Texas outfielder Duke Ellis (11) attempts to run out a grounder against Texas Tech at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on March 17, 2019. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

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With one week left in the regular season, what is Texas’ path to the postseason?

Posted May 13th, 2019

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Last season, Texas closed out the regular season with three wins at home over TCU and a clinching of the Big 12’s championship. One year later, the Longhorns are facing a different kind of drama.

With a 6-14 mark in Big 12 play, Texas sits solely in last place in the Big 12’s standings as the baseball season enters its final week. Locked in a sixth-place tie with 9-12 records are Oklahoma and Kansas. Kansas State, which will travel to rival Kansas for a three-game series, is 8-13 in conference contests.

Due to a rained out game against Baylor in April, Texas will end the season having played one less conference game than its rivals.

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Only eight of the Big 12’s nine baseball programs can secure invitations to the conference’s tournament. That leaves Texas with two paths to the postseason:

  • Win all three of its upcoming games against Oklahoma.
  • Win two of its three games against Oklahoma AND have Kansas sweep Kansas State.

The first option for Texas requires more work but it leaves the team’s fate completely in the Longhorns’ hands. (Kansas and Kansas State’s Sunflower Showdown series last witnessed a sweep in 2013 and the Jayhawks haven’t swept their in-state foes in 15 seasons.) Texas last swept Oklahoma during the 2014 season. The Sooners and Longhorns split the four games they played against each other in 2018, but Oklahoma was the victor in an elimination game at the Big 12 tournament.

This season, Texas has claimed an overall record of 25-25 while Oklahoma is 31-20. The Red River rivals will first meet on Thursday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Games are also set for Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Additionally, Texas will play Incarnate Word in a non-conference home game on Tuesday.

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