On Sunday morning, he woke up at 4:30 a.m. to begin preparation for the final game of a series with Abilene Christian. By 6 a.m., he reviewed his team’s 3-1 Saturday victory over the Wildcats, and by 8:30 a.m. he was in the clubhouse at UFCU Disch-Falk Field ahead of an attempt to sweep the weekend.
The visiting Abilene Christian Wildcats experienced what No. 3 Texas has inflicted on several mid-major opponents and members of the Big 12 on Friday when the Longhorns plated a season-high 18 runs. Every Longhorn starter scored, and 11 players recorded a base hit while five pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout in the series-opening win.
The number next to the Texas Longhorns indicating their place in the national rankings has moved closer and closer to No. 1 as the season has progressed. Their jump up to No. 3 or No. 4 depending on publication coincides with a 10-game win streak following the 6-5 win over Nevada on Wednesday.
The biggest story surrounding Texas Baseball from the past week has come to an end. After six straight games with a home run and national player of the week honors from D1Baseball.com, Ivan Melendez’s night concluded without a homer Tuesday versus Nevada.
David Pierce’s Texas Longhorns have played 33 of the 56 games on the 2021 schedule, including half of the Big 12 slate. The Longhorns have taken all four of the conference series they’ve played thus far with wins over Baylor and Oklahoma and sweeps of Kansas and Kansas State.
Midweek baseball games for power programs often becomes a sort of testing ground. Whether it’s testing new lineup combinations, trying out a player at a new position, or gaining more data on certain hitters and pitchers, those details sometimes are just as important as the events of the game.
Nine different Texas A&M-Corpus Christi pitchers made their way to the mound at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Tuesday night. Four of them gave up multiple runs and two more surrendered a run apiece. Mutli-RBI nights from Mitchell Daly (4), Cam Williams (2), Ivan Melendez (3), and Trey Faltine (3) helped Texas cruise to a 14-4 victory.
The Longhorns were ranked No. 5 last week entering a midweek matchup with the Texas A&M Aggies that David Pierce’s team lost 2-0. After regrouping and sweeping Big 12 opponent Kansas in Lawrence, and with Texas Tech dropping a series to Kansas State, the Longhorns moved up to No. 4 in the most recent D1Baseball.com poll.