Horns lose Big 12 tourney opener

May 25th, 2011 at 3:41 pm by under Sports

Texas has dug themselves a hole they may not want get out of at the Big 12 tournament.  The top seeded Longhorns lost to Missouri 6-4 in Oklahoma City and now will have to climb out of the losers bracket.  In order for Texas to make it to Sunday’s one game championship they will have to win single games Thursday and Friday and then two on Saturday.  That could prove tough on a pitching staff with the most important part of  the season right around the corner in the NCAA tournament.

So how bad does Texas even want to win in OKC?  You can bet they will want to get Thursday’s game against Baylor and avoid the dreaded two and a barbeque.  After that, its a matter of opinion.  Augie Garrido is never going to have his team take the field to lose, but the way they manage their pitching staff could be a telling sign.  If he is convinced that they are a lock for a top 8 national seed which means home field through the super regional,  then he and pitching coach Skip Johnson will be very careful with their front line pitchers.  If  he feels that they need more wins, then they could stretch out some arms.  The good news for Texas is that Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Taylor Jungmann is available after freshman Nathan Thornhill got the start on Wednesday.

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