The Texas baseball team is keeping its postseason alive in the Big 12 tournament, hanging on with a win today after a loss in game one
The No. 7 seed Longhorns lost 4-10 to the No. 2 seed Oklahoma State on Wednesday, putting Texas in the losers bracket. However, the Horns beat Baylor 15-3 in seven innings today to keep moving towards the championship game.
In the loss against the Cowboys, Texas scored first, plating two runs in the first inning. With one out and Zane Gurwitz on first, Travis Jones hit a double to score Gurwitz. The very next batter, Tres Barrera, singled to score Jones. Ty Culbreth took the mound in the bottom of the first, pitching four shutout innings before Oklahoma State clawed its way back into the game. In the top of the fifth, the Longhorns scored two runs, taking a 4-0 lead. Jake McKenzie started the inning off with a single and took second on a sac bunt by Tyler Rand – Augie ball as some would call it. McKenzie scored on a Gurwitz single to center field, who advanced to second on the throw. Barrera brought Gurwitz to the plate with a single before the Cowboys could get out of the inning. However, the bottom of the fifth became disastrous for Texas. Oklahoma State loaded the bases with no outs when shortstop Joe Baker committed a fielding error, and the Cowboys scored their first run. Two more runs crossed the plate, making it 4-3 Texas, before the Longhorns recorded their first defensive out. Beau Ridgeway replaced Culbreth with one out and immediately gave up a grand slam, giving Oklahoma State a 7-4 lead. One more run – unearned – crossed the plate before Texas could get out of the fifth inning, which ended up being an eight-run inning for the Cowboys. The Longhorns gave up two more runs and couldn’t score any more the rest of the game to lose 4-10. Culbreth took the loss, pitching 4.1 innings and giving up six runs – five earned. He struck out six, walked one and allowed seven hits. Texas used a total of six pitchers in the game. Barrera was the only Longhorn to record a multi-hit day, going 2-for-4 while plating two runs.
Today, the Longhorns came out in revenge mode, beating the Bears 15-3 in seven innings. Texas scored three in the first inning. Rand led off the game with a single, and with one out, Jones singled to center, plating Rand. Kacy Clemens singled with two outs, scoring Jones, and Patrick Mathis roped a triple to score Kacy Clemens. Morgan Cooper stepped on the mound in the bottom of the first with a 3-0 lead. The Longhorns added four more runs in the top of the third. Barrera hit a three-run home run, and Kacy Clemens followed with a solo shot of his own. Baylor got one run back in the bottom of the third inning, making it 7-1 after three innings. Each team added a run in the fifth inning – Texas scored first with Bret Boswell leading off the inning with a triple and scoring on a wild pitch. Baylor added a run with a sac fly, and scored one more in the bottom of the sixth with a solo homer. Entering the seventh with the score 8-3, Texas’ offense exploded. The Longhorns recorded a total of five hits in the inning including a three-run home run by Mathis. Texas scored seven runs in the seventh – all on two outs. Cooper held the Bears scoreless in the bottom of the seventh to take the win in a run-rule. The Longhorns won 15-3, advancing to the next round in the tournament. Cooper pitched all seven innings, earning his third win of the season. He scattered 10 hits, giving up three earned runs while striking out three. Four Longhorns finished with multi-hit days: Jones, Barrera, Kacy Clemens and Mathis. Barrera and Mathis each recorded four RBIs.
The Longhorns next opponent will be TCU or Oklahoma State, depending on who loses tonight. Texas took two of the three games against TCU earlier in the season; however, the Longhorns have yet to beat Oklahoma State this year. Last year the Longhorns defeated the Cowboys in the championship game.
Texas’ next game is scheduled for Friday at 7:00 CT – a must win game for the Longhorns to keep advancing.
- May 26 2016 07:50 PM
- by Taylor Smith
The Texas baseball team handed Texas Tech its first Big 12 series loss this past weekend. After the Longhorns lost game one 13-6, Texas bounced back and won games two and three 7-4 and 17-1, respectively.
In game one on Friday night, the Longhorns scored first, taking a 5-0 lead after three innings. However, Texas Tech took advantage of an error in the fourth to plate its first two runs of the game, and another Texas’ error in the fifth allowed two more Tech runs to cross the plate. The Longhorns finally got out of the fifth inning but not before the Red Raiders tied the game at 5-5. Tech scored one more in the sixth and seven in the seventh, totaling 13 unanswered runs. The Longhorns got one back in the top of the ninth but dropped game one of the series 13-6. Patrick Mathis went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Tres Barrera recorded two RBIs, including the one in the top of the ninth. Morgan Cooper pitched 4.2 innings, earning the no decision. Eric Dunbar took the loss after pitching only two-thirds of an inning. The Longhorns used a total of seven pitchers on Friday night.
