Stan-UT: Horns Look for the Sweep

By Glenn Tanner - February 18, 2007

I'm back at Round Rock's Dell Diamond, where Texas will go for the series sweep against Stanford.

There are no must-wins in February, but Stanford needs to get their season turned around ASAP. The Cardinal enter the game with a 2-5 record, and when you consider last year's 33-27 record was the program's worst since 1993, this is threatening to be the biggest rut of Mark Marquess' 30-year coaching career.

Jeremy Bleich might be just the guy Stanford needs. As a freshman last year, Bleich started seven games and saved a team-leading seven games. This year, though, he has been bitten by the bad-inning bug. He pitched very well against Fullerton in his first start of the season, as he took a 2-1 lead into the seventh before he tired and the bullpen blew up on him. Last weekend against Fresno he took a 4-0 lead into the fifth, but allowed four runs and didn't get out of the inning. If he can avoid that big inning, he gives Stanford a good chance to win.

Austin Wood gets the ball for the Longhorns. Though he's not real photogenic, the lefty was a Freshman All-American last season as the Longhorns' primary closer. He has pitched mostly out of the bullpen again this season, though he did start and throw five shutout innings in last Tuesday's win over UT-Pan American.

The strong winds we had yesterday have calmed and shifted. The light winds we do have are blowing out to center, so if Stanford can get their bats out of the deep freeze (26 K's in two games), we might see the highest-scoring game of the series.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 01:46 PM on February 18, 2007

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