AUSTIN -- With LSU visiting Austin this weekend, Texas head coach David Pierce wanted to cycle some young arms through Wednesday’s game while still trying to defeat visiting UTSA. That task appeared to be achievable after Texas jumped to a 6-0 lead in the third inning.
COLLEGE STATION - In an exciting rivalry game, Texas got down early, clawed it's way back, got down again, clawed back once more, but ultimately could not break through and grab the lead from the No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies. Head coach David Pierce said after the game he tried to treat this Tuesday like any other Tuesday. However, both he and junior second baseman Kody Clemens admitted they knew a little bit more was at stake with this one.
AUSTIN -- In the early stages of the season, Texas head coach David Pierce and his players have repeated the benefit of playing a difficult non-conference schedule. They know while the games present a high risk of defeat, they also help prepare a forming Longhorns team for the quality of opponent they plan to see in the postseason. Top-10 Stanford, who visits Austin for a four game series beginning Thursday, might be the most difficult of those non-conference tests.
David Pierce’s first season as the head coach of the Texas Longhorn baseball program was one of change. Gone was Augie Garrido, a two-time national champion at Texas and college baseball’s winningest coach. Departing with him was his culture and offensive style, where he’d bunt even the best hitters.
After a 39-24 campaign in his first season as Texas head coach, David Pierce has brought a renewed energy to the program. Last year, the team was sitting at home during late May watching as other teams played during a time Texas rarely misses out on. This season, Pierce was one game away from two consistent goals of the Longhorn baseball program; hosting an NCAA regional and advancing to the super regional round.
It's 140 something a.m., and I missed a portion of the game trying to interview recruits leaving tonight's camp. That said, I felt like I saw most of what I needed to see in the Horns' 5-3 12 inning win.
As the Texas Longhorns sat in the locker room waiting to hear their NCAA Tournament destination, head coach David Pierce already had an idea of where they were heading. The team, however, was in the dark on their destination, expecting to go to one of Fayetteville, Ark., Houston, or Baton Rouge.
Texas traveled to Sugar Land to take on the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in a midweek match-up at Constellation Field. They forgot their bats and arms at home. A six-run second boosted by a Louisiana grand slam and silence from the Longhorn bats all evening allowed for UL to cruise to an easy win, 8-1
Texas looked to take the series from the University of New Orleans on a dreary day with the wind blowing in. Although the weather was bleak, the Horns got a bright performance on the mound from junior Morgan Cooper. Cooper’s fast start and Texas’ first inning rally were enough for Texas to defeat the Privateers, 3-2, and take the series.
Prior to this weekend's non-conference series against the University of New Orleans, head coach David Pierce talks adding experience in these last few weeks, playing non-conference in the middle of conference season, and what it takes to make the tournament.