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  1. No. 12 Texas (37-18, 17-7 Big 12) at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship May 23-28, 2018 Where: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (Oklahoma City, Okla.) Time: Wednesday @ 12:30 p.m., Thursday TBD TV: FOX College Sports Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 Texas’ all-time Big 12 Tournament record: 44-28 Texas’ Big 12 Tournament wins (last): 5 (2015) PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS WEDNESDAY—Kansas RHP Jackson Goddard (4-1, 4.50) vs. Texas RHP Matteo Bocchi (3-0, 3.46) GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—No. 12 Texas Baseball enters the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship as the No. 1 seed for the first time since 2011…the Longhorns will open up against the No. 8 seed Kansas at 12:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas is coming off a series sweep of TCU that gave the Longhorns the 2018 Big 12 Conference regular season championship…the Longhorns got a complete game out of RHP Nolan Kingham on Thursday night in the win and Kody Clemens hit two home runs on Friday night, one to tie the game at three and one to walk it off in the bottom of the ninth with two outs…on Saturday, Clemens opened the scoring again with his third two-run bomb of the weekend before Texas went on to win 7-3…the Longhorns have gone 7-1 so far in the month of May. BIG 12 CHAMPS—The Big 12 title is the first for the Longhorns since the 2011 season…overall, Texas has claimed 78 conference championships, eight in the Big 12. BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR—Kody Clemens capped off his regular season as the Big 12 Player of the Year, the league announced Tuesday…the Texas second baseman has hit .344/.437/.703 with a league-high 19 homers on the year to go along with 12 doubles, three triples, and 61 RBI in leading the Longhorns to the Big 12 title…he is the first Big 12 Player of the Year for Texas since Kyle Russell in 2007…Clemens’ 19 homers on the year are the most since Russell’s 19 in 2008…on Monday, he was also named a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist, which is awarded to the top amateur player in America. BIG 12 COACH OF THE YEAR—Texas head coach David Pierce was named Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year on Tuesday after leading Texas to the Big 12 crown…it is the third time in his career that he’s been chosen as conference coach of the year, picking up the honor twice in the Southland Conference while manning Sam Houston State. ALL-BIG 12 HONORS—INF Kody Clemens was a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection while OF Duke Ellis and DH Zach Zubia both earned First Team honors…INF David Hamilton, RHP Blair Henley, and RHP Andy McGuire were each named to the second team while RHP Parker Joe Robinson was an Honorable Mention selection…on the All-Freshman Team, Zubia and UTIL Kamron Fields were honored…three is the most First Team selections for the Longhorns since 2011 (four). THE COMEBACK KIDS—Texas has now recorded 17 come-from-behind wins this season, including five of their last eight ballgames…the Horns trailed 3-0 after the first inning on Friday and walked off the game after Duke Ellis beat out an infield single with two outs in the ninth and Kody Clemens followed with his 18th homer…in both wins over Texas Tech, the Longhorns had to rebound from a deficit…on May 1 vs. Texas State, the Longhorns trailed, 10-6, entering the 9th against Texas State when Masen Hibbeler and Duke Ellis led off with walks, Kody Clemens singled, and Zach Zubia walked to set up Hamilton’s ninth inning heroics, a walk-off slam…it was the Horns’ second walk-off homer of the season (Austin Todd on Feb 17 vs. Louisiana) and first walk-off grand slam since Preston Clark’s against Army in the 2009 NCAA Regional. THE DUKE—Sophomore OF Duke Ellis is riding a 15-game hitting streak in which he’s raised his average more than 50 points from .255 to .309…in Big 12 action, the transfer finished 2nd in the conference with a .390 batting average (WVU Kyle Gray, .391) and first in on-base (.484). ZUUUBOMB—Twice this season, Zach Zubia has hit a two-run homer to help clinch a Big 12 Conference road series…he first did it at Oklahoma and also did it in the Sunday rubber match against Texas Tech…the redshirt-freshman has upped his season average to .293 on the year…he and Clemens are the first pair of Longhorns teammates with at least 10 homers apiece since Cameron Rupp, Kevin Keyes, and Kevin Lusson all had double-digit dingers in 2010. VROOM VROOM—David Hamilton has raised his average from .285 to .308 over his current eight-game hitting streak…he’s also the first Horn with at least 27 SB since Drew Stubbs stole 28 in 2004…Hamilton leads the team with 9 bunt singles and 5 triples. DEEEEFENSE—The Texas defense solidified since Big 12 Conference action began…the Longhorns fielded at a .981 clip over 24 league games, with position players making just 12 of the team’s 18 errors…the Horns’ .977 fielding percentage across all games is good for tops among Big 12 teams…as a team, Texas has also turned 63 double plays on the year, which ranks second in all of Division I. RISING LONGHORNS—Texas currently finds itself ranked in all major Division I polls, including D1Baseball (12), Baseball America (14), Perfect Game (13), Collegiate Baseball (12), NCBWA (13), and USA Today (13)…the Horns also stand at No. 15 in RPI. THE BACKEND—David Pierce has utilized a veteran trio to solidify the back end of the bullen…RH Andy McGuire, who was named to the All-Big 12 second team and who had not played baseball in each of the last two seasons, has led the Longhorns with seven saves…in front of McGuire is fifth-year LH Josh Sawyer, who also missed most of the past two seasons with injury including all of 2017…and in the mix is redshirt-junior Parker Joe Robinson who has navigated inherited runners masterfully this season. WEEKDAY WINNERS—Over the past two years, the Horns went 23-5 in midweek games (non-weekend series matchups)…all five losses came away from UFCU Disch-Falk Field…in 2017, Texas went 12-2 with losses at Texas State and against Louisiana in Sugar Land…in 2018, Texas went 11-3 against midweek opponents with two losses on the road against Arkansas and one on the road at Texas A&M. THE MIND OF MCKENZIE—Senior RHP/UTIL player Jake McKenzie was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District team, becoming the first Longhorn to earn that distinction since John Curtiss in 2014…on April 17, he played all nine positions in Texas’ seven-inning win over UTRGV on April 17…he started the game at catcher, the only position he had not previously played while at Texas, before moving through the infield and outfield…he then got the final two outs of the game on the hill…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. …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 graduated last Friday with a 3.95 in petroleum engineering.
  2. The Big 12 Conference announced its end of the season awards and All-Conference teams Tuesday morning, and it is no surprise Texas had multiple players recognized. Texas 2B Kody Clemens took home Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and David Pierce was named Big 12 Coach of the Year. Clemens, who was recently named a Golden Spikes Award Semi-Finalist, finished the regular season hitting .344 with 19 home runs and 61 RBI's. Pierce guided the Longhorns to their first Big 12 Title since 2011. 3 Longhorns received First Team All-Big Honors: 2B Kody Clemens, OF Duke Ellis and DH Zach Zubia RHP Andy McGuire, SS David Hamilton and RHP Blair Henley took home Second Team All-Big Honors RHP Parker Joe Robinson was named the Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Team. Zubia and RHP Kamron Fields were also named to the All-Big 12 Freshman team.
