David Pierce typically trots out the same eight or nine players in the starting lineup, with maybe one or two deviations over the course of a weekend. Tuesday’s game versus UIW saw a somewhat different group take the field. Regulars Zach Zubia, Mike Antico, and Silas Ardoin were given an opportunity to rest.
Redshirt freshman Trey Faltine was given a huge responsibility ahead of the 2020 season, his first in Austin. Texas head coach David Pierce named him starting shortstop, a role crucial both on and off the field.
Success in mid-week games is critical for any contending college baseball team. Save for one-offs against ranked squads in the region from other conferences, most opponents a power program faces on Tuesdays and Wednesdays enter as underdogs.
Texas was 0-3 versus the SEC entering a weekend series with South Carolina. Thanks to strong team pitching, and timely, multi-faceted hitting against the Gamecocks, the Longhorns are now 3-3 versus the SEC. A weekend sweep of South Carolina jumped Texas to No. 10 in the latest D1Baseball.com top 25 ahead of the program's first Big 12 series in over 670 days.
Every Longhorn starter save one recorded a base hit during Texas’ mid-week victory over Sam Houston State. UT scored at least a run in all but two innings, plating a season-high total in a 15-9 win. SHSU’s big sixth inning brought the Bearkats within a run, but Texas’ effort at the plate over the sixth and seventh innings put the game out of reach.
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.