Immense expectations followed sophomores Jordan Whittington and Bijan Robinson prior to their arrival in Austin. Both turned in illustrious prep careers, with Whittington posting a standout performance in the 2018 4A state championship and Robinson rewriting the Arizona high school record books from 2017 to 2019.
Texas lefty Pete Hansen’s 92nd pitch of the game was skied to right field by Texas State pinch hitter Cameron Gibbons, and Douglas Hodo had plenty of time to settle under it for the first out of the top of the ninth inning. It was the 17th-straight Bobcat retired by Hansen, and he prepared to face the top of the Texas State order for the fourth time needing two more outs to finish a complete game three-hitter.
In December, a handful of Texas players announced their intent to return for one more season on the Forty Acres using the eligibility relief provided by the NCAA. Denzel Okafor and Cade Brewer revealed their decision in the week following Chris Del Conte’s statement concerning Tom Herman.
On Sunday morning, he woke up at 4:30 a.m. to begin preparation for the final game of a series with Abilene Christian. By 6 a.m., he reviewed his team’s 3-1 Saturday victory over the Wildcats, and by 8:30 a.m. he was in the clubhouse at UFCU Disch-Falk Field ahead of an attempt to sweep the weekend.
The visiting Abilene Christian Wildcats experienced what No. 3 Texas has inflicted on several mid-major opponents and members of the Big 12 on Friday when the Longhorns plated a season-high 18 runs. Every Longhorn starter scored, and 11 players recorded a base hit while five pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout in the series-opening win.
The number next to the Texas Longhorns indicating their place in the national rankings has moved closer and closer to No. 1 as the season has progressed. Their jump up to No. 3 or No. 4 depending on publication coincides with a 10-game win streak following the 6-5 win over Nevada on Wednesday.
The Big 12 has eliminated Conference Rule 6.3 requiring student-athletes to forfeit a year of eligibility if they are intraconference transfers, sources tell Inside Texas. Eligibility of transfers from one Big 12 school to another will be determined solely by NCAA guidelines.
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.