When Texas traveled to Houston for a three-game series with its former Southwest Conference rival, it made sure to bring good pitching. Longhorn hurlers allowed five runs over the weekend, with Ty Madden tossing a two-hit, complete game shutout in the first game of the series.
HOUSTON – The Longhorn lineup’s lapses far outnumbered those of the pitching staff over the course of Saturday’s 11-inning matchup with the Houston Cougars. UH put runners on base in each of the last six innings, but freshmen Tanner Witt and Aaron Nixon escaped every frame unscathed.
Texas’ sixth game in the span of eight days was a tight affair through seven innings. Once Silas Ardoin’s seventh inning at bat came and went, Texas was able to comfortably count down the outs until it could leave San Marcos with a victory.
David Pierce’s Texas Longhorns accumulated 20 hits over the first four games of the 2021 season. Texas’ issues weren’t limited to the batter’s box during the opening series in Arlington, but the poor performance at the plate continued Wednesday in the first game of a four-game set with the BYU Cougars.
When Mike Antico came to the plate in the eighth, it was a chance not only to rectify some of his and the team’s early season struggles, but also a perceived wrong committed earlier in the game.
When Texas’ 2020 baseball season was cut short at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, it robbed Longhorns head coach David Pierce of the opportunity to find out just how good a team he professed his love for was.