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.
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.