Texas outfielders Kaitlyn Washington (25), Tuesday DerMargosian (24) and Bekah Alcozer (16) stand for the playing of The Eyes of Texas against Incarnate Word at McCombs Field on Feb. 9, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Undefeated yet untested, Texas faces critical slate of conference games this week at McCombs Field

Posted April 17th, 2018

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This week, Texas did not receive a single vote in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll. The Longhorns, though, will get a chance to sway some voters over the next six days.

Texas will host Baylor on Tuesday afternoon before welcoming Oklahoma State to Austin for a three-game series this weekend. Texas still has home games scheduled against Texas Southern and Incarnate Word, but the battles against Baylor and Oklahoma State will be the last contests of consequence at McCombs Field in the regular season.

Texas (26-15; 9-0) has won 14 of its last 16 games. Undefeated against Big 12 opponents, Texas is off to its best start in conference play since 2011.

The Longhorns, however, have swept through the basement of the Big 12 standings. Things will get tougher over UT’s final nine conference games against No. 21 Baylor, No. 24 Oklahoma State and No. 2 Oklahoma. (Texas will travel to Oklahoma next week before closing out the regular season with two games in Waco).

Texas freshman Janae Jefferson is hitting .552 against Big 12 pitchers, which leads the conference. Outfielder Kaitlyn Washington and pitcher Brooke Bolinger have both been honored by the Big 12 this season. Senior Paige von Sprecken ranks among the conference’s best hitters and pitchers.

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