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  1. Texas (26-14) vs. New Orleans (17-22) April 20-22, 2018 Where: UFCU Disch-Falk Field Time: Friday @ 7 p.m.; Saturday @ 2:30 p.m.; Sunday @ 1:30 p.m. TV: Longhorn Network Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 All-time series: Texas leads, 9-0 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHES FRIDAY—New Orleans LHP Bryan Warzek (2-2, 2.93) vs. Texas RHP Nolan Kingham (5-2, 3.81) SATURDAY—New Orleans TBA vs. Texas RHP Chase Shugart (3-2, 4.56) SUNDAY—New Orleans RHP John Michael Stephens (2-3, 3.86) vs. Texas RHP Blair Henley (5-4, 3.35) GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—Texas returns from Sugar Land for a three-game, non-conference series against New Orleans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. A LOOK AT THE PRIVATEERS—New Orleans is coming off a pair of midweek losses to South Alabama and Jackson State…offensively, the Privateers are led by Owen Magee (.341/.393/.500) and Beau Bratton (318/.384/.448) so far this season…Pearce Howard leads New Orleans with six homers while Cody Ducote has five homers and 28 RBI…on the hill, reliever John Barr has amassed a 4-2 record to go along with a 1.93 ERA in 42.0 innings over 18 appearances…he’s struck out 41 compared to just 16 walks…starting LHP Bryan Warzek leads the staff with a 2-2 record and a 2.93 ERA…he’s fanned 83 hittersin just 55.1 innings of work while holding opponents to a .206 batting average against on the year. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas will take part in non-conference action this weekend following five straight weekends of Big 12 play…the Longhorns enter Friday night’s game with two wins after defeating UTRGV on Tuesday night and Texas Southern on Wednesday…Kody Clemens continues to pace the Texas offense with a .369/.466/.711 line, 12 homers, and 44 RBI…on the mound, the Texas staff will look to return to form in the weekend rotation…out of the bullpen, Parker Joe Robinson (11 games, 2.20 ERA) and Andy McGuire (13 games, 2.45 ERA, 5 saves) have helped solidify the bullpen. NEXT UP—Texas will host Houston on Tuesday before heading to West Virginia for a three-game Big 12 Conference series. THE MCKENZIE FLOAT—Senior RHP/UTIL player Jake McKenzie played all nine positions in Tuesday night’s seven-inning win over UTRGV…McKenzie started the game at catcher, the only position he had not previously played while at Texas, before moving through the infield and outfield…he got the final two outs of the ballgame on the mound…McKenzie was recognized on Sportscenter and on ESPN’s “Get Up!” program in the “My Favorite Player of All-Time (Right This Second)” segment for accomplishing a feat that only five major league players have. KODY SHOW CONTINUES—Kody Clemens has been on a tear offensively this season…on Tuesday night vs. UTRGV, the junior hit his 12th homer of the season, a grand slam, to help him to a career-high 6 RBI in the game…it was his second grand slam of the season…earlier this month, Perfect Game/Rawlings and D1Baseball.com each announced their Midseason All-America teams and 2B Kody Clemens was named to the first team on both…USA Baseball also announced Clemens as a member of its Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list…Clemens ranks in the top five in the conference in several offensive categories: home runs (T-1st, 12), SLG (2nd, .711), total bases (1st, 106), average (3rd, .369), hits (T-3rd, 55), RBI (3rd, 44), and OBP (5th, .466). ZUUUBOMB—For the second straight week, redshirt-freshman Zach Zubia was named Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week…Zubia hit two huge home runs over the weekend at Oklahoma…Saturday’s put the Horns ahead in the eighth inning, leading to the series win…with a walk on Wednesday night, he extended his reached base safely streak to 39 games. VROOM VROOM—Sophomore SS David Hamilton stole his Big 12-leading 23rd base of the year on Wednesday night…he is Longhorns’ first player with 20 stolen bases since Ben Johnson’s 21 in 2014…the last Longhorn with at least 25 stolen bases was Golden Spikes Award finalist Drew Stubbs who stole 26 bags in 2006. BACK IN THE POLLS—After the series win at then-No. 16 Oklahoma, Texas has shot back into the rankings…the Longhorns are ranked No. 21 by D1Baseball.com, No. 20 by Baseball America, and No. 24 by Perfect Game/Rawlings. GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ—After the first five attempted stolen bases against him were successful, DJ Petrinsky has caught 14-of-20 since, good for 56% caught stealing on the season. CONFERENCE DEFENSE—The Texas defense has solidified since Big 12 Conference action began…the Longhorns are fielding at a .988 clip over 15 league games, with position players making just five of the team’s seven errors…in 15 conference games, the Texas defense has also turned 17 double plays…the Horns’ .978 fielding percentage across all games is good for tops among Big 12 teams.
  2. Earlier in the season, Jake McKenzie joked with head coach David Pierce about the fact that the only position the utility player had yet in a game was catcher. McKenzie not only checked the final position off his list Tuesday, but checked off all 9 positions in the same game as the Longhorns routed UT-Rio Grande Valley in 7 innings, 13-2. In a game that included quite a few outstanding performance, McKenzie’s performance rises above the rest. The senior started the game at catcher before rotating between each infield position in innings 2-5. In the 6th and with the run-rule possibly coming into play after 7 innings, McKenzie rotated between all 3 outfield positions during the inning. After starting the 7th inning in RF, he made his way to the mound to record the final 2 outs of the game. So how did this idea come about? “Really it was in the fall when I started thinking about it because I just know what he means to this program and I know what he brings to the team every single day,” Head coach David Pierce said about McKenzie. “In the early part of his career he was not a starter, and then he became a utility guy as a part time player, then this year he earned the right to start at first base. Everything he represents as a student, the honors he has received in the engineering department, and then as a great leader and a great teammate, he’s the perfect guy for it.” Let’s take a look at some other news and notes from an eventful night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field: Aside from McKenzie, one of the biggest storylines was the return to the mound of redshirt freshman Tristan Stevens, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery. Stevens received the start and lasted 2 innings, allowing 0 runs on 2 hits. He worked an upper 80’s fastball with an effective slider. “He probably threw a little bit too much early in his preparation, not in the bullpen, just a lot of adrenaline going,” said Pierce. “There’s some concern about how he’s going to feel. We’ve been up to 35-40 pitches, but you push that a little bit from a bullpen to now a game, and then the anxiety and the excitement about it. Fortunately, we got out of that 2nd (inning) with bases loaded and nobody out. All we wanted to get out Tristan tonight was 2, and we got 2 under 30 pitches so that also worked out perfect. He felt great and we see how he recovers. Hopefully he can help us.” Before the season, Pierce predicted David Hamilton would hit 3 home runs this season after Hamilton failed to hit one as a freshman. Hamilton seems poised to make Pierce look like a genius, as he blasted his 2nd home run of the season, a 2-run home run in the 2nd inning to get Texas on the board. Hamilton later added an RBI single up the middle and smacked a triple into the RF corner with the bases loaded, scoring 3 runs and giving him 6 RBI’s on the night. Kody Clemens continued his memorable season by smashing a grand slam that stayed inside the RF foul pole. In the 5th, Clemens again came up with the bases loaded and smoked a 2-run single up the middle. It is hard to be much hotter than Kody Clemens is at the plate right now. Zach Zubia recorded a 1 for 2 night at the plate with 2 walks, extending his on-base steak to 38 games. Zubia continues to show good patience and the ability to barrel pitches that are in the strike zone. The Longhorns will return to action tomorrow against Texas Southern at Constellation Field in Sugarland. Kamron Fields will start on the mound for Texas.
  3. ***UTRGV vs Texas Game Thread***

    Texas (24-14) vs. UTRGV (18-18); vs. Texas Southern (16-20) April 17-18, 2018 Where: Tuesday @ UFCU Disch-Falk Field, Wednesday @ Constellation Field (Sugar Land) Time: Tuesday @ 7 p.m.; Wednesday @ 6:30 p.m. TV: Tuesday—Longhorn Network; Wednesday—none Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 All-time series: Texas leads UTRGV, 49-6; Texas leads Texas Southern, 9-0 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHES TUESDAY—UTRGV RHP Jerred Quartier (0-0, 6.11) vs. Texas RHP Tristan Stevens (--,--) WEDNESDAY—Texas Southern RHP TBA vs. Texas TBA GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—Texas returns home on Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. contest against UTRGV before heading to Sugar Land on Wednesday for a matchup against Texas Southern at Constellation Field…the Longhorns then host New Orleans for three games beginning on Friday at 7 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. A LOOK AT THE VAQUEROS—UTRGV is coming off a 2-2 week that saw the Vaqueros win on Tuesday night, 2-1, at Texas State, and take one of three at home against Grand Canyon…RHP Jerred Quartier got the start at Texas State and went six innings of one-run baseball, striking out nine…Coleman Grubbs leads the UTRGV offense with a .320/.360/.405 line…Austin Seiner has a team-high 21 RBI…Ryan Jackson leads UTRGV in appearances with 18…he’s 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA. A LOOK AT THE TIGERS—Texas Southern has won five straight heading into its Tuesday night game at Baylor…the Tigers are led by Kamren Dukes’ .392/.467/.561 line while Christian Sanchez has mashed 11 homers to go along with 30 RBI. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas dropped Tuesday night’s game on the road at No. 22 Texas A&M but won on Friday and Saturday night’s at then No. 16 Oklahoma to take the Big 12 Conference Series on the road…on Fridaynight, Texas stormed back with three runs in the ninth inning to win 7-6…on Saturday, Kody Clemens hit a game-tying home run before Zach Zubia’s two-run shot in the eighth gave Texas a 5-3 win. NEXT UP—The Longhorns then begin a three-game series vs. New Orleans on Friday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. BACK IN THE POLLS—After the series win at Oklahoma, Texas has shot back into the rankings…the Longhorns are ranked No. 21 by D1Baseball.com, No. 20 by Baseball America, and No. 24 by Perfect Game/Rawlings. ZUUUBOMB—For the second straight week, redshirt-freshman Zach Zubia was named Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week…Zubia hit two huge home runs over the weekend at Oklahoma…Saturday’s put the Horns ahead in the eighth inning, leading to the series win…he hit .357/.500/.857 for the week and extended his reached base safely streak to 37 games. THE KODY SHOW CONTINUES—Perfect Game/Rawlings and D1Baseball.com each announced their Midseason All-America teams and 2B Kody Clemens was named to the first team on both…USA Baseball also announced Clemens as a member of its Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list…last week, Clemens hit .444/.444/.889 with two doubles, two homers, and five RBI…he had a career-high four hits on Saturday at OU including the game-tying homer…Clemens ranks in the top five in the conference in several offensive categories: home runs (1st, 11), SLG (1st, .709), total bases (1st, 100), average (3rd, .369), hits (5th, 52), walks (t-4th, 27) and OBP (4th, .467). D-HAM WHEELS—Sophomore SS David Hamilton stole his 20th base of the year on Sunday, becoming the Longhorns’ first player with 20 stolen bases since Ben Johnson’s 21 in 2014…the last Longhorn with at least 25 SB was Golden Spikes Award finalist Drew Stubbs who stole 26 bags in 2006. GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ—After the first five attempted stolen bases against him were successful, DJ Petrinsky has caught 14-of-20 since, good for 56% caught stealing on the season. CONFERENCE DEFENSE—The Texas defense has solidified since Big 12 Conference action began…the Longhorns are fielding at a .988 clip over 15 league games, with position players making just five of the team’s seven errors…in 15 conference games, the Texas defense has also turned 17 double plays…the Horns’ .978 fielding percentage across all games is good for tops among Big 12 teams.
