After 67 games culminating in a national semifinals appearance, the 2021 Texas Longhorns baseball season is in the books. David Pierce’s program was one run and a few outs short of the 13th national finals appearance in the storied history of Texas baseball, but despite missing that mark the group played a brand of baseball emblematic of the six-time national champion program (with a little bit more pop along with it).
Entering Sunday’s regional final, Texas was in a position of strength when it came to pitching. Tristan Stevens and Ty Madden delivered stellar starting outings and the Longhorn offense provided double-digit run support on Friday and Saturday. Few of Texas’ main bullpen arms were used and were fresh and available for Sunday and a potential Monday game.
Texas had a unique opportunity on Sunday to avoid its first home series defeat of the 2021 season. Saturday’s game was stopped in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and the Longhorns trailing Texas Tech 5-3.
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.