Junior right-hander Nolan Kingham had high expectations coming into this season. Others did too, as he was named to the Golden Spikes Award pre-season watch list. Kingham delivered a performance that exceeded those expectations tonight, as his eight innings of shutout baseball silenced the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun bats, earning the win in No. 21 Texas’ 3-0 Opening Day victory.
Friday marks Opening Day for the 2018 Texas Longhorns baseball season, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature. With rainy forecasts for the entire weekend and cold weather likely each day, it might make a difference to a lot of baseball teams on the precipice of the season. Not so for Texas head coach David Pierce’s squad
David Pierce’s first season as the head coach of the Texas Longhorn baseball program was one of change. Gone was Augie Garrido, a two-time national champion at Texas and college baseball’s winningest coach. Departing with him was his culture and offensive style, where he’d bunt even the best hitters.
After a 39-24 campaign in his first season as Texas head coach, David Pierce has brought a renewed energy to the program. Last year, the team was sitting at home during late May watching as other teams played during a time Texas rarely misses out on. This season, Pierce was one game away from two consistent goals of the Longhorn baseball program; hosting an NCAA regional and advancing to the super regional round.
It’s 140 something a.m., and I missed a portion of the game trying to interview recruits leaving tonight’s camp. That said, I felt like I saw most of what I needed to see in the Horns’ 5-3 12 inning win.
To advance in the NCAA Tournament, teams need to grab runs whenever they can against opponent’s top flight pitching while utilizing their own ace’s best performances in the most important situations.
As the Texas Longhorns sat in the locker room waiting to hear their NCAA Tournament destination, head coach David Pierce already had an idea of where they were heading. The team, however, was in the dark on their destination, expecting to go to one of Fayetteville, Ark., Houston, or Baton Rouge.
With a chance to take a conference series before game three on the way to the Big 12 tournament, the Longhorns dropped another one-run game, this time to the West Virginia Mountaineers, 4-3. Junior Morgan Cooper took the loss in what was likely his final start at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, and sophomore Kody Clemens was the only Texas batter to have multiple hits on the day, smacking two of the team’s seven hits.
With a long time in between the series finale against TCU and tonight’s game against UIW, the Texas Longhorns had to deal with final exams as well as down time they have not experienced since before the season started. Texas showed few signs of rust tonight as they cruised past a 20-32 Cardinals team, 10-3. Sophomore Nick Kennedy’s starting effort earned not only his eighth win, but also Texas’ 12th midweek victory in 14 games.
Texas traveled to Sugar Land to take on the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in a midweek match-up at Constellation Field.
They forgot their bats and arms at home. A six-run second boosted by a Louisiana grand slam and silence from the Longhorn bats all evening allowed for UL to cruise to an easy win, 8-1