With good reason, most of the attention on reported interest from Texas and Oklahoma in joining the Southeastern Conference focuses on football. The two programs have combined to win 11 national championships, produced nine Heisman Trophy winners, and placed 262 players on the All-America first team.
Two Longhorns were selected in the second day of the 2021 MLB draft. Senior outfielder Mike Antico was selected in the eighth round by the St. Louis Cardinals, and sophomore right-hander Cole Quintanilla was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the ninth round.
Texas right handed pitcher Ty Madden was selected 32nd overall by the Detroit Tigers in the 2021 MLB Draft. Madden, named an All-American by several different publications, is the first Longhorn to be selected in the first round since Corey Knebel in 2013.
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).
Texas right hander Ty Madden was named a first-team All-American by D1Baseball on Monday. Madden, the 2021 Big 12 pitcher of the year, is the first Longhorn since Kody Clemens in 2018 to receive first-team accolades. Prior to Madden, the last Texas starting pitcher to be named to a first team was Taylor Jungmann in 2011.
Texas designated hitter Ivan Melendez entered Friday night’s game versus Mississippi State with 12 home runs during the 2021 season. A significant portion of those 12 traveled long distances and usually helped the Longhorns toward a winning effort. However, none of the previous 12 were as significant as his thirteenth.
Mississippi State charged back in the bottom of the eighth in the Bracket 2 final of the 2021 College World Series to tie it at 5-5. Texas put two runners on in the top of the ninth, bringing Ivan Melendez to the plate.
Texas baseball has long been associated with high quality pitching and defense. The 2021 Longhorns are no different, and those characteristics have been on full display during the College World Series.