The 25th ranked Texas Longhorns welcome West Coast Conference foe Loyola Marymount to Disch-Falk Field this weekend for a three-game series. The Lions are 4-7 on the season, with their wins coming against UNLV and UC Santa Barbara, two games apiece. The Lions have a set goal this season of taking the WCC Crown after coming in third last year, a definite challenge for a team returning just one of their starting pitchers from 2011. Before the season started, Coach Jason GillÂ said, â€œthe stability of the bullpen will be a key to success this year.â€
Players to Watch:
Colin Welmon (#12): Freshman right-hander Colin Welmon chose Loyola Marymount over USC, Santa Clara, and UCLA. Coach Gill said of his freshmen pitchers, â€œWe have two freshmen arms in Colin Welmon and Trevor Megill that can match up with anybody elseâ€™s in the nation.â€ Welmon currently holds a 5.09 ERA over 17.2 innings pitched in three starts, including an impressive 3 BB to 15 K ratio.
Cullen Mahoney (#4): Second baseman Cullen Mahoney transferred to Loyola Marymount this season from South Mountain CC, where he batted .406 as a sophomore. So far this season, Mahoney has reached base safely in all eleven games, racking up a .375 batting average and drawing 12 walks. Mahoney leads the team in batting average.
Game one of the series against Loyola Marymount is scheduled for a 6pm start on Friday, March 9. Rain is expected in the Austin area this weekend, so be prepared for rain delays and all that comes with a cold weekend at the Disch.
(Cross-posted from http://texasbaseballblog.com)