I’m going to start out with an assertion I’ve made several times over the course of the 2019 baseball season. Texas reaching Omaha in 2018 was well ahead of schedule, at least by one year. See, David Pierce’s first season looked about how I expected it to go.
Former Texas head coach and college baseball icon Augie Garrido passed away one year ago. Coaching colleagues, players, and administrators still use lessons learned from a man they considered a friend, August Edmun Garrido, Jr.
AUSTIN -- With Saturday’s win over No. 2 LSU, the No. 22 Texas Longhorns proved their game one win was no fluke. In addition to repeating the final result with an 8-4 win, a lot of facets from Friday’s game reappeared in the second game of the weekend series.
University of Texas Vice President and director of athletics Chris Del Conte considers Texas the hunter, not the hunted. As an athletic program that claims to be one of the country’s elite, student-athletes and coaches that don burnt orange know that opponents relish the opportunity to knock the Longhorns off their pedestal.
After a week of sleeping on an air mattress in suburban Omaha, it was nice to finally be in my own bed late last night. Before I dozed off, I did a short mental recap of Texas’ baseball season.
OMAHA -- Junior catcher DJ Petrinsky committed to Texas on June 23rd of last year. The moment he announced his decision, fellow junior catcher Michael McCann was put into a tough spot. Competition was set to join him on campus for his starting catcher role that looked to be his since Michael Cantu made the decision to leave the program. He could either help his new teammate, or choose another path. For the benefit of the Longhorns, he chose the former.
OMAHA -- Texas head coach David Pierce last made a trip to the College World Series as an assistant at Rice in 2008. He remained on the Owl staff for three more seasons before taking the Sam Houston State job. He stayed in Huntsville for three seasons until taking the Tulane job, and stayed there for two seasons before becoming head coach of the Longhorns.