season. Senior second baseman Lexy Bennett, who has already earned Big 12 Player of the Week once this season, was drafted third overall to the Akron Racers, a team with the National Pro Fastpitch league. Bennett is the eighth player ever from Texas to be drafted. Her .453 batting average leads the team and conference standings.

The Longhorns are not letting their success get to their head, though. Despite outscoring their opponents 197-42 over 29 games, both coaches and players realize they have a long way to go before they erase the pain of the last two seasons.

“We have been working on some individual things, offensively and defensively,” said junior outfielder Taylor Hoagland. “Our focus is just to keep moving forward.”

Printed on Friday, March 30, 2012 as: Horns return to 40 Acres for four game set in non-confrence
 

Junior Nadia Taylor and the rest of the Longhorns are finally heading home after a long road trip to Hawaii and Iowa. Taylor has been a huge part of TexasÂ’ recent success winning Big 12 player of the week for last week.

Photo Credit: Zachary Strain | Daily Texan Staff

There’s no place like home.

After several weeks of playing on the road, the No. 6 Longhorns will finally be able to enjoy a home field advantage. Texas will host four non-conference games this weekend at Red and Charline McCombs Field before Missouri heads to Austin for another Big 12 Conference weekend series.

The Longhorns, who are 27-2 in the season thus far and 6-0 in Big 12 Conference play, will face No. 25 New Mexico in a best of three series and Tulsa University in a single Saturday afternoon contest.

Texas leads both series; 2-0 with New Mexico and 1-0 with Tulsa. The New Mexico Lobos, who are 22-6 on the season, are coming to Austin fired up about facing the Longhorns. Their recent success has propelled them into national rankings for the first time in a while. The last time the Lobos had 20 wins in a season was 2008.

The Tulsa Hurricanes are 23-6 on the season and are coming off a 6-0 road win against the University of Arkansas. The underappreciated Hurricanes are coming in on a seven-game win streak.

The Longhorns will begin the weekend Friday with a 5 p.m. game against New Mexico. On Saturday, the Longhorns face a double header — a game against Tulsa followed by a game against the Lobos. Sunday afternoon brings the series completion against New Mexico. The four game stretch will be a good test to see if the Longhorn’s depth can survive a busy slate.

This past week, senior third baseman Nadia Taylor was named the Big 12 Player of the Week for her part in the Longhorn’s three-game sweep of Iowa State last weekend. Taylor went 5-for-10 during the three-game stretch with seven RBI and two homeruns. The weekend totals include five personal runs scored and two doubles. Taylor also achieved a team high 1.200 slugging percentage for the weekend.

Taylor is only one of the many Longhorns who have made national and conference headlines for their performances this season. Senior second baseman Lexy Bennett, who has already earned Big 12 Player of the Week once this season, was drafted third overall to the Akron Racers, a team with the National Pro Fastpitch league. Bennett is the eighth player ever from Texas to be drafted. Her .453 batting average leads the team and conference standings.

The Longhorns are not letting their success get to their head, though. Despite outscoring their opponents 197-42 over 29 games, both coaches and players realize they have a long way to go before they erase the pain of the last two seasons.

“We have been working on some individual things, offensively and defensively,” said junior outfielder Taylor Hoagland. “Our focus is just to keep moving forward.”

No. 8 Houston at Tulsa

Houston is only one win away from a perfect regular season, a Conference USA title game birth and a possible BCS bowl. However, there is one obstacle left for the Cougars to accomplish that goal: Tulsa University. This Tulsa team can score. Its offense has not scored less than 24 points in a game all season long. The Hurricanes move the ball with a balanced attack with the running game and the passing game putting up just more than 200 yards a game apiece. On top of all of that, they are hot — winning seven games straight — with a perfect conference record. This means they are fighting for a title game birth as well. But Houston is just as motivated if not more with all they have on the line, and have the explosive offense to back that up. The Cougars have the highest scoring average in all of college football at 54.7 points a game. Most of which comes from the golden arm of their Heisman-contending quarterback Case Keenum, who leads the top-ranked passing attack in the country. The game has a ton at stake, but it will be hard for Tulsa to slow down Houston, no one has done it yet.

No. 3 Arkansas at No. 1 LSU

LSU has done everything right this season going into its final game of the regular season. It tackled one of the toughest schedules in the country which included two top-five opponents. The Tigers will have to face one more of those top-five teams this season — Arkansas — in order to reach the SEC title game, which is crazy considering what they have already gone through this season. But an LSU loss to Arkansas would create a three way tie atop the SEC West, between LSU, Alabama and Arkansas. So it is imperative that the Tigers come out on top once again because if they lose they will put their SEC title chances on the line and, even more importantly, their national title game aspirations. LSU is certainly not short on talent to take care of Arkansas; the Tigers have the one of the most stifling defenses in the nation, allowing only 10.7 points a game. Although the Razorbacks will pose about as tough as a challenge to that defense as they have seen all season. Arkansas averages 38.8 points a game, and quarterback Tyler Wilson has been one of the best in the country this year slinging the ball around the pitch for more than 300 yards a game. With these talented teams on the field and stakes as high as these, this game is a must watch.

