FEBRUARY 17, 2015 - Texas assistant coach, Skip Johnson signals for left hander #29, Jon Malmin after #48, Ty Marlow, looking on, had an injury against UT San Antonio during the fourth inning of NCAA baseball game held at UFCU Disch Falk Field on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Pitching to be showcased as Texas greets its ranked Red River rival

Posted April 7th, 2017

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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.

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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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