On Saturday for game two, the Longhorns scored first again. After Travis Jones hit a single in the first inning, Barrera, Kacy Clemens and Mathis all walked to plate a Texas’ run. Ty Culbreth and the Texas’ defense kept the Red Raiders off the scoreboard in the bottom of the first and second inning. Tech’s offense struck in the bottom of the third and fourth, plating a total of four Red Raiders. Texas entered the fifth down 4-1 before Barrera hit an RBI double to score Kody Clemens, and Kacy hit a sacrifice fly to score Barrera. The Longhorns ended the fifth down by one. Culbreth faced the minimum number of Red Raiders in the sixth. And, with two outs in the seventh, the Longhorns’ offense started scoring again. Jones hit an infield single before a fielder’s choice and strikeout left Texas with one on and two out. Then, Kacy and Joe Baker each reached base with infield singles, loading the bases for Mathis. On a 2-0 count, Mathis hit a single, plating two runs and gave Texas its first lead since the end of the second inning. Zane Gurwitz followed up with a single of his own, scoring Baker. The Longhorns ended the seventh on top 6-4. Texas freshman Nolan Kingham kept the Red Raiders scoreless in the final three innings of the game, earning his second career save. The Longhorns scored an insurance run in the top of the ninth and won 7-4. Culbreth earned the win, marking his eighth win of the season. He pitched six innings, allowing four earned runs while striking out four.
On Sunday, with the series tied at one game apiece, the Longhorns sent Kyle Johnston to the mound for the rubber match against Texas Tech’s Hayden Howard. Howard entered the game with one prior loss and six wins. The Longhorns’ offense struck first again but this time in the second inning. Freshman Tyler Rand recorded his first homerun in a Texas uniform, hitting a three-run shot with two on, giving Texas a 3-0 lead. The Longhorns offense didn’t stop there – they scored five in the third and fourth and four in the seventh to end the game with the score of 17-1 in seven innings because of the 10-run rule. Johnston only allowed one run in six innings of work, earning his third win of the season. He struck out six. Chase Shugart pitched the seventh inning, facing the minimum number of Red Raiders to complete the Texas victory. Baker led the Longhorns in RBIs with six. He went 4-for-4 with a walk and scored three runs himself. Rand and Gurwitz each recorded three RBIs. Every single Longhorn reached base with four players finishing with a multi-hit day.
Besides giving Tech its first Big 12 series loss, the Longhorns also are the first Big 12 team to beat the Red Raiders in Lubbock. Texas now sits tied for third in the Big 12 standings with Oklahoma State, and the Cowboys travel to Austin for a three game series with the Longhorns this weekend. Tech still owns the first place spot in the conference standings and TCU sits in second, both teams Texas owns Big 12 series wins against.
- Apr 25 2016 10:38 AM
- by Taylor Smith
Texas captured its second Big 12 series win this past weekend against Kansas State.
The Longhorns (14-18) entered the weekend having lost four of their last five games, which included being shutout by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on their Tuesday night non-conference game.
In Manhattan on Friday night, the Texas bats finally woke up, and the Longhorns recorded 12 hits, winning 6-3. Every starter for Texas reached base safely at least once. Kody Clemens hit a two run homerun in the third inning, so of course older brother Kacy Clemens had to do the same in the seventh inning. Kacy finished the night with four hits, creating a new career high for himself. Morgan Cooper picked up his second win of the season after throwing six innings and giving up only one unearned run. Chase Shugart recorded the save - his second of the season.
The Longhorns carried their offensive power surge from Friday night to Saturday, beating the Wildcats 12-5. Texas recorded 13 hits including three homeruns. The Longhorns scored in six of the nine innings. Zane Gurwitz gave the Longhorns a seven run lead in the seventh inning after hitting a two-out triple with the bases loaded. Ty Culbreth earned his sixth win of the season. He threw seven innings, giving up four runs while striking out six. Culbreth did not walk a single batter.
Sunday ended up being a pitchers duel with Kyle Johnston picking up the no-decision in a 2-3 Longhorn’s loss. Johnston pitched 6.1 innings and only allowed four hits. He left the game with a one run lead and one runner on. The runner eventually scored, and it was a tied game heading into the eighth. The Wildcats picked up two more runs in the bottom of the eighth, taking a 3-1 lead. The Longhorns got one run back in the top of the ninth with a Gurwitz homerun but couldn’t get another run across before the game ended.
Texas now owns Big 12 series wins over TCU and Kansas State. The Longhorns have struggled in their Tuesday night non-conference games, having lost the last two, and travel to Sugarland to face Houston this Tuesday night. The Cougars own a 19-12 overall record. The game starts at 6:30 CT.
- Apr 11 2016 02:41 PM
- by Taylor Smith
The Longhorns (12-17) had a tough night of trying to muster up offense against the Islanders (11-16) on Tuesday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, losing 5-0. Freshman pitcher Nolan Kingham, who started for the Longhorns, lasted just 2/3 of an inning before being replaced by freshman Blake Wellman. Kingham walked the leadoff batter before giving up a 2-run homer over the left field fence by Zacarias Hardy.
Kingham was replaced by freshman Blake Wellmann, who kept the Islanders scoreless for 2 1/3 inning while giving up two hits and striking out three.