  4. Entering the weekend, the road had not been kind to Texas. The Longhorns entered the series against 16th ranked Oklahoma with a 4-7 record away from UFCU Disch-Falk Field. David Pierce spoke earlier in the week about trying to establish a routine and get his players in a rhythm when they play away from home. The results were encouraging, as Texas used 2 come from behind victories to take a road series over the Sooners. In game 1, Texas trailed 4-1, 5-2 and 6-3 before ultimately scoring 4 runs in the final 2 innings to take the opener, 7-6. Matteo Bocchi received the win and Andy McGuire locked down his 5th save of the season. Masen Hibbeler smacked the game winning 2-run double in the top of the 9th. Similar to game 1, game 2 started off with Oklahoma jumping out to a 3 run lead. The Sooners plated 3 runs against Chase Shugart in the 1st, but Shugart responded by shutting out Oklahoma for the next 4 innings. Duke Ellis hit a 2-run double, Kody Clemens blasted a 2-run homer and Zach Zubia hammered an opposite field home run as the Longhorns scored 5 unanswered runs to take game 2, 5-3. Game 3 belonged to Oklahoma. Nathan Wiles fired 7 ⅔ shutout innings, and Brylie Ware collected 2 hits and 2 RBI’s as the Sooners took the finale by a final of 6-0. Let’s take a look at some thoughts and takeaways from a big series win for the Longhorns in Norman: Pitcher of the Weekend- Nolan Kingham Friday’s opener began with the news that Nolan Kingham would not make his scheduled start due to failing to adhere to the teams academic attendance policy. Bryce Elder made the spot-start in Kingham’s place, and it was announced Kingham would be available out of the bullpen for the series. After Shugart’s 5 innings of work on Saturday, Pierce handed to the ball to his usual Friday night starter, and Kingham responded by throwing 4 shutout innings, striking out 6 and walking 1. He showed improved command of all of his pitches compared to his last start against Baylor. It was the first multi-inning appearance for Kingham out of the bullpen this season, and he showed some encouraging signs that he will look to carry back into his starting role next weekend. Hitter of the Weekend: Kody Clemens Another series, another great performance from Kody Clemens, who finished the weekend 5 for 13 (.384) with 2 home runs, 2 RBI’s and 4 runs scored. Clemens continues to be one of the hottest hitters in the country, and the emergence of Zach Zubia in the clean-up spot behind him has only benefitted Kody, who continues to see good pitches to hit. The ESPN broadcasters talked throughout the weekend about Clemens and the MLB draft, and it’s no surprise considering the junior is now hitting .369 on the season. Combine his bat with solid defense at second base, and there is a strong possibility Clemens could hear his named in the money rounds of the MLB draft. Stat of the Weekend- .192 Steele Walker and Kyler Murray, Oklahoma’s 3 and 4 hole hitters, combined to go 5 for 26 (.192) for the series. The only big damage was done on a 2-run home run by Walker in game 1. The Longhorn pitching staff did an excellent job of dealing with the heart of the Oklahoma lineup. Main Takeaway The Longhorns needed a signature series win for their resume, and capturing a road series win against a top 20 opponent means Texas will likely be ranked on Monday morning. Texas’ RPI sat at 23 entering Sunday, which is very good and could continue to improve if Texas keeps playing well. The Longhorns have now positioned themselves to make a run at the Big 12 regular season title and possibly be in position to host a regional with a strong finish. The biggest tests remaining on the schedule is a road series at Texas Tech and a home series against TCU. Texas’ road struggles had been well documented up to this point, but this weekend showed that the Longhorns could be beginning to hit their stride. Random Notes and Thoughts Zach Zubia’s on-base streak has now reached 37 games with a 2 for 4 performance on Sunday. As I mentioned above, Zubia’s presence behind Clemens has been huge for the offense this season. I have been impressed with Zubia’s willingness to take the ball to all parts of the field with power. Bryce Elder lasted a career high 5 innings in a spot spot on Friday, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits. With 2 midweek games this week, it will be interesting to see if Elder possibly receives another start. Even if he returns to the bullpen, it will benefit Texas greatly to have a guy with his type of stuff, who can throw multiple innings. Next weekend, Texas will get a break from Big 12 play and host New Orleans in a non-conference series. The Privateers currently sit at 17-19, with a 7-10 mark in Southland conference play. The Longhorns will also host UT-Rio Grande Valley (18-18) on Tuesday and travel to Sugarland on Wednesday to play Texas Southern (16-20)
  5. Here's your lineup for Friday. Interesting move using Elder as the starter. Jameson will be popping in, and I'll be doing PBP on Twitter with some posts here. If you would like to keep things updated here, feel free to. HookEm
  6. David Pierce has mentioned multiple times throughout the season about his desire to see his team continue to focus on the process rather than the results. Tuesday’s close loss to Texas A&M provided a lot of learning moments for a Texas team that is preparing to open up a 3 game series on the road against Oklahoma, who currently sits in first place in the Big 12. “When you look at that ballgame, you look at a couple of missed opportunities,” Pierce said about the 6-5 loss on Tuesday. “We left 13 guys on base, but you have to get 13 guys on base to lose those opportunities, so i thought throughout the course of the game you can look at numerous things, but we put pressure on their defense and on their pitching staff. Either they made a play or we didn’t come up with that one extra hit in the inning. It kind of separated the game.” The Longhorns were only able to get a ⅓ of an inning out of starter Nico O’Donnell, who after retiring the leadoff batter on the first pitch of the game, allowed 4 straight baserunners. The short outing meant a long night for the Longhorns bullpen, which responded by allowing only 2 runs in 8 ⅔ innings. “We had a handful of guys that threw well out of the bullpen,” Pierce said. “I thought Kamron Fields was outstanding after he settled in. I would like to see him do a better job of inheriting runners. Parker Joe (Robinson) was very solid again, Josh (Sawyer) did his job for one hitter and I thought that was as good as we’ve seen Andy (McGuire) as far as stuff and location combined. It’s not all for a loss. Of course we want to win those games, but there’s so many things I think we are getting better at.” The Texas pitching staff will be tested again this weekend by an Oklahoma offense that has 5 players hitting over .300, led by Steele Walker (.338, 8 HR, 33 RBI’s). The Longhorns will be looking for a bounce back performance from Nolan Kingham, who only lasted 2 innings last Friday in his start against Baylor. Combine Kingham’s outing with the short outing of O’Donnell, and the Texas bullpen has been busy over the past week. “The goal of our starting pitchers is a minimum of 7 innings. If we get 6, it’s doable, it’s something that’s workable. When you start putting guys in a different role earlier, then you change the scope of the entire bullpen for that day. It happened to us on Friday (against Baylor), with Nolan throwing 2 innings. It changes the entire weekend. We were able to survive that. Tuesday’s are no different. Nico (O’Donnell) has earned the right to start because he has the right stuff. Everything has he does in his bullpen, everything he does in his preparation, is right. Now I just think he needs to grow up and become a competitor. That’s not to say that he is immature. This is a different environment than Churchill High School. Either you can and you can’t, and at this point Nico has to have a one-on-one with himself and say ‘This is why we do all the prep, so we get the opportunity to compete’. He has to give us a much better chance to win every single Tuesday he pitches.” At the plate, Kody Clemens continues to pace the Texas offense. The junior finished Tuesday’s game 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s, bumping his season average up to .367. Zach Zubia extended his on-base streak to 34 games with 1 for 2 performance with 3 walks. “I thought last night that [Kody] went in a little bit overhyped,” Pierce said on Wednesday. “I thought he made a great in-game adjustment of just calming down and taking what they give him. He had two poor at-bats, and then finished with 3 hits. The kid is unbelievable because he has so much confidence in himself and he feels like he can conquer the world when he is in the batter's box, and that’s a great feeling as a hitter. He has the ability to fight off pitchers’ pitches in 2 strike counts and then work the pitcher to taking the base on ball or having the ability to get a ball that he can handle.Those are great qualities that great hitters have. Do I think he can improve? Well, we’re always striving for that. His numbers say continue the pace and he will be an All-American, and he’s getting recognition with that. The thing is when you start getting mid-season recognitions, you want to say, ‘How did I get here?’, and continue that. And I think he has the ability to do that, as well as get better. Texas will enter Norman with an overall record of 22-13, with a 9-3 mark in Big 12 play. The Longhorns currently sit in 3rd place in the conference, behind Oklahoma (8-1) and Oklahoma State (7-2). Follow along at HornSports.com this weekend for live updates.
