COLLEGE STATION -- Texas traveled to College Station to renew the rivalry between the No. 5 Longhorns and the Texas A&M Aggies. UT brought its bats to Olsen Field, but the combined pitching effort of A&M freshman Nathan Dettmer and senior Chandler Jozwiak made it seem like they were not packed on the trip to Aggieland.
Across generations of Texas Longhorns baseball up to and including this season, the bunt has been an integral part of the program’s fabric. UFCU Disch-Falk Field’s dimensions do not make hitting the ball over the fence an easy task, but that was not apparent watching Texas defeat Oklahoma 11-6 on Saturday to secure another Big 12 series win.
Douglas Hodo III knew what the Red River Shootout meant growing up. The son of former Longhorn outfielder Doug Hodo, Hodo III entered into Friday night’s game understanding the amount of passion on each side of the baseball edition of the rivalry.
Every single series in Big 12 play is important. They all count the same in the standings, whether early or late in the season. This weekend, Texas hosts another conference mate for a three-game set at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
David Pierce typically trots out the same eight or nine players in the starting lineup, with maybe one or two deviations over the course of a weekend. Tuesday’s game versus UIW saw a somewhat different group take the field. Regulars Zach Zubia, Mike Antico, and Silas Ardoin were given an opportunity to rest.
Redshirt freshman Trey Faltine was given a huge responsibility ahead of the 2020 season, his first in Austin. Texas head coach David Pierce named him starting shortstop, a role crucial both on and off the field.
Success in mid-week games is critical for any contending college baseball team. Save for one-offs against ranked squads in the region from other conferences, most opponents a power program faces on Tuesdays and Wednesdays enter as underdogs.
Texas was 0-3 versus the SEC entering a weekend series with South Carolina. Thanks to strong team pitching, and timely, multi-faceted hitting against the Gamecocks, the Longhorns are now 3-3 versus the SEC. A weekend sweep of South Carolina jumped Texas to No. 10 in the latest D1Baseball.com top 25 ahead of the program's first Big 12 series in over 670 days.