Texas pitcher Nolan Kingham (45) throws a pitch against Baylor in Austin on April 6, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas bumps ace Nolan Kingham from key start at Oklahoma for an academic attendance violation

Posted April 13th, 2018

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Just ahead of a trip to see rival Oklahoma, Texas has made an unexpected alteration to its pitching rotation.

Texas junior Nolan Kingham won’t make his scheduled start at Oklahoma on Friday. A team spokesperson said the right-handed pitcher was “scratched for not adhering to the team’s academic attendance policy.” Even though he won’t start on Friday, Kingham is still available to pitch this weekend.

Kingham faced a similar punishment during the 2017 season. Kingham missed a start in UT’s series opener against New Orleans for “academic reasons.” Two days later, he picked up a win in relief against the Privateers.

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Against Oklahoma, freshman right-hander Bryce Elder (4-1; 6.14 ERA) will start in place of Kingham. This will be the first career start for Elder. None of the Decatur native’s 14 relief appearances have lasted more than four innings.

Read more: With their old coach in Oklahoma’s dugout, Texas pitchers look to get back on track

Kingham entered this season as an All-American candidate. While brilliant in starts against Louisiana-Lafayette and Oklahoma State, Kingham has also struggled at times. Kingham is 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA, and his last two starts against Kansas State and Baylor each lasted only two innings.

Texas and Oklahoma will open their three-game series at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Texas is 22-13 this season, but the Longhorns have won nine of their 12 games in conference play. The Big 12-leading Sooners (25-11; 8-1) are ranked 16th nationally.

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