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TCU's strong finish needs final push against Longhorns

University of Texas infielder Kody Clemens leads the Longhorns with 16 home runs and 55 RBIs (both among Big 12 leaders) as they host TCU for the final series of the regular season beginning Thursday in Austin.
University of Texas infielder Kody Clemens leads the Longhorns with 16 home runs and 55 RBIs (both among Big 12 leaders) as they host TCU for the final series of the regular season beginning Thursday in Austin. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP

For three weeks, TCU baseball has been doing what it needed to do.

But there's still work to be done.

The Horned Frogs (29-19, 10-10 in the Big 12) are 11-2 since being swept at Baylor but the final regular-season series at the University of Texas figures to pose the biggest challenge. TCU, at No. 63 in the ratings percentage index rankings, are still in need of an RPI boost, which the No. 20 Longhorns (34-18, 14-7) could provide.

Texas' offense is led by Kody Clemens (son of MLB legend and Texas ex Roger Clemens) who is hitting .345 with 16 home runs (second in the Big 12) and 55 RBIs (third in the Big 12). The Longhorns are 24-7 at home this season.

Of course, the Frogs have had success in Austin before. They beat Texas in the 2010 Super Regional in Austin to advance to their first College World Series. In 2016, TCU lost two of three in Austin.

Since the Frogs joined the Big 12 in 2013, they're 14-5 against the Longhorns, including 2-2 in the Big 12 tournament and 2-4 in Austin.

The Frogs swept the series a year ago in Fort Worth.

TCU at Texas

(at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, Austin)

Game 1: 6:30 p.m. Thursday (FS1)

Game 2: 6:30 p.m. Friday (Longhorn Network)

Game 3: 2:30 p.m. Saturday (Longhorn Network)

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