  7. The Texas 6 game winning streak came to a halt on Tuesday night, when Texas A&M used a big 1st inning and held off several Texas rallies to defeat the Longhorns by a final of 6-5. Let’s take a look at some news, notes and thoughts from an entertaining game in College Station It was not a good start for starter Nico O’Donnell, who after retiring the first batter of the game, allowed 4 straight batters (2 walks and 2 hits) to reach before Texas went to the bullpen. O’Donnell has struggled with command at times this year, but really struggled to find the strike zone in the 1st. There will be better days ahead for the freshman, but it was definitely a night to forget. Kamron Fields came on in relief of O’Donnell and looked very good. Fields showed a very good slider, striking out 4 in 2 ⅔ innings. The future is very bright for the right-hander, and it’s easy to see him being a dominant pitcher down the road. “I thought he was great. He wanted the ball and he’s really a 50 pitch max guy right now. He did a great job of keeping us in the game and moving it to the next guy.”- David Pierce on Fields effort in relief It was a night of missed opportunities for the Texas offense. The Longhorns had the bases loaded in 3 different innings, but were unable to push any runs across: With 2 outs in the 3rd, David Hamilton popped out to SS With 1 out in the 5th, Jake McKenzie bounced into a 6-4-3 double play with the tying run at 3rd With 2 outs in the 8th, Ryan Reynolds grounded back to the pitcher with the tying run on 3rd Kody Clemens was again a key source of the Texas offense. With the Longhorns trailing 4-0 in the 5th, Clemens smacked a 2-run double to LF. In the 7th, Clemens led off the inning with an infield single and later came around to score on an infield single by Ryan Reynolds. Clemens also drove home the Longhorns final run of the game in the 8th on a single to RF, scoring Masen Hibbeler and cutting the Aggies lead to 6-5. Zach Zubia’s on-base streak is now at 34 games after the redshirt freshman went 1 for 2 with a RBI and 3 walks. Zubia did a good job of laying off some tough pitches in key situations as Texas made their comeback. As has been the trend for most of the season, the Texas defense was outstanding throughout the night. Ryan Reynolds and David Hamilton each made 2 barehanded plays to save infield singles. Texas will return home for a few days before heading to Norman, Oklahoma for a 3 game series with the Sooners. Oklahoma currently sits in 1st place in the Big 12 and recently took 2 of 3 from TCU in Fort Worth last weekend. Longhorn pitching will be tested by an Oklahoma offense that has 3 starters hitting over .300.
  8. ***Texas @ Texas A&M Game Thread***

    Texas (22-12) at Texas A&M (23-9) April 10, 2018 Where: Blue Bell Park (College Station, Texas) Time: 6 p.m. TV: SEC Network Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 All-time series: Texas leads, 243-125-5 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS TUESDAY—Texas A&M LHP Chandler Jozwiak (2-0, 3.72) vs. Texas RHP Nico O’Donnell (2-1, 3.51) GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—Texas returns to the road for a midweek matchup at No. 22 Texas A&M…last season, Texas won, 4-3, in Austin…Texas A&M won, 5-4, on a walk-off HR in 2016 in College Station. A LOOK AT THE AGGIES—Texas A&M is coming off a SEC series win over then-No. 20 LSU…the Aggies dropped the opener before taking the next two…junior second baseman Michael Helman paces the Aggies offense with a .402/.481/.568 line while sophomore left fielder Logan Foster has racked up a team-high six homers and sophomore shortstop Braden Shewmake has a team-best 31 RBI…as a team, Texas A&M has compiled a 2.79 ERA in 32 games. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas has won six straight and 13 of its last 16 games overall…the six-game winning streak is the longest of the season for the Horns…over the weekend, the Longhorns completed their second Big 12 Conference series sweep with a three wins over Baylor…the Longhorns held Baylor to one run over the final two games…Kody Clemens continues to lead the offense, compiling a .358/.470/.683 line to go along with a team-high 9 homers and 32 RBI…he hit his 9th homer of the season on Saturday, which would stand as the game-winner…the Texas bullpen combined to allow just one run in 11 innings pitched over the weekend against Baylor. NEXT UP—Texas will stay on the road this weekend for a three-game Big 12 Conference series at No. 16 Oklahoma…the Sooners are 8-1 in Big 12 action so far this season. MIDSEASON ALL-AMERICA—Perfect Game/Rawlings and D1Baseball.com each announced their Midseason All-America teams last week and 2B Kody Clemens was named to the first team on both…the Longhorns have not had an end-of-season first team All-American since Corey Knebel in 2011… Clemens went 0-for-5 on 3/27, snapping his 26-game reached base streak and his nine-game hitting streak, but has amassed an eight-game streak since…the junior has opened the 2018 campaign on a tear…he began 2018 with a 13-game hit streak, the longest for a Longhorn since Madison Carter’s 15-game streak in 2014…Clemens has 27 walks to 20 Ks on the season, is 4-for-5 in stolen bases, and holds a team-best 1.153 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage)…he hit his 9th homer of the year on Saturday, setting a new career-high after hitting 5 in 54 games last season…he ranks first in the Big 12 in homers, second in walks (27), fourth in RBI (32), first in total bases (84), and first in slugging percentage (.683). ZUUUBOMB—Redshirt-freshman Zach Zubia was named Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week on Monday after hitting .368/.400/.632 with his sixth homer of the season…it is the first league honor of Zubia’s career…he has reached base safely in each of the last 33 games in his rookie campaign and is second on the team with 28 RBI. GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ—After the first five attempted stolen bases against him were successful, junior catcher DJ Petrinsky has caught 13-of-18 since, improving his caught stealing percentage to over 50% for the season.
  9. The Texas winning streak reached 6 games following a 4-1 victory over Baylor on Sunday, completing the series sweep over the Bears. Blair Henley allowed 1 run in 7 innings, striking out 4. Josh Sawyer recorded the the final 6 outs and picked up his first save of the season. At the plate, Zach Zubia picked blasted his 6th home run of the season. Let’s take a look at some thoughts and takeaways from the weekend series. Pitcher of the Weekend- Chase Shugart With temperatures around 40 degrees, Chase Shugart turned in one of his best performances of the season. The right-hander threw 7 scoreless innings, scattering 5 hits and striking out 1, throwing a total of 120 pitches. After the game, Shugart admitted he may not have had his best stuff, but he was able to effectively throw his sinker and pitch efficiently. After Friday night starter Nolan Kingham only lasted 2 innings, Texas needed a lengthy outing from Shugart, and he delivered. Hitter of the Weekend: Zach Zubia Zubia finished the weekend 5 for 11 (.454) with a pair of double, a home run and 2 runs batted in. For the season, the redshirt freshman is batting .292 and has an on-base streak of 33 games. David Pierce opted to move Zubia back into the cleanup spot on Sunday, and he was rewarded when Zubia blasted a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 1st inning. He then added a double in 5th inning. Despite being limited to DH duties and leading the team in strikeouts, the presence of Zubia’s bat in the lineup has given the Longhorns offense some needed power this season. It is intriguing to think about how good Zubia can be once he improves at first base and gets a year of college experience at the plate. Stat of the Weekend- .81 The Texas bullpen combined to throw 11 innings on the weekend, allowing a single run, good enough for a .81 ERA. Bryce Elder, Matt Whalen, Kamron Fields, Josh Sawyer and Andy McGuire all had scoreless appearances. Parker Joe Robinson was the only reliever to allow a run, but Robinson still picked up his 2nd win of the week. McGuire’s emergence in the backend of the bullpen as been a huge boost to a pitching staff that is still trying to define roles. Elder and Fields flashed major potential and their confidence seems to be growing each time they take the mound. Main Takeaway Baylor entered the series 3-6 in conference play, but had an impressive series win over Texas Tech on their resume and presented some tough matchups on the mound. Aside from the first couple of innings on Friday, the Texas pitching staff had their way with the Baylor offense for most of the weekend. David Pierce has talked before about forging an identity through wins and losses, and it appears his players are beginning to find that identity through timely hitting, good pitching and solid defense. A big test awaits this coming week, when the Longhorns will travel to College Station to face Texas A&M, and then travel to Norman for a series against Oklahoma, who sits atop of the Big 12 standings. A 9-3 start to conference play is about as good as Texas could have hoped for, but the Longhorns now have a big opportunity to pick up a road win against their in-state rival and cement their place atop of the Big 12 next weekend. Random Notes and Thoughts David Pierce said the plan is for Nolan Kingham to throw 2 bullpen sessions this week to get him ready for Friday night’s series opener against Oklahoma. This would likely mean Kingham is not available out of the bullpen on Tuesday against Texas A&M Jake McKenzie started at 3rd base on Sunday, replacing Ryan Reynolds, who was given a partial day off before being used as a defensive replacement late in the game. Masen Hibbeler moved in from LF to 1B to replace McKenzie, allowing Duke Ellis to get a start in the OF. The improvement offensively for DJ Petrinsky has been noticeable over the past several weeks, but his improvement defensively has been just as big. Petrinsky threw out a pair of base runners on Sunday and looks a lot more comfortable blocking balls and handling the running game. Petrinsky and Shugart also called their own pitches on Saturday, which resulted in a shutout. Quotes from David Pierce Overall thoughts on the win “Saw some outstanding pitching, some great defense, and that’s what we are built around. Today we had some timely hits and were very aggressive early, and players really executed. Really awesome days for Jake McKenzie, DJ (Petrinsky), great job by Zach, he hammered that ball, and then solid, solid pitching from Blair (Henley). Having Sawyer come out in the 9th was big for him, as well as us. Get him in a six out save was just outstanding” On Blair Henley’s performance after the home run “I thought he was good. He got behind on Wendzel in a 3-1 count and tried to throw him a strike, and he got extended on it, but that was the only pitch that hurt him. He was good all day. Late when they started looking like they started cheating away and looking outer half, he started mixing some pitches in, as well as hitting with the breaking ball. Just a really, really good performance by him and the defense.” Overall thoughts on the starting pitching for the weekend “Not our best outing by Nolan and we all know that. We had a good conversation about it and it’s not because of effort, his preparation is good. Now he’s got to do what we talk about, and when things don’t go our way, we got to attack it. He’s got to have a quality week, but Chase really stepped up in some really stuff conditions and Blair was outstanding. It was a good job of going out and getting a sweep in the Big 12 at home because it is tough. I tip my hat to the team, the coaches, the support staff, all of them. Everybody was locked in all weekend, all week really, and we reaped the benefits from it and now we get to go on the road and see if we can continue to play the right way.
