No. 2 Baseball Preview: College of Charleston & the Citadel

# 2 TEXAS (13-4) COLLEGE of CHARLESTON (9-7)
Where: College of Charleston Baseball Stadium
Time: Tuesday at 5 p.m.
TV: FloBaseball.com
Radio: 104.9 FM The Horn / 1260 AM
Live Statistics: CofCStats.com
All time series with CofC: first meeting

# 2 TEXAS (13-4) at CITADEL (10-5)
Where: Joseph P. Riley, Jr. ParkTime: Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT
TV: ESPN +
Radio: 104.9 FM The Horn / 1260 AM
Live Stats: https://citadelsports.com/sidearmstats/baseball/summary
The all-time series with The Citadel: First Meeting

Matches-Texas continues its South Carolina swing, playing at College of Charleston on Tuesday and The Citadel on Wednesday. This is the first meeting between Longhorns and rivals. After a series win over Yumas Lowell, Coffey is 9-7 this season, while Citadel are 10-5 up from a series win over Siena.

A Look at Longhorns-Six out of seven longhorns are on the road in the middle of playing seven games in nine days. A couple of midweek games split with the state of Texas before leaving the series to South Carolina, Colombia. Longhorns lead aggressively Murphy StelliBatting.426, 26 hits, eight RBIs, 10 runs. Evan Melendes He is the leading run producer with seven doubles, one triple, seven homers, 26 RBI and 18 runs. Douglas Hodo III And Eric Kennedy Outperformed in batting order. Hodo batted with 319 runs, including six doubles, one triple, one homer and 17 runs.

Two-out hitting-Texas has the potential to score two runs this season, and 47% of its RBI runs are scored with two runs. Longhorns has a total of 48 two RBIs for 102 runs. Tray Faltine 10 leads the Longhorns with a two-out RBI, meanwhile Evan Melendes And Douglas Hodo III There are eight. In contrast, the Texas pitching staff is extremely tough with two outs and has allowed eight RBIs eight outs this season, and has two opponents with two outs.195 batting averages.

Titanic-Evan Melendes Four home runs last week brought his season total to seven and his Texas career total to 20. Longhorns now have five Homers in the last six games. His first Titanic blast this season was a “monster shot” and he became the first player to wipe the batter’s eye three times on center field. Last season, Melendus came in with 13 homers, a 319 batting average and a 603 slug percentage. He went home in six consecutive games in April.

March Madness-Texas Baseball begins March with a tough stretch of 11 games in the first 16 days of the month. This makes it even harder, as most of those games are away from the UFCU Disc-Folk field, with 10 out of 11 on the road. The road was rough, with longhorns 5-4 so far in March. After leaving the series in South Carolina, Texas went to Charleston to face the College of Charleston and The Citadel. The back of the March schedule will also be tough, with the Big 12 Conference Play starting at Texas Tech on March 25-27, before Texas A&M will host a midweek game on March 29th.

Wins Defense Championships-It’s an old saying that Texas played well on its journey to a record 37th College World Series performance in 2021. The Longhorns led the 2.93 ERA NCAA by about a quarter and the Big 12 Conference by more than a run. Texas’s .980 fielding percentage also led the Big 12, and was the 10th best in the country. Through 17 games this season, the Longhorns have a 2.48 ARA, fielding .986 with nine errors.

Infield Hit Machine-Throughout his career on forty acres, Eric Kennedy His speed was used as a means to reach the bottom. With a single bundle on the opening weekend, Kennedy now has 52 career infield singles (29 bundles). He had 27 infield singles last season, including 16 bunt hits.

Leather glitter-Tray Faltine Throughout his career it was a human highlight reel, which made the routine difficult. Last season, the Longhorns shortstop led the Big 12 with 203 assists, ranking second with 40 double plays and sporting .968 fielding percentage on 308 occasions. This season, Faltine is currently leading the Big 12 with 49 assists.

Zone Commands-Tristan Stevens Command is off to a great start this season, winning his first three starts and conceding just two runs in 23.2 innings. He dismissed 17 batsmen and gave up just three walks. Last season, Stevens led the Big 12 with 11 wins, batting just 23 in 111.1 innings.

Immediate impact-Texas won gold last season with the addition of a graduate transfer Mike Antico From St. John’s. The outfielder became the first longhorn and first player in Big 12 history to hit 10 homers and steal 40 bases in a season. The Longhorns are expected to make a big contribution from the Grad transfer this season Skyler Messenger From Kansas. Last season he led Kansas in batting average (324), games played (56), games started (56), batting (213), runs (43), hits (69), doubles (19) and RBI (39). Slugging percentage (.460).

Program-Longhorns play a challenging schedule in 2022 with 31 home games on the UFCU Display-Folk field and a total of 18 games against teams that played in last season’s NCAA tournament. There will be a couple of Marquee Road weekends in March as they play with Texas Tennessee, LSU and UCLA in the 2022 Sreenarse Children’s College Classic, held March 4-6 at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Longhorns will also play in South Carolina, Colombia, March 11-13.

Preseason Picks-Texas was named the league’s head coach by pre-season Big 12 baseball coaches. Longhorns topped the polls for the ninth time in a row for the first time since 2010. LHP Pete Hansen Chosen as the Big 12 Conference Preseason Pitcher of the Year, he led seven Longhorns on the Preseason All-Big12 team. Tristan Stevens And Evan Melendes It was a unanimous choice Silas Ardoin, Mitchell Daly, Tray Faltine And Aaron Nixon He also joined the team.

More National Recognitions-Pete Hansen And Tanner sold The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award has been added to the Preseason Watch List to lead a group of seven longhorns that have received national preseason recognition. Hansen et al Evan Melendes The NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball team selected the first team, the Pre-Season All-American team, and the second team through the D1 Baseball, Perfect game. Aaron Nixon The first team won pre-season honors from D1Baseball and NCBWA. With Vitt and Nixon Tray Faltine And Tristan Stevens Collegiate baseball preseason reached second team, and joined Mitchell Daly In the third team. Nixon was also on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year preseason watch list.

Listen to them-In collaboration with Learfield IMG College, the Texas Games will be broadcast on the Austin Radio Network, primarily 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260. Craig Way handles primary play-by-play tasks with Roger Wallace. This season fans will be able to hear analysis from Longhorn greats Keith Moreland, Ty Harrington and Nathan Thornhill throughout the season.

See them-Almost all of Texas’ home games will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network this season. The team of Keith Moreland and Greg Swindle will return to the booth to call action in 29 of 31 games. Games 2 and 3 of the TCU series on UFCU Disch-Falk Field will be broadcast on ESPNU.

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