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  1. Texas (9-7) at No. 5 Arkansas (11-4) March 13-14, 2018 Where: Fayetteville, Ark. (Baum Stadium) Time: Tuesday—7 p.m., Wednesday—4 p.m. TV: SEC Network (Tuesday), SECN+ (Wednesday) Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 All-time series: Texas leads, 74-33 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS TUESDAY—Arkansas RHP Kacey Murphy (1-0, 0.00) vs. Texas RHP Beau Ridgeway (1-0, 8.31) WEDNESDAY—Arkansas TBA vs. Texas RHP Nico O’Donnell (1-0, 2.13) GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—The Longhorns hit the road for a two-game set at No. 5 Arkansas…the old Southwest Conference rivals will face off in Fayetteville for the first time since 1991…they last met in 2012 at the Houston College Classic, where the Razorbacks won, 7-3. A LOOK AT THE RAZORBACKS—No. 5 Arkansas is coming off a series win over Kent State at home…as a team, the Razorbacks are hitting .302/.424/.509…six different Razorbacks have amassed double-digit RBIs so far this season and they have hit 24 homers as a team…Arkansas is led by Casey Martin and his .415/.490/.805 line. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas dropped three of four at home to then No. 7 Stanford…the Longhorns won game one, 8-6, but fell in the last three…Texas was outscored 33-13 in the four-game set…offensively, Texas is led by Kody Clemens and his .385/.536/.673 line…he has a team-high four homers and has compiled …DH Zach Zubia hit his third homer of the year on Saturday…he leads the team with 19 RBI. NEXT UP—Texas will open up Big 12 Conference play on Friday with the first of three games against visiting Kansas…last season, the Jayhawks took two of three in Lawrence. IN THE RANKINGS—Texas dropped out of the rankings following a 1-3 week…previously the Longhorns were ranked by D1Baseball (#23), Baseball America (#17), NCBWA (#20), USA Today Coaches Poll (#20), and Collegiate Baseball (#26). TOP OF THE ORDER—The Longhorns’ one-through-four hitters—David Hamilton, Masen Hibbeler, Kody Clemens, and Zach Zubia, respectively—have hit a combined .323 (74-for-229) so far this season with 21 extra-base hits, 49 runs scored, and 49 RBI…they’ve also combined for 18 stolen bases on the year and have combined for 43 walks. PATIENCE, YOUNG CLEMENS—Kody Clemens has opened the 2018 campaign on a tear at the plate…his 13-game hit streak was snapped on Friday vs. Stanford…it was the longest for a Longhorn since Madison Carter’s 15-game streak in 2014…Clemens has amassed 17 walks to just 6 Ks on the season and leads the team with four homers…he is 3-for-3 in stolen bases and holds a team-best 1.209 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). MCKENZIE’S MANY TALENTS—Senior utilityman and right-handed pitcher Jake McKenzie, a petroleum engineering major, was recently awarded the Marvin Wright Student Athlete Award from the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Big 12’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award.
  2. VIA Texas Sports FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—In an early hole thanks to a seven-run third inning, Texas Baseball (9-8) was outslugged by No. 5 Arkansas (12-4) in Tuesday night’s 13-4 loss at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. After the sides traded zeroes over the first two innings, the Razorbacks got to starter Beau Ridgeway in the third. Arkansas used four walks and four hits off a combination of Ridgeway and Bryce Elder to put up a seven-spot in the inning and pull away from the Longhorns. Zach Zubia put Texas on the board the following half inning when he launched his fourth long ball of the season over the right-centerfield wall to make it 7-1. In the top of the fifth, catcher DJ Petrinsky followed suit with a solo homer of this own, marking the first big fly of his Texas career. With their lead cut to 7-2, Arkansas responded for a four-run frame. After the Razorbacks plated one off Chris Fearon, Casey Martin hit a three-run home run off Matthew Whelan that hit off the pole in left field to expand the Arkansas lead to 11-2. Petrinsky went deep again in the bottom of the seventh—this time with a two-run shot to right to make it 11-4, but once again, Arkansas answered to regain their nine-run lead and seal the Tuesday night win. The two teams meet again tomorrow at 4 p.m. for the conclusion of the two-game set. Right-hander Nico O’Donnell will take the hill for Texas.
  3. After taking the series opener over 7th ranked Stanford, Texas Baseball dropped the next 3 games, capped off by a 11-1 victory by the Cardinal on Sunday afternoon. The Longhorns will now travel to Arkansas for a 2 game midweek series against the Razorbacks. Let’s take a look at some thought, takeaways and notes from the weekend. Pitcher of the Weekend- Nico O’Donnell Despite allowing 2 runs in 4 innings, there was a lot to like about Nico O’Donnell’s outing on Thursday. The freshman commanded both his breaking balls and showed improved command on his fastball. David Pierce sounded excited about development and future for O’Donnell, who continues to progress with each start he makes. While he doesn’t have an overpowering fastball (usually sitting in the high 80’s), his ability to throw a solid 3 pitch mix has been shown in all 3 of his starts. Stat of the Weekend- 9.60 9.60 was the ERA for the Texas bullpen this weekend. On Saturday, Texas trailed 5-3 entering the 9th, but Beau Ridgeway and Josh Sawyer combined to allow 4 runs, helping Stanford pad their lead to 9-3. On Sunday, Texas only trailed 3-0 entering the 6th, when Chase Shugart exited with a injury. Bryce Elder and Jake McKenzie then let up a combined 4 walks and 5 runs, helping Stanford build a 9-0 lead. Main Takeaway- The Bullpen The bullpen is in desperate need of a shot in the arm. I was encouraged by what Kamron Fields showed in his first appearance of the year today, but he is still working his way back from a shoulder injury. David Pierce said they have to find a way to get Beau Ridgeway right, and it’s hard to argue with that. Ridgeway has forced Texas into a position where they are having to go with a closer by committee right now. Bryce Elder seemed like a potential solution, but the right-hander couldn’t record an out on Sunday, throwing 3 strikes in 14 pitches. Bryce Verplank flashed a great fastball-slider combination on Friday, but struggled a little more with his command on Sunday, allowing a walk and a run. Random Notes After the game, Pierce said Beau Ridgeway would receive the start on Tuesday against Arkansas, followed by Nico O’Donnell on Wednesday. The possibility of Ridgeway starting a game was mentioned on Saturday, but it has now been confirmed. David Hamilton finished the final 2 games of the series by going 0 for 6 at the plate with 4 strikeouts. He continues to battle a right shoulder injury, playing at 2B instead of his usual position of SS on Sunday. RHP Tristan Stevens continues his return from Tommy John surgery, and Pierce sounds increasingly confident that the Missouri native can be a contributor soon. Stevens would give Texas another arm to work with as roles continue to be defined in the Texas bullpen. Quotes from David Pierce Overall thoughts on the game “Really tough day yesterday. Expected a little better in our fight to get back to even this weekend. The bottom is if you don’t have location against them, you are going to get beat. Chase didn’t have his location in the 1st, and then he located. Then we got to the 6th, and we brought our best two strike throwers to follow him, and for whatever reason it wasn’t good for them. Honestly, I thought [Stanford’s] pitcher pitched well, but we were very undisciplined at home plate. We had a very poor approach for the type of weather we were playing in. That was the bottom line.” On the message to his team “I think the biggest thing I want to see is our guys maintain their discipline. When things are going well for them, stay with it, and then when we struggle and are behind, get back to our discipline and doing the things that made them good. That’s my biggest message to them. It seems like we are down by 3 and everybody’s panicking and swinging with length instead of just passing the bat to the next guy.”
