PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For just the third time in the history of the University of Texas' baseball program, they will square off against an Ivy League opponent. Brown, which will take on a top-five challenge for the second time this season after starting off the year at No. 2 Vanderbilt, will head to Austin, Texas for a four-game series vs. the Longhorns.
All-Time Series: 1-0, Texas
The lone meeting between Texas and Brown came at the NCAA Round Rock Regional at Dell Diamond on June 1, 2007. The Longhorns were 8-2 victors in the game, with Joseph Krebs and Randy Boone combining to pitch five scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Texas' only other game against an Ivy League opponent came in 1988 when the Longhorns toppled Cornell 15-3 in Austin.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday, March 11, 2011 - 6 p.m. Central
Texas: RHP Taylor Jungmann (3-0, 1.01 ERA)
Brown: RHP Matthew Kimball (0-0, 1.29 ERA)
Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 12 p.m. Central
Texas: LHP Hoby Milner (1-0, 1.35 ERA)
Brown: RHP Kevin Carlow (0-1, 4.76 ERA)
Saturday, March 12, 2011 – 30 minutes following the first game
Texas: LHP Sam Stafford (2-0, 2.20 ERA)
Brown: RHP Lucas Whitehill (0-1, 10.12 ERA)
Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 12 p.m. Central
Texas: RHP Cole Green (0-2, 4.32 ERA)
Kimball Earns Ivy League Honor
Brown senior pitcher Matthew Kimball (Nashville, Tenn.) started the 2011 Bears Baseball season off in impressive fashion, returning to his hometown and taking on No. 2 Vanderbilt. For his efforts, Kimball was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week.
The Bears got seven strong innings from Kimball who was impressive in his homecoming performance, limiting the Commodores to just one run, but a two-run eighth inning gave the win to Vandy, 3-1.
Not only did Kimball and the Bears face one of the top teams in the country, they also squared off against one of the top pitchers. Preseason All-American junior Sonny Gray, who has played for Team USA, set a career-high with 15 strikeouts in a complete game performance.Kimball went toe-to-toe with Gray as the two dueled to a 1-1 tie until the eighth inning. The fourth-year right-handed pitcher went seven strong, scattering six hits while striking out three.
• Texas pitchers are bearing down against left-handed hitters holding them to a .200 (22-for-110) batting average on the season and just four extra-base hits. Cole Green has held lefties to a .095 batting average (2-for-21) while Andrew McKirahan and Taylor Jungmann has them hitting just .143 (1-for-7) and .160 (4-for-25), respectively.
• The lone meeting between Texas and Brown came at the NCAA Round Rock Regional at Dell Diamond on June 1, 2007. The Longhorns were 8-2 victors in the game, with Joseph Krebs and Randy Boone combining to pitch five scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Current volunteer Longhorns assistant coach Travis Tucker went 4-for-4 with one run scored and Kyle Russell hit his 28th home run of the season. Texas' only other game against an Ivy League opponent came in 1988 when the Longhorns toppled Cornell 15-3 in Austin.
• For his career, Taylor Jungmann is 12-0 with a 1.86 ERA in his 19 starts at UFCU Disch-Falk Field and the Longhorns have gone 19-0 when he throws the first pitch at home. Last season, Texas finished 10-0 in Jungmann's 10 starts at UFCU Disch-Falk Field He went 6-0 with a 1.44 ERA in his 10 starts at home. He held opponents to a .181 batting average and fanned 92 batters, while walking just 21 in 75.0 innings. He earned victories over New Mexico, Stanford, Oklahoma State, Louisiana Tech, Rice and TCU. Texas also earned wins with Jungmann getting "no decisions" against Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Texas A&M in games which all went extra innings.
• Longhorns' pitchers currently own a 3.34 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the season with 117 strikeouts and 35 bases on balls. Taylor Jungmannleads the way with an astronomical 27.00 ratio (27 K/1 BB). Others with impressive ratios, include Cole Green with a 10.50 mark (23 K/2 BB) and Corey Knebel with a 4.67 clip (14 K/3 BB).