If pitching will decide which team wins the Rice baseball regional this weekend in Houston, give a slight edge to the Texas Longhorns.
No. 2 seed Texas (38-18) was a touch ahead of top-seeded Rice and No. 4 seed George Mason when comparing a variety of pitching statistics. No. 3 seed Texas A&M (33-24) was a distant fourth, though the Aggies had to contend with arguably the toughest schedule of the foursome.
The four teams will engage in postseason baseball beginning Friday at Reckling Park in Houston. The Owls (41-18) are attempting to make it to its second consecutive Super Regional. They were 0-2 against Texas and 0-1 against the A&M during the regular season. Rice has not advanced the last two times they hosted a regional.
The action begins at 3 p.m. Friday when Texas and Texas A&M renew acquaintances. Rice faces George Mason (34-20) at 7 p.m. Friday. The regional is a double elimination format. Here’s the schedule for the weekend.
Since pitching is typically such a vital component of postseason success, Examiner.com has compared season pitching statistics for each team in a dozen categories. The team with the best stats was given 5 points for topping each category. The runner-up was awarded 3 points, third-best 2 points and then 1 point to the remaining team.
While this doesn’t take into account the strengths of opponent hitters, it is designed to provide some insight into how pitchers may perform this weekend.
Last season Rice’s staff was projected as the best in the Eugene regional. Rice won the regional. Host Oregon was runner-up.
View the photos for this year's rankings and point totals.