  3. The Big 12 Tournament bracket has been set. Texas will enter the tournament as the number #1 seed and will face #8 seed Kansas on Wednesday at approximately 12:30 PM. The tournament is split up into two 4-team double elimination brackets, with the Sunday’s Championship game being a one game winner-take-all.
  4. No. 17 Texas (34-18) vs. TCU May 17-19, 2018 Where: UFCU Disch-Falk Field Time: Thursday @ 6:30 pm CT; Friday @ 6:30 pm CT; Saturday @ 2:30 p.m. TV: Thursday on FS1; Friday and Saturday on Longhorn Network Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 All-time series: Texas leads, 224-72-2 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS THURSDAY—TCU LHP Nick Lodolo (6-3, 4.48) vs. Texas RHP Nolan Kingham (6-2, 4.50) FRIDAY—TCU RHP Jake Eissler (5-1, 3.60) vs. Texas RHP Chase Shugart (4-3, 5.09) SATURDAY—TCU TBA vs. Texas RHP Blair Henley (5-6, 3.60) GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—No. 17 Texas Baseball hosts TCU in the final series of the regular season. A LOOK AT THE HORNED FROGS—TCU has won three straight and 11 of its last 13 games…the Horned Frogs are coming off a Tuesdy night win over SFA following a series win over WVU over the weekend…on offense, TCU is led by senior Michael Landestoy’s .326/.422/.423 line while newcomer A.J. Balta paces the team with 45 RBI and Josh Watson leads the team with eight home runs…on the mound, Thursday starter Nick Lodolo has compiled a 6-3 record and a 4.48 ERA to go along with 84 strikeouts on the season…out of the bullpen, Durbin Feltman has a team-high six saves and has allowed just one earned run so far this season. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas is coming off a 6-2 win on Tuesday night vs. Texas State…the win comes following a bye week after Texas went 3-1 the week prior…the last time the Longhorns were in Big 12 play, Texas took two of three from then-No. 9 Texas Tech on the road, winning both Friday and Sunday…Kody Clemens continues to pace the offense with a .345/.440/.675 line to go along with 16 homers and 55 RBI…David Hamilton (.305), Duke Ellis (.304), and Zach Zubia (.301) have all surpassed the .300 mark…on the mound, Parker Joe Robinson’s 1.59 ERA over 15 appearances leads the bullpen while Andy McGuire has compiled a 2.45 ERA over 19 appearances including seven saves. NEXT UP—Texas will head to Oklahoma City for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship next week. THE COMEBACK KIDS—Texas has now recorded 16 come-from-behind wins this season, including four of their last five ballgames…in both wins over Texas Tech, the Longhorns had to rebound from a deficit…on May 1 vs. Texas State, the Longhorns trailed, 10-6, entering the 9th against Texas State when Masen Hibbeler and Duke Ellis led off with walks, Kody Clemens singled, and Zach Zubia walked to set up Hamilton’s ninth inning heroics, a walk-off slam…it was the Horns’ second walk-off homer of the season (Austin Todd on Feb 17 vs. Louisiana) and first walk-off grand slam since Preston Clark’s against Army in the 2009 NCAA Regional. SENIOR SALUTE—Prior to Saturday’s season finale vs. TCU, Andy McGuire, Jake McKenzie, George Pappas, Parker Joe Robinson, and Josh Sawyer will be honored as a part of Senior Day…McKenzie is a senior while the others are redshirt-juniors who are all graduating on Friday. A CASE FOR CLEMENS—Kody Clemens recorded his 55th RBI on the road against Tech and mashed three more homers in the series, becoming the first Longhorn with at least 55 RBI since Kevin Keyes in 2010 and first Texas player with at least 16 home runs since Kyle Russell’s 19 in 2008…in April, Perfect Game/Rawlings and D1Baseball.com each announced their Midseason All-America teams and was named first team second baseman on both…USA Baseball also announced Clemens as a member of its Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list…he ranks 8th in the Big 12 in batting average (.345), 6th in hits (68), 5th in runs scored (49), 2nd in homers, 3rd in RBI, 2nd in total bases (133), and 3rd in slugging (.675). THE DUKE—Sophomore OF Duke Ellis is riding a 12-game hitting streak in which he’s raised his average almost 50 points from .255 to .304…in Big 12 action, the transfer is second in the conference with a .394 batting average…Ellis also swiped three bases at Texas Tech to give him 13 bags on the season. ZUUUBOMB—Twice this season, Zach Zubia has hit a two-run homer to help clinch a Big 12 Conference road series…he first did it at Oklahoma and also did it in the Sunday rubber match against Texas Tech…the redshirt-freshman has upped his season average to .308 on the year…he and Clemens are the first pair of Longhorns teammates with at least 10 homers apiece since Cameron Rupp, Kevin Keyes, and Kevin Lusson all had double-digit dingers in 2010 VROOM VROOM—David Hamilton leads the Big 12 with 27 stolen bases on the year…he’s the first Horn with at least 27 SB since Drew Stubbs stole 28 in 2004…he also leads the team with 9 bunt singles and 5 triples. DEEEEFENSE—The Texas defense has solidified since Big 12 Conference action began…the Longhorns are fielding at a .981 clip over 21 league games, with position players making just nine of the team’s 15 errors…the Horns’ .977 fielding percentage across all games is good for tops among Big 12 teams…as a team, Texas has also turned 59 double plays on the year, which ranks second in all of Division I. RISING LONGHORNS—Texas currently finds itself ranked in all major Division I polls, including D1Baseball (17), Baseball America (15), Perfect Game (14), Collegiate Baseball (16), NCBWA (17), and USA Today (16)…the Horns also stand at No. 21 in RPI. WEEKDAY WINNERS—Over the past two seasons, the Longhorns are 23-5 in midweek games (non-weekend series matchups)…all five losses have come away from UFCU Disch-Falk Field…in 2017, the Horns went 12-2 with losses at Texas State and against Louisiana in Sugar Land…in 2018, Texas went 11-3 against midweek non-conference opponents with two losses on the road against Arkansas and one on the road at Texas A&M. THE MIND OF MCKENZIE—Senior RHP/UTIL player Jake McKenzie was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District team last Friday, becoming the first Longhorn to earn that distinction since John Curtiss in 2014…on April 17, he played all nine positions in Texas’ seven-inning win over UTRGV on April 17…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 then 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. …in addition to his role as utilityman, 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 was also given the Lorene L. Rogers Scholar-Athlete Award given to a graduating senior athlete at Texas.
