Category Archives: Baseball

Pieced together pitching advances Texas to CWS in 5-2 win over Tenn. Tech

Kody Clemens (Will Gallagher/IT)

Matteo Bocchi (Will Gallagher/IT)
AUSTIN — Before the season, Texas head coach David Pierce was facing a roster unlike any he had coached before. Half of the roster had been part of the team in 2017, half were not. It started out with a stumble, but week by week the pieced together squad battled to the top of the Big 12, followed by a Super Regional.

Facing the best hitting team in Division I in a do-or-die Game 3, Pierce once again had to piece together a win.

A quick look at Tennessee Tech

Kody Clemens (Will Gallagher/IT)

Tennessee Tech heads to Austin as one of the hottest teams in the country. Not only have they won a staggering 52 games this season, they just knocked off No. 4 Ole Miss in Oxford to get to this point. Two of the three games the Golden Eagles played were filled with their power hitting style of baseball. The third, and regional clincher, was in a pitcher’s duel.

Five regional champion thoughts

Chase Shugart (Will Gallagher/IT)

Man, that was fun. Zubia and Clemens did what they’ve done all year, Blair Henley delivered his best performance as a Longhorn, and for the first time in four years the Longhorns are in the round of 16. Here’s five thoughts on the exciting weekend.

Battling illness, Kingham delivers memorable performance against Texas A&M in 8-3 victory

Nolan Kingham (Emily Lewallen/IT)

AUSTIN — Junior Nolan Kingham thought he was going to start Friday night against Texas Southern. His body thought otherwise. Kingham caught some sort of bug following the Big 12 Tournament, and though he improved throughout the week he took a step back as the regional approached.

“It was ongoing on Thursday and I told [Texas head coach David] Pierce ‘I don’t know about Friday, man. It’s pretty close,’” Kingham said. “He gave me an extra day and it worked out.”

Texas to tussle with the TSU Tigers in Austin

Chase Shugart (Emily Lewallen/IT)

Regional play returns to UFCU Disch-Falk Field Friday for the first time in seven years. Tickets have sold out, and the Friday starters for all four teams, Texas, Indiana, Texas A&M, and Texas Southern, have been announced.

Texas head coach David Pierce is focused on getting through the regional and to the round of 16. He has tried to make sure his team won’t overlook TSU, and rather than start a Tuesday arm in a game Texas is favored to win, he’s starting one of his top two in an attempt to move through the winner’s bracket.