  4. Just a quick note, Coach Augie Garrido was hospitalized last night for serious medical condition. I don't know many details as of right now, but please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. If I hear of anything else, I'll let everyone know. https://twitter.com/joeywa_44/status/973025104081780736
  5. No. 23 Texas (8-4) vs. No. 7 Stanford (11-1) March 8-11, 2018 Where: Austin, Texas (UFCU Disch-Falk Field) Time: Thursday—6:30 p.m., Friday—6:30 p.m., Saturday—2:30 p.m., Sunday—1 p.m. TV: Longhorn Network Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260 Live stats: sidearmstats.com/texas/baseball All-time series: Stanford leads, 39-34-1 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS THURSDAY—Stanford RHP Tristan Beck (2-0, 1.50) vs. Texas RHP Nico O’Donnell (1-0, 1.04) FRIDAY—Stanford LHP Kris Bubic (2-0, 1.56) vs. Texas RHP Nolan Kingham (2-1, 3.57) SATURDAY—Stanford LHP Erik Miller (0-1, 4.22) vs. Texas RHP Blair Henley (2-0, 0.53) SUNDAY—Stanford TBA vs. Texas RHP Chase Shugart (0-1, 5.19) GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—No. 23 Texas hosts No. 7 Stanford for a four-game series beginning Thursday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field…last season, Stanford took three of four from Texas in Palo Alto. A LOOK AT THE CARDINAL—No. 7 Stanford enters the series at 11-1 after taking two of three from Michigan…junior RHP Tristan Beck was named Pac 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week following his performance vs. the Wolverines…the Cardinal started the season 10-0 before dropping the second game of their Saturday doubleheader…Stanford holds a 2.08 team ERA and a .197 batting average against. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—After a 7-2 win over UTSA last Tuesday, Texas is coming off a series win over Northwestern…the Longhorns took three straight from the Wildcats after dropping the series opener…the Longhorns scored 10+ runs in each of the final three games. NEXT UP—Texas will head to Fayetteville, Ark., for a two-game series at No. 5 Arkansas…the Razorbacks sit at 9-3 heading into this weekend…the teams will play Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and Wednesday evening at 4 p.m. before returning to Austin to begin Big 12 Conference action on Friday night vs. Kansas. IN THE RANKINGS—Texas currently sits at : D1Baseball (#23), Baseball America (#17), NCBWA (#20), USA Today Coaches Poll (#20), and Collegiate Baseball (#26). TOP OF THE ORDER—The Longhorns’ one-through-three hitters—David Hamilton, Masen Hibbeler, and Kody Clemens, respectively—have hit a combined .363 (49-for-135) so far this season with 11 extra-base hits, 33 runs scored, and 28 RBI…they’ve also combined for 16 stolen bases on the year and have combined for 29 walks and just 15 strikeouts. STREAKING—Kody Clemens has opened the 2018 campaign on a tear at the plate…the junior has hit safely in all 12 games so far this season, compiling a line of .436/.585/.718…the 12-game hit streak is the longest for a Longhorn since Madison Carter’s 15-game streak in 2014…Clemens has amassed 14 walks to just three Ks on the season and leads the team with three homers…he is 3-for-3 in stolen bases and holds a team-best 1.303 OPS (on-base plus slugging). WELCOME BACK, TOMMY—Stanford assistant Tommy Nicholson makes his way back to the Forty Acres this weekend…Nicholson played at Texas from 1998-2000 where he only missed three starts over three seasons and compiled a .327 career average with 147 runs scored, 223 hits, 37 doubles, four triples, nine home runs, 114 RBI and 20 stolen bases…Team MVP in 1999 and 2000, Nicholson also served two stints as a member of the Texas coaching staff (2009-10, 2013-16). HENLEY HAPPENING—RHP Blair Henley extended his scoreless innings streak to 12 on Saturday in game two of the doubleheader vs. Northwestern…he tossed six shutout innings with two hits, no walks, and four strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 0.53 on the season…he was named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week following his six-inning effort at LSU on Feb 25…the sophomore scattered six hits and three walks while fanning three and keeping the Tigers off the board…the honor was the first such award for Henley in his Longhorns career and the first conference honor for a Longhorn this season. MCKENZIE’S MANY TALENTS—Senior utilityman Jake McKenzie, a petroleum engineering major, was recently awarded the Marvin Wright Student Athlete Award from the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Big 12’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award.
  6. Stanford (13-2) received 5 ⅓ innings of scoreless relief from their bullpen to pull away from Texas (9-6) for the second consecutive game, with the Longhorn’s falling by a final of 9-3. The Cardinal received big games from Andrew Daschbach and Kyle Stowers, who each collected 2 hits and drove in 3 runs. Texas starting pitcher Blair Henley received the loss after lasting 6 innings and allowing 5 runs, all in the first 2 innings of the game. Stanford reliever Austin Weiermiller was credited with the win after throwing 2 ⅓ innings of scoreless relief, striking out 3. Jack Little locked down his 6th save of the season, throwing the final 3 innings and allowing just 1 hit. Stanford started the scoring in the bottom of the first when Andrew Daschbach hit a popup that fell between 3 Longhorns converging in centerfield, allowing Brandon Wulff, who reached base via a 2 out walk, to score all the way from first base. The Cardinal would put up the first of two 4 run innings in the 2nd. Kyle Stowers led off the frame with a walk and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch. After the next two hitters were retired, Jesse Kuet was hit by a pitch. Tim Tawa followed with a RBI single to center, doubling the Stanford lead to 2-0. Nico Hoerner then hit a RBI single of his own. After a Brandon Wulff walk loaded the bases, Daschbach delivered a 2 RBI single, stretching the Stanford lead to 5-0. Texas began chipping away at the lead in the 4th thanks to the big bat of Zach Zubia. Masen Hibbeler gave the Longhorns their first hit of the game with a 1 out double off the left field wall. Kody Clemens followed with a walk, and Zubia cleared the bases with a 3 run home run to left field, cutting the deficit to 5-3. Following a leadoff walk to Tawa to start the top of the 9th, Texas turned to reliever Beau Ridgeway. Nico Hoerner welcomed Ridgeway with a single, moving Tawa to 3rd. After Hoerner took 2nd on defensive indifference, Nick Brueser worked a full count walk to load the bases. Maverick Handley drove home Tawa with a sacrifice fly to right field, giving Stanford a 6-3 lead. Kyle Stowers then connected on a 3-run home run to right center, padding the lead to 9-3. The Longhorns totaled 7 hits on the afternoon, with David Hamilton and Kamron Fields being the only starters to not record a hit. Hamilton finished the afternoon 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts, exiting the game early with a right shoulder injury. Texas and Stanford will wrap up their 4 game series tomorrow afternoon as the Longhorns look for the series split. RHP Chase Shugart will take the mound for Texas, with Stanford’s starting pitcher TBA. Follow along at HornSports.com for live updates.
  7. Texas Baseball dropped the second game of a 4 game series against 7th ranked Stanford, 7-1, at Disch-Falk Field. The Cardinal received a brilliant starting pitching performance from left-hander Kris Bubic, who struck out 9 in 6 innings, allowing a single run. Stanford pounded out 13 hits, including a pair of home runs. The loss drops Texas to 9-5 on the season, while the win moves Stanford to 12-2. “I thought Bubic was as advertised,” Pierce said about the Stanford starter. “He was very good tonight and we had minimum opportunities, and we knew weren’t going to have a ton of them. So when we get those chances, we have to come up with a clutch hit, and he dialed up some pitches and we made mistake running the bases in the 3rd. Then we really only had 2 legitimate chances and that was 3rd and the 7th, and we just didn’t get it done tonight. I credit Bubic. I credit Stanford for playing very well tonight.” Nolan Kingham was tagged with the loss after allowing 5 runs on 10 hits, striking out 3 batters. The loss drops the juniors record to 2-2, and Pierce said he wants to continue to see Kingham work the ball low in the zone. “He left the ball up with his best two pitches,” Pierce said about Kingham. “He’s got to get the ball down and he’s got to get committed this week to really getting into his legs a little more and getting out over his front side. It’s a good test for him. He hasn’t been as sharp as opening night, and we gotta get him right.” Stanford jumped out to a 5-0 lead through 5 innings. Nico Hoerner started the scoring with a solo home run to left field in the top of the 1st. The Cardinal extended their lead to 2-0 in the 3rd on a RBI single by Andrew Daschbach, scoring Tim Tawa. In the 5th, Brandon Wulff connected on a 3-run home run to left field, stretching the Stanford lead to 5-0. Texas scored their only run of the game on a RBI groundout by Duke Ellis in the 7th, scoring pinch runner Kamron Fields and cutting the Cardinal lead to 5-1. Stanford had the first 3 batters reach in the 8th against Longhorn reliever Matt Whalen, loading the bases with nobody out. After another call to the bullpen, Beau Ridgeway issued a 4 pitch walk and sacrifice fly, giving Stanford a 7-1 lead. Reliever Zach Grech pitched a scoreless 9th inning to lock down the win for the Cardinal. After splitting the first two games, the two teams will return to action tomorrow for game 3. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 PM and the pitching matchup will feature RHP Blair Henley against LHP Erik Miller. Follow along at hornsports.com for live updates.
  8. Texas Baseball opened a 4 game series against 7th ranked Stanford at Disch-Falk Field, and the Longhorns pounded out 12 hits and scored 3 runs in the 7th to break a 5-5 tie en route to a 8-6 victory over the Cardinal. The victory moves the Longhorns to 9-4 on the year, while the loss drops Stanford to 11-2. Freshman Nico O’Donnell received the start for Texas and lasted 4 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, striking out 5. The right-hander said after the game that he feels like he is continuing to grow each start and felt his offspeed pitches played a key role in his success against the Stanford offense. “I think I’m getting my offspeed more stable over these outings,” O’Donnell said when asked about what improvements he has seen over his 3 starts this season. “They felt really good today, especially the slider, that’s what got me through those 4 innings.” Bryce Elder received the win in relief after tossing 1 ⅓ innings, allowing a single run. Stanford ace Tristan Beck only lasted 4 innings and received a no decision, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits. The Longhorns opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st. David Hamilton led off with a walk and promptly stole 2nd. After a Masen Hibbeler flyout to center advanced Hamilton to 3rd, Kacy Clemens delivered a RBI groundout to give Texas a 1-0 lead. David Petrinsky helped Texas add to their lead in the 2nd inning. After Ryan Reynolds singled into LF, Petrinsky smacked a double off the wall in left field, scoring Reynolds. In the third, the Longhorns stretched their lead to 3-0 when Kody Clemens blasted a solo home run to RF. Tate Shaw opened the bottom of the 4th with a single into RF. After a sacrifice bunt from Jake McKenzie moved Shaw to 2nd, Duke Ellis came through with a RBI single, scoring Shaw and padding the Longhorns lead to 4-0. Stanford responded in the top half of the 5th with a 2 run homer from Maverick Handley, cutting the Longhorn lead to 4-2. Texas responded in the bottom half of the inning, however. Kody Clemens led off with an opposite field double and scored the next batter when Zach Zubia singled up the middle, extending Texas’ lead to 5-2. In the 6th, Stanford cut the deficit to 5-4 on a 2 run single by Kyle Stowers. The Cardinal would tie the game the next inning on a RBI single by Brandon Wulff. Texas regained the lead with a big 7th inning. Hibbeler led off the frame with a walk and advanced to 2nd two batters later when Zach Zubia grounded out to the pitcher. With two outs, Reynolds delivered a RBI single to give Texas a 6-5 lead. After a double by DJ Petrinsky placed runners at 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs, David Pierce opted to pinch hit Austin Todd for Tate Shaw. Todd rewarded the decision by lining a single off the glove of a diving second basemen, scoring 2 runs and stretching the Texas lead to 8-5. Stanford would get a run back in the 8th on a RBI groundout by Nick Oar, but Chase Shugart did not allow any more damage, tossing the final two innings for his first save of the season, securing a 8-6 win for Texas. Following the game, head coach David Pierce said he was excited about the way the Longhorns battled in all 3 phases of the game. “I thought Nico settled in after the first,” Pierce said. “He got a couple of breaks there. Defense played outstanding behind him, but he threw some quality pitches. I was hoping to get 5 out of him, we got 4 and just watching the kid grow up, it’s happening right in front of us. Offensively, we had some guys really clutch up tonight. We played a complete game and the thing I enjoyed most tonight is we popped early, they popped us, and then we countered. That’s a sign of our maturation right there.” Texas and Stanford will continue their series with game 2 tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM. Follow along here at HornSports and on twitter (@hornsports) for live updates.