  5. Throughout the 2018 season, David Pierce preached process over results. In his 2nd year at Texas, the head coach wanted to see hitters have quality at-bats and his pitchers compete on the mound. The results were not always there. The Longhorns struggled at times, dropping series to LSU, Stanford, Kansas State and West Virginia in addition to a 2 game midweek sweep at Arkansas. The bullpen showed cracks and young hitters went through growing pains. Texas never wavered though. Despite going 9-9 through the first 18 games of the season, Pierce continued to stay the course and believed in a team that had lost 11 players to the MLB draft the previous season, resulting in 20 new players entering the program. “You have to win and lose together,” Pierce said after Sunday’s conference championship clinching victory. “You have to go through adversities and that’s what they’ve done. They had just had enough. They committed to each other and they’re reaping the benefits right now.” As conference play unfolded, roles began to be defined and the pieces of the puzzle started to fit together. Andy McGuire and Parker Joe Robinson filled key bullpen roles, with McGuire notching a Big 12 leading 5 saves during conference play. Robinson finished the season with an ERA of 1.46. Duke Ellis caught fire and became an on-base machine at the top of the lineup. Kody Clemens seemingly put Texas on his back at times, blasting 12 home runs in Big 12 play. The Longhorns also began to form an identity. After being plagued by close losses a season ago, Texas started to turn the tables and win close games. Resilient became a common word when describing the team David Pierce was putting on the field. As the calendar turned to May, the process David Pierce talked about started turning into results. On May 1st, the Longhorns rallied from a 10-6 deficit to defeat Texas State, 11-10, on a walk-off grand slam by Hamilton. While only a non-conference game, the win over the Bobcats moved the Longhorns record to 31-17 and kept the hopes of an Austin regional alive. Texas then turned their attention back to Big 12 play, where they trailed Oklahoma State by 3 games in the standings with 6 games to play. The Longhorns still had to travel to Lubbock to face a Texas Tech team ranked in the top 10 before finishing the season with a series against TCU. The result? Texas took 2 of 3 from the Red Raiders, becoming the only team to take a series in Lubbock this season. Oklahoma State struggled against Baylor, dropping 2 of 3, closing the gap in the standings to 2 games. In the final weekend of the season, Texas Tech did the Longhorns a favor by sweeping Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Simultaneously, Texas swept TCU, making the Longhorns the winners of the Big 12. Texas finished the month of May at 7-1, capturing something alluding the baseball program for 7 years, a regular season conference title. “This group is special,” Pierce said. “Not so much because they have talent. They have heart and they have desire. But the love that they have for each other in that clubhouse is what has made this happen. The unselfish plays and not worrying about their stats. It's an incredible group because of that. Not because we're so overly talented. We know that we have to do little things right to win ball games. When it comes together it's worth watching them and seeing their development because this team is so special.”
  6. It is only fitting that a 2-run walk-off home run by Kody Clemens has given Texas a chance to win a Big 12 regular season title. The junior delivered the two big blows for the Longhorns, hitting the game tying 2-run home run in the 5th before smacking a 2-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th. It was the 3rd walk-off home run at UFCU Disch-Falk Field this season. The 5-3 win combined with an Oklahoma State loss pulls the Longhorns even with the Cowboys in the Big 12 standings, with Texas owning the tiebreaker. A win tomorrow with an OSU loss would make Texas outright Big 12 Champs. If Texas and Oklahoma State have the same result, the Longhorns could be co-regular season champs and earn the #1 seed in the Big 12 tournament based on having the tiebreaker. The worst scenario for Texas fans is a Longhorns loss and Oklahoma State win, which would give OSU the regular season title outright and put Texas as the #2 seed in the Big 12 Tournament. Before looking ahead to tomorrow though, here’s some thoughts and takeaways from another dramatic finish at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. TCU jumped all over Chase Shugart in the first inning, scoring 3 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, 2 walks and an error. Shugart’s fastball command was iffy and he was not able to throw his breaking ball effectively. Innings 2-5 were a different story, as Shugart settled in and scattered 2 hits across 4 innings, allowing 0 runs and walking only 1. It was encouraging to see #24 give Texas 5 innings, especially with David Pierce saying he needed his starters to carry a heavy load, even on nights where they may not have their best stuff. As has become a theme this season, the Longhorns battled back to tie the game at 3. In the 9th, closer Andy McGuire entered and allowed a leadoff walk and 1-out single, placing runners on 1st and 2nd. David Pierce made his way to the mound and revealed after the game that he told McGuire he had 2 freshman warm and ready to go in the bullpen, and McGuire responded “I got this”, and proceeded to retire the next two batters to give Texas a chance to walk it off in the bottom half of the inning. Between Shugart and McGuire, Texas got 3 innings of shutout relief from Josh Sawyer and Parker Joe Robinson. Robinson continues to be one of Texas’ best relievers, lowering his season ERA to 1.46. Prior to the Clemens home-run, Duke Ellis legged out a 2-out infield single, beating the TCU pitcher Augie Mihlbauer to first base. After the game, Pierce praised his rightfielder for extending the inning and giving Clemens a chance to bat. “Without Duke’s hustle down the line, (Clemens) doesn’t have the opportunity to come to the plate right there. Just effort and desire, and he did his job, he busted it down the line and gave Kody an opportunity.”-David Pierce Pierce spoke passionately about how much he enjoys watching this years team play because of how they root for one another and play for their teammates “There are a lot of young men in their who are playing their guts off for the University of Texas and for each other.” After the game, Michael McCann called the players into the locker room for a meeting. What was said? “I know exactly what they talked about because I told Michael McCann, “We got another ballgame together and we got a chance to win a championship, so go take care of your guys”- David Pierce
  7. After Texas’ 3-2 series opening win over TCU, starting pitcher Nolan Kingham told David Pierce, “Arlight Coach, now I’m back”. The junior right-hander turned in perhaps his best performance of the season since his complete game in the season opener against Louisiana Lafayette. Kingham went the distance against the Horned Frogs, throwing 116 pitches while allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, striking out 6 and walking 1. Let’s take a look at some thoughts and takeaways from a win that now has Texas only 1 game back of first-place Oklahoma State. Masen Hibbeler told reporters after the game that Kingham pulled out his old cleats before the game and used his warm up song from 2017. The right-hander wanted to turn the clock and regain his 2017 form that made him one of the best arms in the Big 12. It worked, as Kingham showed vastly improved command of all his pitches, including his heavy sinker that induced 12 groundball outs. Kingham pounded the strike zone for much of the night, and used his slider as an effective put away pitch. It was eerily similar to what helped Kingham have success last season. For David Pierce and the Texas pitching staff, Kingham could not have picked a better time to return to his old ways. Pierce said after the game he could tell Kingham wanted the ball tonight. After the 8th winning, Pierce went to Kingham and said they were going to go to Andy McGuire in the 9th. Kingham responded by saying “With all due respect, this is my game. I want the ball.” It was all David Pierce needed to hear, and his ace responded with a 1-2-3 9th inning. At the plate, Hibbeler provided the big blow with his solo home run in the bottom of the 5th to put Texas ahead 3-0. After working a 2-0 count, the Texas left fielder crushed a fastball over the LF wall. The 7th inning was where Longhorn fans began to hold their breath. After allowing a leadoff home run to AJ Balta to cut the Texas lead to 3-1, Kingham struck out Michael Landestoy before Johnny Rizer hit a line drive into CF that Austin Todd dove to try to catch. The second base umpire originally ruled Todd caught the ball despite the fact his glove came off as he rolled over, but the umpires came together and eventually overturned the call, awarding Rizer 2nd base. Todd was forced to leave the game with a separated shoulder. Rizer would end up scoring on a 2-out Connor Wanhanen single, but Kingham struck out Adam Oviedo to prevent further damage and keep the score at 3-2. Todd’s replacement, Tate Shaw, ended the game by running down a deep fly ball in CF Despite a hitless night, Kody Clemens continued to shine in the field. After an error in the top of the 3rd inning, Clemens responded with an outstanding diving stop in the 6th. It was a relatively quiet night for the Texas offense, who only mustered 5 hits, but TCU starter Nick Lodolo showed very good stuff for most the night. With Oklahoma State losing their series opener to Texas Tech, 9-4, Texas now sits 1 game back in the Big 12 standings with 2 to play. Texas owns the tiebreaker and now has a real possibility of playing for a regular season Big 12 title on Saturday afternoon.
