With the season opener only a day away, Augie Garrido has settled on only two starters in his pitching rotation. The Texas baseball coach has no idea who the Longhorns’ ace might be. Or even if he has one.
Garrido knows Corey Knebel, with his 96-mph fastball, will flourish in his role as a closer; there are no plans to move him back to starter, as Garrido was forced to do last spring.
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TEXAS’ OPENING SERIES
Texas vs. Sacramento State, 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 Saturday, 1 Sunday, LHN
MAKING THEIR PITCH
Texas enters the season settled with its Friday and Saturday starters, and its closer, but that Sunday slot is a work in progress:
Fridays: Parker French. The Dripping Springs product went 6-2 with a 2.84 ERA last year as a freshman.
Saturdays: Nathan Thornhill. The former Cedar Park star was 4-5 with a 3.87 ERA in 11 starts. He’s a junior.
The closer: Corey Knebel. The Georgetown product is within reach of Huston Street’s career saves record.
… And Sundays? Texas has a couple of options, including Dillon Peters, Cameron Cox and Toller Boardman.
Games and series notes for Texas, which opens its season Friday:
- The Longhorns, picked to finish third behind Oklahoma and TCU in the Big 12 preseason poll, open conference play March 15 at home against Texas Tech.
- The schedule isn’t kind if Texas harbors hope of catching the Sooners and Horned Frogs; the Longhorns’ series with Oklahoma (April 5-7) and TCU (May 16-18) are both on the road.
- Looking for nationally-ranked opponents on the schedule? Texas plays at No. 9 Stanford the first weekend of March. Beyond that, the only nationally-ranked preseason team on the schedule is No. 19 Oklahoma.
- Texas missed the NCAA tournament in 2012 for the first time in 14 years. This year’s College World Series falls on June 15-26, in Omaha.