Despite what the 40-13 record may indicate, the Texas Longhorns navigated through several rough patches in the 2021 season. Texas head coach David Pierce mentioned before the campaign began he wasn’t sure how many games his team would win or lose, but he knew it would be exciting to go to the ballpark with his team daily.
Mitchell Daly started hearing cheers when down 1-2 with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth against WVU’s Ben Abernathy. It wasn’t for something he did. It wasn’t even about anything that occurred at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Texas fans were celebrating the result of a game almost 700 miles from Austin.
Texas is ranked No. 2 in the nation, is an extremely strong contender for a national seed, can reach the 40-win threshold for the first time since 2018, and record its best conference record since 2011 this weekend with a series victory over West Virginia at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. It possesses all the signs of a strong team with lofty postseason intentions; multiple ace-level starters, big bats at the top of the lineup, and excellent speed around the diamond.
Texas took the weekend off for final exams, but other teams around the country were playing series with major postseason implications. The Longhorns entered the weekend No. 5 with the SEC group of Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, and Tennessee ahead of them and all of them in action, including the Hogs taking on the Vols.
Texas is off for finals this week a few days after its game with Texas Southern was called due to rain in the bottom of the fourth. Meanwhile, other series around the country have major implications on the Longhorns’ quest for a top eight seed.
Pitching roles were up for grabs ahead of the 2021 Texas Longhorns baseball season, save for Ty Madden’s presence on Friday nights. The rest of the weekend starting jobs were not set in stone, and who Texas head coach David Pierce would give the ball to on Saturdays and Sundays were huge questions facing a team returning most of its roster.
Texas had a unique opportunity on Sunday to avoid its first home series defeat of the 2021 season. Saturday’s game was stopped in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and the Longhorns trailing Texas Tech 5-3.