Baseball series preview: Kansas
April 8, 2010
No. 6 Texas (23-7, 7-2 Big 12) vs. Kansas (19-10-1, 3-2-1 Big 12)
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 2 p.m. Central
Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 1 p.m. Central
• Texas has batted in the ninth inning 14 times this year compared to 23 times for their opponents, but the Longhorns own a 12-4 edge in ninth inning scoring. Texas' opponents are allowing the foe to bat just .103 (8-of-78) with one double and one home run in the ninth inning. The Longhorns pitchers' ERA in the ninth inning is 0.39. Texas batters are hitting .281 with four doubles and four home runs in the final frame.
• The Longhorns currently possess one of the top bullpens in the nation. Through 30 games, Longhorns relievers have hurled 86.2 innings, allowing just 24 runs, 17 earned, on 59 hits and 33 walks while striking out 89. The bullpen owns a 10-3 record with seven saves and 1.77 ERA. Texas relievers are limiting the opponent to just a .193 batting average. Leading the way are the trio of RHP Chance Ruffin (4-1, 7 SV, 0.59 ERA), LHP Hoby Milner (0-0, 1.42 ERA), RHP Kendal Carrillo (2-0, 2.25 ERA), RHP Stayton Thomas (2-0, 2.89 ERA) and LHP Andrew McKirahan (1-1, 3.00 ERA).
• On the year, the Longhorns are being outscored 16-15 in the first inning, but Texas is bouncing back to own a 74-27 scoring advantage in innings 2-thru-4 and 66-28 in innings 5-thru-7.