Watching the first three innings would make you think that the 2016 Longhorns had turned the corner on offense and would be able to support the pitching staff with timely hitting, moving runners over, and aggressive base running.
After visiting Omaha in 2014 and reaching the national semifinals, 2015 was supposed to be another banner year for the Texas Longhorns baseball program. While the team began strong out of the gate, a midseason non-conference sweep at the hands of Nebraska proved to be a major turning point in the season. The team stumbled into the Big 12 Tournament, needing to win in Oklahoma City to even have a chance at the field of 64.
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.