In state rival Texas Tech will host the Texas Longhorns tonight, Friday April 22nd at 6:30pm to start off the three game series that will take place over the weekend. Texas Tech is going into this series ranked number 7 overall leading the BIG XII with an 11-1 record in conference. The Longhorns on the other hand are not doing terrible but have an overall record of 17-20 and a conference record of 7-5. The Longhorns are coming off a series win over the Kansas Jay-hawks while the Red Raiders are coming off a split at New Mexico.
The Red Raiders are having one of the best starts to their season since the 1999 Raiders team. They are up there with Louisville, South Carolina, and Texas A&M with some of the best records in the country. They have swept their last BIG XII series and is on a 12-game winning streak. All in all, the Texas Longhorns have their hands full with this upcoming road trip.
The in state rivalry between Texas Tech and Texas has been going on for years with tonight game being the 154th time that they will face each other out on the diamond. The Raiders are 43-110 in the all time record against the Longhorns but that may not stay so lopsided with how well Tech is playing. Texas is is 17-20 overall and Tech is dominating with a 30 and 10 record overall. Texas has had some solid wins so far this year but can they pull this upset up? What can Texas do?
Texas has outscored their opponents 20 times this season with freshman Kody Clemens coming in the clutch the last few series. He is 13 for 37 overall, is 3 for 6 (.500) with the bases loaded, and is 15-44 (.341) with two outs. He just needs to keep doing what he is doing!! Senior left handed pitcher Ty Culbreth has been consistent this season striking out 54 batters and only waling 10. Travis Jones leads the Longhorns with a .430 on-base percentage…the sophomore left fielder has compiled a .600 on-base percentage when leading off the ballgame…in his last 5 games at leadoff, has reached base safely (4 walks, 1 double)…he went 5-for-8 over the weekend against Kansas with 4 walks, 5 RBI, a double and a home run, slugging at a 1.125 clip. With those numbers he needs to keep doing what he is doing too! Even with these great numbers Texas has their hands full on the road this weekend but with that Texas Fight they might be able to pull off the upset in Lubbock, TX against the mighty Red Raiders.