Texas rotated a slew of relief pitchers in the mid-late innings in attempt to keep the Islanders’ 2-0 lead within reach. Nick Kennedy and Travis Duke each pitched scoreless innings, while Beau Ridgeway worked the mound in the 6th and 7th innings giving up one hit and no runs.
Sophmore RHP Connor Mayes took the mound in the 8th and retired the Islander batters in order. Mayes returned in the 9th and walked the leadoff batter. He was then dinged for three singles resulting in two additional runs. The Islanders’ led 4-0 and Jon Malmin replaced Mayes on the mound. Malmin got the Longhorns out of the inning, but not before giving up another Corpus Christ run on a single by Zacarias Hardy.
Texas was unable to show signs of life in the 9th inning, which ended with Zane Gurwitz grounding in into a double play.
Longhorns head coach Augie Garrido expressed his frustration with his team's lack of ability to produce runs against the Islanders.
“We didn’t show up. They jumped out with a two-run home run in the first inning and got the momentum from that. As the game went on we had several opportunities with runners in scoring position and didn’t produce a run. We had the leadoff hitter on and got him to second with one out two successive innings in a row and struck out four times during that stretch. Later on we had the bases loaded after a baserunning mistake that contributed to an out and failed to score. So we put it all together. Don’t take too much away from what they did; the pitcher did pitch well. He certainly kept us off balance. We were very ineffective.”
Corpus Christi pitcher Aaron Hernandez threw a solid 5 2/3 innings and struck out nine batters, a career high for the freshman.
The Longhorns will face Kansas State in a 3-game series in Manhattan, Kansas beginning Friday.
- Apr 06 2016 09:07 AM
- by Aaron Carrara
University of Texas head baseball coach Augie Garrido will solidify a remarkable college coaching career with an induction into the 2016 National College Baseball Hall of Fame. The hall announced Garrido’s election, along with two other coaches and four players, on Thursday.
Garrido has been coaching since 1969 and his coaching resume is as impressive as it gets. He’s the only coach in college baseball history to win more than 1900 games and he’s the first coach in college baseball to lead teams from two different schools to national titles (Cal State Fullerton and Texas). 15 of his baseball teams have made the College World Series and he has won five national championships in four different decades (1979, 1984, 1995, 2002, 2005).
Garrido replaced legendary Texas coach Cliff Gustafson in 1997 and has won two national championships with the Longhorns since.
As a player, Garrido played for Fresno State and appeared in the 1959 College World Series.
2016 National College Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees
Jackson State University,
SF State/Cal Poly/Cal State Fullerton/Illinois/Texas
University of Houston
Garrido will be inducted as a part of the annual Night of Champions celebration of college baseball on July 1-2 in Lubbock, Texas.
- Mar 31 2016 11:02 AM
- by Aaron Carrara
#23 TEXAS LONGHORNS (2-1) HOST STANFORD CARDINAL (3-1)
THURSDAY 2/25-SUNDAY 2/28 at UFCU DISCH FALK FIELD
Photo courtesy @Texas_Baseball
The Cardinal of Stanford travel to Austin this weekend for a four game series against the Longhorns.
Stanford took 2 of 3 from then #21 Cal St Fullerton last weekend at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto. The Cardinal also bested UC Davis on Monday 5-2 and carry a 3-1 record into the Disch.
Texas took 2 of 3 from UR UNLV over the weekend. After a slow start in Friday's opener, the Horns racked up a whopping 18 runs on SA & SU while allowing only 2 by the Rebels.
Stanford leads the series all-time, 34-31-1
Texas and Stanford last met in Palo Alto last year, where the teams split the series, each winning two games of the four game series.
Here are your probable starters for the weekend:
TH 6 pm ***RHP Nolan Kingham (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs LHP Kris Bubic (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 Save)
FR 6:30 pm RHP Kyle Johnston (0-0, 2.25 ERA) vs RHP Tristan Beck (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
SA 3 pm LHP Ty Culbreth (1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs LHP Chris Catellanos (1-0, 1.50 ERA)
SU 12:30 pm RHP Connor Mayes (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs RHP Brett Hanewich (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
All games televised on The Longhorn Network
Notes on Stanford pitching:
- The Stanford starters combined allowed one earned run in their 3 victories. This included 10 hits, one walk and 8 strikeouts. Each starter in their 3 wins pitched 6+ innings and allowed 1 run or less.
- The Stanford bullpen has been better than solid, allowing one run in 11.2 innings, with 3 walks and 13 strikeouts.
- Stanford freshman P Kris Bubic who debuted in a save situation on Monday vs UC Davis. He garnered the save and will start Thursday's game vs the Horns.
- Stanford freshman P Tristan Beck earned a win in his first collegiate start and will be on the bump on Friday for the Cardinal. He shut out Cal St Fullerton and was voted the Pac12 Pitcher of the Week.
- Freshman Nico Hoerner 4/16 (.250) with two doubles and 1 RBI
- Sophomore Brody Quinn 4/13 (.308) with two doubles and 4 RBI
- Junior Tommy Edman 5/16 (.313) with a triple and an RBI
- Feb 24 2016 07:44 PM
- by joeywa