AUSTIN — During rivalry games, players who let the emotions of the game interfere with their play often come out on the losing end.
Whether the No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies were playing too high or low emotionally may not be determined, but the multiple Aggie errors in the Longhorns’ fourth and fifth innings produced enough opportunities for Texas to take advantage.
Since late November 2011, the Texas vs Texas A&M rivalry has yet to take place on a football field. It has taken place online in arguments between UT and A&M fans, on the cover of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, and in various press conference swipes from coaches on both sides over the years.
On the heels of a 5-4 come-from-behind victory, the conditions in Austin tried to put a damper on both the scheduled game and the Texas offense. Though the sky was crying, Longhorn bats were not as a big offensive first inning and a combined two-hitter from the staff helped Texas win 5-2 and take the series from the UCLA Bruins.
Sat in the stands tonight to soak up some nice Austin weather and to just get a feel for the Disch. Sometimes I feel like I get too caught up in the numbers rather than what’s actually going on in the game. Here are some quick thoughts I’ve got from sitting down the left field line.
Texas followed up a 9-0 Tuesday victory over Richmond with the rare (for Texas) Wednesday victory as the Horns clobbered Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 15-0 in a game that, while originally scheduled for a full nine innings, ended after seven in a run rule. Senior Jon Malmin earned the win in relief following a dominating start from sophomore Nick Kennedy.
Texas put up nine runs by consistently putting the ball in play, with some runs coming with help from the Cardinals.
The IT Staff was all over the HornsCast airwaves this past week, with staff members appearing on three different shows.
Texas came away with two victories Saturday in a double header against No. 23 Rice, 5-4 and 6-1. Here are a few thoughts from the eight hours I spent at the Disch.
Even with all the excitement about the new energy coming into the program under head coach David Pierce, at bats still need to produce hits and move runners and pitchers need to escape jams. It does not help when the opponent is able to move runners when umpires miss calls in important situations. Texas struggled to put themselves in position to score tonight and No. 23 Rice was the beneficiary of an improperly called bunt off the batter’s foot as the Owls took down Texas in the season opener, 3-2.
Opening Day is a celebrated day of optimism heading into the long stretch of a baseball season. For new head coach David Pierce, being at Texas is an exciting new journey for him. The first game of the season is always special for Pierce, whether he is coaching the Texas Longhorns or the Dobie Longhorns.