  9. Texas Baseball will return to action tomorrow evening, opening a 4 game series against the 7th ranked Stanford Cardinal. The Cardinal enter the series with a 11-1 record, with 3 game sweep over Cal State Fullerton and a 4 game sweep over Rice. Last weekend, the Longhorns rebounded after losing Friday’s series opener to Northwestern, taking the final 3 games and the series. The Texas bats exploded the final 3 games of the series, combining for 38 runs. Senior Jake McKenzie said the Longhorns know Stanford will present a tough test, but the offense will need to focus on taking advantage of any mistakes from the Cardinal pitching staff. “It will definitely be a test. A lot different from Northwestern,” McKenzie said when asked about the upcoming series. “We expect them to come in and not make as many mistakes as we saw this past weekend. We are going to have to take advantage of the mistakes they do make and try to capitalize on those.” Junior Kody Clemens echoed that sentiment, saying the team is focused on staying with the same approach they have had all season. “Obviously they are ranked in the top 10, and it puts a little bit of pressure on us,” Clemens said. “They are a good team with a lot of good people. We don’t up our game, we just take the same approach to every game. Maybe some guys will be a little bit more fired up since this team is top 10.” Stanford boasts an impressive starting rotation, led by junior RHP Tristan Beck, who holds a 1.50 ERA after 3 starts. Texas head coach David Pierce said although the Longhorns will face a tough pitching staff, he wants his hitters to continue to be patient and wait on their pitch. “They (Stanford) are very good on the mound, and we know that,” Pierce said. “I’d like to see our guys compete the way they did against Northwestern and have the ability to lay off the pitches and be read when they get a pitch to hit. Beck starting it out is very aggressive, he’s going to attack and so we have to be ready.” On the mound, Texas will start freshman Nico O’Donnell in the series opener, with Nolan Kingham, Blair Henley and Chase Shugart to follow over the next 3 games. The most notable takeaway from the rotation set-up is the move of Shugart from Friday to Sunday. Pierce said he wanted the option of having the right-hander available out of the bullpen on Thursday. “I still think we have more in the bullpen. Putting Chase to Sunday, allows him to help us in the back end tomorrow night. So I’m going to utilize the best guys available, and in this case he’s our best swing guy.” The Longhorns will play their next 6 games against top 10 opponents, with a 2 game midweek series at Arkansas awaiting after this weekend. With a tough schedule on the horizon, Clemens said it will be a good test to see where the Longhorns stand. “I think we need to see what we can do with these types of teams, see what we can put out on the field against this amazing competition,” Clemens said. “Obviously that will work out for us in the future. I’m sure we will have some sort of a regional environment this weekend and at Arkansas for the midweek games. It will be a test for us and we are looking forward to it.” Pierce said he will be looking at a lot more than the win-loss record over the next 6 games. “I don’t think it’s a win-loss deal,” Pierce said when asked what is he is looking for from his team over the next week. “I think it’s just quality pitches. You can have a great outing and not have quality pitches or you can go out and repeat really good pitches. If they beat you on good pitches, you live with that. I think we have to repeat quality pitches. We have a handful guys that need to be better at managing the running game. Defensively, continuing to make the routine play, and every opportunity we have to make a great play, be in the position for it. Having great first step and good angles, being accurate with your throwing. Offensively, each guy has their niche that they have to be good at, and piece that together. I just want to see them keep trying to become a complete player, and we will be a better team.” All 4 games of the series will be broadcasted on Longhorn Network. First pitch for Thursday and Friday are set for 6:30, with a 2:30 start time Saturday and 1:00 Sunday for the series finale. Follow along at HornSports.com and on Twitter (@HornSports) for live updates. Additional Notes Pierce said OF Austin Todd is still not at 100% health as he recovers from a thumb injury. The head coach said Todd should be available as a defensive replacement and pinch runner, but that he does not expect him to be able to hit. With 6 games over the course of 7 days, it will be on hands on deck on the mound. Pierce said Jake McKenzie could be an option in the bullpen after having an extended throwing session yesterday as he recovers from a shoulder injury. Freshman Kamron Fields could be available in the bullpen later in the weekend after battling a shoulder injury to begin the year. So what has been the key to Kody Clemens success at the plate? Clemens himself said he made it an emphasis this year to work on his pitch selection and not chase pitches. It seems to have paid dividends so far, as he has worked 14 walks through the first 12 games of the season. Stanford starters Tristan Beck and Kris Bubic are no strangers to Austin. The duo started a game a piece when Stanford visited Texas in 2016. Beck lasted 3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits, receiving a loss in a 4-3 Texas victory. Bubic threw 4.1 scoreless innings in the series opener, striking out 7 in what ended up being a 1-0 Stanford victory in 12 innings.
  10. Texas Baseball wrapped up a series victory over Northwestern on Sunday, defeating the Wildcats 12-1 in 7 innings. After dropping the series opener on Friday, Texas outscored Northwestern 38-11 over the final 3 games. Let’s take a look at some takeaways and notes from the weekend. Hitter of the Weekend- Masen Hibbeler Following Sunday’s game, Hibbeler joked that the baseball looks as a big as a beach ball right now when he is at the plate. The junior college transfer started all 4 games in left field and finished the series 8 for 16 (.500), driving in 7 runs and also stealing 2 bases. Hibbeler drove the ball all over the field throughout the weekend, capping it off with a 4 for 5 performance in the series finale. Pitcher of the Weekend- Blair Henley For the second straight weekend, Henley tossed 6 scoreless innings. Despite a steady rain falling for most of his outing, the right-hander only allowed 2 hits and struck out 4, walking none. David Pierce spoke at length this past Wednesday about Henley’s development and how important fastball command is for him. Henley displayed a plus breaking ball and kept his fastball around 90-92 MPH, a recipe that continues to work well. After flashing major potential as a freshman, it appears everything is starting to click and come together. 2 Key Takeaways Everything that could have gone wrong on Friday, did go wrong. Texas went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and Chase Shugart was touched up the third time through the order for the second straight outing. Several players mentioned the word “embarrassed” when describing what they felt after Friday’s game, and it certainly appeared they took out their frustration the following 3 games. Northwestern came to Austin after losing their opening two series to Nebraska-Omaha and Kansas. Texas needed to take at least 3 of 4 for it to be a successful weekend, and the Longhorns did just that. The offense pounded out 33 hits over the final three games and several players were able to gain some confidence at the plate. The bullpen continues to the biggest question mark after the first 3 series of the season. While certain pitchers have had good performances, the unit as a whole is still working on defining roles and finding out where everyone fits. David Pierce mentioned on Sunday that they need to find a way to get Beau Ridgeway back to where he needs to be, which is throwing his fastball low in the zone. Bryce Elder turned in an excellent performance on Sunday, tossing 2 ⅔ scoreless innings, striking out 4. Pierce said Elderis someone who will continue to get important innings in the bullpen, possibly in a late inning role. Random Notes Pierce said on Sunday that he is going to continue to work with Shugart on utilizing both his breaking balls and relying on movement on his fastball to get outs instead of trying to overpower hitters. Duke Ellis connected on his first career home run on Saturday, driving a ball into the visitors bullpen that hit the top of the wall and bounced over. So did the head coach expect that kind of power from his centerfielder? “I didn’t think Duke would ever hit one out of the yard,” Pierce joked. In game two of Saturday’s doubleheader, Jake McKenzie saw action at first base, third base and shortstop. The utility man has also started games at second base and the outfield in his career, as well as seeing time on the mound. Pierce said the only position he hasn’t played McKenzie at during practice or a game is catcher. Quotes from David Pierce Overall thoughts from the series “After losing Friday, coming back and winning 3 straight and taking the series was just a great tribute to our guys just fighting back and getting focused.” On Matteo Bocchi: “It starts with his preparation. Matteo prepares as well as any player we have and he wants it badly, and it was very obvious with his approach. We had a great plan going against them after 3 games and just knowing what he wanted to do with all their hitters, and he did a great job of executing that.” On the response of his team after losing the first game of the series: “I think the best thing was the ability to flip the momentum. To be able to get a lead early in Game 1 on Saturday was the key. Then just going out there and playing. We understood that one got away from us on Friday night but we couldn't dwell on it because we had a lot of baseball in front of us. We did a nice job of that moving forward.”
