Members of the Texas baseball team watch a pop-fly from the dugout at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Friday March 24, 2017. Daulton Venglar/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas attempts to extend winning streak during visit to Kansas

Posted March 31st, 2017

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After climbing into fifth place in the Big 12 standings, Texas is hitting the road.

On the road for only seven games — and one series — this season, Texas will head to Kansas this weekend for a three-game set. Winners of its last five games, Texas (18-10) is looking to crawl above .500 in Big 12 play for the first time. Texas was swept by Texas Tech in mid-March before taking three games from Kansas State this past week.

Texas is expected to continue using a starting rotation of Nolan Kingham (3-2, 0.72 ERA), Morgan Cooper (3-1, 1.63) and Blair Henley (2-2, 4.30) this weekend. With a 3.04 ERA, Texas pitchers rank 20th among their NCAA Division I contemporaries. Kingham is four days removed from earning the Big 12’s Pitcher of the Week award.

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Throughout this weekend, Kansas will oppose Texas with Sean Rackoski (3-2, 2.84), Taylor Turski (1-2, 3.07) and Jackson Goodard (2-1, 4.15). Kansas has slumped to a conference-low .232 batting average, but Rudy Karre and Matt McLaughlin rank seventh and eighth in the Big 12 in on-base percentage. The Jayhawks (10-14; 1-2) have recorded a 4-3 win over a TCU team that is ranked fourth in D1Baseball.com’s national poll.

“They’re going to be very competitive, it’s a Big 12 road series,” Texas coach David Pierce said. “If we don’t show up, we’re not going be successful. We still have to prove every day to ourselves that we’re doing the right things.”

The first pitch of Texas and Kansas’ three-game series is set for 6 p.m. on Friday. Each of this weekend’s contests will be televised on ESPN3. The games will also be broadcast on 104.9 FM and 1260 AM.

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