By: Christian Cordova
We are reaching the final stretch of Big 12 play. At this point in the season, every game matters for the Texas Longhorns in softball. The hope for the Longhorns to win the Big 12 seems a while off, but they are still mathematically alive and have many opportunities to get some momentum.
Texas currently sits at 3rd in the Big 12 and ranked 32nd in the NCAA. In both the conference and the nation, the Longhorns have been hovering right outside the top of the pack. The Longhorns had a shot to bring the Big 12 championship closer to their reach with their series against the Sooners. However, the 0-3 sweep from Oklahoma left the Longhorns between a rock and a hard place. Factor in a pair of losses from rival Baylor, one slip up against Texas Tech, and now Texas is about five games behind both the 1st seed Sooners and the 2nd seed Bears. However, Texas has been on the upside lately by sweeping their series against OSU and by winning their recent doubleheader against Kansas. If the Longhorns manage to win the series against Kansas and Iowa State, Texas puts itself in a great position heading into the final regular season Big 12 match against Baylor.
If Texas can manage to win all of their remaining games, there is a very reasonable chance that the Longhorns could take the runner-up title for the Big 12. That would require Baylor to lose their series against Texas Tech and lose to the Longhorns in their final game. For the Longhorns to win the Big 12, OU would have to lose out which seems unlikely.
While the Longhorns would need some help moving higher up in the Big 12, there is a probability that Texas will shake up the Big 12 in these last few weeks of play. The Longhorns should be proud of their season, but if they can make the extra effort down the final stretch, Texas could be heading into the NCAA tournament with a huge amount of momentum. Hook’em Horns.