  11. No. 23 Texas (5-3) vs. Northwestern (2-4) March 2-4, 2018 Where: Austin, Texas (UFCU Disch-Falk Field) Time: Friday—7 p.m.; Saturday (DH)—1:30 p.m.; Sunday—1 p.m. TV: Longhorn Network Radio: 104.9 The Horn Live stats: sidearmstats.com/texas/baseball All-time series: Texas leads, 6-0 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS FRIDAY—Northwestern LHP Quinn Lavelle (1-1, 3.72) vs. Texas RHP Chase Shugart (0-0, 3.97) SATURDAY(G1)—Northwestern RHP Hank Christie (0-1, 12.27) vs. Texas RHP Nolan Kingham (1-1, 3.00) SATURDAY(G2)—Northwestern LHP Ryan Bader (1-1, 7.71) vs. Texas RHP Blair Henley (1-0. 0.82) SUNDAY—Northwestern RHP Danny Katz (0-1, 6.75) vs. Texas TBD GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—No. 23 Texas faces off in a four-game series against Northwestern this weekend…the Wildcats and Longhorns have not played each other since 1931. A LOOK AT THE WILDCATS—Northwestern dropped two-of-three on the road at Kansas last weekend and did not play a midweek game…the Wildcats are led by Willie Bourbon’s .375/.385/1.000 line…Bourbon has hit three homers and recorded 10 RBI on the season…as a team, Northwestern has compiled a 7.96 ERA and a team batting average of .238. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas is coming off a series loss on the road to then-No. 23 LSU and a Tuesday night 2-0 win over UTSA…the Longhorns were defeated, 13-4, on Friday night at LSU and on Saturday, Texas went up, 5-0, but eventually fell, 10-5…on Sunday, however, the Longhorns pounded out 13 hits and 11 runs en route to an 11-1 win over the Tigers…on the weekend, Texas hit .309 as a team with 10 extra-base hits…Zach Zubia launched two homers on Saturday and Kody Clemens hit his first of the year in the same game…on Tuesday night, four Longhorns pitchers combined for a one-hit shutout of visiting UTSA…freshman Nico O’Donnell threw 4.2 no-hit innings before allowing the first knock of the ballgame…Nolan Kingham entered in the ninth and locked down his third career save. NEXT UP—Texas will host No. 8 Stanford in a four-game series beginning on Thursday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field…as a team, Stanford has compiled a 2.13 ERA and is currently undefeated in eight games this season. IN THE RANKINGS—Texas currently sits at: D1Baseball (#23), Baseball America (#17), NCBWA (#21), USA Today Coaches Poll (#20), and Collegiate Baseball (#26). HENLEY HONORS—RHP Blair Henley was named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week following his six-inning effort at LSU…the sophomore went six frames, scattering six hits and three walks while striking out three and keeping the Tigers off the board…the honor is the first such award for Henley in his Longhorns career and the first conference honor for a Longhorn this season. ZUUUBIA—Redshirt-freshman Zach Zubia, who over the summer set a Northwoods League record with 22 home runs, showed off his power this past week…the Richmond, Texas, native, hit his first career triple on Feb 21 vs. Lamar before crushing two homers on Saturday…he became the first Longhorn to hit two homers in a game since Bret Boswell hit two on June 3, 2017, at Long Beach State…Zubia also added a bases-clearing double in Sunday’s game to add to the UT lead. ONE-HIT WONDER—Tuesday night, four Texas pitchers combined to throw a one-hit shutout…it was the Longhorns’ first one-hitter since April 28, 2015 vs. Prairie View A&M…current Texas reliever LHP Josh Sawyer got the start in that ballgame. TOP OF THE ORDER—The Longhorns’ one-through-three hitters—David Hamilton, Masen Hibbeler, and Kody Clemens, respectively—have hit a combined .352 (32-for-91) so far this season with 17 runs scored and 10 RBI…they’ve also combined for 12 stolen bases on the year. LONG TIME, NO SEE—It’s been a while since Andy McGuire and Josh Sawyer stepped on the field for Texas…on Feb 18, McGuire made his first appearance on the hill since May 17, 2015 and on Feb 23 at LSU, got his first at-bat since April 22, 2014, a span of 1,403 days…Sawyer’s Feb 18 appearance was his first for Texas since April 30, 2016, a span of 659 days.
  12. Following a 6-2 loss on Friday night, Texas Baseball recorded a doubleheader sweep of Northwestern on Saturday, 10-7 and 16-3. Kody Clemens finished the day with 6 RBI’s and the Longhorn’s received an outstanding pitching performance from Blair Henley in game 2. The pair of wins pushes Texas’ record to 7-4 on the season, while Northwestern drops to 3-6. Game 1 In game 1 of the doubleheader, Texas hit 3 home runs en route to a 10-7 victory. Starter Nolan Kingham received the win and lasted 5 ⅔ innings, allowing 3 runs and striking out 7. Beau Ridgeway threw the final ⅔ innings, notching his 2nd save of the season. At the plate, Kody Clemens led the way with a 2 for 4 performance with 3 RBI’s. In the first, Texas got the scoring started after a 1 out single by Masen Hibbeler. Kody Clemens connected on a deep home run to right field, giving the Longhorns an early 2-0 lead. Northwestern responded in the 3rd. Ben Dickey reached base on a 1 out single and scored on a RBI double by Jack Dunn. Two batters later, Willie Bourbon blasted an opposite field 2 run homer to give the Wildcats a 3-2 lead. Ryan Reynolds quickly gave the Longhorns the lead back with a 2 run home run in the 4th, making the score 4-3. Texas extended their lead with a big 6th inning. Ryan Reynolds led off with a walk. Tate Shaw followed with a hit by pitch. Michael McCann then laid down a bunt single, and a wild throw to first base allowed Reynolds to score and Shaw to move up to third. A sacrifice fly by Duke Ellis drove in Shaw and pushed the lead to 6-3. After a David Hamilton walk and stolen base, Masen Hibbeler drove a single into RF, scoring McCann. The Longhorns scored the final run of the inning when a Kody Clemens fly ball was dropped in left field, scoring David Hamilton and giving Texas a 8-3 lead. The Wildcats cut the lead to 8-5 in their half of the 7th. Leo Kaplan delivered a RBI single and later scored on a throwing error by Michael McCann. Duke Ellis hit his first home run of the season in the bottom half of the inning to stretch the lead to 9-5. Jake McKenzie delivered the final run for the Longhorns in the bottom of the 8th when he doubled home Kody Clemens, who reached on a single. In the 9th, Kaplan again cut into the Texas lead by hitting a 2 run double into left center. The Wildcat’s would bring the tying run to the plate in the inning, but Beau Ridgeway recorded the final two outs to give Texas the victory. Game 2 The Longhorns scored 11 runs in the first 3 innings, and cruised to a 16-3 victory in game 2. Blair Henley threw 6 scoreless innings and received the win. The right-hander only allowed two hits and struck out 4. Masen Hibbeler finished the game with 4 RBI’s and Kody Clemens added 3 RBI’s. Texas quickly jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st. David Hamilton led off a bunt single and advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Hibbeler. Hamilton later advanced to third base on a passed ball and scored on the wild pitch. In the 2nd, Texas padded their lead. DJ Petrinsky led off the inning with a walk and advanced to 2nd when Jake McKenzie was hit by a pitch. The runners moved up to 2nd and 3rd following a groundout by Duke Ellis. Following a Kamron Fields walk to load bases, Hamilton lifted a sacrifice fly to bring the lead to 2-0. Hibbeler then smacked a double off the wall in left center, scoring 2 runners and doubling the Longhorns lead to 4-0. The Longhorn offense put up another crooked number in the 3rd. Texas loaded the bases with 0 outs after a pair of singles and a walk. Duke Ellis came through with a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 5-0. After Fields was hit by the pitch to load the bases again, David Hamilton walked to force in another run. Masen Hibbeler followed with a RBI on a hit by pitch. Kody Clemens put an exclamation point on the inning by blasting a opposite field home run to make it a 11-0 game. Texas tacked on a couple more runs in the 5th. Andy McGuire led off the inning with a opposite field double down the first base line. Zach Zubia then drove home McGuire with a single up the middle, with an error that allowed him to advance to 2nd. After a groundout moved him to third, Zubia scored on a wild pitch to give Texas a 13-0 lead. Willie Bourbon finally got Northwestern on the board with a RBI single in the top of the 7th to cut the lead to 13-1. Texas quickly responded with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the 8th. Hibbeler drove home Joe Baker with a sacrifice fly. Later, Zach Zubia grounded into what appeared to be a 5-4-3 double play, but a wide throw to first base allowed 2 runs to score. The Wildcats scored 2 runs in the 9th on a two run home run by Kyle Burnett, but Bryce Verplank eventually ended the game by striking out Charlie Maxwell.
