After a week in San Antonio (with a couple return trips to Austin sandwiched in there), I’m finally back home in Houston in order to watch the Army Bowl and the Texans in the playoffs. This week was an interesting week in terms of watching and scouting players, and for getting a feel on where some of Texas big targets, most of whom are committed elsewhere, are thinking.
AUSTIN — In his Tuesday media availability, Texas wide receivers coach and play-caller Jay Norvell said that his team came out strong in the second half, but that earlier inconsistencies in the game hampered his offense.
In these previous three years, I’ve seen a lot of important events and figures reach their finish. Mack Brown’s time has come and gone, finishing his careers against Texas A&M (one year before my time) and Oklahoma with victories. I’ve seen him replaced by Charlie Strong, who has had back-to-back years in which his recruiting classes came down to an exciting finish.
On what was most likely his final start at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, senior Parker French delivered one of his best performances of the season. French threw 7.2 innings on a career high 131 pitches, allowing seven hits and walking three while striking out seven and stranding 10 in Texas’ 3-0 victory.
Texas came back from a disappointing weekend sweep at TCU with an offensive explosion while limiting Prairie View A&M to just one hit in a 12-4 victory. Seniors Collin Shaw and Brooks Marlow both homered, and junior Ben Johnson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, three runs and four stolen bases.
Four baserunners is all the Texas offense could manage tonight. Two came by way of senior Collin Shaw, one on a walk and the other on a single. Shaw proceeded to be the first out of a double play on the single. Junior C.J Hinojosa’s single and senior Brooks Marlow’s double were the only other hits for the Horns as they fell 5-0 to Sam Houston State.
It has been a long time since Texas baseball lost eight straight, and it will only get longer. Texas avoided a meeting with history thanks to three hits from freshman shortstop Joe Baker and two RBIs from senior second baseman Brooks Marlow in a 6-4 midweek victory over Wichita State.
Texas’ offense struggled again on Tuesday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi as they were shut out for most of the game and could not deliver hits when they needed them most, losing 6-4 in 10 innings.
After more than six hours of baseball the previous day, Texas had to come out ready to play once more in order to sweep a 3-game Big 12 series over Kansas State. For the first time since 1993, UT had its starting pitcher bat in the designated hitter spot in the lineup. Faced with these responsibilities, sophomore Kacy Clemens did enough to earn the sweep-clinching win over the Wildcats, 6-1.
After Friday’s series opener against Kansas State was postponed due to weather, the Texas skies were calm enough for Texas to notch two conference victories over Kansas State. In the first game, Texas came back with a big eighth inning to win 5-3, while Chad Hollingsworth and Kirby Bellow dominated the Wildcat bats in the second game, 3-1.