David Pierce gave his Longhorn baseball team most of this week off in order to focus on final exams. As a result, Texas is sitting at home while the rest of the Big 12 involves itself in important late season series. Here’s a look at what’s going on.
LUBBOCK – Texas’ most reliable options in 2018 have been the trio of Parker Joe Robinson, Kody Clemens, and Zach Zubia.
In order to clinch a Big 12 series victory over Texas Tech, UT head coach David Pierce had to rely on those three in what was the most important game of the Longhorns’ season. The trio delivered to help Texas to a 7-5 victory over the No. 8 Red Raiders at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Despite the Longhorns’ resiliency and the quality of bats up and down the lineup in 2018, neither could overcome a season-high ten walks issued to Texas Tech hitters. The Red Raiders recovered from Friday’s down-by-their-standards offensive performance to score in seven of eight at bats and explode offensively to tie the series with a 16-5 win.
LUBBOCK — Texas Tech came into the weekend series as a team known for its bats. It was ranked highly in the country in slugging, average, and runs per game. On Friday, Texas beat the Red Raiders at their own game.
David Pierce spoke yesterday about the pitching, how the team is preparing for Texas Tech, postseason pitching, and the new indoor facility that work will begin on very soon.
HOUSTON — Texas’ 2018 baseball class is filled with pitching. 10 of 16 signees are hurlers to be exact. One of those pitchers, Houston St. Thomas RHP Owen Meaney, had several high-profile schools after him. After a camp in Austin, he knew Texas was the place for him.
It didn’t look good for Texas after 2.5 innings, but then the Longhorns came back to take a one run lead in the third and extend that lead to three runs in the fourth. It didn’t look good for Texas after 6.5 innings following three straight multi-run frames by the Texas State Bobcats. It didn’t look good for Texas heading into the ninth trailing by four, but then the Longhorns scored one run and had the bases loaded with nobody out. Then David Hamilton came to the plate.
AUSTIN — At this point in the season, David Pierce’s Texas Longhorns (29-15, Big 12 11-4) can start to think about problems postseason teams face. Barring anything unforeseen, like series losses against bubble-caliber and flawed Big 12 teams at West Virginia and against TCU, Texas is in a great position to be one of 16 regional hosts.
The Houston Cougars outhit Texas seven to four on Tuesday, but the scoring opportunities the Longhorns were repeatedly handed made the difference in the game. Texas scored nine runs in the third and fourth innings with none of the RBIs coming as a result of a base hit. It was enough to overcome another early inning deficit for a 9-4 win.
LAKE TRAVIS, TX — Playing quarterback at Lake Travis is a big deal. The position carries the pressure of leading one of Texas’ top high school programs, and the expectations, adding another star to the LT logo, are no small undertaking.