One of the most anticipated home games of the regular season is about to arrive for head coach David Pierce and No. 8-ranked Texas baseball on the evening of March 29. In March’s final home game, Texas is set to face state rival Texas A&M Aggies out of SEC West in their only meeting of the regular season in the Lone Star Showdown.
Between the Longhorns football, men’s basketball and baseball teams this sports calendar year, this is the only regular season meeting between Texas and Texas A&M. This will obviously always attract interested spectators to the state of Texas.
Texas enters this meeting with Texas A&M with a 19-7 record (1-2 Big 12) after their dominant 12-1 victory over the No. 16 ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders where they led their conference foe to complete the weekend. That victory over Texas Tech also saved the Longhorns from being swept in the first series of the Big 12 slate.
Additionally, Texas A&M enters this one-game midweek series in Austin with a 14-9 (3-3 SEC) record following their 13-9 loss to the Auburn Tigers on March 27. Texas A&M also lost two of their last three games before this one.
Here’s a look at betting odds, TV/streaming information and game predictions as Texas prepares to host Texas A&M on March 29 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin, with the first kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.
Texas Baseball vs. Texas A&M Betting Odds
According to WynnBet, Texas are favorites in the -230 moneyline just under 24 hours before the first pitch against Texas A&M. And the plus/minus is set at 11.5 points.
Texas baseball vs. Texas A&M TV/news streaming
Television: Longhorn Network
Stream: WatchESPN (with a TV package that includes the Longhorn Network)
Radio: 104.9 FM The Horn / 1260 AM
Texas Baseball vs. Texas A&M Picks
While this may not necessarily be one of the most decisive games of the regular season for Pierce and the Longhorns in terms of seeding for any potential College World Series run or anything that may help them in the Big 12 standings, this will obviously be a big one for the fans. Texas can also build momentum by potentially taking care of business against the Aggies before resuming Big 12 play.
On the mound in this game for Pierce and the Longhorns will be the 6-foot-2 redshirt sophomore right-hander justin eckhardt. In his last start, Eckhardt gave the Longhorns six shutout innings on the mound in an eventual win over the Central Arkansas Bears on March 22. Eckhardt also went 1.1 innings in the loss to Texas Tech on March 26 where he didn’t allow all runs won.
It will, however, be an important debut for Eckhardt. The Texas pitching team hasn’t been playing too well lately (to say the least for the past two weeks). And Eckhardt can help continue to turn the tide after a really strong start from Lucas Gordon where Texas led Texas Tech to finish the weekend.
Giving that pitching staff some real confidence and momentum against an in-state rival would do a lot for the Longhorns to get back into Big 12 play later this week.
Texas can move their winning streak to two games if they take care of business against the Aggies on March 29. It would also be a nice boost of energy for the fanbase after a really inconsistent first half of the regular season schedule in the past few weeks.