Author Archives: Joe Cook

Longhorns withstand Stanford’s best shots in game one, 8-6

UFCU Disch-Falk Field (Joe Cook/IT)

Heading into the first of four games between Stanford and Texas, the only advantage the Longhorns appeared to have was that the games were to be held in Austin. Pre-season All-American Tristan Beck took the mound for the Cardinal opposite true freshman Nico O’Donnell in just his third appearance. Stanford also carried a consensus top eight ranking and a strong 11-1 record compared to Texas’ consensus top 20 ranking and 8-4 mark.

Visiting Cardinal start a difficult test before Big 12 play

Disch Falk. (University Co-Op)

AUSTIN — In the early stages of the season, Texas head coach David Pierce and his players have repeated the benefit of playing a difficult non-conference schedule. They know while the games present a high risk of defeat, they also help prepare a forming Longhorns team for the quality of opponent they plan to see in the postseason. Top-10 Stanford, who visits Austin for a four game series beginning Thursday, might be the most difficult of those non-conference tests.

Despite poor shooting, Longhorns move past ISU to advance in Big 12 Tournament, 68-64

Dylan Osetkowski (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas tried to three-point shoot themselves to an insurmountable lead over Iowa State early in the first half. Its lack of success led to a 10 point deficit the Longhorns would eventually come back from to make it a three point game at the half.

After Texas figured things out in the first two minutes of the second half, Iowa State figured things out in turn. From that point on, it became a back-and-forth slugfest that Texas ended up winning, with freshman Matt Coleman’s mid-range jumper with 44 seconds remaining serving as the final blow. Seventh-seed Texas defeated the tenth-seed Cyclones in Kansas City, a.k.a. “Hilton South,” 68-64 to move on to the second round of the Big 12 Tournament.

What I’m looking for: Texas vs. Iowa State

Jericho Sims dunks it (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas plays its opening round game of the Big 12 Tournament tonight against Iowa State, a team they beat in both matchups this year. It sounds like the message coming out of KC is that Mohamed Bamba likely is not available for the game tonight and his status going forward in KC is also up in the air.

Texas thrashes Northwestern in seven-inning affair, 12-1

Left field at the Disch (Joe Cook/IT)

Texas’ bats slumbered through a 6-2 Friday loss to Northwestern. During the rest of weekend, they were very much awake. The Longhorns put up 38 runs over three games Saturday and Sunday including 12 in Texas’ series ending win that was called after seven innings. Freshman Bryce Elder earned the win in relief, while junior left fielder Masen Hibbeler’s 4-for-5 effort paced the Texas offense.