13 Feb

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Picked to finish fifth in Big 12, Texas baseball starts 2019 at Rice

Bryce Elder is one of a trio of returning veterans who will be counted on to lead the Texas pitching staff in 2020 (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer

AUSTIN, Texas — The 2019 season was one to forget for the Texas baseball team.

The first steps toward really putting that disappointing campaign in the rearview mirror took place in the fall and in the recent weeks, and the fruit of that labor will be seen for the first time Friday when the Longhorns open the 2020 season with the first of a three-game series with Rice in Houston.

This edition of the Longhorns has a lot to prove, but despite an uptick in talent and an unquestioned desire to be better, Texas will have a bevy of roadblocks. The Longhorns were picked in the preseason to finish

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 .