OU-UT: Broom Day?

By Glenn Tanner - April 01, 2007

You honestly couldn't order up more perfect weather than we have today in Austin for round three of Texas-OU. We have a cloudless sky so blue it makes you squint, a light southeasterly breeze, and temps right around 80.

Oklahoma looks like a very good team, but they've run into a great team that really has their number. The Sooners haven't won a game in Austin since 1997, losing 15 in a row.

Although Texas has a chance to pull off a sweep today, this series has been outstanding. The first two games have looked more like June games than March games. Both games were tight pitcher's duels, with every at-bat a tense battle. In fact, the Longhorns' three-run seventh inning yesterday was the only multi-run inning either team has produced this weekend. Texas won Friday 4-3 behind Kyle Russell's 17th homer. Yesterday, a huge, boisterous crowd saw Adrian Alaniz toss a masterpiece in a 3-1 win.

Oklahoma will send Joseph Hughes to the mound today. The lefty is normally the Sooners' center fielder, but has made seven hill starts this season with a 4-1 record and a 3.67 ERA in 41.2 innings. For Hughes to have a chance, the Sooner bats will have to wake up. The team has a .197 batting average so far this weekend, and Hughes is actually the only Sooner with more than one hit.

OU stats

Joseph Krebs (4-0, 3.21 ERA in 42 innings) will get his third start of the season. Krebs started the season in the bullpen and was so effective in 14 appearances that he was given the Sunday starter role.

UT stats

We'll be ready to start in a few minutes. Back in three innings or so, or when action warrants.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 01:50 PM on April 01, 2007

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