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Golden: Inexperienced, but live arms could be key to Texas’ post-season success

Posted May 22nd, 2018

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In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take:

On the Texas baseball team winning the Big 12:

The Texas Longhorns roaredinto the No. 12 slotin the DIbaseball.com top 25 poll after a Big 12 title-clinching series sweep of TCU, and barring an unforeseen turn of events, the Horns will host an NCAA regional in two weeks.

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While a top eight seed — and a super regional at UFCU Disch-Falk Field — is unlikely, coach David Pierce has his team performing at a nice level at the right time of the season. A deep run in the conference tournament could make things interesting, but Texas’ 15 RPI puts the Horns behind several big-name programs at this point. With that said, Pierce’s team has shown it can go into hostile territory and win ballgames.

Here’s why a deep playoff run is possible: They have a national player of the year candidate in junior second baseman Kody Clemens, plus plenty of momentum — they’re 28-9 in their last 37 games after starting the season 9-9 — and a fan base that’s starved to return to the glory years when the words “Omaha is mandatory” carried a lot of weight.

Omaha is possible because not only do the Horns have some nice offensive punch but also because the team has displayed that clutch gene that played a starring role in Augie Garrido’s greatest moments in Austin. Clemens delivered in humongous fashion in the Big 12 title-clinching win over TCU as he has for most of his season.

The biggest question entering the postseason is if the Horns will get grown-man performances from that pitching staff on those days when the offense is struggling. There are plenty of live arms but they’re inexperienced for the most part when you’re talking about postseason experience.

Sports gambling isn’t legal in Texas just yet, but I wouldn’t bet on the Horns at this point. We’ll see if they can maintain this surge through the conference tournament and beyond. Who knows, maybe one of these youngsters will come of age at money time. Shoot, Huston Street was 18 years old when he saved four games in Omaha.

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his thoughts on the Warriors/Rockets series and coach Mike D’Antoni’s decisions, click here.

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