AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas’ chances of extending its baseball season past the regular season are slim, but at least the Longhorns are in control of their own fate.
Texas (25-25, 6-14) is in the basement of the Big 12 standings. If they want to play in the Big 12 Tournament, the Longhorns have to move up a spot into eighth place. David Pierce and his team can do that with perfect results against Oklahoma in the final series of the season this weekend at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
There are two ways for Texas to move out of last place in the conference standings and both require, at least, winning the series against the Sooners. The Kansas-Kansas State series will be of interest to both the Longhorns and Sooners.
Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas are the only teams in danger of missing out on the conference tournament.
Texas’ Tournament Scenarios
If Texas sweeps Oklahoma, the Longhorns would jump at least Oklahoma in the final standings. The outcome of the Kansas and Kansas State would be irrelevant to Texas, but could affect the Longhorns’ seeding.
If Texas wins two out of three against Oklahoma, the Longhorns would need Kansas to sweep Kansas State which would eliminate the Wildcats from the Big 12 Tournament.
The Longhorns’ season is over if they lose the series to Oklahoma.
Texas had last week off and a refreshed perspective could do wonders for a team that hasn’t played well in six weeks. The Longhorns haven’t won a Big 12 series since taking two out of three against Texas Tech in the first Big 12 series of the season.
Texas starts the final week of the regular season with a non-conference game against Incarnate Word Tuesday at home. The series opener with the Sooners begins Thursday.