UT’s baseball team will open its Orange-White Fall World Series on Sunday. Texas fans, though, found out on Friday who the Longhorns will play when the actual season begins.
Texas has released its 2018 baseball schedule. The 54-game schedule features 30 contests against 12 teams that joined Texas in the NCAA tournament this past season. Upcoming foes LSU, TCU and Texas A&M all reached the 2017 College World Series. Five teams on the spring slate — Arkansas, Houston, LSU, Stanford and Texas Tech — hosted a first-round regional last season.
After its annual alumni game on Feb. 3, Texas begins its season with a three-game set at UFCU Disch-Falk Field against Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns from Feb. 16-18. Thirteen of UT’s first sixteen dates are home games, four of which are marquee match-ups with Stanford from March 8-11.
Texas will also travel to non-conference games at LSU (Feb. 23-25), Arkansas (March 13-14) and Texas A&M (April 10).
Texas opens Big 12 play on March 16 against Kansas. The Longhorns will host Kansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor and TCU in 2018. UT will be on the road for their conference series against Kansas State, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Texas Tech.
How many days until spring? 🤘🏻 pic.twitter.com/ueAZ7g2SF9
— David Pierce (@DP5hookem) October 27, 2017
UT is coming off a season in which it went 39-24 and reached the final game of a Long Beach State-hosted regional. For his second year in Austin, head coach David Pierce retains the services of players like pitcher Nolan Kingham, shortstop David Hamilton and catcher Michael McCann. The Longhorns, however, lost eight potential returners — as well as three members of its 2017 recruiting class — to the MLB Draft.