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Horns are finding their offensive stride

Mark Payton at bat against Stanford on Sunday Feb 23, 2014. (Photo: Jesse Drohen)

Mark Payton at bat against Stanford on Sunday Feb 23, 2014. (Photo: Jesse Drohen)

By Steve Habel/ Horns Illustrated Associate Editor

There was never a doubt that pitching was going to be the strength of the Texas baseball team and that the main need for improvement from last season – when the Horns did not win a Big 12 Conference series and finished last in the league – to this one would be made in the batting cage, the batter’s box and on the base paths.

UT dominated in both phases of the game over its past four outings, all wins, against Dallas Baptist on March 18 and this past weekend versus Columbia.

In those four games, the 15th-ranked Longhorns outscored the opposition 29-4. Texas beat Columbia, the favorite to win the Ivy League, 6-1 and 11-0 on Saturday after thrashing the Lions 7-3 on Friday night.

Texas sophomore outfielder Ben Johnson says it gets tiresome when

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Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .