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.
David Pierce’s Texas Longhorns have played 33 of the 56 games on the 2021 schedule, including half of the Big 12 slate. The Longhorns have taken all four of the conference series they’ve played thus far with wins over Baylor and Oklahoma and sweeps of Kansas and Kansas State.
Nine different Texas A&M-Corpus Christi pitchers made their way to the mound at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Tuesday night. Four of them gave up multiple runs and two more surrendered a run apiece. Mutli-RBI nights from Mitchell Daly (4), Cam Williams (2), Ivan Melendez (3), and Trey Faltine (3) helped Texas cruise to a 14-4 victory.
COLLEGE STATION -- Texas traveled to College Station to renew the rivalry between the No. 5 Longhorns and the Texas A&M Aggies. UT brought its bats to Olsen Field, but the combined pitching effort of A&M freshman Nathan Dettmer and senior Chandler Jozwiak made it seem like they were not packed on the trip to Aggieland.
Across generations of Texas Longhorns baseball up to and including this season, the bunt has been an integral part of the program’s fabric. UFCU Disch-Falk Field’s dimensions do not make hitting the ball over the fence an easy task, but that was not apparent watching Texas defeat Oklahoma 11-6 on Saturday to secure another Big 12 series win.
Douglas Hodo III knew what the Red River Shootout meant growing up. The son of former Longhorn outfielder Doug Hodo, Hodo III entered into Friday night’s game understanding the amount of passion on each side of the baseball edition of the rivalry.
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.