No. 19 Penn State at No. 16 Wisconsin

The Big 10 is in its first season in which it will have a conference championship game, where the winners of the Legends and Leaders divisions will play. The champion of the Legends conference is already decided, with Michigan State clinching next week. The winner of the Leaders division will be decided this weekend, when Wisconsin hosts Penn State. This is a matchup of the most talented team in the Big 10 — Wisconsin — and perhaps the most motivated team in the country — Penn State — who is playing for much more than just a championship appearance. The Nittany Lions have been wrapped up in what is college football’s biggest scandal since the SMU death penalty days, and their legendary head coach Joe Paterno is no longer on the sidelines because of it. Now there is news that he has cancer, so not only will State college be playing for a championship, but for the whole community, the children affected by the scandal and of course for Joe Pa. However, this Wisconsin team is very good, with their only two losses of the season coming on last-second heaves by Ohio State and Michigan State. Both teams rank in the top seven in the country in defense, so it will be a traditional smash mouth Big Ten game to decide who moves on.

No. 2 Alabama at No. 24 Auburn

The “Iron Bowl” is one of the best rivalries in sports, and no matter how good the Tigers and the Crimson Tide are when the clash, it is always a bloody battle on the gridiron. Last year’s game was one of the best battles in the storied rivalry’s history. When a No. 1 Auburn squad led by Cam Newton went in to Tuscaloosa and kept its national title hopes alive by beating the Crimson Tide 28-27, despite being down 21-0 after the first quarter. This year’s game has a chance to be just as important and maybe as great as last season’s, as both schools are ranked coming into the matchup and if Alabama wins, it most likely clinches a spot in the national title game, so the showdown has huge implications on the national stage. But for the state of Alabama, this game is huge either way because you either grow up an Alabama fan or an Auburn fan there, with no middle ground. The talent on the field this season is significantly skewed in favor of the Crimson Tide, and while Auburn is good, they are a very young squad that are struggling to stay in the top 25, while Alabama is a consensus top-five team and a likely national title game participant. So the squads might not be as close as they have been in years past, but it is the “Iron Bowl” and anything can happen.
 

Women's golf

After two weeks off, the Longhorns head up to Oklahoma this week to compete in the Dale McNamara Invitational hosted by Tulsa University, at the Patriot Golf Club in outer Tulsa.

The squad is looking to build on the lessons learned from their last tournament at Vanderbilt, where the team finished in 13th place, with a score of 14-over par.

Texas got strong contributions from their top four players last week, but according to head coach Martha Richards, they need more out of the fifth man spot.

This week the team will look for Arizona State transfer Larissa Eruera to step into that position in her season debut and give the team the lift it needs. In her freshman year at Arizona State, Larissa Eruera had a very respectable scoring average of 77.

The other players in this week’s lineup for the Longhorns are sophomores Haley Stephens, Madison Pressel, Katelyn Sepmoree and junior Nicole Vandermade. All of these players have made important contributions in this year’s tournaments and have consistently put in low rounds to aid the team.
Stephens had the low tournament total for the team in the year opening NCAA Fall Preview Tournament. Vandermade is the team leader in birdies with 17 through the first two tournaments. Pressel holds a team low-scoring average of 73.33 after her first three competitive rounds. Sepmoree is the teams closer of sorts, with a team low final round scoring average of 72.5.

Texas comes into the tournament ranked No. 25 in the Golfweek rankings, and will compete alongside of two other ranked Big 12 schools, Oklahoma State (18th) and Oklahoma (20th), along with the rest of the 16-team field.

Playing against these talented Big 12 rivals will give the team an excellent idea of where they stand in comparison to their elite competition and show the team how much better it needs to become so it can once again move on to the NCAA Championship Tournament in the spring. 

After two weeks off, the Longhorns head up to Oklahoma this week to compete in the Dale McNamara Invitational hosted by Tulsa University, at the Patriot Golf Club in outer Tulsa.

The squad is looking to build on the lessons learned from their last tournament at Vanderbilt, where the team finished in 13th place, with a score of 14-over par.

Texas got strong contributions from their top four players last week, but according to head coach Martha Richards, they need more out of the fifth man spot.

This week the team will look for Arizona State transfer Larissa Eruera to step into that position in her season debut and give the team the lift it needs. In her freshman year at Arizona State, Larissa Eruera had a very respectable scoring average of 77.

The other players in this week’s lineup for the Longhorns are sophomores Haley Stephens, Madison Pressel, Katelyn Sepmoree and junior Nicole Vandermade. All of these players have made important contributions in this year’s tournaments and have consistently put in low rounds to aid the team.
Stephens had the low tournament total for the team in the year opening NCAA Fall Preview Tournament. Vandermade is the team leader in birdies with 17 through the first two tournaments. Pressel holds a team low-scoring average of 73.33 after her first three competitive rounds. Sepmoree is the teams closer of sorts, with a team low final round scoring average of 72.5.

Texas comes into the tournament ranked No. 25 in the Golfweek rankings, and will compete alongside of two other ranked Big 12 schools, Oklahoma State (18th) and Oklahoma (20th), along with the rest of the 16-team field.

Playing against these talented Big 12 rivals will give the team an excellent idea of where they stand in comparison to their elite competition and show the team how much better it needs to become so it can once again move on to the NCAA Championship Tournament in the spring.