Minnesota holds an 11-6 record at the Metrodome this season. The Gophers last competed against Indiana State, March 15-17 and fell in two of the three games. With the Indiana State series, Minnesota completed a 17-game homestand.
Minnesota and Texas have met against each other dating back to 1924. This will be the 86, 87 and 88 times the two teams have met and the first since 1990. The Longhorns have never played a game here in the state of Minnesota.
The Minnesota and Texas series features two of the most legendary coaches in the Division I level. Augie Garrido is in his 45th season as a collegiate head coach and holds an all-time record of 1,859-855-9. Minnesota’s coach, John Anderson is in his 32nd year as a head coach and holds a 1,105-735-3 all-time record. Combined, the two coaches have 77 years of head coaching experience and have a combined win total of 2,964 collegiate wins.
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Texas brings a 12-8 record into its series against the Gophers. The Longhorns are 0-4 on the road this season. They kicked off their Big 12 season last weekend, going 1-2 against Texas Tech, before falling to Houston, 4-3, on Wednesday. The Longhorns’ pitching staff boasts an impressive ERA of 2.51. Both Parker French (1.31) and Dillon Peters (1.97) have ERAs under 2.00, and Nathan Thornhill checks in at 3.04. Ty Marlow has seen action in a team-best 13 games and 15.0 innings pitched. Chad Hollingsworth stands a 3-1 this season in 18.2 innings pitched and nine appearances. Mark Payton (.406), Erich Weiss (.342) and C.J. Hinojosa (.282) lead the Longhorn batters. Ben Johnson has hit two homeruns, while Payton and Weiss have combined for 15 extra-base hits. Texas coach Augie Garrido has the most wins (1,859) of any coach in Division I baseball history. He needs 34 more wins to tie Gordon Gillespie for most wins at any college level.
Minnesota’s Friday starter Tom Windle and Saturday starter Ben Meyer have been nearly unhitable in the last two appearances for both. Holding a 3-1 record, the two have combined for 35.0 innings pitched, an ERA of 0.50 and have struck out 26 batters. In Windle’s last two appearances, he’s held his opponents to a .074 batting average, while Meyer is at .186. With two earned runs, the duo have only walked two in four appearances. On the season, Windle holds a 1.69 ERA, while Meyer is at 2.14 this season.
ON THE DOCKET
Minnesota hosts South Dakota State, Wednesday March 27 in a final tuneup for the Big Ten Conference season. The Gophers open the Big Ten Conference season next weekend when it travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face the Michigan Wolverines. The Golden Gophers will play at Michigan, March 29-31. Friday’s game is set for 5:05 p.m. CT, followed by 3:05 p.m. Saturday and 12:05 p.m. Sun.