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Longhorns baseball to host NCAA regional tournament on the road to College World Series

The Longhorns baseball program is hosting the Austin Regional NCAA tournament on Friday. (Texas Baseball/Twitter)

Starting Friday, the No. 9-ranked Texas Longhorns baseball team will welcome three NCAA Division I teams for the Austin Regional Tournament as it looks to reach the College World Series for the second year in a row.


No. 1 seed Austin will host its regional postseason tournament for the second consecutive year as the team kicks off against No. 4 seed Air Force at 1 p.m. Friday.

The tournament will also include No. 2 seed Louisiana Tech and No. 3 seed Dallas Baptist, with each team vying for a top spot in the double-elimination weekend event.

Despite coming in as opposite seeds, Texas (42-19) appears to be evenly matched its first opponent, the Air Force Falcons (30-27,) after the two split a two-game series at the Austin field in April. Both teams rank in the top 10 for batting averages, with the Longhorns ranked third with a .321 average.

Texas comes into the tournament after it was blown out by rival Oklahoma University 8-1 in a fight for the Big 12 Championship. Originally poised as a No. 1 ranked team, the Longhorns earned 11 wins in a row to kick off the season before racking up a 14-10 record in Big 12 Conference play.

Meanwhile, the Air Force comes into the game off a four-game win streak after winning the Mountain West Conference Tournament May 28. Louisiana Tech, which takes on Dallas Baptist at 6:30 p.m. Friday, enters the tournament as Conference USA champions for the first time in its history, while DBU lost out on its conference title after racking up a 34-22-1 record this season.

Austin will host the regional tournament for a record 37th time as it makes its 61st appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the regional will advance to the Super Regional against the winner of the Greenville Regional Tournament before the College World Series kicks off against the top 8 teams on June 17 in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway