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Texas baseball can’t afford to look past powerful Tennessee Tech in Super Regional

Travis Moths has been Tennessee Tech's best pitcher this season, striking out 104 and walking just 36 while posting a 13-2 record so far this season, while outfielder Kevin Strohschein's 18 home runs lead a potent Golden Eagle offense that has seven players who have gone deep at least 10 times this season (photos courtesy of Tennessee Tech athletics / graphic by Horns Illustrated).

By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer

AUSTIN, Texas — Nothing is going to be handed to the Texas baseball team this weekend when it hosts a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional against upstart Tennessee Tech beginning Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

But the Longhorns have become accustomed to inflicting their considerable will upon opponents when it’s really important, and they are riding the crest of that wave in an attempt to qualify for the College World Series for the first time since 2014.

Given those parameters, and UT's pitching staff’s recent penchant for making teams earn everything they get, it’s easy to see how Texas will be a huge favorite to roll past Tennessee Tech and advance to Omaha.

Don’t expect the Longhorns to take lightly the Golden Eagles, who are the first

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 .