  13. In the series opener against Northwestern, Texas baseball stranded 10 runners and went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position, ultimately falling to the Wildcats, 6-2, at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The loss drops Texas to 5-4 on the season, while the win improves Northwestern’s record to 3-4. Longhorn starter Chase Shugart was tagged with the loss, allowing 5 runs and 6 hits in 6 innings, striking out 6. After the game, head coach David Pierce said the right-hander ran into some trouble when he was unable to keep his pitches down in the zone. “When he got the ball down, he was really good,” Pierce said. “When they got something going on, his peripheral couldn’t handle the running game and he got the ball up” Wildcat’s reliever Richard Fordon received the win, throwing 1 ⅓ innings of scoreless relief after entering for starter Quinn Lavelle, who allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in 4 ⅓ innings. Tommy Bordignon threw the final 3 innings, collecting his first save of the season. Northwestern scored the game’s first run in the 2nd inning. Willie Bourbon led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a 1 out single by Jack Claeys. David Dunn then ripped a RBI single into centerfield, giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Texas responded in the bottom of the 3rd. Michael McCann led off the frame with a walk and advanced to second on an infield single by Duke Ellis. Following a David Hamilton strikeout, Masen Hibbeler loaded the bases by reaching on an error by the third basemen. Kody Clemens capitalized, driving in McCann on a RBI groundout to even the score. The Wildcats regained the lead in the 5th inning behind a 2 run double by Kelly Jack, whos first hit of the season gave the Wildcats a 3-1 lead. Texas cut the lead in half in the bottom half of the inning on an opposite field RBI double by Zach Zubia, who was the only Longhorn to record more than 1 hit in the game. Northwestern began to pull away in the 6th. Jack Dunn led off the inning with a solo home run into the visitors bullpen. Later in the inning, Connor Lind drove the Wildcats 5th run with a sacrifice fly. In the 9th, a David Dunn triple drove home Claeys, giving Northwestern the winning margin of 6-2. The Longhorns will look to rebound tomorrow, when the two teams will meet for a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for 1:30 PM, with the second to follow approximately an hour after the conclusion of game 1. “They’ve got some momentum, and we got to take the momentum back,” Pierce said. “All of our guys are available in the ‘pen going into it. We need everybody to be ready and do a job when they are called on.” Follow along at hornsports.com or on twitter for live updates.
  14. Following a 1-2 series against LSU and a midweek win over UTSA, Texas Baseball is set to host back to back series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, beginning with a 4 game set against Northwestern this weekend. The Longhorns returned home late Sunday night after a wild series in Baton Rouge. Head Coach David Pierce reflected on the series against the Tigers, and said he felt like his team learned a lot about themselves and what type of team they are. “Honestly, I think what we really learned is we are a better offense than most people think, and we are not as good defensively and pitching as most people give us credit for,” Pierce said. “I think we get a little nullified in all 3 categories when we are (at home). I think we are solid, but the experience of having to play in that environment and see how some young guys and some new guys adjust to just the true atmosphere of playing on the road against a quality SEC team that played in Omaha last year, was a good test for us. And not only good test, but it gave us the ability to go out and kind of figure out who we are. Once our guys kind of caught their breathes and relaxed and played, you could really see a difference in just their approach and their confidence building.” Designated hitter Zach Zubia had a big series at Alex Box Stadium, hitting two home runs Saturday night and coming through with a 3 run double on Sunday. The redshirt freshman has established himself as the main power threat in the Texas lineup. “The obvious is that he is big and strong, but the best part about it is he is really not long. He doesn’t have a lot of length in his swing,” Pierce said about Zubia. “If he can be disciplined, he can be a force. First of all, he is a huge presence. It’s going to give Kody more opportunities, it’s going to give DJ (Petrinsky) behind him better pitches to hit. But the biggest thing for Zach is people have to understand he is a redshirt freshman, and he is facing some of the best arms in the country, and he will face some of the best arms in the country. It is about his discipline and recognizing pitches, and that will come with at-bats. You can see our sophomores who were freshman a year ago, and you look at Ryan (Reynolds) and you look at David (Hamilton), and their confidence has already changed a little bit. Zach is going to through some growing pains, but at the same time he can a dominating force like we’ve all seen already.” Originally a Tulane commit out of high school, Zubia said his trust and confidence in Pierce and his staff made the the decision to come to Texas an easy one. “Whenever I was getting recruited by Coach Pierce, I always felt at home, and my parents always trusted him,” Zubia said. “That’s the biggest thing to me, to have trust in your coach and trust in your coaching staff. Anything they say, I take with full heart and empty mine. They’ve moved up the chain of command from Sam Houston to here, and they’ve done everything well so far. It was amazing to come watch them coach at Tulane and then come watch them have success here. I’m just hoping to continue help them have success wherever they go.” Against UTSA this past Tuesday, freshman Nico O’Donnell received his first win of his career, allowing one hit in 5 ⅓ scoreless innings. One of the keys to limiting the Roadrunners was the effectiveness of his breaking pitches, something that was lacking in his first in his first start against Lamar. “Really when you go back and look at the film, his slider was really, really good,” Pierce said. “His fastball was a little erratic, but it was never in the middle of the zone. If it was up, it was up and in a little, and he threw it down and away. He was pretty effectively wild with his fastball, but his curveball when he utilized it was really good, and his slider was outstanding.” Following O’Donnell’s exit from the game, Bryce Verplank recorded 2 outs before handing the ball over to Beau Ridgeway. After throwing a scoreless inning in the season opener, Ridgeway had gone 3 straight appearances allowing a run. He bounced back by throwing 2 scoreless innings on Tuesday. “Beau was one of our go-to guys last year, and I still have a lot of confidence in him, but he hasn’t had success early on, so that’s the reason why we brought him out in the 7th,” Pierce said. “He’s got to get some confidence and really start attacking the zone again. I think more than anything his glove-side fastball is up and that’s a key for him. If he can really get the ball down when he is going away, his sinker is still good when he is coming in, and he’s going to have to throw his secondary pitches enough for strikes to be effective.” Nolan Kingham recorded his first save of the season by coming out of the bullpen in the 9th. The Friday night starter had a rough outing in Baton Rouge, but responded by working around a leadoff walk and closing out the Longhorn’s 2-0 victory. “It’s a 2-0 ballgame and we are trying to win the game,” Pierce said. “I’ve always said if you got your best option in the bullpen or available, I think we ought to go to it. I think he was our best option last night. He was ready and a lot of times our Friday guy will throw his bullpen Tuesday night as opposed to during batting practice on Tuesday, and so he was going to throw his bullpen anyway. With the way the game was, I felt like he was our best option with their (UTSA’s) 2-3-4 coming up. I didn’t want to leave any doubt, so that’s what we did, we went to him.” Pierce said Kingham’s relief appearance will likely result in Chase Shugart receiving the start in the series opener against Northwestern on Friday, with Kingham and Blair Henley as the probable pitchers for Saturday’s doubleheader. Sunday’s starter is TBA. Sunday could end up being a heavy day for the Texas bullpen, which is still missing a couple of potential contributors in Kamron Fields and Tristan Stevens, both of whom are dealing with injuries. “One thing that has been a little overlooked, and I don’t use this as an excuse because it’s about opportunity for other guys, but Donny Diaz came in here as a guy who is going to be in the back end of the bullpen,” Pierce said. “Tristan Stevens is guy who has a big arm from Missouri, and then Kam Fields goes down, you got Cole Quintanilla. 3 of those 4 came in injured and we hoped to get 2 of them back in Fields and Stevens, and hopefully by the 1st of April. Kam is coming, he is getting close and ready to play outfield, but he is not ready to go to the mound yet. Tristan’s rehab is going really well. It would be awesome to get a shot in the arm from those 2 guys late, but other guys have to step up right now and that opportunity is there for them.” The 4 game series against Northwestern will begin on Friday at 7 PM. Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 1 PM and the series will conclude on Sunday with another 1 PM start time. Follow along here at HornSports and on twitter (@hornsports) for live updates.
  15. Following a 3 games series against LSU, Texas Baseball returned to UFCU Disch-Falk Field to host UTSA on Tuesday. Four Longhorn pitchers combined for a 1 hit shutout, propelling Texas to a 2-0 victory. The win puts Texas’ record at 5-3 for the season, while the loss drops the Roadrunners to 2-5. Freshman Nico O’Donnell received his second start of the season and lasted 5 ⅓ innings, earning his first win as a Longhorn. O’Donnell allowed the lone hit and finished with 4 strikeouts. At the plate, David Hamilton and Ryan Reynolds had 2 hits a piece to pace the Longhorns offense. Leading off the bottom of the 1st, Hamilton laid down a bunt single and advanced to 2nd on a throwing error by UTSA 2B Bryan Arias. Masen Hibbeler quickly drove in Hamilton on a RBI single to left field, giving Texas an early 1-0 lead. The Longhorns capitalized on a key UTSA error in the 5th to score their only other run of the game. After Hibbeler worked a 2 out walk, Kody Clemens singled into LF. Hibbeler made it to 3rd easily and Clemens attempted to stretch his single into the double. SS Joshua Lamb’s relay throw sailed past the second basemen, and Hibbeler scored to make the score 2-0. Following O’Donnells exit with 1 out in the 6th, a trio of Longhorn relievers combined for 3 ⅔ hitless innings. Bryce Verplank tossed ⅔ of an inning with a strikeout, Beau Ridgeway tossed 2 innings, and Friday night starter Nolan Kingham notched his first save of the season by working around a leadoff walk in the 9th. After the game, Nico O’Donnell said he was happy with his preparation and ability to keep the ball down in the zone. “I think it was just overall preparation,” O’Donnell said when asked about what fueled his success. “I felt really good going into this game, just warming up and throwing out in right field. Like you said, the weather was a lot better (than last week). It was supposed to be raining today and I was not excited about that. But when it turned out to be this nice, everything just cleared up in my mind and I focused on pitching.” Head Coach David Pierce echoed that statement and said he was pleased with the improvements O’Donnell made from his first start to tonight. “The thing with Nico is I think he has the ability to think the way you want a pitcher to think,” Pierce said. “He’s very smart, but the key for him is to be able to get ahead in the count, and sometimes he struggles with that. So we challenged him on getting the ball down and getting strike one. He was able to do that a lot of the game, so I think that’s why he was able to get into the 6th.” The Longhorns will return to action this weekend when they welcome Northwestern for a 4 game series. The teams will play a single game Friday and Sunday, with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday. Follow along at HornSports.com and on twitter for updates. Post-Game Notes Pierce noted that Austin Todd’s absence from the lineup the past 2 games has been related to a thumb injury. Pierce also said there is a strong possibility Nolan Kingham and Chase Shugart will swap rotation spots this weekend, giving Kingham an extra day of rest. The last time Texas tossed a 1 hit shutout? 2015 vs Prairie View A&M. Who started that game for the Longhorns? Josh Sawyer. Duke Ellis collected his first 2 stolen bases of the season. Ellis, Hamilton and Hibbeler have now combined for 11 steals.
