The 2014 spring season is here and for the third year more than 60 Texas baseball and softball games will air on Longhorn Network (LHN), the 24/7 University of Texas network.
Coverage begins Saturday, Feb. 1, at noon CT, with the annual baseball Alumni Game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Participating alumni include Huston Street, Brandon Workman, Drew Stubbs, and others from the illustrious Lifetime Longhorn ranks. LHN’s Kevin Dunn will call the telecast, joined by Keith Moreland and Greg Swindell as analysts. UT will open its regular season with a four game series at California, followed by their first home game of the 2014 season on Tuesday, Feb. 18, against Texas A&M Corpus Christi at 6 p.m. CT.
Texas finished with an overall record of 27-24 for the 2013 season. This year, Baseball America ranks the Longhorns as No. 18 in their 2014 pre-season top-25 poll, and Collegiate Baseball ranks the Longhorns No. 20 in their pre-season top-40. Texas is one of five Big 12 teams included in the top-40 poll, joining Oklahoma State (18), TCU (19), Kansas State (28) and Oklahoma (32).
Baseball America’s national recruiting rankings placed the Texas freshman class second nationally behind Florida, and first in the Big 12. The class is comprised of 13 newcomers.
Texas Home Baseball Games (all times Central)
|Sat, Feb 1||noon||ALUMNI GAME|
|Tue, Feb. 18||6 p.m.||TEXAS A&M-CC|
|Fri, Feb 21||6 p.m.||STANFORD|
|Sat, Feb 22||2 p.m.||STANFORD|
|Sun, Feb 23||1 p.m.||STANFORD|
|Tue, Feb 25||4:30 p.m.||UTPA|
|Tue, Mar 4||6 p.m.||VALPARAISO|
|Fri, Mar 7||6 p.m.||HAWAII|
|Sat, Mar 8||1 p.m.||HAWAII|
|Sun, Mar 9||1 p.m.||HAWAII|
|Fri, Mar 14||6 p.m.||KANSAS|
|Sat, Mar 15||1 p.m.||KANSAS|
|Sun, Mar 16||1 p.m.||KANSAS|
|Tue, Mar 18||6 p.m.||DALLAS BAPTIST|
|Fri, Mar 21||6 p.m.||COLUMBIA|
|Sat, Mar 22||2 p.m.||COLUMBIA|
|Sun, Mar 23||noon||COLUMBIA|
|Tue, Mar 25||6 p.m.||TEXAS STATE|
|Fri, Apr 4||7 p.m.||BAYLOR|
|Sat, Apr 5||7 p.m.||BAYLOR|
|Sun, Apr 6||2:30 p.m.||BAYLOR|
|Tue, Apr 8||6 p.m.||RICE|
|Tue, Apr 15||6 p.m.||UT-ARLINGTON|
|Thu, Apr 17||6 p.m.||TCU|
|Fri, Apr 18||6 p.m.||TCU|
|Sat, Apr 19||4 p.m.||TCU|
|Tue, Apr 22||6 p.m.||UT-PAN AM|
|Fri, Apr 25||7 p.m.||OKLAHOMA STATE|
|Sat, Apr 26||1 p.m.||OKLAHOMA STATE|
|Sun, Apr 27||2 p.m.||OKLAHOMA STATE|
|Tue, Apr 29||6 p.m.||PRAIRIE VIEW A&M|
|Tue, May 13||6 p.m.||TEXAS STATE|
Schedule subject to change.
The University of Texas softball team finished the 2013 season with a record of 51-10 and reached the Women’s College World Series for the fifth time in program history. Entering the 2014 campaign, the Longhorns are ranked No. 10 in both the USA TODAY/National Fastpitch Coaches Association and ESPN.com/USA Softball Division I Top 25 Preseason Polls. It is the ninth time in the last 10 years Texas Softball has been ranked in both major preseason polls to start a season. UT welcomes seven freshmen and returns 12 letterwinners, including six starting position players from last year’s team.
Texas Home Softball Games in February (all times Central)
|Wed, Feb 12||7 p.m.||UTSA|
|Fri, Feb 14||4 p.m.||KENTUCKY|
|Sat, Feb 15||1 p.m.||LA TECH|
|4 p.m.||SEMIFINAL #1 (TEXAS vs. MATCHED SEED)|
|Sun, Feb 16||10 a.m.||CHAMPIONSHIP/CONSOLATION (TEXAS GAME)|
|Fri, Feb 28||4 p.m.||LOUISIANA-MONROE|
|11 p.m.||SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI*|
|Sat, Mar 1||1 p.m.||TEXAS SOUTHERN|
|Sun, Mar 2||2 p.m.||TEXAS SOUTHERN|
|Sat, Mar 15||4 p.m.||IOWA|
|Sun, Mar 16||4 p.m.||IOWA|
|Mon, Mar 17||7 p.m.||IOWA|
|Wed, Mar 19||7 p.m.||HOUSTON|
|Wed, Mar 26||7 p.m.||TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI|
|Wed, Apr 2||7 p.m.||TEXAS STATE|
|Fri, Apr 4||4:30 p.m.||TEXAS TECH|
|Sat, Apr 5||4 p.m.||TEXAS TECH|
|Sun, Apr 6||noon||TEXAS TECH|
|Fri, Apr 25||4:30 p.m.||OKLAHOMA STATE|
|Sat, Apr 26||4 p.m.||OKLAHOMA STATE|
|Sun, Apr 27||11:30 a.m.||OKLAHOMA STATE|
|Fri, May 2||7 p.m.||KANSAS|
|Sat, May 3||3 p.m.||KANSAS|
|Sun, May 4||1 p.m.||KANSAS|
|Sun, May 11||1 p.m.||BAYLOR|
*Airing on Short Turnaround. Schedule subject to change.
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