CBB Spotlight Series: Texas at Stanford

Mark Marquess welcomes Texas to Palo Alto this weekend.
Mark Marquess welcomes Texas to Palo Alto this weekend.

The Texas Longhorns make the trip west to face off with the Stanford Cardinal this weekend. Texas enters the series with a perfect 10-0 record, while Stanford is looking to get back on track after a 2-6 start to the season. The key to Texas’ fantastic start has been great pitching. The Longhorns boast an amazing 1.24 team ERA and have held opponents to a .164 batting average. Stanford, on the other hand, is looking for somebody to step up on the hill. The Cardinal have a team ERA of 6.49 and are allowing opponents to hit at a .295 clip.

The Longhorns are hitting .314 as a team, with short stop David Hernandez leading the team with a .455 average. Stanford has struggled at the plate, hitting only .236 as a team. Infielder Adam Gaylord leads the Cardinal attack with a .455 average in five games played this season.

CBS College Sports will telecast the Friday night contest, with first pitch set for 8 PM Eastern. Probable starting pitchers for the Friday night game are Texas’ Chance Ruffin (RHP, 2-0, 3.14 ERA) and Stanford’s Jeffrey Inman (RHP, 0-1, 4.85 ERA).

Texas will most likely start either Taylor Jungmann (RHP, 2-0, 1.59 ERA), Brandon Workman (RHP, 2-0, 0.00 ERA), or Cole Green (RHP, 1-0, 0.59 ERA) in the Saturday and Sunday contests. Brett Honeymoon (LHP, 0-1, 3.68 ERA) will start the Saturday game for Stanford, while the Sunday starting pitcher is still TBA.

Stanford leads the all-time series between the two schools 23-20-1, and the Cardinal are 9-5 against the Longhorns in Palo Alto.

There is no doubt this series is a big one for both teams. Texas looks to hit the road and earn a series win against a name opponent, and a series win against a top five team might be what it takes to get Stanford rolling.