  8. No. 17 Texas (33-18) vs. Texas State (25-25-1) May 15, 2018 Where: UFCU Disch-Falk Field Time: 6:30 pm CT TV: Longhorn Network Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 All-time series: Texas leads, 49-11 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS TUESDAY—Texas State TBA vs. Texas RHP Matteo Bocchi (3-0, 3.68) GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—No. 17 Texas Baseball hosts Texas State on Tuesday night for the Longhorns’ final non-conference game of the season…Texas is 2-0 vs. the Bobcats so far this season. A LOOK AT THE BOBCATS—Texas State is coming off a weekend series win over Louisiana…at the plate, the Bobcats are led by Jared Huber (.303/.449/.356) and Luke Sherley (.302/.394/.466) while Derek Scheible leads the team with 12 homers on the year…out of the bullpen, Kyle Bradford leads the team in appearances with 23 and has compiled a 2-1 record with a 2.25 ERA over 20.0 innings of work. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas is coming off a bye week after going 3-1 the week prior…last week, the Longhorns took two of three from then-No. 9 Texas Tech on the road, winning both Friday and Sunday…earlier that week, Texas got an 11-10 walk-off win over Texas State at UFCU Disch-Falk Field…Kody Clemens continues to pace the offense with a .345/439/.680 line to go along with 16 homers and 55 RBI…Zach Zubia has upped his average to .308 on the season to go along with 10 homers and 40 RBI…on the mound, Parker Joe Robinson’s 1.59 ERA over 15 appearances leads the bullpen while Andy McGuire has compiled a 2.45 ERA over 19 appearances including seven saves. NEXT UP—Texas will host TCU in a three-game Big 12 Conference series beginning on Thursday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field…this is the final series of the regular season for both sides before the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship in Oklahoma City. THE COMEBACK KIDS—Texas has now recorded 15 come-from-behind wins this season, including three from its last week of gameplay alone…in both wins over Texas Tech, the Longhorns had to rebound from a deficit…on May 1 vs. Texas State, the Longhorns trailed, 10-6, entering the 9th against Texas State when Masen Hibbeler and Duke Ellis led off with walks, Kody Clemens singled, and Zach Zubia walked to set up Hamilton’s ninth inning heroics, a walk-off slam…it was the Horns’ second walk-off homer of the season (Austin Todd on Feb 17 vs. Louisiana) and first walk-off grand slam since Preston Clark’s against Army in the 2009 NCAA Regional. WEEKDAY WINNERS—Over the past two seasons, the Longhorns are 22-5 in midweek games (non-weekend series matchups), however, all five losses have come away from UFCU Disch-Falk Field…in 2017, the Horns went 12-2 with losses at Texas State and against Louisiana in Sugar Land…so far this season, Texas is 10-3 record against midweek non-conference opponents with two losses on the road against Arkansas and one on the road at Texas A&M. THE DUKE—Sophomore OF Duke Ellis is riding an 11-game hitting streak in which he’s raised his average 50 points from .255 to .305…in Big 12 action, the transfer is second in the conference with a .394 average…Ellis also swiped three bases last Sunday at Texas Tech to give him 13 on the season. A CASE FOR CLEMENS—Kody Clemens recorded his 55th RBI on the road against Tech and mashed three more homers in the series, becoming the first Longhorn with at least 55 RBI since Kevin Keyes in 2010 and first Texas player with at least 16 home runs since Kyle Russell’s 19 in 2008…in April, Perfect Game/Rawlings and D1Baseball.com each announced their Midseason All-America teams and was named first team second baseman on both…USA Baseball also announced Clemens as a member of its Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list…he ranks 8th in the Big 12 in batting average (.345), 7th in hits (67), 5th in runs scored (49), 2nd in homers, 3rd in RBI, 2nd in total bases (132), and 2nd in slugging (.680). ZUUUBOMB—Twice this season, Zach Zubia has hit a two-run homer to help clinch a Big 12 Conference road series…he first did it at Oklahoma and also did it in the Sunday rubber match against Texas Tech…the redshirt-freshman has upped his season average to .308 on the year…he and Clemens are the first pair of Longhorns teammates with at least 10 homers apiece since Cameron Rupp, Kevin Keyes, and Kevin Lusson all had double-digit dingers in 2010 VROOM VROOM—David Hamilton leads the Big 12 with 27 stolen bases on the year…he’s the first Horn with at least 27 SB since Drew Stubbs stole 28 in 2004…he also leads the team with 6 bunt singles and his 5 triples are 3rd-most in the Big 12. DEEEEFENSE—The Texas defense has solidified since Big 12 Conference action began…the Longhorns are fielding at a .981 clip over 21 league games, with position players making just nine of the team’s 15 errors…the Horns’ .976 fielding percentage across all games is good for tops among Big 12 teams…as a team, Texas has also turned 59 double plays on the year, which ranks second in all of Division I.. RISING LONGHORNS—Texas currently finds itself ranked in all major Division I polls, including D1Baseball (17), Baseball America (15), Perfect Game (14), Collegiate Baseball (16), NCBWA (17), and USA Today (16)…the Horns also stand at No. 21 in RPI. THE MIND OF MCKENZIE—Senior RHP/UTIL player Jake McKenzie was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District team on Friday, becoming the first Longhorn to earn that distinction since John Curtiss in 2014…on April 17, he played all nine positions in Texas’ seven-inning win over UTRGV on April 17…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 then 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. …in addition to his role as utilityman, 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 was also given the Lorene L. Rogers Scholar-Athlete Award given to a graduating senior athlete at Texas.
