Texas's Zane Gurwitz celebrates a score with his team against Standford in the bottom of the 3rd inning during the NCAA men's college baseball game at the UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin,Tex., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Some fun with stats: Four Texas hitters have been swinging hot in April

Posted April 29th, 2016

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Heading into the Kansas State series three weeks ago, three regulars in the Texas lineup were hitting .294 or better — Joe Baker (.314), Tyler Rand (.308) and Tres Barrera (.305).

That number stands at seven going into this weekend against Oklahoma State. The two teams, which are tied for third place in the Big 12 standings at 9-6, will open with a double-header on Saturday before finishing up on Sunday.

April has delivered a significant rise offensively for the Longhorns, who have upped their collective average by 14 points — .271 from .257. Not coincidentally, the uptick in offense has led to wins in nine of 13 games since the start of the K-State series on April 8.

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Here’s a look at how individual batting averages have changed in the past 21 days.

Patrick Mathis — .289/.316 — plus 27 points

Joe Baker — .314/.313 — basically the same

Zane Gurwitz — .265/.304 — plus 39 points

Kacy Clemens — .267/.301 — plus 34 points

Tres Barrera — .305/.300 — slight cooling off

Tyler Rand — .308/.295 — dipping a bit now that he’s healthy and playing every day

Travis Jones — .269/.294 — plus 25 points

Kody Clemens — .266/.265 — basically the same

To recap, four averages have increased by at least 25 points, and none have plummeted.

That’s how you turn a season around.

Texas' first baseman Kacy Clemens strikes out at the plate against Lamar. The Texas Longhorn baseball team took on Lamar University in a non-conference game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field Tuesday night March 29, 2016. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Texas’ first baseman Kacy Clemens strikes out at the plate against Lamar. The Texas Longhorn baseball team took on Lamar University in a non-conference game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field Tuesday night March 29, 2016.
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