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.
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
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.