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).
For much of the 2021 season, Texas has prided itself on its resiliency. It bounced back from a dismal opening weekend and played well during the month of March. It bounced back from a loss at Texas A&M to go on a lengthy winning streak in April. It bounced back from losing two of three versus Texas Tech to take home a share of the Big 12 title.
AUSTIN -- If you closed your eyes Saturday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, the 46-year old ballpark might've sounded like 2005 - or even 1983 - as a festive crowd basked in the Texas Longhorns' 10-3 shellacking of Arizona State, propelling David Pierce's team into Sunday night's championship round of the Austin Regional.
Despite what the 40-13 record may indicate, the Texas Longhorns navigated through several rough patches in the 2021 season. Texas head coach David Pierce mentioned before the campaign began he wasn’t sure how many games his team would win or lose, but he knew it would be exciting to go to the ballpark with his team daily.
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.
LUBBOCK – Texas’ most reliable options in 2018 have been the trio of Parker Joe Robinson, Kody Clemens, and Zach Zubia. In order to clinch a Big 12 series victory over Texas Tech, UT head coach David Pierce had to rely on those three in what was the most important game of the Longhorns’ season. The trio delivered to help Texas to a 7-5 victory over the No. 8 Red Raiders at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.