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Tourney primer: Texas Longhorns

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Peterson's College World Series Prediction (0:55)

Kyle Peterson picks University of Texas to win the College World Series (0:55)

Record: 46-11, 24-6 Big 12, 7-3 last 10 games

Beat: Rice (2X: 2-1, 5-1), New Mexico (6-2), Oklahoma (Series sweep, 16-3 combined score), Texas A&M (Series sweep, 26-3), Kansas State (2x: 17-2, 6-5), Swept Stanford (Series sweep, 20-5)

Lost to: Rice (10-6), New Mexico (2x: 6-5, 3-1), Oral Roberts (3-2), Houston (1-0), Kansas State (2-1)

Key players:

Junior first baseman Tant Shepherd -- .344, 76 hits, 14 of 15 stolen base attempts, 18 doubles (leads team)

Junior catcher Cameron Rupp -- .316, 67 hits, 51 RBIs

Junior outfielder Kevin Keyes -- .302, 64 hits, 13 home runs (tied for first on team), 53 RBIs, no errors

Starting rotation:

Junior RHP Cole Green -- 10-0, 2.08 ERA, four complete games

Sophomore RHP Taylor Jungmann -- 6-3, 2.16 ERA, has pitched the most innings of any UT pitcher, 113 strikeouts to just 37 walks

Junior RHP Brandon Workman -- 11-1, 3.77 ERA, three complete games

Most used relievers:

Junior RHP Chance Ruffin -- 6-1, 0.79 ERA, 13 saves

Junior RHP Stayton Thomas -- 33.2 IP, 3.21 ERA, .271 opponents batting average

Freshman LHP Hoby Milner -- 3-1, 32 IP, 1.97 ERA, 31 strikeouts to 12 walks

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.

First game: Friday, 6:30 p.m. vs. No. 4 Rider