  10. Weather wise, it was a day to forget at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Winds of 20+ MPH blew in from left field for most of the game and the temperature had reached below 40 degrees by the time the final pitch was thrown. Baseball wise, Texas took advantage of a gutsy outing by Chase Shugart and another home run by Kody Clemens, defeating Baylor 2-0. Let’s take a look at some news, notes and takeaways as the Longhorns secured the series victory and moved their conference record to 8-3. The biggest story of the game was the performance by Texas starter Chase Shugart, who threw a career high 120 pitches, throwing 7 scoreless innings. The right-hander scattered 5 hits, walked 5 and only struck out one, but induced 9 ground-ball outs and made pitches when he needed to. “He wasn’t perfect, but Chase did a great job of attacking the zone, especially making some pitches when they had some traffic.”-Head coach David Pierce about Shugart’s outing Entering the 7th inning, Shugart’s pitch count sat at 112, but he came out to start the inning and got 3 outs on 8 pitches. “The biggest concern today was you aren’t too sure what you were going to get out of the bullpen because of conditions. We got a guy pounding the strike zone at the time who just had a clean inning, so we just felt like he was the best suited at the time, and then we got a quick one, so it worked out really well to only have to go to Kam for one and finish it up with Andy.”-Pierce about the decision to stick with Shugart despite the high pitch count Andy McGuire secured his 4th save of the season, throwing a scoreless 9th inning. It appears the senior has become the preferred option in the backend of the bullpen. Kam Fields handled the 8th inning and continues to show a plus fastball. McGuire, Fields, Bryce Elder and Josh Sawyer appear to be the 4 most trusted relievers in the Longhorns bullpen at the moment Offensively, Texas only mustered 6 hits, with 2 belonging to Kody Clemens, raising his season average to .358. Clemens first hit came in the first inning when he blasted a high inside fastball for a solo home run that stayed inside the right field foul pole. Zach Zubia extended his on-base streak to 32 games, going 1 for 3. The redshirt freshman is now hitting .284 for the season with 22 walks. Texas punter Michael Dickson threw out the first pitch before the game, firing in a strike to Blair Henley. After the game, David Pierce said he would grade the pitch an A+ considering Dickson did not know what a mound was or where the rubber was on the mound. Pierce said was impressed with Dickson’s short, quick arm action. Texas will go for the sweep tomorrow at 1:30. Blair Henley will take the ball for the Longhorns while Baylor's starter is listed as TBA. Follow along at Hornsports.com for live updates.
  11. Despite falling behind 4-0, the Texas offense battled back and the Longhorns were able to pull out a 9-5 win over Baylor in the series opener. It was a rough night for starting pitcher Nolan Kingham, but the bullpen stringed together 7 solid innings, allowing a single run and keeping the game within reach until the Texas offense put together a 4 run 5th inning to take the lead. Here are some thoughts, news and notes from a wild game 1. As mentioned above, it was not a good night for starter Nolan Kingham, who lasted 2+ plus innings, failing to record an out in the 3rd. Kingham allowed 7 hits, 4 runs (2 earned) and walked 1. The right-hander has now had back-to-back rough outings, and head coach David Pierce said the team will need their ace to bounce back. While his velocity was okay, Baylor seemed to have a good plan of attack, hunting his fastball early in counts. The play of the game came on the defense for the Longhorns. Following Kingham’s exit, Baylor loaded the bases with 0 outs. After a comebacker to the mound resulted in an out at home, Matt Whalen got TJ Raguse to ground a ball back up the middle. The ball hit off the mound and somehow was hauled in by David Hamilton, who flipped the ball to Kody Clemens to start a 6-4-3 double play to help Texas escape the jam unharmed. Aside from Hamilton and Jake McKenzie, every Longhorn starter recorded at least one hit. Zach Zubia collected 2 hits, both of which came off the bat at 100+ MPH. Duke Ellis finished 4 for 4 in the 9 hole and continues to impress with each game after struggling to start the season. After going 3 seasons without a victory, Parker Joe Robinson earned his 2nd win of the week on the mound. The side-arming right-hander threw 2 innings of relief, with the only blemish being a solo home run by Richard Cunningham, who finished the game 4 for 5 with 2 home runs. Robinson’s season ERA now sits at 1.69, and his role in the bullpen seems to be growing. David Pierce has spoken multiple times this season about his desire to see his team play for one another, and Texas seems to be showing it on the field. Pierce spoke after the game about how the team knew they needed to pick up their starting pitcher and how there was never a sense of panic in the dugout. Tate Shaw is quietly having himself a heck of a season. It has been extremely impressive to see his bat at the top of the order and how he controls the zone well, hits to all fields and gets on base.
  12. ***Baylor vs Texas Series Thread***

    Texas (19-12, 6-3 Big 12) vs. Baylor (14-13, 3-6 Big 12) April 6-8, 2018 Where: UFCU Disch-Falk Field (Austin, Texas) Time: Friday—6:30 p.m.; Saturday—4 p.m.; Sunday—1:30 p.m. TV: Longhorn Network Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 All-time series: Texas leads, 244-110-4 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS FRIDAY—Baylor RHP Hayden Kettler (3-2, 2.93) vs. Texas RHP Nolan Kingham (4-2, 3.92) SATURDAY—Baylor TBA vs. Texas RHP Chase Shugart (2-2, 5.72) SUNDAY—Baylor TBA vs. Texas RHP Blair Henley (4-3, 3.19) GAME NOTES THE MATCHUPS—Texas returns home this weekend for a three-game Big 12 Conference series against Baylor beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.…the teams will then square off on Saturday at 4 p.m. and close things out on Sunday with a1:30 p.m. contest at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. A LOOK AT THE BEARS—Baylor is coming off a Tuesday night, 2-1, win over Lamar…before that, the Bears had lost four straight after falling to Texas State on Monday and in all three games to Oklahoma last weekend…offensively, Baylor is led by Andy Thomas’ .363/.491/.440 line and catcher Shea Langeliers’ seven homers…on the mound, closer Troy Montemayor has seven saves and a 0.79 ERA in 11 appearances…RHP Hayden Ketter has a 2.93 ERA in seven starts for the Bears and LHP Cody Bradford has a 2.95 ERA in six starts on the hill. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas has won 10 of its last 13 games, including three straight over K-State, McNeese State, and Texas A&M - Corpus Christi…the Longhorns dropped their first Big 12 Conference series last weeken when they fell in the first two games on the road at K-State…Texas continues to be led by second baseman Kody Clemens…the junior has compiled a .357/.471/.679 line to for the year to go along with eight homers and 30 RBI…he drove in four with his first career grand slam on Tuesday night at Whataburger Field…Tate Shaw has taken over in center field and has continued to contribute on offense out of the leadoff spot…on the mound, Blair Henley picked up the win in a short start on Tuesday night at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and is expected to return to the hill on Sunday afternoon against Baylor. NEXT UP—Texas will head on the road for a Tuesday night matchup at Texas A&M before heading for a three-game Big 12 Conference series at No. 20 Oklahoma beginning Friday MIDSEASON ALL-AMERICA—Perfect Game/Rawlings announced its Midseason All-America teams on Wednesday and 2B Kody Clemens was named to the first team…the Longhorns have not had an end-of-season first team All-American since Corey Knebel in 2011… Clemens went 0-for-5 last Tuesday night (3/27), snapping his 26-game reached base streak and his nine-game hitting streak, but has amassed a five-game streak since…the junior has opened the 2018 campaign on a tear…he began 2018 with a 13-game hit streak, the longest for a Longhorn since Madison Carter’s 15-game streak in 2014…Clemens has amassed 25 walks to 18 Ks on the season, is 4-for-5 in stolen bases, and holds a team-best 1.150 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage)…he hit his 8th homer of the year on Tuesday at Whataburger Field, setting a new career-high after hitting 5 in 54 games last season…his .679 SLG and 25 walks rank 2nd in the Big 12. TATE IS GREAT—Tate Shaw recorded three multi-hit games last weekend, finishing with a .375/.545/.500 line with 5 RBI for the week…he hit a bases-clearing three-run double with 2 outs in the 9th inning on Saturday to tie the game…last Tuesday night at Texas State, leadoff hitter Tate Shaw went 0-for-1 but reached base safely four times, including three HBPs…no Longhorn had been hit with a pitch three times in a game since Ben Johnson on May 1, 2015…he has improved his batting average to .298 on the season with a .407 OBP. GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ—After the first five attempted stolen bases against him were successful, junior catcher DJ Petrinsky has caught 8-of-11 since, improving his caught stealing percentage to 50% for the season. BREAK OUT MCGUIRE—In his first start since April 22, 2014, Andy McGuire had a breakout game last Friday at K-State…the redshirt-junior went deep for his first career home run in his first at-bat…he’d add two more hits in the game and finished with 3 RBI…on Saturday, he added another 3-RBI game that included a bases-loaded double to pull Texas to within one…McGuire also moved from RF to the mound with two outs in the 8th and tossed 1.1 perfect innings for his second save. ZUUUBIA—Redshirt-freshman Zach Zubia has reached base safely in each of the last 30 games in his rookie campaign…he is second on the team with 26 RBI and has 22 walks. MCKENZIE’S MANY TALENTS—Senior utilityman and right-handed pitcher Jake McKenzie, a petroleum engineering major, was recently awarded the Marvin Wright Student Athlete Award from the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Big 12’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award…he has been exceptional so far in his time at 1B. PRESEASON POLL—In the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll, Texas was selected to finish third behind preseason favorite Texas Tech (61) and TCU (60)…last season, seven of the nine Big 12 teams made the NCAA postseason.
