Right now, the Longhorns are on a roll.
They finished the regular season with a share of the Big 12 Championship, won the final series against Texas A&M and put together a fine showing at the conference tournament in Oklahoma City.
And that was before the best of the news: Texas, for the seventh time since 1999, received a national seed for the NCAA Baseball Championship.
Should the Longhorns, the No. 7 national seed, come out of this weekend’s regional tournament in Austin, they’ll be guaranteed to host a super regional in the comfy confines of UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
“It’s what we work on all year,” said junior pitcher Taylor Jungmann. “Win the Big 12 and set ourselves up to play at home for the super regional.”
If they advance past the super regional round, the Longhorns will head to Omaha for the College World Series, which has been the goal all season.
“The freshmen on this team haven’t been to Omaha yet. They don’t know what it’s like to play there, but we made it there my freshman year and it’s the most fun I’ve ever had,” said junior shortstop Brandon Loy. “That’s what we’re playing for, and we have to win these games to get there.”
Up first for Texas: the Princeton Tigers. The champions of the Ivy League, the Tigers are the No. 4 seed in the regional tournament and haven’t played a game since May 8. On the year, Princeton is 23-22, with a 13-16 record in away games.
If Texas takes care of business Friday, it will face the winner of the Kent State-Texas State game. The Longhorns have already played Texas State twice this year, beating the Bobcats by scores of 3-1 and 2-0.
“These guys aren’t on everybody’s watch lists, so it’s tough to come out there and get ready for these smaller games,” Loy said. “But we’re anxious to get out there.”