|GAME TIME||1 PM CT|
|STADIUM||TD Ameritrade Park|
For the 36th time in school history, the Texas Longhorns are in the College World Series. That journey begins today against Arkansas. It took going to three games for both teams to make it to Omaha.
For Texas on the bump, they’ll be starting junior RHP Nolan Kingham. Kingham was shakier in his start in game one against Tennessee Tech in the Super Regional than he had been in his past couple outings. He did come in and save the day in game three against Tennessee Tech and get the save to send them to Omaha. Kingham will feature a sinker and slider combo with his sinker sitting around 91-93 MPH. As is with most sinkerballers, Kingham gets hurt a lot when the sinker flattens out and elevated in the zone. Big games have seemed to bring out the better version of him this season, so we’ll see what he shows.
Behind Kingham, will literally be the entire staff. As we saw with Oregon State and North Carolina on Saturday, teams will do whatever they need to do to win the first game, especially have the next day no matter what. The main guys you’ll see out of the pen for Texas will most likely be Parker Joe Robinson, Josh Sawyer, Andy McGuire and Chase Shugart. Don’t be surprised to see Blair Henley and Kam Fields get up if Kingham gets into early trouble.
Offensively, the Horns will need to keep the ball gap to gap and hit line drives. If the weather on Sunday is what it was like on Saturday, nothing in the air will travel. If you’re going to hit it out, hit the down the lines. Otherwise, hit line drives and keep it from gap to gap. This stadium and current weather pattern suit Texas as they play in a pitcher-friendly ballpark at home and know how to manufacture without the long-ball.
Longhorns will be facing arguably one of the best pitchers in the country this season. Blaine Knight is 12-0 in 17 starts with a 2.84 ERA in 101.1 IP. In those 101.1 IP, he has allowed 85 hits and 23 walks with 92 strikeouts. The 3rd-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles out-dueled two 1st-round picks in Auburn’s Casey Mize, 1st overall pick, and Florida’s Brady Singer, 18th overall pick, this season in the SEC. He didn’t pitch against Texas when they visited Fayetteville for a two-game midweek series in March. He will easily be the best pitcher that the Longhorns have faced this season.