Texas' fabulous freshmen
A group of unheralded first-year players have kept the Longhorns on top this season
- Brendan Maloney/US PresswireWith so many freshman on his team, Augie Garrido has had plenty of teaching opportunities.
The 2011 season has introduced a lot of change to college baseball. TD Ameritrade Park replaced Rosenblatt Stadium as the home of the College World Series. The NCAA toned down the bats, drastically reducing offense. Southern Miss and Stetson emerged as strong regional host candidates while mighty LSU sits in last place in the SEC West.
All that change can be disorienting for long-time college baseball fans. So thank goodnessTexas for still being Texas and providing some stability amidst all the newness.
All in all, it's been a typical Texas season. At 38-12, 17-7 in the Big 12 Conference, the Longhorns face rival Texas A&M this weekend with a chance to win the league's regular season title for the seventh time in 10 years. A series win would lock up another top-8 national seed. And, as usual, Texas has built that success on dominant starting pitching, a trusted relief ace, stellar defense and just enough offense.
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