Texas Baseball Gameday: vs. Rice (May 31)

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The Longhorns have a quick turnaround after advancing to the winner’s bracket following an 8-1 thumping of former conference rival Texas A&M in the first game of the Houston regional.

The No. 2 seeded Longhorns face No. 1 seeded Rice, another former conference rival, at 7 p.m., Saturday, at Reckling Park.

With seven national titles (six belonging to Texas) and 41 College World Series appearances between them, this game represents a clash of storied baseball programs.

Rice (42-18), who won the Conference USA Championship, defeated George Mason 7-2 in the first game of the regional tournament to advance to the winner’s bracket.

The Longhorns aren’t far off record-wise, going 38-16 in the stacked Big 12 Conference before falling twice to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship tournament. The Longhorns are now 39-18.

The loser of tonight’s game will face the winner of Texas A&M and George Mason’s elimination game, which takes place at 3 p.m.

QUICK COMPARISON

No. 2 seed Texas Longhorns (39-16)

- Lost to Oklahoma State in Big 12 Championship semifinal
- 6 National Championships
- 34 College World Series appearances
- 56 Tournament appearances
- 78 Conference Championships

No. 1 seed Rice Owls (42-18)

- Won Conference USA Conference Championship
- 1 National Championship
- 7 College World Series appearances
- 20 Tournament appearances
- 18 Conference Championships

REMAINING SCHEDULE

Saturday, May 31
Game 3 – George Mason vs. Texas A&M, 3 p.m.
Game 4 – TCU vs. Texas, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 1
Game 5 – Loser Game 4 vs. Winner Game 3, 3 p.m.
Game 6 – Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 2 – If necessary
Game 7 – Rematch of Game 6, 6 p.m.

 

Brian Kendall

Part-time journalist turned full-time blogger, Brian is an online staff writer at Horns Illustrated and serves as senior staff writer for digital marketing agency Speak Social. Brian currently resides in Austin and you can read his blog at the following address: briankendall.wordpress.com

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