  16. No. 23 Texas (4-3) vs. UTSA (2-4) February 27, 2018 Where: Austin, Texas (UFCU Disch-Falk Field) Time: 6:30 p.m. TV: Longhorn Network Radio: 104.9 The Horn Live stats: sidearmstats.com/texas/baseball All-time series: Texas leads, 24-5 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS TUESDAY—UTSA LHP Jordan Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) vs. Texas RHP Nico O’Donnell (0-0, 2.70) GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—No. 23 Texas faces off against UTSA on Tuesday night…the two teams last faced off in 2016 with the Longhorns coming away with an 11-2 win. A LOOK AT THE ROADRUNNERS—UTSA was swept in three games by No. 3 Texas Tech at home in San Antonio…the Roadrunners were shutout in games one and two and were bested, 10-6, inMonday afternoon’s series finale. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas is coming off a series loss on the road to then-No. 23 LSU…the Longhorns were defeated, 13-4, on Friday night…on Saturday, Texas went up, 5-0, but eventually fell, 10-5…on Sunday, however, the Longhorns pounded out 13 hits and 11 runs en route to an 11-1 win over the Tigers…on the weekend, Texas hit .309 as a team with 10 extra-base hits…Zach Zubia launched two homers on Saturday and Kody Clemens hit his first of the year in the same game. NEXT UP—Texas hosts Northwestern for four games beginning Friday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field…the series includes a doubleheader on Saturday. IN THE RANKINGS—Texas currently sits at : D1Baseball (#23), Baseball America (#17), NCBWA (#21), USA Today Coaches Poll (#20), and Collegiate Baseball (#26). HENLEY HONORS—RHP Blair Henley was named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week following his six-inning effort at LSU…the sophomore went six frames, scattering six hits and three walks while striking out three and keeping the Tigers off the board…the honor is the first such award for Henley in his Longhorns career and the first conference honor for a Longhorn this season. ZUUUBIA—Redshirt-freshman Zach Zubia, who over the summer set a Northwoods League record with 22 home runs, showed off his power this past week…the Richmond, Texas, native, hit his first career triple on Wednesday vs. Lamar before crushing two homers on Saturday…he became the first Longhorn to hit two homers in a game since Bret Boswell hit two on June 3, 2017, at Long Beach State…Zubia also added a bases-clearing double in Sunday’s game to add to the UT lead. IT’S A SHAW THING—After going hitless over opening weekend, outfielder Tate Shaw has been on fire…the redshirt-junior had four multi-hit games last week and recorded an extra-base hit in each contest. TOP OF THE ORDER—The Longhorns’ one-through-three hitters—David Hamilton, Masen Hibbeler, and Kody Clemens, respectively—have hit a combined .346 (28-for-81) so far this season with 15 runs scored and nine RBI…they’ve also combined for 11 stolen bases on the year. LONG TIME, NO SEE—It’s been a while since Andy McGuire and Josh Sawyer stepped on the field for Texas…on Feb 18, McGuire made his first appearance on the mound since May 17, 2015 and on Feb 23 at LSU, got his first at-bat since April 22, 2014…Sawyer’s Feb 18 appearnce on the hill was his first for Texas since April 30, 2016, a span of 659 days. THE KING—Nolan Kingham’s performance on Feb 16 vs. Louisiana earned him Perfect Game/Rawlings National Pitcher of the Week recognition…prior to the season, he was named a PG/Rawlings preseason All-America third team selection…he was also named to the Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list, and to the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball preseason All-America third teams. D1BASEBALL RANKINGS—In D1Baseball.com’s Top 100 College Prospects list, the Texas rotation was recognized…Kingham was highest at No. 47, followed by No. 76 Blair Henley, and No. 89 Chase Shugart…Matteo Bocchi, Kody Clemens, Michael McCann, Donny Diaz, and Ryan Reynolds made the “best of the rest” list…in D1’s position power rankings, several Horns made the cut: Clemens (3B, #24), Reynolds (1B, #26), David Hamilton (SS, #30), and Austin Todd (OF, #58). LAST SEASON—Texas came up a game short of an NCAA Super Regional appearance when it dropped a pair of games at Long Beach State in the NCAA Regional…the Longhorns dropped both games by one run after opening regional play with two wins…Texas lost its leading hitters, Kacy Clemens (.305) and Zane Gurwitz (.305) and starter Morgan Cooper (6-3, 2.32 ERA), but returns Fridaynight starter Nolan Kingham (10-4, 2.84) and closer Beau Ridgeway (12 saves, 1.89)…SS David Hamilton and 1B Ryan Reynolds return to an infield that helped turn 65 double plays in 2017…the UT defense ranked fourth in the nation last year. PRO BALLPARKS—Texas will once again head to Whataburger Field, home of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, to face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this year (April 3)…the Longhorns also return to Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters, to take on Texas Southern on April 18. NEW MAKEUP—The Horns have a total of 10 new transfers, nine of which are from junior colleges…the Horns also have 10 freshman (or redshirt-freshman) on the roster in 2018. DRAFTED—UT had 11 players from the 2017 team taken in the MLB Draft, tied for most in the nation…RHP Morgan Cooper (Dodgers, 2nd round), LHP Nick Kennedy (Rockies, 5th), RHP Kyle Johnston (Nationals, 6th), 2B Bret Boswell (Rockies, 8th), 1B Kacy Clemens (Rockies, 8th), RHP Tyler Schimpf (Giants, 13th), OF Patrick Mathis (Astros, 22nd), RHP Connor Mayes (Royals, 24th), 2B Zane Gurwitz (Angels, 26th), UTIL Travis Jones (Royals, 29th), LHP Jon Malmin (Angels, 31st). PRESEASON POLL—In the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll, Texas was selected to finish third behind preseason favorite Texas Tech (61) and TCU (60)…last season, seven of the nine Big 12 teams made the NCAA postseason. YEAR TWO—February 17, 2017, marked David Pierce’s first game at the helm of the Texas Baseball program…Pierce was named head coach on June 29, 2016, when he became just the fifth Longhorn head coach since 1911 (with the exception of the war years of 1943-45 when Blair Cherry was at the helm) and the 13th head coach in 122 years of Texas baseball…Pierce—along with assistant coaches Sean Allen and Philip Miller and volunteer coach Phil Haig—came to Texas after two years at Tulane and three years at SHSU. PIERCE TO THE POSTSEASON—Head Coach David Pierce has reached the NCAA postseason in each of his six seasons as a head coach at Texas, Tulane, and Sam Houston State. WATCH ‘EM—All but one Texas home game will be broadcast on Longhorn Network this season…the team of Lowell Galindo, Keith Moreland, and Greg Swindell will return to the booth to call the action. HEAR ‘EM—In partnership with IMG-College, Texas games will be broadcast on the Austin Radio Network, primarily on 104.9 The Horn and AM 1260…Craig Way will return for primary play-by-play duties alongside Roger Wallace and, new this season, Quan Cosby, former Texas Football and minor league baseball player.
