AUSTIN — The total dissatisfaction not only on Texas head coach David Pierce’s face after Texas’ 9-8 loss to West Virginia, but on the faces of his players is now a very familiar sight for last season’s Big 12 champions.
A few weeks ago, redshirt freshman catcher Turner Gauntt wasn’t wondering how he was going to hit a 1-2 pitch from Lamar’s AJ Ozorio-Brace for his first career hit in his first at bat as a Longhorn. He hadn’t picked up a baseball since he found out he wasn’t part of Texas’ final 35-man roster prior to the season. He was just a student living what he called a “very average college life.”
David Pierce has been here before. His 2019 Texas team has reached a point his 2017 and 2018 Texas teams reached in their journeys. Texas is about halfway through its regular season, has a respectable ranking and record, and remains in the race for a conference championship.