Longhorns face key weekend series

May, 17, 2012
The Longhorns are teetering on the College World Series bubble. Texas dropped two of its three games against Missouri last weekend and have slipped in the Big 12 standings. Enter No. 4 Baylor.

ESPN.com's Eric Sorenson previews the weekend's action in college baseball. Here is his take on the Baylor-Texas series starting Thursday at Disch-Falk Field:

4. No. 4 Baylor (40-11, 18-3 Big 12, No. 4 RPI) at Texas (29-18, 13-8 Big 12, No. 50 RPI)

Disch-Falk Field, Austin & Baylor Ballpark, Waco, Texas

This is one of those rare seasons when the Longhorns are perched precariously on the wrong side of the NCAA tournament bubble. And believe it or not, if the Bears do the fold-the-tents trick again, as they did at Oklahoma last weekend, their national seed status could get shaky. So both teams really need this. The Bears have dipped to 11-8 in road games and need to show their experience this weekend. They'll face a UT staff that has seen some attrition because of injuries.

Check out the full weekend notebook.



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