The Houston Cougars outhit Texas seven to four on Tuesday, but the scoring opportunities the Longhorns were repeatedly handed made the difference in the game. Texas scored nine runs in the third and fourth innings with none of the RBIs coming as a result of a base hit. It was enough to overcome another early inning deficit for a 9-4 win.
David Pierce’s second season as head coach of the Longhorn baseball program has tested his ability to lead a program, and that was before the first pitch against Louisiana-Lafayette was thrown in February. After losing double-digit players to the draft, Pierce had to bring in half-a-roster last summer to contribute to the 2018 season.
After a redshirt year in 2015 and just three disappointing appearances in 2016, junior right-hander Parker Joe Robinson needed to change something. A new head coach in David Pierce was joining the program. Pierce did not recruit him from JSerra High School in California, and said Thursday he did not see a need for him in the program when he got to Austin.
An idea that was planted in Texas head coach David Pierce’s head in the fall to honor his ultra-utility man came to fruition on Tuesday, as senior Jake McKenzie played all nine positions in a single game.
Augie Garrido never pretended to be a Texan. In fact, he never pretended to be anything other than what he was, which was many things that at first glance did not seem to be Texan at all.
His voice was certainly not anything like his predecessor, Cliff Gustafson, who might be the very definition of “Texan.” He drank wine and talked about psychology and hung out with Kevin Costner.
Texas coaches and players have consistently said throughout the year the difficult non-conference schedule that included hosting Stanford and trips to LSU, Arkansas and Texas A&M were in order to prepare the team for postseason environments against postseason-caliber opponents.
The Longhorns showed signs of improvement in that regard as the season progressed but they own a 1-5 record against those teams in addition to a disappointing conference series loss in Manhattan against Kansas State.
COLLEGE STATION – In an exciting rivalry game, Texas got down early, clawed it’s way back, got down again, clawed back once more, but ultimately could not break through and grab the lead from the No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies. Head coach David Pierce said after the game he tried to treat this Tuesday like any other Tuesday. However, both he and junior second baseman Kody Clemens admitted they knew a little bit more was at stake with this one.
Texas fans still get the opportunity to watch the Longhorns take on their two biggest rivals every year on the baseball diamond. In 2018, it’s happening in the span of six days.
On a night honoring him with a commemorative T-Shirt alluding to the Tony Award winning play bearing his last name, Texas shortstop David Hamilton’s performance at the end of the third act (of nine) served as the emotional turning point for the rest of the Longhorns’ game against Baylor.
Even after three conference series, Texas head coach David Pierce continues to tinker with the lineup. The infield is mostly set, with Ryan Reynolds, David Hamilton (when healthy), and Kody Clemens locking down the third base, short stop, and second base spots. The first base and the outfield have varied.