  9. Texas baseball accomplished something no other team has done this season: win a series in Lubbock. The Longhorns picked up what was perhaps the biggest win of the season with a 7-5 victory over 9th ranked Texas Tech on Sunday, clinching the series win over the Red Raiders. As has become a theme this season, the Texas bats rallied in the late innings to overcome a 4-3 deficit, getting big home runs from Kody Clemens and Zach Zubia. Let’s take a look at some thoughts and takeaways from a series victory that likely keeps the Longhorns hopes of hosting a regional alive: Pitcher of the Weekend- Parker Joe Robinson On Wednesday, David Pierce mentioned the windy conditions in Lubbock were dangerous for fly-ball pitchers, which meant ground ball pitchers like Robinson would would be one of the top options out of the bullpen. The side-arming junior responded with 4 ⅓ innings of scoreless relief in 2 appearances. Robinson entered in relief of Nolan Kingham on Friday and tossed 1 ⅔ scoreless innings to help bridge the gap to closer Andy McGuire. His second appearance came in a key situation on Sunday, with the bases loaded and nobody out with the game tied at 3 in the 6th. Robinson ended up holding the Red Raiders to a single run, allowing a sacrifice fly before getting a strikeout and a flyout to prevent further damage. After a scoreless 7th and recording 2 outs in the 8th, Robinson handed the ball to Josh Sawyer, who collected a strikeout to strand the inherited runner. Hitter of the Weekend: Kody Clemens It should come as no surprise that Kody Clemens was at the forefront of the Longhorns offensive attack this weekend. The junior went 4 for 5 during Friday’s 12-6 victory, connecting on 2 home runs and driving in 3. On Sunday, Clemens hit an opposite field game tying home run in the 7th. Overall, he finished the weekend 7 for 13 with 3 home runs, 5 RBI’s and 5 runs. Stat of the Weekend- 24 The Texas offense put 24 runs in the 3 game series, which ties the most runs Tech has allowed in a series this year. Longhorns hitters did a good job fall weekend of attacking Red Raider pitching, pounding out 33 hits in 27 innings. Main Takeaway As mentioned above, Texas needed a series victory over the Red Raiders if they wanted to keep their chances of hosting a regional alive. The win on Sunday pushes Texas’ record to 33-18, with a 14-7 mark in Big 12 play. The Longhorns have 4 games remaining, a midweek game against Texas State and a 3 game series at home against TCU. A 3-1 finish and a couple wins in the Big 12 tournament would give the committee a lot of think about in terms of there being an Austin Regional. Random Notes and Thoughts David Pierce said earlier in the week that the plan was to narrow down the pitching staff to about 8 guys he trusted putting out there on the mound. In addition to 3 starting pitchers, Bryce Elder, Josh Sawyer, Parker Joe Robinson, Andy McGuire and Matt Whelan appear to be the relief pitchers Pierce has the most trust in, at the moment. Duke Ellis continued his hot streak at the plate, collecting 5 hits and swiping 4 bags over 3 games. It is no coincidence that the offense has taken a big forward with the emergence of Ellis at the top of the lineup. Texas will now have a 9-day break without a game, which will allow the players to focus on final exams. The break will come at a good time, especially for pitchers. Pierce said after Tuesday’s win against Texas State that some of his primary bullpen arms needed some rest, and it is understandable considering how often some key members of the bullpen are throwing. He was not shy about saying he planned on riding his starters deep into games, which was supported by the fact Nolan Kingham threw 127 pitches on Friday night.
  10. No. 24 Texas (31-17, 12-6) at No. 9 Texas Tech (34-12, 11-7) May 4-6, 2018 Where: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park Time: Friday @ 6:30 p.m. CT, Saturday @ 1 p.m. CT, Sunday @ 2 p.m. CT TV: Friday/Sunday on FSSW+, Saturday on ESPNU Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 All-time series: Texas leads, 110-46 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS FRIDAY—Texas Tech RHP Davis Martin (6-3, 3.17) vs. Texas RHP Nolan Kingham (5-2, 3.32) SATURDAY—Texas Tech RHP Caleb Kilian (7-1, 1.75) vs. Texas RHP Chase Shugart (4-2, 4.43) SUNDAY—Texas Tech RHP John McMillon (4-2, 4.14) vs. Texas RHP Blair Henley (5-6, 3.32) GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—No. 24 Texas heads to No. 9 Texas Tech for a three-game Big 12 Conference matchup…last season, TTU swept Texas in Austin…in 2016, the Longhorns took two of three from the Red Raiders in Lubbock. A LOOK AT THE RED RAIDERS—Texas Tech is currently ranked No. 9 in the latest D1Baseball poll…the Red Raiders are 34-12 on the season and an astounding 22-2 at home this year…five Red Raiders are hitting at least .300 this season, led by Josh Jung’s .398/.493/.688 line with nine homers and 61 RBI…Grant Little is right behind Jung, hitting .391/.484/.701 with 10 bombs and 57 RBI for the year…on the mound, Caleb Kilian improved to 7-1 over the weekend with a 1.75 ERA in 14 games (six starts) on the year…three different Red Raiders have collected three saves apiece this year out of the bullpen. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas is coming off an 11-10 walk-off win over Texas State on Tuesday night…the Longhorns dropped two of three over the weekend to West Virginia on the road in Morgantown…Texas won Friday night’s game before dropping the next two…Kody Clemens continues to pace the offense with a .333/.437/.644 line to go along with 13 homers and 50 RBI…Zach Zubia has upped his average to .304 on the season to go along with 9 homers and 37 RBI…on the mound, Parker Joe Robinson’s 1.96 ERA over 13 appearances leads the bullpen while Andy McGuire has compiled a 2.66 ERA over 18 appearances with six saves. NEXT UP—Texas will have the week off for finals before returning to action on May 15 at home against Texas State. THE COMEBACK KIDS—With David Hamilton’s walk-off grand slam on Tuesday night, Texas has now recorded 13 come-from-behind wins this season…the Longhorns trailed, 10-6, entering the 9th against Texas State when Masen Hibbeler and Duke Ellis led off with walks, Kody Clemens singled, and Zach Zubia walked to set up Hamilton’s ninth inning heroics…it’s the Longhorns’ second walk-off homer of the season (Austin Todd on Feb 17 vs. Louisiana) and first walk-off grand slam since Preston Clark’s against Army in the 2009 NCAA Regional. THE DUKE—Sophomore transfer Duke Ellis raised his batting average over 30 points in the last five game, going from .263 to .294…the outfielder has hit safely in each of his last eight games and has four multi-hit games in that time…in April, Ellis hit .390/.455/.458…he began the month hitting .224 for the year…he also has nine stolen bases on the year. VROOM VROOM—SS David Hamilton leads the Big 12 with 26 stolen bases on the year…he is the first Longhorn with at least 26 SB since Golden Spikes Award finalist Drew Stubbs stole that many in 2005…he also leads the team with 6 bunt singles on the year…his 5 triples are also second-most in the Big 12. DEEEEFENSE—The Texas defense has solidified since Big 12 Conference action began…the Longhorns are fielding at a .984 clip over 18 league games, with position players making just eight of the team’s 11 errors…the Horns’ .977 fielding percentage across all games is good for tops among Big 12 teams…as a team, Texas has also turned 55 double plays on the year, which leads all of Division I. FIVE-OH—Kody Clemens continues to pace the Longhorns offense…he recorded his 50th RBI on Tuesday night, becoming the first Longhorn with 50 RBI since Kevin Keyes and Cameron Rupp in 2010…in April, Perfect Game/Rawlings and D1Baseball.com each announced their Midseason All-America teams and 2B 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. ZUUUBOMBS—Redshirt-freshman Zach Zubia elevated his offense in the month of April…the Texas DH hit .338/.449/.615 with four homers and 10 RBI…on the season, Zubia is hitting .304/.435/.559 with 9 HR and 37 RBI. GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ—After the first five attempted stolen bases against him were successful this season, junior catcher DJ Petrinsky has caught 18-of-32 since…since April 2, Petrinsky has also raised his batting average from .221 to .277 on the season and has three HR in that span.
