It’s back on the road once again for the Longhorns. After a disappointing home stand against the Missouri Tigers, Texas travels up-state to Lubbock for a one game stand against Texas Tech.
While it wasn’t the way the Longhorns wanted to end the weekend, the two losses to Missouri came as a learning experience and sparked a realization that they have areas to improve on. Texas’ offense has produced only four runs in the last two games of the series while giving up 13.
Texas Tech, on the other hand, comes into the series on a high. The Red Raiders just finished a three games series with then No. 5 Oklahoma. While losing the series 1-2, they held tough through all the games, proving their strengths. The 31-9 team, 4-4 in the Big 12 Conference, has won 14 of its last 16 games since March 7. Those only two losses came from then No. 5 Oklahoma; before that, the last game they lost was to Texas.
The Red Raiders traveled down to Austin in early March for a two-game series with the Longhorns. Texas took the series, winning both games, 8-0 and 2-1, respectively.
Tech proved competitive in that series, however, especially in the second game, where they only gave up two runs to almost capture the victory.
Texas stands ready for the challenge. While it leads the overall series against the Red Raiders, 28-6, this weekend proved that the team can definitely be beat. The Longhorns are looking for another strong game from junior Torie Schmidt to get another conference win. The California native finished the series seven for 10 (.700) at the plate, despite the low overall offensive production from the team.
While this isn’t the must-win game of the season for the Longhorns, a win can propel the team slightly higher in the rankings and in their conference, but will more so prove their strength. After a tough weekend like they had, the game after shows what kind of team they are. The Red Raiders come into the series ready to show they can beat the big name teams and are looking to do just that.