Texas pitcher Nolan Kingham pitches against Tulane at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on March 21, 2016. RODOLFO GONZALEZ/AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas looking for first Big 12 win as Kansas State arrives in Austin

Posted March 24th, 2017

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A comeback winner on Wednesday, Texas will look to carry that momentum into the second weekend of Big 12 play.

Texas is set to host Kansas State in a three-game series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field this weekend. Following last week’s sweep by Texas Tech, Texas is 0-3 against its Big 12 opponents. The Longhorns are the first conference foes on Kansas State’s 2017 schedule.

Texas (14-10) snapped a four-game losing streak two days ago when it rallied past UT-RGV in a 9-7 win. Catcher Michael McCann leads Texas with his .405 batting average, but Texas is hitting just .243 as a team. The Longhorn pitchers, however, rank fourth in the Big 12 with a 3.23 ERA.

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Kansas State (15-6) boasts a 3.60 ERA, but the team’s calling card has been its offense. Freshman Cameron Thompson leads the Big 12 with his 36 hits, and three of the four Big 12 athletes with five home runs are Wildcats. With five home runs and eight doubles, Kansas State first baseman Jake Scudder is tied for the conference lead in both of those statistical categories.

“You’ve got to think that they’re going to swing the bat, play defense and their (starting pitchers) have been good,” Texas coach David Pierce said. “Very quality Big 12 team.”

Texas is expected to start sophomore Nolan Kingham (2-2, 0.95 ERA) on the mound on Friday. Junior Morgan Cooper (2-1, 2.05) and freshman Blair Henley (2-2, 4.38) will then close out the Longhorns’ weekend. Opposing Texas’ trio of right-handers will be Justin Heskett (2-1, 2.60), Parker Rigler (2-1, 2.03) and Brogan Heinen (1-1, 3.96).

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