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Game 3--Texas Tech v. Texas (recap & post-game added with quotes worth reading)

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Kyle Johnston in to pitch.

 

Smith - HBP on first pitch, runner to 1b, 0 out

Neslony - Sac bunt, 1-6, Smith slides hard & breaks up the DP, 1 out

Benches clear and there's words exchanged. Getting really shippy out there.

Gutierrez - runs it up 2-2

Neslony steals and Cantu can't find handle.

Gutierrez - 6-3, 2 outs

Burleson - 6-3, 3 outs

 

Lots of noise, but nothing doing.

 

Last chance for the Horns.

Txt 5

UT 1

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— Twitter API (@twitterapi) November 7, 2011

 

— Twitter API (@twitterapi) November 7, 2011

 

— Twitter API (@twitterapi) November 7, 2011

Augie just summed up the second half of the season. Where's Mack Brown and his staff accepting blame for the losses? Oh wait, same story different scenario at UT with a familiar horrid ending. Next year is going to kick ass...I hope.

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Texas baseball drops 2nd straight Big 12 series
Posted by Matt Cotcher, in Texas Baseball 03 May 2015 · 0 views
 
FINAL: Texas Tech 5 – Texas 1

Stuck in a rut and playing the same game repeatedly, that’s what coaches, teams and fans felt after watching Texas lose on Sunday to Texas Tech, 5-1. On the loss, Tres Barrera said, “I guess it has been reoccurring a lot and that's exactly what it is feeling like. It is over and over.”

The Longhorns committed two errors, hit three batters, stranded 13 baserunners and tossed a wild pitch. It was ugly baseball, and with an Big 12 record of 9-12, Sunday’s game truly did feel like par for the course of the season.

After the game, Connor Mayes summed it up, “We're all putting our heart as much as we can into it. It really hurts. We're trying our best and we all know that. It just hasn't gone our way.”

After steadily stranding a total of six baserunners in the first four innings, the Red Raiders broke open their one-run lead by plating three scores in the top of the fifth frame. After an RBI single from Eric Gutierrez, the big blow came off the bat of Bryant Burleson – a two-run homerun blasted over the left field fence.

Following Burleson’s round-tripper, Tech’s lead stood at 4-0 and based on recent Texas performances, the margin seemed insurmountable. For good measure, Cory Raley tacked on an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning to finish the Red Raider’s scoring.

After stranding nine runners in the first seven innings, including a bases loaded opportunity in the home half of sixth frame, Texas broke their scoring drought in the eighth on a bases loaded walk. Following the walk, Ben Johnson was called out on strikes with the bases loaded and was ejected for arguing with the umpire.

With only one Big 12 series and four total games left to play before the Big 12 tournament in Tulsa, whether Texas has anything left to play for is debatable. Barrera disagreed, “There is still a chance; we're not giving up, we're going to keep fighting 'til the very end.”

POST-GAME

Augie Garrido

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Opening statement: â€œBasically we didn't manage our strike zone well on offense. We continue not to take quality at bats, especially with runners in scoring position. When we have opportunities to score runs, we fail offensively to take our walks when they are available and to sustain the rally to the extent that we need to score runs. We do it over and over again. This is what happens when you lose focus of quality at-bats, which is an extension of an offensive approach that includes all four of the major games in baseball – bunting, base running, hitting, and bat control. When pitchers walk hitters or the rallies get sustained, they then get wild and start to feel pressure. We don't apply enough pressure long enough offensively to score the runs that creates that kind of pressure on the defense and the pitcher.”

On the season’s collapse: â€œI know what happened. I know what's happened, I'm not confused. I know how to fix it. But it has to start like it did last year in the fall. We really assumed and thought we had the leadership on this team as a result of how close they were and how many guys were coming back from last year. That's what led us to believe that we had the leadership in place and the spirit that it takes. We didn't work them as hard on attitude as we did with last year's team. It's all about attitude. “

On the team is unable to score runs: â€œBy moving from total offense and quality at-bats mentally to fixing their swing and trying to regain their confidence by getting hits. We became one dimensional, we only had one goal. Anyone that's been around baseball for a long time or even a short period of time knows the biggest demon of all of the ones around is batting average. Ask any baseball expert.”

Connor Mayes

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On today’s start: â€œCame out pretty strong I felt like. They just got some timely hits on us and ended up scoring three and getting some more. They got lucky today I felt like. Hopefully our luck will change pretty soon.”

On the offense’s struggles: â€œI know they are trying their best. They've been working really hard at it and that's all I can ask as a teammate of theirs and that's what they are doing every day when they come to practice and to the field. They are staying within the process that Coach talks about. That's all we can do. We may be unlucky but we have to stay with it.”