  13. Texas (17-12) vs. McNeese State (10-17) Texas (17-12) at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (16-13) April 2-3, 2018 Where: Monday—UFCU Disch-Falk Field (Austin, Texas); Tuesday—Whataburger Field (Corpus Christi, Texas) Time: Monday—6:30 p.m.; Tuesday—6:30 p.m. TV: Monday—Longhorn Network Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 All-time series: Texas leads, 55-16-1 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS MONDAY—McNeese State LHP Austin Briggs (0-0, 6.00) vs. Texas RHP Matt Whelan (0-0, 8.22) TUESDAY—Texas A&M - Corpus Christi TBA vs. Texas Blair Henley GAME NOTES THE MATCHUPS—The Longhorns host McNeese State on Monday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field before traveling to Corpus Christi to take on TAMU-CC at Whataburger Field on Tuesday…Texas then returns home for a three-game Big 12 Conference series against Baylor beginning Friday. A LOOK AT THE COWBOYS—McNeese State lost two of three at home to Southeastern Louisiana over the weekend…offensively, the Cowboys are led by Andrew Bryan (.323) and Shane Selman (.310)…Selman has a team-high six homers and 18 RBI on the year…on the mound, Zach Rider has 11 appearances in relief and a team-best 2.41 ERA. A LOOK AT THE ISLANDERS—Texas A&M - Corpus Christi was swept by New Orleans over the weekend…at the plate, the Islanders are led by Harrison DiNicola’s .345/.449/.627 line and 5 homers on the year…A.G. Ayala leads the team with 12 appearances out of the bullpen and a 1.23 ERA. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—After winning 7-of-8 following a five-game losing skid, Texas lost its first Big 12 Conference series, dropping two of three on the road at K-State…the Longhorns fell, 5-2, in game one…in game two, Texas was down to its final out, trailing 10-3, when they scored seven runs to pull the game even…K-State would eventually walk it off on a single in the bottom of the ninth…on Saturday, the Longhorns fell behind, 5-2, but rallied for another seven-run inning to take the series finale and salvage a game in the series. NEXT UP—Following Tuesday night at Whataburger Field, Texas will return home for a Big 12 Conference series against Baylor beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m. BREAK OUT MCGUIRE—In his first start since April 22, 2014, Andy McGuire had a breakout game…the redshirt-junior went deep for his first career home run in his first at-bat…he’d add two more hits in the game and finished with 3 RBI…on Saturday, he added another 3-RBI game that included a bases-loaded double to pull Texas to within one…McGuire also moved from right field to the mound with two outs in the eighth and tossed 1.1 perfect innings for his second save of the year. GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ—After the first five attempted stolen bases against him were successful, junior catcher DJ Petrinsky has caught 8-of-11 since, improving his caught stealing percentage to 50% for the season. CAN’T STOP CLEMENS—Clemens went 0-for-5 last Tuesday night, snapping his 26-game reached base streak and his nine-game hitting streak, but went 5-for-12 with 3 doubles over the weekend…the junior has opened the 2018 campaign on a tear…he began 2018 with a 13-game hit streak, the longest for a Longhorn since Madison Carter’s 15-game streak in 2014…Clemens has amassed 24 walks to 18 Ks on the season, is 3-for-4 in stolen bases, and holds a team-best 1.157 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage)…he hit his 7th homer of the year on March 24 vs. Oklahoma State, a new career-high after hitting 5 in 54 games last season…his .680 slugging percentage ranks 2nd in the Big 12 Conference…he leads the team in HR (7), average (.359), walks (24), and OBP (.477). TATE IS GREAT—Tate Shaw recorded 3 multi-hit games over the weekend, finishing with a .375/.545/.500 line with 5 RBI for the week…he hit a bases-clearing three-run double with 2 outs in the 9th inning on Saturday to tie the game…last Tuesday night at Texas State, leadoff hitter Tate Shaw went 0-for-1 but reached base safely four times, including three HBPs…no Longhorn had been hit with a pitch three times in a game since Ben Johnson on May 1, 2015…he has improved his batting average to .299 on the season with a .404 OBP. ZUUUBIA—Redshirt-freshman Zach Zubia has reached base safely in each of the last 28 games in his rookie campaign…he leads the team with 26 RBI and has amassed 21 walks.
  14. Texas returned home after losing 2 out of 3 to Kansas State over the weekend. With the help of the bullpen and the power bat of Ryan Reynolds, the Longhorns responded with a 5-4 victory over McNeese State on Monday night. The win moves Texas’ record to 18-12 on the season. Freshman Matt Whalen received his first career start on the mound and lasted 4 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits with a pair of strikeouts. “I thought he attacked the zone really well early,” Head Coach David Pierce said after the game about his starter. “He’s got to get better with his secondary pitches, to be able to throw the slider for a strike, not just for a chase pitch. So then it becomes a valuable pitch as a chase. But his competitiveness was outstanding. He wants the ball, he’s very comfortable on the mound and I’m really proud of his efforts tonight. I would have loved for him to go through 5 and get his first win tonight.” Following Whalen’s exit, 4 Longhorn relievers combined to allow 1 run in 5 innings of work. Parker Joe Robinson picked up his first win of the season, throwing 2 shutout innings. Texas started the scoring in the 3rd inning with the help of the McNeese State defense. Jake McKenzie led off the frame by singling to right field. McKenzie advanced to 2nd following a Tate Shaw groundout, and moved up to 3rd after an errant pickoff attempt. Masen Hibbeler then hit a popup in shallow center field that was mishandled by second basemen Joe Provenzano, allowing McKenzie to score and giving Texas a 1-0 lead. 3 batters later, Ryan Reynolds blasted a 2-run home run over the left fence, extending the lead to 3-0. The Longhorns added to their lead in the 4th. David Hamilton led of by doubling to right-center and advanced to 3rd when DJ Petrinsky reached on a fielder’s choice, placing runners at the corners. McKenzie drove in Hamilton with a RBI groundout, and Kody Clemens would later drive in Petrinsky when his sinking line drive to right field with the bases loaded fell in and resulted in a fielder’s choice, giving Texas a 5-0 lead. McNeese State responded in 5th inning, however. Dustin Duhon led off with the double down the left field line. Andrew Bryan then connected on a 2-run home run, cutting the lead to 5-2. Following a walk and a single, Parker Joe Robinson entered from the bullpen. Carson Maxwell welcome Robinson with a sacrifice bunt, but Robinson’s throw to first sailed into right field, bringing home another run and making the score 5-3. In the 7th, the Cowboys added another run on a sacrifice fly by Reid Bourque, cutting the deficit to 1 run, but would not get any closer. Josh Sawyer delivered a scoreless 8th inning for Texas and Andy McGuire locked down his 3rd save of the season with a scoreless 9th. Texas will return to action tomorrow when they travel to Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi to take on Texas A&M Corpus-Christi. RHP Blair Henley will get the ball for Texas in what is expected to be a brief outing. Follow along at Hornsports.com for live updates
  15. Texas (17-12) vs. McNeese State (10-17) Texas (17-12) at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (16-13) April 2-3, 2018 Where: Monday—UFCU Disch-Falk Field (Austin, Texas); Tuesday—Whataburger Field (Corpus Christi, Texas) Time: Monday—6:30 p.m.; Tuesday—6:30 p.m. TV: Monday—Longhorn Network Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 All-time series: Texas leads, 55-16-1 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS MONDAY—McNeese State LHP Austin Briggs (0-0, 6.00) vs. Texas RHP Matt Whelan (0-0, 8.22) TUESDAY—Texas A&M - Corpus Christi TBA vs. Texas TBA GAME NOTES THE MATCHUPS—The Longhorns host McNeese State on Monday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field before traveling to Corpus Christi to take on TAMU-CC at Whataburger Field on Tuesday…Texas then returns home for a three-game Big 12 Conference series against Baylor beginning Friday. A LOOK AT THE COWBOYS—McNeese State lost two of three at home to Southeastern Louisiana over the weekend…offensively, the Cowboys are led by Andrew Bryan (.323) and Shane Selman (.310)…Selman has a team-high six homers and 18 RBI on the year…on the mound, Zach Rider has 11 appearances in relief and a team-best 2.41 ERA. A LOOK AT THE ISLANDERS—Texas A&M - Corpus Christi was swept by New Orleans over the weekend…at the plate, the Islanders are led by Harrison DiNicola’s .345/.449/.627 line and 5 homers on the year…A.G. Ayala leads the team with 12 appearances out of the bullpen and a 1.23 ERA. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—After winning 7-of-8 following a five-game losing skid, Texas lost its first Big 12 Conference series, dropping two of three on the road at K-State…the Longhorns fell, 5-2, in game one…in game two, Texas was down to its final out, trailing 10-3, when they scored seven runs to pull the game even…K-State would eventually walk it off on a single in the bottom of the ninth…on Saturday, the Longhorns fell behind, 5-2, but rallied for another seven-run inning to take the series finale and salvage a game in the series. NEXT UP—Following Tuesday night at Whataburger Field, Texas will return home for a Big 12 Conference series against Baylor beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m. BREAK OUT MCGUIRE—In his first start since April 22, 2014, Andy McGuire had a breakout game…the redshirt-junior went deep for his first career home run in his first at-bat…he’d add two more hits in the game and finished with 3 RBI…on Saturday, he added another 3-RBI game that included a bases-loaded double to pull Texas to within one…McGuire also moved from right field to the mound with two outs in the eighth and tossed 1.1 perfect innings for his second save of the year. GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ—After the first five attempted stolen bases against him were successful, junior catcher DJ Petrinsky has caught 8-of-11 since, improving his caught stealing percentage to 50% for the season. CAN’T STOP CLEMENS—Clemens went 0-for-5 last Tuesday night, snapping his 26-game reached base streak and his nine-game hitting streak, but went 5-for-12 with 3 doubles over the weekend…the junior has opened the 2018 campaign on a tear…he began 2018 with a 13-game hit streak, the longest for a Longhorn since Madison Carter’s 15-game streak in 2014…Clemens has amassed 24 walks to 18 Ks on the season, is 3-for-4 in stolen bases, and holds a team-best 1.157 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage)…he hit his 7th homer of the year on March 24 vs. Oklahoma State, a new career-high after hitting 5 in 54 games last season…his .680 slugging percentage ranks 2nd in the Big 12 Conference…he leads the team in HR (7), average (.359), walks (24), and OBP (.477). TATE IS GREAT—Tate Shaw recorded 3 multi-hit games over the weekend, finishing with a .375/.545/.500 line with 5 RBI for the week…he hit a bases-clearing three-run double with 2 outs in the 9th inning on Saturday to tie the game…last Tuesday night at Texas State, leadoff hitter Tate Shaw went 0-for-1 but reached base safely four times, including three HBPs…no Longhorn had been hit with a pitch three times in a game since Ben Johnson on May 1, 2015…he has improved his batting average to .299 on the season with a .404 OBP. ZUUUBIA—Redshirt-freshman Zach Zubia has reached base safely in each of the last 28 games in his rookie campaign…he leads the team with 26 RBI and has amassed 21 walks.
