In our series preview several days ago we mentioned that coach Garrido would learn a lot about this relatively young Texas team in the 3-game series against #2 Stanford. Unfortunately he learned a couple of thingsâ€¦ First, Stanford is as-advertised. The Cardinal brought both excellent pitching and solid hitting. Stanford never trailed the Longhorns in any of the 3 games, outscoring Texas by a total of 28-5.Â Second, the Texas offense needs help.Â The Horns couldnâ€™t get the bats going. With the pitching giving up an average of 6 runs per game and the offense only producing an average of 3 runs per game, the Longhorns have work to do. Talk about double-dutyâ€¦. The first two games were tough, but they donâ€™t compare to the bombardment the Longhorns took today.Â A 13-run 4th inningÂ by Stanford doomed Texasâ€™s chances of salvaging a win in game 3.
Mark Payton is the only Longhorn hitting above .250 (Payton holds a .346 batting average) followed by Tim Maitland, hitting a solid .250.Â On the pitching side, Nathan Thornhill is 1-1 with a 2.70 era in 10 innings pitched.Â After that, Hoby Milner has an ERA of 5.00 in 9 innings pitched.Â While it may seem like doom-and-gloom for Texas, it’s still early in the season.Â The Longhorns have 45 regular season games left with plenty of opportunities for redemption.Â Texas brings a 5-game losing streak back to Disch-Falk Field to take on Houston Baptist University on Tuesday.