  17. The Longhorn bats exploded in game 3 of the series against LSU, propelling Texas to a 11-1 victory. The win helped Texas avoid the sweep and get some momentum heading into this upcoming week, when the Longhorns will host UTSA in a midweek game and then welcome in Northwestern for a 4 game series. Let’s take a look at this past weekend’s performance against the Tigers: Hitters of the Weekend- Zach Zubia and Tate Shaw Zubia and Shaw both delivered huge offensive performances over the course of the weekend. After going 0 for 3 on Friday with 3 strikeouts, Zubia responded by delivering 6 RBI’s over the final 2 games. He blasted a pair of home runs on Saturday and drove in 3 runs on a bases clearing double on Sunday. Texas will never be mistaken for a power hitting team, but the presence of Zubia in the middle of the order gives David Pierce a run producer with big power. If he can continue to make consistent contact, Texas has found a true weapon at the DH spot going forward. Shaw finished 0 for 9 against Louisiana-Lafayette opening weekend, but bounced back with a 2 for 3 performance against Lamar on Wednesday. The junior carried that performance over into this weekend, delivering 3 multi-hit games against the Tigers. Similar to last season, Shaw showed a willingness to hit the ball to all fields. His compact swing allows him to hit line drives and use his speed. Despite the series loss, the performances of Zubia and Shaw were encouraging for a team looking for consistent middle-of-the-order production. Pitcher of the Weekend- Blair Henley Entering Sunday, Texas pitchers had a 9.50 ERA for the weekend. Henley responded by tossing 6 scoreless innings in Texas’ lone win. The sophomore hurler danced around trouble for most the game, but in the end delivered a much needed performance and gave the bullpen some rest. Henley relied heavily on his 2 seam fastball to get key outs while also mixing in his offspeed pitches. Nolan Kingham and Chase Shugart could not avoid the big inning , but Henley effectively got out of jams, allowing the Texas offense to build a big lead. Key Takeaway Although the Longhorn’s lost the series, there were several positives that can be taken away from the 3 games in Baton Rouge. Several players who had a rough first weekend at the plate began to string together good at-bats. Texas very easy could have won the series if not for some defensive miscues, particularly on Saturday. David Pierce talked about how his team can not allow mistakes to snowball on them, allowing big innings like the ones put up on Friday and Saturday. It is hard to find better teaching moments than a series at Alex Box Stadium. Texas will get another good test this upcoming weekend when they welcome in a solid Northwestern club to Disch-Falk Field. Quotes from David Pierce On his thoughts on the series overall “We played the first two games with the energy, I just thought we played with too much aggression and too much anxiety really. We got tense and things snowballed on us. They made a great commitment to trust their skills today and go out and play the game the right way. On Blair Henley’s performance “If he can maintain his focus and preparation through the week, you can see a lot of that. He was really good with location and we had some great defensive plays behind him early when the play could have gotten out of hand.” On losing the shutout in the 9th “It stings. Every time you have a chance for a shutout and don’t complete it, yeah it bothers us. Our pitchers and coach Haig, they have a pride in that. When we have opportunities for a shutout, we want to finish the game.” Bonus Note Pierce mentioned after the game that while Zubia will be the DH going forward, the coaches want him to continue improving his footwork at first base so he can be an option to play in the field. This would help give the lineup more flexibility and options going forward.
  18. I'm going to go ahead and get this started, and if @Jameson McCausland wants to put in his preview here, bring it on! Couple of notes. Team arrived yesterday and took some time at Alex Box Stadium to get in a few cuts and some light practice. This morning the crew took a tour of the Marucci facilities. It's currently 72 and there's a steady rain falling. The series schedule for this weekend is as follows: FRIDAY 7 PM CST—LSU RHP Zack Hess (0-1, 30.86) vs. Texas RHP Nolan Kingham (1-0, 0.00) SATURDAY 6:30 PM CST—LSU RHP Caleb Gilbert (0-0,10.38) vs. Texas RHP Chase Shugart (0-0, 0.00) SUNDAY 2 PM CST—LSU RHP Todd Peterson (0-1, 6.75) vs. Texas RHP Blair Henley (0-0, 1.80) All games will be streamed live on SECN+ via WatchESPN Live Stats will be available on www.LSUsports.net Radio: 104.9 The Horn I will have play-by-play on twitter, https://twitter.com/joeywa_44 I'll have updates as the weekend goes along. #HookEm!
  19. LSU erased a 5-0 deficit, scoring 10 unanswered runs and defeating Texas 10-5 at Alex Box Stadium. The Longhorns hit 3 home runs and pounded out 13 hits, but the Tigers took the second game of the series. Chase Shugart received the start for the Longhorns and cruised through 4 innings before running into trouble in the 5th. The right hander lasted 4 ⅔ innings, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits and received a no-decision. LSU starter Preston Gilbert also received a no-decision, allowing 5 runs on 10 hits. Texas jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. D.J Petrinsky led off the inning with an opposite field double. Zach Zubia then sent a line drive home run over the fence in left-center field, helping the Longhorns strike first. Kody Clemens added on to the Texas lead by leading off the 3rd inning with a solo home run into the bleachers in RF, making the score 3-0. In the 4th, Duke Ellis, who finished the game with 3 hits, led off inning with an infield single. A sacrifice bunt and ground-out moved Ellis to third base. After an intentional walk to Kody Clemens, Austin Todd beat out an infield single to stretch the Longhorns lead to 4-0. Leading off the 5th inning, Zach Zubia hit his second home run of the night, a line drive shot into the seats in LF. LSU responded in the bottom of the 5th with 5 runs of their own. Bryce Jordan recorded a 1 out single and advanced to second on a fielding error. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Brandt Broussard lined a single off of Shugart’s leg, allowing Jordan to score. Broussard promptly stole second and then was brought home by a tough hop RBI double by Hal Hughes. Following a groundout to record the second out of the inning, Austin Bain connected on a deep fly ball to CF that tipped off Ellis’ glove, scoring Broussard. The wild inning continued when Antoine Duplantis added a RBI triple and Hunter Feduccia tied the game with a RBI single. In the 7th, the Tigers took the lead with a pair of runs. Nick Webre hit a 1 out double, and moved up third on a wild pitch. After a walk to Jordan, Bryce Elder uncorked his second wild pitch of the inning, giving LSU the lead. Beau Ridgeway then entered from the bullpen and allowed an RBI single to Broussard, extending the Tigers lead to 7-5. LSU padded their lead in the 8th with 3 more runs. Daniel Cabrera led off with a solo home run to right field. After retiring the next two hitters, closer Beau Ridgeway surrendered a single and a walk, giving way to Bryce Verplank. Verplank then issued another walk to load the bases, and Bryce Jordan came through with a 2 run single, giving the Tigers the winning margin of 10-5. Texas loaded the bases in the top of the 9th with 1 out, but Michael McCann popped out to SS and Sam Bertelson struck out to end the game. After the game, head coach David Pierce talked about how his team can not afford to lose focus and let big innings snowball on them. “We are definitely not good enough to drop our guard,” Pierce said. “We have to continue to play the game. We didn’t play the game to its entirety today...You can’t have your focus disappear in the middle of a game in one inning and have it snowball on you. Leadership has to take over there” The Longhorns and Tigers will conclude their series tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1PM. The pitching matchup will feature RHP Blair Henley vs RHP Todd Peterson. Follow along at Hornsports.com and on twitter for live updates.
  20. In the first road game of the season, Texas dropped the series opener to LSU, 13-4. The Tigers pounded out 16 hits and took advantage of 3 Longhorn errors. The loss drops Texas’ overall record to 3-2, while the win lifts LSU’s record to 3-2. Starter Nolan Kingham was only able to last 3 innings, surrendering 8 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits and walking 2. Relievers Matthew Whalen and Brandon Ivey followed Kingham, and the duo combined to throw 2 ⅔ innings, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks. The lone bright spot on the mound was Parker Joe Robinson, who threw 2 ⅓ scoreless innings with 4 strikeouts. At the plate, LSU starter Zach Hess kept the Longhorns at bay for most of the night, finishing with 10 strikeouts in 6 innings, only yielding 2 runs. Kody Clemens collected two more hits, raising his season to .500. LSU capitalized on several Texas miscues in the first inning to jump out to a 5-0 lead. The Tigers collected 4 hits in the innings and were helped by erros from Masen Hibbeler and Nolan Kingham, leading to 4 unearned runs. Texas cut into the lead during the top of the 2nd. D.J Petrinsky led off the inning with a single, and scored 2 batters later when Tate Shaw roped a triple into the right field gap. Ryan Reynolds then drove home Shaw on a sacrifice fly, cutting the deficit to 5-2. The Tigers responded with 3 runs in the 3rd inning. After allowing a leadoff single, Kingham retired the next two hitters before allowing 4 straight baserunners to reach, punctuated by a 2 run double by Daniel Cabrera. In the 4th, LSU padded their lead with more successful 2 out hitting. After the first two batters were retired, the Tigers loaded the bases, and Brandt Broussard delivered a 2 run single to stretch the lead to 10-2. LSU added 3 more runs in the 6th off of reliever Brandon Ivey to extend the lead to double digits, 13-2. Tate Shaw and Michael McCann delivered the final runs of the game with a pair of RBI singles in the 8th, cutting the lead to 13-4. The Longhorns finished the game with 8 hits, and head coach David Pierce said his team needs to continue to focus on getting guys home when they are in scoring position. “We had guys in scoring position all night,” Pierce said. “They came up with clutch hits and we didn’t.” Despite the loss, Pierce emphasized the need for Texas to put the tough night behind them and look ahead to the next two days. “We just made every mistake you can make early,” Pierce said. “We’ve got to bounce back, we are trying to win a series still.” The two teams will return to action with game 2 of the series tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM, with the pitching matchup featuring RHP Chase Shugart vs RHP Caleb Gilbert. The game will be broadcasted on SEC Network Plus, or on the WatchESPN app. As always, follow along here at Hornsports for live updates.
