Even after three conference series, Texas head coach David Pierce continues to tinker with the lineup. The infield is mostly set, with Ryan Reynolds, David Hamilton (when healthy), and Kody Clemens locking down the third base, short stop, and second base spots. The first base and the outfield have varied.
After losing five straight games, Texas has almost gotten all those games back. A 3-2 win over No. 25 Sam Houston State on Tuesday was a one that continued the much needed winning streak for the Longhorns. After trailing 1-0 early, Texas worked their way back into the game and took the lead in the fourth. The Longhorns held the lead after a three pitcher relief effort, with Matteo Bocchi earning the win and Nolan Kingham earning his second save.
College baseball’s all-time wins leader and five-time National Championship coach was 79 years old. Augie Garrido, one of college baseball’s legendary coaches who claimed five National Championships, the final two at Texas, passed away early Thursday morning at the age of 79.
Heading into the first of four games between Stanford and Texas, the only advantage the Longhorns appeared to have was that the games were to be held in Austin. Pre-season All-American Tristan Beck took the mound for the Cardinal opposite true freshman Nico O’Donnell in just his third appearance. Stanford also carried a consensus top eight ranking and a strong 11-1 record compared to Texas’ consensus top 20 ranking and 8-4 mark.
AUSTIN -- In the early stages of the season, Texas head coach David Pierce and his players have repeated the benefit of playing a difficult non-conference schedule. They know while the games present a high risk of defeat, they also help prepare a forming Longhorns team for the quality of opponent they plan to see in the postseason. Top-10 Stanford, who visits Austin for a four game series beginning Thursday, might be the most difficult of those non-conference tests.
Texas’ bats slumbered through a 6-2 Friday loss to Northwestern. During the rest of weekend, they were very much awake. The Longhorns put up 38 runs over three games Saturday and Sunday including 12 in Texas’ series ending win that was called after seven innings. Freshman Bryce Elder earned the win in relief, while junior left fielder Masen Hibbeler’s 4-for-5 effort paced the Texas offense.
AUSTIN -- Following an 11-1 Sunday win over LSU during which the bats exploded, Texas needed to find a different way to win Tuesday against UTSA. Thanks to a combined one-hitter from the Longhorn pitching staff, Texas was able to top the Roadrunners 2-0. Freshman Nico O’Donnell earned the win with a 5.1 inning, one hit outing, while the Texas bullpen’s 3.2 innings closed out the first of five games this week for the Longhorns.
On a chilly Austin Wednesday, a north wind blowing in made UFCU Disch-Falk Field one of the coldest places in the city. The Longhorn bats were hot in spite of the cold temperatures, pounding 10 hits to help plate seven runs. Five pitchers combined to give up two runs as Texas cruised past the Lamar Cardinals, 7-2. Freshman Bryce Elder earned the win in 1.2 innings of work.