  16. Texas (16-10, 5-1) at Kansas State (13-12, 0-3) March 29-31, 2018 Where: Tointon Stadium (Manhattan, Kan.) Time: Thursday—6:30 pm; Friday—6:30 p.m.; Saturday—1 p.m. TV: Thu: Cox Channel Kansas; Fri/Sat: WatchESPN Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 All-time series: Texas leads, 55-16-1 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS THURSDAY—Kansas State RHP Kasey Ford (3-1, 4.81) vs. Texas RHP Blair Henley (3-2, 2.75) FRIDAY—Kansas State TBA vs. Texas RHP Nolan Kingham (4-2, 3.67) SATURDAY—Kansas State RHP Justin Heskett (2-2, 4.22) vs. Texas TBA GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—The Longhorns head to Manhattan, Kan., for their first Big 12 Conference road series of the season…Texas enters the weekend with a 5-1 record in Big 12 play while Kansas is 0-3 in league action after last weekend’s sweep at the hands of TCU. A LOOK AT THE WILDCATS—K-State is coming off a 3-0 midweek win over Omaha at home in Tointon Stadium…the Wildcats previously were swept in their Big 12 Conference opening series against TCU on the road in Fort Worth…Kansas State is led by sophomore outfielder Will Brennan and his .404/.463/.505 line for the season…junior transfer Drew Mount has made a splash so far this season, hitting 7 homers and driving in 31 runs while amassing 17 steals for the year…as a team, K-State is 51-of-56 in stolen base attempts. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas has won 7-of-8 since its five-game losing skid…the Longhorns won their first two Big 12 Conference series, sweeping Kansas and taking 2-of-3 from Oklahoma State at home last weekend…on Tuesday night, the Longhorns defeated Texas State on the road by a 6-1 final…that game saw sophomore shortstop David Hamilton crank his first career homer…Kody Clemens continues to pace the offense, hitting at a .352/.469/.681 line to go along with a team-high seven homers and 21 walks…on the mound, Nolan Kingham’s return to form as staff ace has lowered his ERA to 3.67. NEXT UP—Texas plays two midweek games next week, on Monday at home against McNeese State and on Tuesday night at TAMU-CC at Whataburger Field, before returning home for a Big 12 Conference series against Baylor on Friday. KINGHAM CROWNED—Junior RHP Nolan Kingham was named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday…Kingham started the week with a save on last Tuesday night thanks to a perfect 9th inning against then-No. 25 Sam Houston State…he returned to the hill on Saturday and went 8 innings, scattering 7 hits and no walks while striking out 5 for his 4th win of the year…it is Kingham’s second weekly honor of the year, but the first from the conference…he was named Perfect Game/Rawlings National Pitcher of the Week following his opening night start against Louisiana. GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ—After the first five attempted stolen bases against him were successful, junior catcher DJ Petrinsky has caught 7-of-10 since, improving his caught stealing percentage to 46.7 for the season. CAN’T STOP CLEMENS—Clemens went 0-for-5 on Tuesday night, snapping his 26-game reached base streak and his nine-game hitting streak, but the junior has opened the 2018 campaign on a tear…he began 2018 with a 13-game hit streak, the longest for a Longhorn since Madison Carter’s 15-game streak in 2014…Clemens has amassed 21 walks to 17 Ks on the season, is 3-for-3 in stolen bases, and holds a team-best 1.150 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage)…he hit his 7th homer of the year last Sunday vs. Oklahoma State, a new career-high after hitting 5 in 54 games last season…his .681 slugging percentage leads the Big 12 Conference…he leads the team in HR (7), average (.52), walks (21), and on-base percentage (.469). D-HAM GOES DEEP—SS David Hamilton hit his first career homer on Tuesday, coming in his hometown of San Marcos. HIT ME—On Tuesday night at Texas State, leadoff hitter Tate Shaw went 0-for-1 but reached base safely four times, including three HBPs…no Longhorn had been hit with a pitch three times in a game since Ben Johnson on May 1, 2015. ZUUUBIA—Redshirt-freshman and designated hitter Zach Zubia has reached base safely in each of the last 25 games in his rookie campaign…over the weekend, he hit his fifth homer on Friday night and has walked twice in each of his next three games…he drew a bases-loaded walk on Tuesday night to take over the team lead in RBI with 25. PRESEASON POLL—In the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll, Texas was selected to finish third behind preseason favorite Texas Tech (61) and TCU (60)…last season, seven of the nine Big 12 teams made the NCAA postseason.
  17. Following a 6-1 win over Texas State in San Marcos on Tuesday night, Texas baseball will again hit the road for a 3 game series against Kansas State, with the first game starting on Thursday due to the Easter holiday. The Longhorns will enter Manhattan with a 5-1 conference record and having won 7 out of their last 8 games. This past weekend, Texas rebounded from a Friday loss against Oklahoma State, winning the next 2 games and taking the series. Head coach David Pierce said he was very pleased with the way his team responded after falling behind in Sunday’s series finale, which the Longhorns ultimately won, 10-5. “What I was so excited about is when we responded, all of our energy was towards each other,” Pierce said. “It wasn’t towards any kind of animosity or anything the opposing team. It was about us and to me I think you can win the parking lot, you can win on the road when are truly working for each other. I thought that was just awesome to see that happen.” Texas’ recent success comes on the heels of a tough stretch several weeks ago where they dropped 5 straight games to Stanford and Arkansas. “I thought they really handled that streak with some character because it was hard,” Pierce said. “I tell them all the time, you are not guaranteed anything, just keep playing together. I promise the non-conference schedule really helped us to build confidence because we had seen everything we could have possibly seen, from starting arms to guys in the box that are tough outs. The way the entire piece has developed, it has created the chemistry even moreso. I don’t think you build chemistry in an offseason. I think that starts it, I think it presents a culture, but you build chemistry in winning and losing and fighting and battling together. That’s what was really cool to see on sunday. Honestly, there was resemblance of that last night in a really bad environment in terms of the element and the delays, and you just see it in the dugout, guys are really comfortable.” After a tough start to the season, the Texas bullpen has begun to steady. Against Texas State, the Longhorns received 6 innings from their relievers, who combined to allow 1 run. The performance came on the heels of strong showings by several bullpen members over the weekend against Oklahoma State. “There’s some dependability starting to take place and that’s critical for us. Last night was a great team win, in things that needed to happen, happened. We had a plan that we were not going to throw Nico over 50 pitches because he could be the potential starter on Saturday. We had a plan that every guy that threw last night was going to throw. We actually had a couple of others that were on the list, but in a short outing. We wanted as many people to build some confidence and to be fresh, it was really critical. I thought Kam (Fields) really threw the ball well. The ball came out of his hand and some of that exciting, electric type arm that we have been waiting for, a plus slider to go along with that.” The Longhorns will look to continue their winning ways against a Kansas State team searching for their first Big 12 victory of the year after being swept by TCU to start conference play. Blair Henley will get the ball in Thursday’s series opener, with Nolan Kingham to follow on Friday and Saturday’s starter to be announced. Follow along at HornSports.com for live updates.
  18. VIA UT SAN MARCOS, Texas—Sophomore David Hamilton homered for the first time in his career and Texas pitchers quieted the Texas State bats en route to a 6-1 win over the Bobcats on a rainy Tuesday night at Bobcat Ballpark. Freshman Nico O’Donnell (2-1) started on the hill for the Longhorns (16-1) and, after a rocky but scoreless first inning, finished with three shutout frames against the Bobcats (14-9-1), facing the minimum over his final two innings of work. In the top of the fourth, the Longhorns offense got to Texas State starter Wes Engel. Duke Ellis was hit with a pitch to open the frame and moved to second on a balk. With one out, Ryan Reynolds was hit with a pitch to give the Longhorns two on. First baseman Masen Hibbeler followed with a single through the left side to plate Ellis and give Texas the 1-0 lead. Hamilton, a San Marcos native, then singled to third base to load the bases with one away and designated hitter Zach Zubia worked a walk to force home the run and put Texas up, 2-0. Austin Todd followed with a run-scoring groundout and Texas lead, 3-0, after three-and-a-half. In the bottom of the fourth, Parker Joe Robinson tossed a 1-2-3 inning. Tate Shaw was hit with another pitch—he was hit three times on the night—to open the fifth but with one out, the tarp was pulled onto the field and the teams settled into a rain delay. When play resumed, Matteo Bocchi entered and pitched two scoreless innings. In the seventh, Kamron Fields came on and tossed a perfect frame. In the eighth, Texas tacked onto its lead thanks to a two-run homer from Hamilton. The homer was the first of Hamilton’s career and it pushed Texas out to a 5-0 lead. The Longhorns added one more in the top of the ninth thanks to a Ryan Reynolds RBI single. The Bobcats got one on the board in the bottom half but that would be all as Beau Ridgeway closed things out for the 6-1 win. The Longhorns return to the road for a three game set beginning on Thursday at Kansas State.
