AUSTIN -- If you closed your eyes Saturday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, the 46-year old ballpark might've sounded like 2005 - or even 1983 - as a festive crowd basked in the Texas Longhorns' 10-3 shellacking of Arizona State, propelling David Pierce's team into Sunday night's championship round of the Austin Regional.
When David Pierce chose Tristan Stevens as his game one starter for the Austin regional, he mentioned the right-hander’s ability to throw strikes against a Southern Jaguar team who emphasized pressure on the base paths as a leading reason behind his decision. What did Stevens do in his outing, the first postseason game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field since 2018?
Baseball can easily become monotonous over time. College baseball does not have the same 162-game grind of the major leagues, but five-straight months of baseball six days a week is a grueling trek, win or lose. So when Texas won the Big 12 regular season title, Longhorns head coach David Pierce celebrated. He traveled home in his full uniform and jumped into his pool, No. 22 jersey and all.
Texas is in the NCAA tournament for the 60th time in program history, and hosting a regional for the 36th time. Three teams, Arizona State, Fairfield, and Southern, are making their way toward UFCU Disch-Falk Field, with the Longhorns taking on Southern on Friday at 1 p.m. in the opening game of the regional on LHN.
ACU forward Joe Pleasant stepped to the line trailing by one with just over a second left. A 58 percent free throw shooter, Pleasant would need to hit one to tie the game at 52 and two to seal an upset over Texas for the 14-seed Wildcats.
AUSTIN -- Junior Nolan Kingham thought he was going to start Friday night against Texas Southern. His body thought otherwise. Kingham caught some sort of bug following the Big 12 Tournament, and though he improved throughout the week he took a step back as the regional approached. “It was ongoing on Thursday and I told [Texas head coach David] Pierce ‘I don’t know about Friday, man. It’s pretty close,’” Kingham said. “He gave me an extra day and it worked out.”
When Texas A&M was announced as one of the three teams traveling to Austin for an NCAA Tournament regional, this was the outcome the committee, fans of both teams, and (most likely) both teams wanted to see.