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.
Junior right-hander Nolan Kingham had high expectations coming into this season. Others did too, as he was named to the Golden Spikes Award pre-season watch list. Kingham delivered a performance that exceeded those expectations tonight, as his eight innings of shutout baseball silenced the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun bats, earning the win in No. 21 Texas’ 3-0 Opening Day victory.
Friday marks Opening Day for the 2018 Texas Longhorns baseball season, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature. With rainy forecasts for the entire weekend and cold weather likely each day, it might make a difference to a lot of baseball teams on the precipice of the season. Not so for Texas head coach David Pierce’s squad
David Pierce’s first season as the head coach of the Texas Longhorn baseball program was one of change. Gone was Augie Garrido, a two-time national champion at Texas and college baseball’s winningest coach. Departing with him was his culture and offensive style, where he’d bunt even the best hitters.
After a 39-24 campaign in his first season as Texas head coach, David Pierce has brought a renewed energy to the program. Last year, the team was sitting at home during late May watching as other teams played during a time Texas rarely misses out on. This season, Pierce was one game away from two consistent goals of the Longhorn baseball program; hosting an NCAA regional and advancing to the super regional round.
It's 140 something a.m., and I missed a portion of the game trying to interview recruits leaving tonight's camp. That said, I felt like I saw most of what I needed to see in the Horns' 5-3 12 inning win.
To advance in the NCAA Tournament, teams need to grab runs whenever they can against opponent’s top flight pitching while utilizing their own ace’s best performances in the most important situations.
As the Texas Longhorns sat in the locker room waiting to hear their NCAA Tournament destination, head coach David Pierce already had an idea of where they were heading. The team, however, was in the dark on their destination, expecting to go to one of Fayetteville, Ark., Houston, or Baton Rouge.