Texas? Connor Mayes pitches against California during a NCAA college baseball game at Disch-Falk Field, Sunday, March 6, 2015. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Connor Mayes’ mission: to preserve Texas’ bullpen

Posted May 28th, 2016

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Considering it must win twice on Saturday to keep its title hopes alive, Texas could really use a strong outing from starter Connor Mayes to preserve the bullpen. First pitch against TCU is set for 12:30 p.m., and with a win Texas would end up playing the Horned Frogs for a second time at 7:30 p.m.

Head coach Augie Garrido has not announced who would start the second game, but it would probably be all hands on deck with whatever’s left in his bullpen.

Yet because Morgan Cooper pitched a complete seven-inning game against Baylor on Thursday, the bullpen is actually in decent shape entering its fourth game of the tournament. Here’s where it stands:

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Eric Dunbar — hasn’t thrown since Wednesday

Blake Wellmann — hasn’t thrown since Wednesday

Jon Malmin — the lefty warmed up Friday but didn’t enter

Travis Duke — the senior lefty with a rubber arm is always available

Nolan Kingham — former starter threw just five pitches on Friday

Jake McKenzie — second baseman has appeared in two games on the mound

Kacy Clemens — first baseman has appeared in three games on the mound

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Beau Ridgeway — the team’s most consistent reliever worked spotless eighth and ninth innings in Friday’s stunning win over Oklahoma State

Chase Shugart — threw 21 pitches without recording an out in OSU’s seven-run sixth

Nick Kennedy — lefty threw 33 pitches on Friday

Ty Culbreth — Wednesday’s starter has been off for only two days

Morgan Cooper — Thursday’s starter has been off for only one day

Kyle Johnston — Friday’s starter needs some rest

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