On the mindset in the locker room: â€œIt really hurts. We're all putting our heart as much as we can into it. It really hurts. We're trying our best and we all know that. It just hasn't gone our way. All we can do is to look to tomorrow and try our best.”

Tres Barrera

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On Sunday’s loss: â€œIt's hard to put into words. It's happened a lot this year, we just haven't capitalized when we needed to. We got what, eight hits on the board, and one run? That can't happen and win ball games. We haven't been able to put timely at-bats or timely hitting [together] when we have had runners in scoring position. That's just the way it's been.”

On if it feels like the pattern of losing is repeating itself: â€œWe go in with the mindset that every game is opening day. But, I guess it has been reoccurring a lot and that's exactly what it is feeling like. It is over and over. We just have to snap out of it, and we have been trying to do that for a while now.”

If there is an explanation for not getting timely hits: â€œThere are a lot of excuses right now. When you're losing, everybody is trying to magnify [something] or make an excuse why we are losing, but bottom line some of us just have to get the job done, and we haven't been doing that. We've been just trying too hard; that's what losing causes, especially at The University of Texas. You want to win so bad, when you see runners out there you just try harder and that doesn't work very well in baseball.”

On how to break the mindset of losing: â€œWe gotta comeback Tuesday ready to play. Like I said, come back with an opening day mindset and just fight it. We have a bunch of fighters in this locker room. We have everybody back from last year's team and we know what it takes to be in the College World Series. We just haven't been able to put it together. There is still a chance; we're not giving up, we're going to keep fighting 'til the very end.” 

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I concur with Street and Ag, Matt, you have done a truly outstanding job. Hell Joeywa has even done a great job this year.

 

Paraphrase, we didn't work em as hard because we thought we had the leadership in place. It's a heck of a catch 22, but this team misses Mark Payton's presence in the locker room more than anybody could assume, because you would think the two preseason all American candidates would fill the role.

 

I've said it a thousand times thus is a player personality problem not a staff or talent problem, the only thing I will lay at the feet of AG,Tommy and Skip is not addressing this earlier.

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"....Didn't work them as hard......." Somebody needs to be asking Augie a few questions about that. Augie, did you get paid as much or more this year? Its not like your regular season last year was all that great. WHY DIDN'T YOU WORK THEM AS HARD or harder ? Isn't that your JOB as a coach; to work the players and get their potential to come through? These so called team leaders aren't getting paid to lead this team...YOU ARE !!! Sure its great to have team leaders, but they only HELP lead the team..They are only 18 and 19 years old, some 20..YOU are supposed to be leading this team.Isn't that what you get a million dollars a year to do ?

 

As a coach you are supposed to work your kids HARD every day and every year no matter what you have coming back. If Augie is serious about what he said as an excuse for the team's failure to execute, he needs to be let go just like Mack Brown was let go.... for failing to COACH. He let Parker French and every fan down.

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"....Didn't work them as hard......." Somebody needs to be asking Augie a few questions about that. Augie, did you get paid as much or more this year? Its not like your regular season last year was all that great. WHY DIDN'T YOU WORK THEM AS HARD or harder ? Isn't that your JOB as a coach; to work the players and get their potential to come through? These so called team leaders aren't getting paid to lead this team...YOU ARE !!! Sure its great to have team leaders, but they only HELP lead the team..They are only 18 and 19 years old, some 20..YOU are supposed to be leading this team.Isn't that what you get a million dollars a year to do ?

 

As a coach you are supposed to work your kids HARD every day and every year no matter what you have coming back. If Augie is serious about what he said as an excuse for the team's failure to execute, he needs to be let go just like Mack Brown was let go.... for failing to COACH. He let Parker French and every fan down.

 

 

The whole quote is: "We didn't work them as hard on attitude as we did with last year's team."

 

He's referring to the entitlement mindset they worked to overcome before last season - the key word, which you omitted, is attitude. He's not talking about work fielding ground balls in practice.

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"Its all about attitude." If its all about attitude then he should have worked hard on it. Especially when he could see he had issues half way through the season. It doesn't matter if you are talking attitude, batting, fielding, etc.....Coach the team HARD on EVERY aspect of the game. He talks about how the game is so MENTAL. Well you better coach 'em hard on that part of it if you really feel that way.

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Boy oh boy, now I can't wait for the job to become open and posted so our very own great big troll can throw his name into the hat. Why, with all of his experience and answers to it all, he's got to be a shoe-in for the position.

 

Boys and Girls, you are all clearly in the presence of greatness.

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