  11. Last week, it was announced that Roger Clemens and his wife, Debbie, had donated $1 million to assist with the funding for a new indoor training facility for Texas baseball. In a statement released by the University, Athletics Director Chris Del Conte and head coach David Pierce expressed their appreciation for the gift and what it meant for the future of the baseball program. “The Clemens family absolutely bleeds orange,” Del Conte said in the statement. “This gift truly underscores their love for Texas. Their generosity will help our baseball program continue to grow and prosper for years to come.” “On behalf on the coaches and players, I want to thank Roger and Debbie for their incredible gift to help support our new indoor facility project,” Pierce added. “This is big-time support from the ‘Rocket’ and his family.” During Wednesday’s media availability, Pierce took a moment to again thank the Clemens family and other donors for their generosity. He also went into more detail about the future indoor facility. “First, I’d just like to thank all the donors that have contributed to that, especially a couple of the late ones in Roger (Clemens) and Dan Brown, some really major contributors,” Pierce said. The current plan is for the new indoor facility to feature space for multiple batting cages, a pitching area where the players and coaches can utilize various systems such as TrackMan and Rapsodo, and an open ended weight room. The current weight room would become a players lounge and life skills area. Pierce also mentioned eventually moving the coaches offices to the new facility, where the coaches would be able to have a view of the field out one side, while also being able to look down into the indoor training area on the other side. The total cost of the project would be $9 million. The Longhorns are currently the only program in the Big 12 who does not have an indoor baseball training area. The new facility will give Texas a boost in two key areas: development and recruiting. “It’s unbelievable for recruiting,” Pierce said. “Recruiting is always the essence of your program, but development. Right now, we have no space for development. Everything we have here at Disch-Falk is unbelievable, but we truly have no indoor. If it’s raining, if it’s lightning, if we’ve got 30 degree weather in January, or late spring, or even early fall, we have no conveniences there. It’s going to really contribute to our development as well.” As for a timeline, Pierce said the plan is to break ground on the new facility at some point during the summer. “We’ve talked about summer, at least the demolition of it,” Pierce said. “I would like to start it where it goes from the demolition right into the structure. I’m hoping toward the end of summer, mid to end of summer. They’ve really done a great job of expediting this project it sounds like. I’m not that involved day to day right now, but what I’m hearing is there’s a great opportunity we’ll start hopefully mid-summer.” Additional Notes from Tuesday’s Media Availability When asked about the wind at Dan Law Field in Lubbock and how it could affect the way he handles his pitchers, Pierce said it could be a series where he leans more heavily on ground ball pitchers out of the bullpen. Pitchers like Andy McGuire, Parker Joe Robinson and Jake McKenzie could be called on in key spots during this weekend’s series. With the end of the season approaching and a possible regional just around the corner, Pierce was asked about his starting pitching once he gets past his 3 weekend starters. The head coach said there is no clear cut answer for the 4th starter right now, but Freshman Bryce Elder could be a guy who is utilized in a starting role down the road. While on the topic of pitching, Pierce said he and the coaching staff are probably going to have to narrow it down to about 8 pitchers they trust on the mound. This comes on the heels of a shaky outing from the bullpen on Tuesday, when several pitchers struggled.
  12. No. 24 Texas (30-17) vs. Texas State (22-21-1) May 1, 2018 Where: UFCU Disch-Falk Field Time: 6:30 p.m. CT TV: Longhorn Network Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 All-time series: Texas leads, 94-32-2 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHES TUESDAY—Texas State RHP Zachary Leigh (1-3, 6.18) vs. Texas RHP Kamron Fields (0-0, 1.50) GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—No. 24 Texas hosts Texas State on Tuesday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field…the Longhorns and Bobcats previously faced off on March 27 in San Marcos with the Longhorns coming away with a 6-1 win. A LOOK AT THE BOBCATS—Texas State is coming off a series loss at the hands of Georgia Southern…the Bobcats won game one before dropping the next two…on offense, the Bobcats are led by Luke Sherley who has compiled a .296/.394/.453 line with three homers and a team-high 31 RBI on the year…Dalton Shuffield has amassed a .362/.423/.617 line in 17 games (11 starts) this season…Derek Scheible leads Texas State with 10 homers on the year…out of the bullpen, the Bobcats have relied on Kyle Bradford and his team-most 21 appearances. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas is coming off a 2-2 week that saw the Longhorns win on Tuesday night at home vs. Houston before dropping two of three to West Virginia on the road…the Longhorns came from behind to win on Friday night and mounted another comeback on Saturday, but the lead slipped and Texas fell, 8-6…on Sunday, WVU limited the Longhorns to just five hits…Kody Clemens continues to pace the offense with a .331/.438/.651 line to go along with 13 homers and a team-high 49 RBI…Zach Zubia has upped his line to .302/.426/.553 on the season with nine homers and 36 RBI…out of the bullpen, Parker Joe Robinson has 12 appearances to go along with a 2.20 ERA. NEXT UP—Texas will return to the road this weekend for a crucial three game Big 12 Conference series at No. 9 Texas Tech. THE DUKE—Sophomore transfer Duke Ellis raised his batting average over 30 points in four games last week, going from .263 to .296…the outfielder has hit safely in each of his last seven games and has four straight multi-hit games, including a three-hit game on Saturday at WVU…in April, Ellis as hit .390/.455/.458…he began the month hitting .224 for the year…he also has eight stolen bases on the season. VROOM VROOM—Sophomore SS David Hamilton leads the Big 12 Conference with 26 stolen bases on the year…he is Longhorns’ first player with at least 26 stolen bases since Golden Spikes Award finalist Drew Stubbs stole that many in 2005…he currently ranks 7th in the country in steals…he also leads the team with 6 bunt singles on the year and 33 BBs…his five triples are also the most in the Big 12. CONFERENCE DEFENSE—The Texas defense has solidified since Big 12 Conference action began…the Longhorns are fielding at a .984 clip over 18 league games, with position players making just eight of the team’s 11 errors…the Horns’ .978 fielding percentage across all games is good for tops among Big 12 teams…Texas has also turned 53 double plays on the year, which leads the nation. ZUUUBOMB—Redshirt-freshman Zach Zubia elevated his offense in the month of April…the Texas DH hit .338/.449/.615 with four homers and 10 RBI…on the season, Zubia is hitting .302/.426/.553 with 9 HR and 36 RBI. GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ—After the first five attempted stolen bases against him were successful this season, junior catcher DJ Petrinsky has caught 18-of-31 since, good for 50% caught stealing overall on the season. BACK IN THE POLLS—After the series win at then-No. 16 Oklahoma, Texas returned to the rankings…the Longhorns are currently ranked No. 24 by D1Baseball.com, No. 20 by Baseball America, and No. 25 by PG/Rawlings.
