Category Archives: Baseball

Despite Big 12 Tournament elimination, I still plan on watching more games at Disch-Falk

Texas Baseball (Emily Lewallen/IT)

Two-and-‘cue is never a desired outcome especially for Longhorns baseball. A 3-2 loss to Kansas followed by a 3-1 loss to Oklahoma has the Longhorns leaving Oklahoma City much earlier than expected.

Elimination from the Big 12 Tournament is not a positive data point, but for me it comes down to this: two games shouldn’t supersede a season’s body of work when it comes to hosting.

Texas bats silenced by Jayhawks in Big 12 Tourney opener, 3-2

Ryan Reynolds (Emily Lewallen/IT)

Texas didn’t face Jackson Goddard during the Longhorns sweep of the Jayhawks in mid-March. They got his best today.

Goddard pitched 6.2 innings Wednesday in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament. He allowed two hits, just one earned run, and struck out seven in a 119 pitch performance. Three Jayhawks pitched effectively in relief and survived a ninth inning scare to defeat the top seeded Longhorns 3-2.

Outright Big 12 Champions

Texas Baseball, 2018 Big 12 Champions (Joe Cook/IT)

It’s been a while since those words have been heard in Austin for one of the three major sports. Even Longhorn baseball’s most recent Omaha appearance in 2014 didn’t come on the heels of a regular season championship. For football, Mack Brown was one half away in 2013 until he wasn’t. Both basketball teams are on decade-long championship-less runs.

Opportunity knocks…

Kody Clemens (Will Gallagher/IT)

AUSTIN — All it takes is an opportunity. During a game tied at three in the ninth inning, sophomore Duke Ellis beat TCU’s Augie Mihlbaur to first base on a ground ball to give junior Kody Clemens an opportunity. Clemens took a strike, a ball, then swung and missed to make the count 1-2, but he still had an opportunity.

Texas in position to go where it consistently expects to be

Texas Baseball (Emily Lewallen/IT)

2018 is my sixth season covering the Longhorn baseball program. In those years, I’ve seen teams stay at home in the postseason, rally to make the postseason by winning the conference tournament, get eliminated in the regional round, and reach the national semi-finals before losing in extras. In those six seasons spanning two head coaches and dozens of players, 2018 is the first time I’ve seen Texas in the thick of the regular season conference championship hunt.