Daily Dose: Regional's Most Important Players

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In today’s edition I’ll take a look at the five most important Longhorns baseball players in the Dallas Baptist Regional.

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Parker French, P

The genius of French never ceases to amaze me. The 2015 season has been far from his best but he somehow manages to be clutch when it matters most. Take the first game of the Big 12 Tournament for example when he threw a 1-run complete game to help UT get that all-important first win over Texas Tech. If French can come close to matching the outing of Oregon State ace and Golden Spike Award Candidate Andrew Moore today then Texas should be in a position to advance to Saturday’s winners bracket. At worst, his ability to get late into games to preserve UT’s bullpen would be big.

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Ben Johnson, OF

The first-team All-Big 12 selection has been superb all season long and must continue to be in Dallas if the Longhorns want to survive into next week. Johnson, who holds a team-high .339 batting average (the only UT average above 300) needs to set the table at the top of the order and find ways to get on base, especially against OSU ace Andrew Moore, who is 7-2 with 103 strikeouts in 114 innings. Get on and get him over.

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Tres Barrera, C

Texas’ cleanup hitter is a much tougher out than he was a season ago supporting a .396 on-base percentage with 36 strikeouts. But he has a tendency to fall behind early in counts, which he simply can’t do against Moore and whoever else he faces this weekend.

He had the game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to help Texas beat Baylor in the second game of the Big 12 Tournament, and also hit a first-inning bomb against the Bears in the following game to give UT an early lead it wouldn’t relinquish. If he can continue to be that clutch this weekend then Texas will be in fine shape.

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TY CULBRETH /Connor Mayes, P

If they both pitch like they did in the Big 12 Tournament, when each threw complete games, then obviously UT will be sitting pretty. Even if they are able to produce quality outings and keep Texas from going to the pen early, then it should mean Texas is, at the very worst, in the game if not leading.

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BROOKS MARLOW, 2B

Alright, so he hasn’t scored a run since April 28. That’s fine. But something tells me that the senior will come up big when it matters most at the plate this weekend. He does have at least one RBI in three straight games.

And you can’t overlook his .978 fielding percentage (team-leading 162 assists and only 6 errors). He’s been here before and many on the team look at him for that calming leadership. If Marlow is Marlow, UT will be just fine.

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