  13. Last week, David Pierce said he had never had a bad win after Texas won a 9-4 game over Houston. The same could be said for Tuesday’s victory over Texas State, where the Longhorns overcame poor pitching and shaky defense to rally from a 10-6 deficit and win 11-10 on a walk-off grand slam from David Hamilton. It wasn’t pretty, and it could have a devastating loss for a team who still has an outside shot of hosting a regional, but the end result was memorable night for Hamilton and the 31st win of the season for the Longhorns. Kamron Fields received the start on the mound and struggled his command, only lasting 2 innings and allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits while walking 2. Fields continues to sit in the low 90’s with his fastball and flashes a plus slider, but the Freshman only threw 21 of his 47 pitches for strikes. “When the ball is up, you are going to get hit. That’s all it was. So at that point, he was getting by with so many pitches, and they finally got to him.” -David Pierce on Fields It was not a good night for the Longhorns bullpen. Parker Joe Robinson threw 2 scoreless innings following Fields departure from the game, but it took 8 pitchers to get through the last 5 innings. Nico O’Donnell, Brandon Ivey, Beau Ridgeway and Bryce Verplank all lasted less than an inning. Ivey and Verplank both failed to record an out. After the game, Pierce admitted he was giving some regular bullpen guys a rest, but he also wanted to find out who was going to step up and want the ball in key situations. “It was really frustrating early because we were not getting it done out of the bullpen. So many guys looked like they were trying to place the ball, and guys are trying to earn innings and we are in May. So that part of it is very frustrating.” “The plan was to find out who wants the ball and who’s capable of getting outs. That has continued to be a struggle for us, and I needed to rest a couple of guys. I needed Bryce Elder to catch his breath. I needed Josh Sawyer to catch his breath. We need guys to step up and see if they can help this ballclub.” Despite the performances on the mound, the Texas offense continued to chip away at the plate, with every starter except Jake McKenzie recording a hit. Kody Clemens collected 2 hits and Zach Zubia went 1 for 2 with 3 walks. Entering the 9th inning, Texas was trailing 10-6 with the top of the order due up. Texas State reliever Brayden Theriot was called upon to record the final 3 outs. Theriot promptly walked Masen Hibbeler and Duke Ellis to begin the frame. “We are looking out there and he’s struggling to throw strikes. We just kept saying ‘Hey, he’s not comfortable. See the ball well, be patient. Understand that we need 90 here, and that’s exactly what they did.’ “ Kody Clemens followed with a single into RF, with Hibbeler scoring after the right-fielder misplayed the ball. Zach Zubia then came to the plate representing the tying run. Zubia walked on 5 pitches, loading the bases for David Hamilton. Hamilton said after the game that he was sitting fastball the entire at-bat because he knew Theriot was struggling to throw strikes. Once the count reached 3-2, Hamilton hammered a low offering from Theriot over the RF wall, completing the comeback.
  14. David Pierce has been honest with the fact he isn’t afraid to talk about the big picture with his team. The Longhorns currently sit at 29-15 overall and sit one game back of first-place in the Big 12 standings with a record of 11-4. A RPI of 30 is likely to improve over the course of the final 3 weeks of the season. As it currently stands, Texas has positioned themselves to make a run at a conference title and potentially host a regional. “The more information you have, you understand the landscape of college baseball,” Pierce explained. “You understand how it works. Then you put that aside, then you have to go compete. I do it everyday. I’m not in the box nor am I on the mound, but you have to be able to compartmentalize that. I think it’s better for them to know than to not know where we are and not understand what we are playing for. We are playing for 5 championships every year, and those need to be identified to them. Now if they address that as pressure, you are probably not performing in the games when the perceived pressure is there. I think the more information they have, the better they are.” This weekend’s road series at West Virginia represents another opportunity for Texas to strengthen its resume. Despite a 20-18 record, the Mountaineers have a RPI of 35 and the 2nd best strength of schedule in the country. Last time the Longhorns visited Morgantown in 2016, they were swept in 3 games. It was a series that junior left-hander Josh Sawyer would like to forget. “For me personally, this is where I tore my arm, the bullpen at West Virginia,” Sawyer said. “It’s definitely a little personal for me and we did get swept, and we sat in the runway after the game for about 3 hours on a hot plane. So it was not a fun trip, and we are looking forward to going back this year and making it a little more exciting for us.” Following the trip to West Virginia, the Longhorns will finish out the conference schedule with a weekend series at Texas Tech and a home series against TCU. Junior Masen Hibbeler said the team knows what they will be playing for over the next several weeks, but will continue to take it one game at a time. “Of course the Big 12 championship is always in the back of your mind,” Hibbeler said. “You want to be Big 12 champions, but we are going to take it one game at a time. You can’t win the Big 12 championship if you don’t win the first one. So that’s what we are going to do. One game at a time, and just try to keep winning” Texas and West Virginia will begin the 3 game series on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:30 PM CST. Saturday’s game will begin at 3:00 PM CST, with the series scheduled to wrap up on Sunday afternoon at noon. All games will be broadcasted online for free at wvusports.com
  15. No. 19 Texas (29-15) at West Virginia (20-18) April 27-29, 2018 Where: Morgantown, W. Va. Time: Friday—5:30 p.m. CT, Saturday—3 p.m. CT, Sunday—Noon CT TV: WVUsports.com Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 All-time series: Texas leads, 94-32-2 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHES FRIDAY—West Virginia RHP BJ Myers (0-1, 4.89) vs. Texas RHP Nolan Kingham (5-2, 4.29) SATURDAY—West Virginia RHP Kade Strowd (4-3, 4.24) vs. Texas RHP Chase Shugart (4-2, 4.12) FRIDAY—West Virginia TBD vs. Texas RHP Blair Henley (5-5, 3.05) GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—No. 19 Texas heads to West Virginia for a three-game Big 12 Conference series against the Mountaineers…the last time Texas went to West Virginia, it fell in all three games in 2016. A LOOK AT THE MOUNTAINEERS—West Virginia has won four of its last five including winning two-of-three against K-State last weekend at home…the Mountaineers are coming off a 13-inning win over Marshall on Tuesday night…WVU is led on offense by the trio of Marques Inman (.347, 5-HR), Kyle Gray (.331, 7-HR), and Darius Hill (.311, 4-HR)…the Mountaineers have a pair of double-digit base stealers in Brandon White and Braden Zarbinsky…on the mound, the relief corps is led by Sam Kessler’s 1.89 ERA over 17 appearances while Shane Ennis leads the team with 21 appearances (1 start). A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas has won five of its last six, including a 9-4 Tuesday night win at home over Houston…the Longhorns have played six straight non-conference games since winning two of three at Oklahoma…on offense, Kody Clemens continues to lead, compiling a .350/.451/.693 line with 13 home runs and 47 RBI…Zach Zubia has amassed nine homers and 35 RBI so far in his freshman season…on the mound, Chase Shugart is coming off a career performance last Saturday vs. New Orleans, going a career-high 7.2 innings and allowing one earned run. NEXT UP—Texas will face off against Texas State on Tuesday night before hitting the road again for a three-game set in Lubbock against Texas Tech. KODY SHOW CONTINUES—Kody Clemens continues to pace the Longhorns offense…over the weekend, he hit his Big 12-leading 13th homer 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 (1st, 13), SLG (2nd, .693), total bases (2nd, 113), BA (5th, .350), and RBI (3rd, 47). VROOM VROOM—Sophomore SS David Hamilton stole his Big 12-leading 26th base of the year over the weekend…he is Longhorns’ first player with at least 26 stolen bases since Golden Spikes Award finalist Drew Stubbs stole that many in 2005…his 26 bags currently rank T-4th in the country…he also leads the team with 6 bunt singles on the year and 32 BBs. 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…the Horns’ .978 fielding percentage across all games is good for tops among Big 12 teams…Texas has also turned 48 double plays on the year, which leads the nation. GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ—After the first five attempted stolen bases against him were successful this season, junior catcher DJ Petrinsky has caught 16-of-24 since, good for 55.2% caught stealing overall on the season. BACK IN THE POLLS—After the series win at then-No. 16 Oklahoma, Texas shot back into the rankings…the Longhorns are currently ranked No. 19 by D1Baseball.com, No. 19 by Baseball America, and No. 21 by PG/Rawlings. ZUUUBOMB—Despite a three-hit game and a game-winning home run over the weekend, Zach Zubia’s reached base safely streak came to an end at 41 games on Sunday…overall, the redshirt-freshman has won a pair of Big 12 Newcomer of the Week awards this season and has hit .340/.453/.660 with four homers so far in 15 games in the month of April to push his average just under the .300 mark.
