Two-and-‘cue is never a desired outcome especially for Longhorns baseball. A 3-2 loss to Kansas followed by a 3-1 loss to Oklahoma has the Longhorns leaving Oklahoma City much earlier than expected.
Elimination from the Big 12 Tournament is not a positive data point, but for me it comes down to this: two games shouldn’t supersede a season’s body of work when it comes to hosting.
Texas didn’t face Jackson Goddard during the Longhorns sweep of the Jayhawks in mid-March. They got his best today.
Goddard pitched 6.2 innings Wednesday in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament. He allowed two hits, just one earned run, and struck out seven in a 119 pitch performance. Three Jayhawks pitched effectively in relief and survived a ninth inning scare to defeat the top seeded Longhorns 3-2.
Masen Hibbeler had one offer from Odessa College following a career capped by a state championship at Cy-Ranch High School. The junior utility player played infield in West Texas, where the crowds are 1/70 the size of crowds in Austin.
Several Longhorns took home Big 12 Conference awards Tuesday on the heels of a regular season conference title
There’s not a lot of intrigue on Texas’ portion of the Big 12 Tournament bracket. Earning the one-seed does have its perks. Texas’ side of the bracket includes Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor, and Kansas.
It’s been a while since those words have been heard in Austin for one of the three major sports. Even Longhorn baseball’s most recent Omaha appearance in 2014 didn’t come on the heels of a regular season championship. For football, Mack Brown was one half away in 2013 until he wasn’t. Both basketball teams are on decade-long championship-less runs.
AUSTIN — All it takes is an opportunity. During a game tied at three in the ninth inning, sophomore Duke Ellis beat TCU’s Augie Mihlbaur to first base on a ground ball to give junior Kody Clemens an opportunity. Clemens took a strike, a ball, then swung and missed to make the count 1-2, but he still had an opportunity.
Nolan Kingham returned to form. Texas earned the win over TCU, 3-2. The Longhorns gained ground on Oklahoma State.
2018 is my sixth season covering the Longhorn baseball program. In those years, I’ve seen teams stay at home in the postseason, rally to make the postseason by winning the conference tournament, get eliminated in the regional round, and reach the national semi-finals before losing in extras. In those six seasons spanning two head coaches and dozens of players, 2018 is the first time I’ve seen Texas in the thick of the regular season conference championship hunt.
With the upcoming series with TCU carrying huge implications for both teams, this one is worth a preview. Melissa Triebwasser of Frogs O’ War was kind enough to exchange previews as Texas fights for a regional and TCU fights for its postseason life.