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Texas baseball opens College World Series Sunday against Arkansas

The Texas baseball team opens the 2018 College World Series Sunday against Arkansas (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer

AUSTIN, Texas — There’s little to deny that the Texas baseball team's charge into the College World Series for a record 36th time has been charmed at times. But there has been plenty of quality baseball being played by UT, as well.

Some say the Longhorns’ run has been aided by the memory and a push from beyond by former coach Augie Garrido, but doing so is all sentiment over substance. Texas has had to fight its way this far, and it has done so by playing its best baseball when it has counted the most.

The Longhorns (42-21) start play in the CWS at noon Sunday when they battle Arkansas (44-19), a team to which UT lost twice this season

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 .