  19. Texas (15-10) at Texas State (14-8-1) March 27, 2018 Where: San Marcos, Texas Time: Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 All-time series: Texas leads, 47-11 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS TUESDAY— Texas State LHP Wes Engle (1-1, 3.71) vs. Texas RHP Nico O’Donnell (1-1, 3.38) GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—The Longhorns head to San Marcos to face off against the Bobcats for the first of three scheduled midweek games this season. A LOOK AT THE BOBCATS—Texas State is coming off a series sweep at the hands of Sun Belt Conference foe Coastal Carolina…the Bobcats fell, 8-0, on Friday, before dropping both games of their Saturday doubleheader…Texas State is led offensively by Derek Scheible’s seven homers and 22 RBI…On the mound, Nicholas Fraze has a team-best four wins to go along with a 1.30 ERA while Cam Baird has 10 appearances out of the bullpen, compiling a 2.50 ERA in 18 innings of work to go along with 18 strikeouts. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas is coming off a 3-1 week that included a win on Tuesday night over then-No. 25 Sam Houston State before picking up the Big 12 Conference series win over Oklahoma State over the weekend…Texas’ lone loss came on Friday night…on Tuesday, usual weekend starter Nolan Kingham picked up his second save of the season and on Saturday, he followed with an eight-inning effort in the win…Kody Clemens continued his hot streak, hitting .400/.471/.800 for the week that included his career-high 7th homer…out of the bullpen, freshman Bryce Elder was stellar in two outings totaling 7.2 IP…he allowed just one run and 7 hits with 9 Ks. NEXT UP—Texas will head to Manhattan, Kan., for a three-game Big 12 Conference series against K-State, whom Texas swept last season at home…K-State was swept last weekend by TCU in their first Big 12 Conference action. KINGHAM CROWNED—Junior RHP Nolan Kingham was named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday…Kingham started the week with a save on Tuesday night thanks to a perfect 9th inning against then-No. 25 Sam Houston State…he returned to the hill on Saturday and went 8 innings, scattering 7 hits and no walks while striking out 5 for his 4th win of the year…it is Kingham’s second weekly honor of the year, but the first from the conference…he was named Perfect Game/Rawlings National Pitcher of the Week following his opening night start against Louisiana. GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ—After the first five attempted stolen bases against him were successful, junior catcher DJ Petrinsky has caught 7-of-10 since, improving his caught stealing percentage to 46.7 for the season. CAN’T STOP CLEMENS—Clemens has opened the 2018 campaign on a tear at the plate…he opened 2018 with a 13-game hit streak, the longest for a Longhorn since Madison Carter’s 15-game streak in 2014…he enters Tuesday’sgame on nine-game streak in which he’s hit .354…Clemens has amassed 21 walks to just 16 Ks on the season, is 3-for-3 in stolen bases, and holds a team-best 1.202 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage)…he has also reached base safely in all 25 games played this season, and 26 overall dating back to the 2017 campaign…he hit his 7th homer of the year Sunday, a new career-high after hitting 5 in 54 games last season…his .721 slugging percentage leads the Big 12 Conference…he leads the team in HR (7), average (.372), hits (32) RBI (24), walks (21), on-base percentage (.491), and walks (21). ELLIS ELEVATING—After Duke Ellis compiled a .200/.231/.200 line in eight February games, the CF has hit .273/.470/.341 in 17 games in the month of March…his 19 walks rank second on the team, with 18 of those coming this month alone. ZUUUBIA—Redshirt-freshman and designated hitter Zach Zubia has reached base safely in each of the last 24 games in his rookie campaign…over the weekend, he hit his fifth homer on Friday night and then walked twice in each of the next two games…he has 17 walks on the season, 5 of which came this weekend.
  20. After dropping the series opener on Friday night, Texas baseball responded by winning the next 2 games and taking the series over Oklahoma State. Sunday’s 10-5 win puts Texas’ conference record at 5-1 as they head into a midweek matchup with Texas State before traveling to Kansas State for a 3 game series next weekend. Let’s take a look at some thoughts and takeaways from the series victory over the Cowboys. Pitcher of the Weekend- Nolan Kingham/ Bryce Elder Kingham was given an extra day of rest after recording his 2nd save of the season on Tuesday against Sam Houston State, and it seemed to very beneficial. The right-hander tossed 8 innings on Saturday, allowing 1 run and striking 5. The important number for Kingham was number of walks he allowed, which was 0. Saturday’s outing may have even been more impressive than the complete game performance he turned in last weekend against Kansas. Kingham did an excellent job of utilizing his sinker to get easy outs and showed good command of his offspeed pitches. While he still possesses the power fastball that can get into the mid 90’s, the ability to attack hitters and be aggressive in the zone was very encouraging to see. Bryce Elder turned in his best performance of the season on Sunday, tossing 4 scoreless innings in relief of Chase Shugart, striking out 5 and only walking 1. When the freshman commands his cutter, he is one of the best options in the Longhorn bullpen. Hitter of the Weekend: Ryan Reynolds Reynolds finished the weekend 4 for 11, collecting 3 doubles and 2 RBI’s. The sophomore has looked a lot more comfortable this season solely hitting from the right side. It was tempting to go with Kody Clemens with this honor, but Reynolds had a very solid weekend and deserves credit for the quality at-bats he continues to put together. Stat of the Weekend- 2.70 The Longhorn’s bullpen finished with a 2.70 ERA on the weekend. Along with Elder’s dominant performance on Sunday, Texas also received good showings from Beau Ridgeway, Kamron Fields, Andy McGuire and Chris Fearon. Assistant coach Sean Allen mentioned after Sunday’s game that the the pitching staff is beginning to feel more and more confident as roles are defined. Fields in particular continues to be intriguing as he works his way back from a shoulder injury. He flashes plus stuff and attacks hitters. His role will likely continue to grow as the season progresses. Main Takeaway A 5-1 record after 6 conference games is about as good of a start as the Longhorn’s could have hoped for. After getting shut down by Joe Lienhard on Friday night, David Pierce has to be happy with the way his team responded over the next 2 days. Texas showed timely hitting and received a good performance from their bullpen. It appears role are beginning to be defined on the pitching staff, which bolds well moving forward. Overall, it was another good series for Texas and they have now positioned themselves to be a contender for the top spot in the Big 12 as conference play unfolds. Random Notes and Thoughts Masen Hibbeler went 0 for 10 in the first 2 games of the series, but rebounded to collect 2 hits on Sunday while also driving in a run. What may be more important is the two games he started at first base on Friday and Saturday. The junior college transfer looked comfortable for someone playing the position for the first time, and he looks to be a viable option at first base moving forward. Head coach David Pierce has mentioned before about how important mental toughness and having a good approach is to the success of a team. His team seemed to show that on Sunday. Despite falling behind 2-0 early in the game and having to deal with the ejection of their head coach, the Longhorns continued to battle and claw their way back into the game, ultimately taking the lead and running away with things. David Hamilton returned to the lineup on Friday after dealing with a thumb injury, and the sophomore started all 3 games of the series. His speed was on display on Sunday, when he stole 2 bases. If Hamilton can remain healthy, it will only strengthen a lineup that already boast a lot of athleticism. Quotes from Sean Allen On making adjustments against Carson Teel: “We made an adjustment to our approach and gave up the middle-half of home plate. Early in counts we were hunting the fastball. We just made an adjustment and our guys bought in and we got some big hits there.” On the comeback in game 3: “It was awesome. Teel's a good pitcher. He can flat out pitch. His stuff wasn't as good as it normally is today but he really commands the fastball. The biggest thing is we're not trying to command the entire strike zone. As a hitter, you can't handle the entire strike zone, you have to handle part of it. The guys bought into it, made the change in the middle innings and were able to string together 3 or 4 really good at-bats.”
  21. Texas (13-10, 3-1) suffered their first conference loss of the season on Friday night, dropping the series opener to Oklahoma State (11-8, 1-0) by a final of 6-1 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorn’s offense could only muster 4 hits, and the Cowboy’s offense used a big 7th inning to help put the game out of reach. Longhorn starter Blair Henley took the loss, falling to 3-2 on the season. The right hander allowed 10 hits and 5 earned runs in 6 innings of work, striking out 7. Oklahoma State starter Joe Lienhard earned the win after throwing 8 ⅓ innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and striking out 8. Oklahoma State opened the scoring in the 2nd inning. Christian Funk led off the frame with a walk and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch. After a single by Michael Neustifter placed runners at the corners, Jake Taylor singled to LF, giving the Cowboys a 1-0 lead. Taylor stretched the lead to 2-0 in the 5th when he led off with a solo home run to left-field. In the 7th, the Cowboys put up 4 more runs. Trevor Boone led off the inning by lining a ball to center-field that got by a diving Duke Ellis and rolled all the way to the wall, resulting in a triple. Henley then tried to pick off Boone at 3rd, but his throw was wide sailed into left-field, allowing Boone to score easily. Ryan Cash followed with a single and scored on a RBI double by Matt Kroon, stretching the Oklahoma State lead to 4-0. Collin Simpson then welcomed new pitcher Josh Sawyer into the game by connecting on a 2-run home run into the Texas bullpen, giving the Cowboys a 6-0 lead. Zach Zubia got Texas on the board in bottom half of the 9th on a solo home run over to left-field, but the Longhorn’s would not draw any closer. Carson Teel would come on in relief of Lienfield to record the final 2 outs, locking down the 6-1 victory. Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30. RHP Nolan Kingham will take the ball for Texas, with the probable pitcher for Oklahoma State being Carson Teel. Follow along at hornsports.com for live updates.
