Sophomore LHP Andrew McKirahan -- 22.2 IP, 2.78 ERA
Will move on if:
The Longhorns play like they did all year. Texas' bats have been fearsome all season and home runs have been the driving force behind their offense. At the same time, their starting rotation has been spectacular and cut through the Big 12 to a 24-3 regular-season conference record.
Could be trouble if:
UT shows up like it did in the Big 12 tourney. It was hard to fault the Longhorns' play all year, other than an early slip-up against New Mexico, until this week. They played lifelessly in three losses in their conference tournament to Missouri (7-3), Texas Tech (4-2) and Texas A&M (9-3). When the Horns couldn't find their big hits, they proved they are not a small-ball first team. When they combined that with mediocre to bad pitching performances, Texas looked vunerable for the first time since that NMU series many months ago. They must escape from their funk with a proper beating of inferior No. 4 seed Rider.