  16. VIA UT Release AUSTIN, Texas—On a night when runs came in bunches, No. 19 Texas Baseball (29-15) secured a 9-4 win over visiting Houston (25-16) on Tuesday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Though the Longhorns managed just four hits in the ballgame, they took advantage of four walks, four hit by pitches, and one costly Houston error in the third and fourth frames. Down 3-0 after two innings, catcher DJ Petrinsky got things started in the home half of the third with a base hit up the middle. Duke Ellis, who finished with a pair of hits on the night, then followed with a four-pitch walk before Jake McKenzie reached on a fielder’s choice sacrifice bunt to load the bases with no outs. Tate Shaw then wore the first pitch from Lael Lockhart (1-1) in his back to force in the Longhorns’ first run. The next pitch sailed into the foot of Masen Hibbeler to pull Texas to within one at 3-2. With one out and the bases loaded, Zubia worked a full count walk to plate the game-tying run before a David Hamilton sacrifice fly put Texas on top, 4-3. The next inning, Texas added to its lead. Petrinsky once again led off the inning with a base hit and Ellis followed with a hit of his own to put the first two on. McKenzie was hit with yet another pitch to load up the bases and Shaw collected a walk to make it 5-3 Texas. After a wild pitch made it 6-3, Hibbeler walked to load them up once again. Kody Clemens was then plunked to make it 7-3 in favor of the Longhorns. Zubia then hit a groundball that the shortstop threw away to plate two and push the Texas lead to 9-3 after four innings of work. Following 2.2 innings from Bryce Elder (5-1), Nico O’Donnell tossed 3.2 innings of solid baseball to keep Texas in front. He was charged with a run after a wild pitch from Matteo Bocchi allowed the runner from third to score but that would be all. Houston threatened in the eighth off Josh Sawyer, but Hibbeler gunned down a runner at the plate from left to preserve the Texas lead. Andy McGuire came on for the ninth and finished out the ballgame. The Longhorns next hit the road this weekend for a three-game Big 12 Conference series against West Virginia in Morgantown.
  17. No. 19 Texas (28-15) vs. Houston (25-15) April 24, 2018 Where: UFCU Disch-Falk Field Time: 6:30 p.m. TV: Longhorn Network Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 All-time series: Texas leads, 94-32-2 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHES TUESDAY—Houston LHP Lael Lockhart (1-0, 2.70) vs. Texas RHP Tristan Stevens (0-0, 0.00) GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—No. 21 Texas hosts Houston on Tuesday night in a midweek contest…the teams last met in Sugar Land in 2016 with the Cougars coming away with a 3-2 win…Longhorns head coach David Pierce is a graduate of Houston and played there from 1984-85…assistant coach Sean Allen also spent time with the Cougars, having played there from 1998-2001 and coaching there from 2002-2007. A LOOK AT THE COUGARS—Houston is coming off a 4-1 week of their own…the Cougars split the double-midweek at Sam Houston State before completing the series sweep of Wichita State over the weekend…the Cougars are led on offense by Jared Triolo’s .364/.419/.481 line while Joe Davis and Cooper Coldiron have driven in 27 runs apiece…on the mound, Carter Henry leads all Cougars relievers with 19 appearances and a 1.07 ERA (4-ER, 33.2-IP). A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas is coming off a 4-1 week that included midweek wins over UTRGV and Texas Southern before winning two of three against New Orleans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field…Kody Clemens continues to lead the Texas offense with a .356/.455/.706 line and a Big 12-best 13 homers…Zach Zubia has pushed his average to over .300 for the season…on the mound, Josh Sawyer leads all Texas relievers with 18 appearances on the year while Andy McGuire earned his sixth save of the season on Friday night. NEXT UP—Texas will head on the road for a three-game Big 12 Conference series at West Virginia…last season, the Longhorns took two-of-three from the Mountaineers. KODY SHOW CONTINUES—Kody Clemens continues to pace the Longhorns offense…over the weekend, he hit his Big 12-leading 13th homer 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 (1st, 13), SLG (2nd, .706), total bases (2nd, 113), average (5th, .356), hits (T-5th, 57), RBI (3rd, 46), and BB (T-5th, 30). VROOM VROOM—Sophomore SS David Hamilton stole his Big 12-leading 26th base of the year over the weekend…he is Longhorns’ first player with at least 26 stolen bases since Golden Spikes Award finalist Drew Stubbs stole that many in 2005…his 26 bags currently rank T-3rd in the country…he also leads the team with 6 bunt singles on the year and 32 BBs. 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…the Horns’ .978 fielding percentage across all games is good for tops among Big 12 teams…Texas has also turned 48 double plays on the year, which leads the country. GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ—After the first five attempted stolen bases against him were successful, DJ Petrinsky has caught 16-of-22 since, good for 59.3% caught stealing on the season. BACK IN THE POLLS—After the series win at then-No. 16 Oklahoma, Texas shot back into the rankings…the Longhorns are currently ranked No. 19 by D1Baseball.com, No. 19 by Baseball America, and No. 21 by PG/Rawlings. ZUUUBOMB—Despite a three-hit game and a game-winning home run over the weekend, Zach Zubia’s reached base safely streak came to an end at 41 games on Sunday…overall, the redshirt-freshman has won a pair of Big 12 Newcomer of the Week awards this season and has hit .360/.467/.700 with four homersz so far in 14 games in the month of April to push his average over the .300 mark.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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)
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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