  22. exas (13-9, 3-0) vs. Oklahoma State (10-8-1, 0-0) March 23-25, 2018 Where: UFCU Disch-Falk Field (Austin, Texas) Time: Friday—7 p.m., Saturday—2:30 p.m., Sunday—1:30 p.m. TV: Longhorn Network Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 All-time series: Texas leads, 60-42 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS FRIDAY—Oklahoma State RHP Joe Lienhard (1-1, 5.50) vs. Texas RHP Blair Henley (3-1, 1.80) SATURDAY—Oklahoma State LHP Carson Teel (3-0, 1.05) vs. Texas RHP Nolan Kingham (3-2, 4.28) SUNDAY— Oklahoma State RHP Jonathan Heasley (2-2, 6.49) vs. Texas TBD GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—The Longhorns host the Cowboys for a three-game Big 12 Conference series beginning on Friday at 7 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field…Texas and Oklahoma State last met in the Big 12 Championship game, with the Cowboys coming away victorious. A LOOK AT THE COWBOYS—Oklahoma State is coming off a Tuesday night win on the road against Central Arkansas…over the weekend, the Cowboys went 1-1-1, with a win over Missouri State and a loss and a tie against Seton Hall…LH Carson Teel dominated in the Cowboys’ win over Missouri State, going 7.0 innings, allowing three hits and onen walk while fanning eight…Colin Simpson leads the team with a .347 /.400/.653 line to go along with five homers on the year. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas is coming off a midweek, 3-2 win over No. 25 Sam Houston State…before that, the Longhorns swept Kansas in their Big 12 Conference opening series, winning 14-4, 4-0, and 5-4, respectively…Kody Clemens continues to lead Texas with a .370/.505/.699 line for the year to go along with a career- and team-high six long balls…DH Zach Zubia leads the team with 23 RBI on the season…on the mound, Blair Henley holds a team-low 1.80 ERA and a 3-1 record on the season…three of his five outings have been quality starts. NEXT UP—Texas will travel down I-35 for a contest at Texas State…Texas went 2-1 in three games against the Bobcats last season…the Longhorns will then head to Manhattan, Kan., for a three-game Big 12 Conference series against K-State, whom Texas swept last season at home. CLEMENS, HIBBELER EARN WEEKLY AWARDS—Kody Clemens and Masen Hibbeler were named Big 12 Conference Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively, for their efforts in the Longhorns’ 3-2 week…Clemens hit .316/.364/.789 for the week with two homers and seven RBI while Hibbeler hit .333/.391/.571 with his first career homer…the weekly awards are the first career honors for both Clemens and Hibbeler. THREE AND OH—The Longhorns opened Big 12 Conference action with a 3-0 record for the first time since 2012. 16 FOR 16—Last Friday night, Texas honored the life and career of legendary former head coach and No. 16, Augie Garrido, who passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 79…the Longhorns pounded out 16 hits in Friday night’s win. GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ—After the first five attempted stolen bases against him were successful, junior catcher DJ Petrinsky has caught six-of-nine since, improving his caught stealing percentage to 42.9 percent. PATIENT CLEMENS—Clemens has opened the 2018 campaign on a tear at the plate…he opened 2018 with a 13-game hit streak, the longest for a Longhorn since Madison Carter’s 15-game streak in 2014…Clemens has amassed 21 walks to just 12 Ks on the season, is 3-for-3 in stolen bases, and holds a team-best 1.204 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage)…he has also reached base safely in all 22 games played this season, and 23 overall dating back to the 2017 campaign…he hit his 6th homer of the year last Sunday in his 21st game, a new career-high after hitting 5 in 54 games last season. HENLEY HITTING HIS STRIDE—Aside from his March 10 start vs. Stanford in which he allowed five runs in six innings, sophomore starter Blair Henley has been very good so far this season…the right-hander has allowed zero runs in three of his five starts and just one in another…without the Stanford start, Henley would be 3-0 with a 0.37 ERA to go along with a 1.17 WHIP…following his Feb 25 start at LSU, Henley earned Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week. ELLIS ELEVATING—After Duke Ellis compiled a .200/.231/.200 line in eight February games, the CF has hit .286/.472/.371 in 14 games in the month of March…his 16 walks rank second on the team, with 15 of those coming this month alone. PRESEASON POLL—In the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll, Texas was selected to finish third behind preseason favorite Texas Tech (61) and TCU (60)…last season, seven of the nine Big 12 teams made the NCAA postseason.
  23. First look at RPI/SOS this week has UT at 33/12 https://d1baseball.com/nitty-gritty/
  24. Following a series sweep against Kansas and a 3-2 victory over Sam Houston State on Tuesday night, the Longhorns are riding a 4-game winning streak into a the second conference series of the year, a 3 game set against Oklahoma State. After losing 5 straight to Stanford and Arkansas, the Longhorn’s responded with solid pitching and timely hitting against the Jayhawks and Bearkats. The weekend rotation of Nolan Kingham, Blair Henley and Chase Shugart all rebounded from tough outings against Stanford the weekend prior. Henley said one of the biggest reasons for the turnaround was the pitching staff’s ability to throw strikes. The Longhorn only allowed 6 walks in the 3 game series against Kansas, compared to 24 walks in the 4 game series against Stanford. “Just keep doing what we are doing,” Henley said when asked about the key for the team moving forward. “Play solid defense and timely hitting. If we throw as many strike as we did last weekend, I don’t think anyone can beat us. Just kind of mixing it around the plate, that was the big thing for our starters and our bullpen was solid. I think that’s something we have to do everyday to be successful.” With shortstop David Hamilton continuing to nurse a thumb, junior Masen Hibbeler moved from LF to fill the void at SS, while also moving up from the 2 hole into the leadoff spot. On the season, Hibbeler is hitting .333 with 1 homer and 12 RBI’s. The Odessa Junior College transfer said he feels like the team is beginning to come together. “It feels like right now we are on a little bit of a roll and we’d just like to take that into next weekend,” Hibbeler said. “I feel like we are starting to come together and we are almost halfway through the season now, and just keep using that and keep playing the way we do.” A season ago, the Longhorns opened conference play by being swept at home by Texas Tech. This season, Texas find themselves in a much better spot after opening conference with a sweep. “Honestly, it does feel good to not be playing catch-up early on starting conference play,” Head coach David Pierce said. “It gives you some confidence as a player knowing that you have an opportunity to compete for the (conference) championship. I don’t know where we stand on that. My biggest deal is I want to see us really be aggressive in the strike zone and play great defense, and I really think we are going to hit enough. I think we got some presence in the box and then we have some other guy who have the ability to maneuver the short game and do some things to advance runners. So I like where we are. Our strength of schedule is #7 in the country right now, so that’s a huge thing. Our kids are very confident playing quality teams and I think we are more mature. You just look at the last couple games we held onto a 1 run lead and we get a 1 run victory. It’s just no panic and you are starting to see that more and more. I think that comes from having more guys in our lineup that have been in those environments, so it’s very beneficial.” Texas will attempt to stay atop of the Big 12 standings this weekend when they welcome Oklahoma State to Austin. The Cowboys will enter with a 10-8-1 record, and are led by Collin Simpson (.347 AVG, 5 HR and 19 RBI’s) and Carson Teel (3-0, 1.05 ERA). Pierce said he plans on sticking with the same rotation schedule as last weeked, with Nolan Kingham taking the ball Friday, Blair Henley starting Saturday and Sunday’s starter to be announced. Chase Shugart started last Sunday, but Pierce said he wants to continue to have the flexibility of possibly using the right-hander in relief early in the series. “I just think the kid wants to win, and if that’s what it takes to help the team win Friday night or Saturday, that’s what we are willing to do,” Pierce said about Shugart. “If we have an opportunity to win that day in this conference, I don’t we are going to look at tomorrow, we are going to try to get it done that day. It doesn’t always work out for you, but that is the intent and plan.” The Longhorns and Cowboys will start the three game series on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 PM. Saturday’s game is schedule for 2:30 PM, with the series finale set for 1:30 on Sunday. Follow along at Hornsports.com for live updates. Two Additional Notes Pierce said SS David Hamilton is very close to returning from a thumb injury. The sophomore was used as a late inning pinch runner/defensive replacement on Tuesday, and could find himself back in the the lineup as early as Friday. RHP Tristan Stevens continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander threw live to hitters on Tuesday, throwing all 3 of his pitches. Pierce said the Missouri native will likely need a couple more live throwing sessions before he is ready to pitch in a game.
  25. Texas baseball extended their winning streak to 4 games with a 3-2 win over 25th ranked Sam Houston State on Tuesday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorns bullpen combined for 6 innings of relief, allowing only 1 run. Freshman Nico O’Donnell received the start for Texas and lasted 3 innings, allowing 1 unearned run, but walking 4. Matteo Bocchi (1-0) was credited with the win after throwing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, striking out 4. The Bearkats got the scoring started in the top of the 3rd when Clayton Harp worked a bases loaded walk, giving the Bearkats a 1-0 lead. In the 4th, Texas responded against Sam Houston State starter Nick Mikolajchak. Austin Todd led off the frame by doubling to left center. Ryan Reynolds immediately followed with a double of his own, lining a ball down the LF line to score Todd and tie the game at 1. After DJ Petrinsky reached on an infield single to put runners at the corners and 0 outs, the Longhorns recorded 2 straight outs on a strikeout and failed safety squeeze. Masen Hibbeler would extend the inning though by lining a RBI single to CF, scoring Petrinsky and giving Texas a 2-1 lead. The Longhorns would pad their lead in the 5th with the help of a miscue by the Bearkat defense. Kody Clemens led off with a single into RF and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch with 1 out. Following an Austin Todd walk, Ryan Reynolds hit a ground ball to SS Andrew Fregia. Fregia stepped on 2nd for the force out, but his throw to first was mishandled by the first basemen, allowing Clemens to score and give Texas a 3-1 edge. Sam Houston State would close the gap to 3-2 in the 8th on a RBI single by Trey Ochoa, but the Bearkats would not get any closer. Nolan Kingham came on in relief in the 9th inning and recorded a pair of groundouts and a strikeout, notching his second save of the season. Texas will return to Big 12 play this weekend when they welcome Oklahoma State to Austin for a 3 game set. First pitch Friday is set for 7 PM. Follow along at HornSports.com for live updates.
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