As they jostle for positioning in the Big 12 standings, Oklahoma and Texas will play three times at UFCU Disch-Falk Field this weekend.
Oklahoma is 26-6 and ranked 16th in D1baseball.com’s national poll, while Texas is 20-12 after Tuesday’s 8-1 win over Sam Houston State. With a 4-2 mark in conference play, Oklahoma is tied for second place in the Big 12. At 4-5, Texas sits in sixth place.
Five Sooners have 50 at-bats and a .300 batting average, while Michael McCann and Kacy Clemens have accomplished the same feat in Texas’ line-up. This weekend, though, may belong to the Sooner and Longhorn pitchers.
On Friday and Saturday, Texas will pit pitchers Nolan Kingham (4-2, 1.02 ERA) and Morgan Cooper (3-2, 1.44) against fellow right-handers Dylan Grove (1-1, 2.88) and Jake Irvin (5-0, 1.16). Neither team has announced a Sunday starter. Texas has reserved its weekend-ending appearances for Blair Henley, but the freshman is 2-3 with a 4.62 ERA.
This series will feature the two teams with the lowest ERAs in the Big 12. In its first season with ex-Texas pitching coach Skip Johnson, Oklahoma has posted a 2.70 ERA. With Johnson not in the Texas dugout for the first time since 2006, Texas has a 2.96 ERA.
Editor’s note: The original version of this story has been edited to correct the order of Oklahoma’s starters.
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