MU-UT: Longhorns Look to Lock It Up

By Glenn Tanner - May 06, 2007


Missouri and Texas are about to begin the rubber match of their series at Disch-Falk Field, but this game is more important than deciding who wins the series.

A Texas win would lock up the Big 12 title for the Longhorns and the #1 seed in the conference tournament. With its lofty RPI ranking, Texas has its sights set on earning a national seed. Because construction on Disch-Falk will resume as soon as the regular season ends, Texas will put in bids to host a Regional at Round Rock's Dell Diamond and a Super at Corpus Christi's Whataburger Field.

Realistically, Missouri is probably already concentrating on second place. Even with a win today, the Tigers would need an awful lot to go right for them to finish on top. Missouri is more likely concentrating on a strong finish that could earn them a 1-seed in the NCAA tournament. With a guady 32-13 record and a low 20's RPI, winning 5 or 6 to finish the regular season and playing well in Bricktown could make the Tigers very interesting to the selection committee.

Today, Missouri hands the ball to Ian Berger. The sophomore has made five starts and five appearances out of the bullpen; he sports a 3-1 record and a 3.77 ERA in 28.2 innings. He's not going to overpower anyone, as he has only 12 strikeouts on the season. He got a midweek starts against Missouri State a couple of weeks ago and threw six shutout innings, but in his most recent start against Baylor (4/21), he lasted only three innings and allowed a couple of runs. Stephen Holst had last Sunday's start for Missouri, so I'd expect to see him in relief today.

Mizzou stats

Texas has tried out several pitchers for the Sunday starter role. Joe Krebs had the job for the early part of Big 12 play, but with the bullpen in need of a reliable lefty, he has been moved back to relief. Austin Wood started last Sunday's game at Oklahoma State, and he put the exclamation point on the Longhorns' historic sweep by tossing six shutout innings, allowing only three hits. Today marks the photogenic lefty's 20th appearance and 10th start -- he's 6-1 with a 3.39 ERA in 63.2 innings.

Texas stats

Best weather of the weekend so far. The winds are still blowing out strongly to left, the skies are still cloudy, and the temps are still in the low 80's, but the Houstonian humidity has subsided a bit.

First pitch at 1:05. Back in a few innings with updates.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 01:12 PM on May 06, 2007
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