Texas back in Nebraska

June 14th, 2011 at 10:18 pm by under Sports

A year ago this time Nebraska had just jumped from the Big 12 where they felt like a second class citizen to the southern schools in the conference, specifically Texas.  While the Longhorns are finished competing against the Cornhuskers in conference play, they are not finished competing in Nebraska.

Texas will make its record 34th trip to the College World Series later this week and will probably be the “Miami Heat” of the eight teams in Omaha, the one fans love to hate.  Texas A&M makes it a Texas two step at the new TD Ameritrade Park, but the Aggies have a secret weapon when it comes to Husker hospitality.  A&M head coach Rob Childress spent seven years as pitching coach at Nebraska before taking over in College Station.

The two schools cannot meet unless its in the championship series.  The go in as the offensive underdog.  Texas has hit 17 home runs as a team, their opening game opponent Florida has hit 67 including 18 from Mike Zunino.  The bigger question will be starting pitcher Taylor Jungmann.  After going 13-0 in the regular season, Jungmann has lost his two post season starts.  While the Gators can score in bunches, they also have some strong pitching.  Saturday’s expected starter is  Randall Hudson who has a 10-3 record with an impressive 2.29 ERA.  The schedule is always interesting in Omaha.  The team in the UT bracket that emerges on Monday night with a 2-0 record will have three days off until they play again on Friday.

The Aggies play the final opening game of the series when they take on defending champion South Carolina Sunday at 6:00.  They are opposite top seed Virginia and California.  The Bears are quite a story, this is a program that was supposed to be dropped, but a late push in fund raising, not to mention their appearance at the CWS will likely save them.

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