  21. In their first midweek game of the season, Texas hosted Lamar at Disch-Falk Field. Despite the chilly conditions, Texas hitters pounded out 10 hits en route to a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals. Freshman Nico O’Donnell received the start on the mound, making his Texas debut. The San Antonio native lasted 3 ⅓ innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits, while striking out 2. Freshman Bryce Elder received the win in relief, throwing 1 ⅔ scoreless innings with 1 strikeout. At the plate, the Longhorns were paced by DJ Petrinsky and Tate Shaw, who combined for 5 hits and 5 runs. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the 2nd, Petrinsky lead off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Joe Baker. Tate Shaw drove home Petrinsky with a double down the first base line, knotting the score at 1. In the 4th, Petrinsky again led off the inning by getting on base, this time reaching on a single with a throwing error that allowed him to move up to second. Following a wild pitch that moved him to third, pinch hitter Zach Zubia delivered a deep sacrifice fly to give Texas their first lead of the game at 2-1. Tate Shaw continued the inning by singling up the middle, and then advanced to third on an error by Lamar’s second basemen on a Michael McCann ground ball that put runners at the corners and 1 out. Lamar then committed their second error of the inning when a David Hamilton ground ball went between the first baseman’s legs, scoring Shaw and extending the Longhorn’s lead to 3-1. The Longhorns padded their lead in the 5th with help from Petrinsky and Zubia. Austin Todd worked a 1 out walk and scored on Petrinsky’s 3rd hit of the game, a double in the left field gap. Zubia followed up with a triple off the center field wall, scoring Petrinsky. Texas then got more help from the Lamar defense. Tate Shaw grounded a ball back to the pitcher, whos throw got passed the first basemen, allowing Zubia to score and Shaw to advance all the way to 3rd. Michael McCann brought home the final run for Texas, lifting a sacrifice fly to RF, scoring Shaw and giving the Longhorns a 7-1 lead. Following a solo home run by 1B Robin Adames for Lamar in the top of the 6th to cut the lead to 7-2, the Longhorns bullpen fired 3 straight scoreless innings. Matt Whalen pitched a scoreless 8th inning in his Longhorn debut, and Bryce Verplank worked a quick 1-2-3 9th inning to seal the win. Head Coach David Pierce complimented his team on their ability to overcome the weather and piece together a winning performance against a solid team. “We did a really job of overcoming the elements,” Pierce said. “Overall, a solid night to get a victory on a Wednesday night, against a pretty good ballclub.” The Longhorns will now travel to Baton Rouge for a 3 game series against LSU beginning on Friday. Although it is only week 2 of the season, Pierce said it will be a good test to see what the team is made of early in the year. “It’s a great opportunity to see who we are at this early stage of the game. I want to see our guys go out and play like they play at home” All 3 games between Texas and LSU will be shown on SEC Network Plus, or on the WatchESPN app. First pitch for Friday is set at 7PM, with the series wrapping up with a game Saturday (6:30 PM) and Sunday (2:00 PM). Follow along here at HornSports for live updates.
  22. Via Texas Sports No. 19 Texas (2-1) vs. Lamar (1-2) February 21, 2018 Where: Austin, Texas (UFCU Disch-Falk Field) Time: 7:30 p.m. TV: Longhorn Network Radio: 101.9 FM The Horn/1260 AM Live stats: Sidearmstats.com/Texas/Baseball All-time series: Texas leads, 32-7 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS WEDNESDAY—Lamar LHP Taylor Rich (0-0, 0.00) vs. Texas RHP Nico O’Donnell (0-0, 0.00) GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—No. 19 Texas hosts Lamar on Wednesday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field…last season, the Longhorns won, 9-5, on February 28, 2017. A LOOK AT THE CARDINALS—Lamar went 1-2 in its opening weekend…the Cardinals split a two-game set with Missouri State before falling, 4-3, to Texas Southern on Sunday…Lamar replaced 20 players from its 2017 roster…freshman Cole Secrest hit .636 over the weekend with 2 homers and 8 RBI. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas won its season-opening series against Louisiana, two games to one…the Longhorns won game one, 3-0, thanks to an eight-inning effort from Nolan Kingham…Kingham went eight shutout frames, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out 10…it took him just 89 pitches before Beau Ridgeway came on for his first save…in game two, Texas got a strong first career start from Chase Shugart but Louisiana took the lead in the top of the ninth…Masen Hibbeler drove in the game-tying run in the home half before Austin Todd hit a walk-off home run to give Texas the 5-3 win…the Longhorns came up short in game three despite a solid start from Blair Henley and Texas fell, 2-1. NEXT UP—Texas heads to No. 23 LSU for a three-game series against the Tigers…the two teams last met in Omaha in the championship series in 2009…the Tigers won the national championship, two games to one…the Longhorns last visited Baton Rouge in 1999…UT won that series, two games to one. IN THE RANKINGS—Texas currently sits at : D1Baseball (#19), Baseball America (#14), NCBWA (#19), USA Today Coaches Poll (#20), and Collegiate Baseball (#19). STRONG STARTERS—The Longhorns starting rotation of Nolan Kingham, Chase Shugart, and Blair Henley, respectively, combined to go 19.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned), 11 hits, and two walks while striking out 18 over the three-game series…Kingham went eight shutout, Shugart allowed one unearned run over 6.2 innings, and Henley went five innings, allowing one earned run. THE KING—Kingham’s performance earned him Perfect Game/Rawlings National Pitcher of the Week recognition…it is the first such time he’s earned that honor in his career…prior to the season, he was named a Perfect Game/Rawlings preseason All-America third team selection. WALK IT OFF—After falling behind, 3-2, in the top of the ninth on Saturday, Texas fought back for a 5-3 win in the bottom of the inning for a walk-off win…Masen Hibbeler hit an RBI single before sophomore Austin Todd launched a two-run, game-winning homer…it was the first walk-off win at UFCU Disch-Falk Field since Mark Payton’s three-run double on April 7, 2014, vs. Baylor and the first walk-off homer at home since Cameron Rupp hit one on March 20, 2010 vs. Nebraska…junior Kody Clemens, who was on base for Todd’s homer, was responsible for the last walk-off hit/homer for the Horns when he hit a solo homer vs. TCU in the Big 12 Tournament. WELCOME TO THE FORTY ACRES—Masen Hibbeler had a stellar weekend debut for the Longhorns…the Odessa College transfer went 7-for-13 with two runs, an RBI, and two steals on the weekend and 3-for-4 in his first game at Texas…he drove in the game-tying run in the ninth inning on Saturday, setting up the walk-off win, while playing second base and left field. TOP OF THE ORDER—The Longhorns’ one-through-four hitters—David Hamilton, Masen Hibbeler, Kody Clemens, and Austin Todd, respectively—hit a combined .364 over the weekend with eight of the team’s nine runs scored and all nine RBI. CROWNING ACCOLADES—RHP Nolan Kingham received several preseason honors…the junior has been named to the Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list, and to the NCBWA, Perfect Game/Rawlings, and Collegiate Baseball preseason All-America third teams. RIDGEWAY RECOGNITION—Texas closer Beau Ridgeway was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award preseason watch list and an NCBWA preseason third team All-American. D1BASEBALL RANKINGS—In D1Baseball.com’s Top 100 College Prospects list, the Texas rotation was recognized…Kingham was highest at No. 47, followed by No. 76 Blair Henley, and No. 89 Chase Shugart…Matteo Bocchi, Kody Clemens, Michael McCann, Donny Diaz, and Ryan Reynolds made the “best of the rest” list…in D1’s position power rankings, several Horns made the cut: Clemens (3B, #24), Reynolds (1B, #26), David Hamilton (SS, #30), and Austin Todd (OF, #58). LAST SEASON—Texas came up a game short of an NCAA Super Regional appearance when it dropped a pair of games at Long Beach State in the NCAA Regional…the Longhorns dropped both games by one run after opening regional play with two wins…Texas lost its leading hitters, Kacy Clemens (.305) and Zane Gurwitz (.305) and starter Morgan Cooper (6-3, 2.32 ERA), but returns Friday night starter Nolan Kingham (10-4, 2.84) and closer Beau Ridgeway (12 saves, 1.89)…SS David Hamilton and 1B Ryan Reynolds return to an infield that helped turn 65 double plays in 2017…the UT defense ranked fourth in the nation last year. NEW MAKEUP—The Horns have a total of 10 new transfers, nine of which are from junior colleges…the Horns also have 10 freshman (or redshirt-freshman) on the roster in 2018. DRAFTED—UT had 11 players from the 2017 team taken in the MLB Draft, tied for most in the nation…RHP Morgan Cooper (Dodgers, 2nd round), LHP Nick Kennedy (Rockies, 5th), RHP Kyle Johnston (Nationals, 6th), 2B Bret Boswell (Rockies, 8th), 1B Kacy Clemens (Rockies, 8th), RHP Tyler Schimpf (Giants, 13th), OF Patrick Mathis (Astros, 22nd), RHP Connor Mayes (Royals, 24th), 2B Zane Gurwitz (Angels, 26th), UTIL Travis Jones (Royals, 29th), LHP Jon Malmin (Angels, 31st). STOLEN BASES & THE SNEAKY WHEELS CLUB—Catcher Michael McCann, one half of the Sneaky Wheels Club, returns to the basepaths this year while top basestealer, David Hamilton, who went 14-of-16 in his rookie season, looks to improve upon his thievery. PRESEASON POLL—In the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll, Texas was selected to finish third behind preseason favorite Texas Tech (61) and TCU (60)…last season, seven of the nine Big 12 teams made the NCAA postseason. YEAR TWO—February 17, 2017, marked David Pierce’s first game at the helm of the Texas Baseball program…Pierce was named head coach on June 29, 2016, when he became just the fifth Longhorn head coach since 1911 (with the exception of the war years of 1943-45 when Blair Cherry was at the helm) and the 13th head coach in 122 years of Texas baseball…Pierce—along with assistant coach Sean Allen, assistant coach Philip Miller and volunteer coach Phil Haig—came to Texas after two years at Tulane and three years at Sam Houston State. PIERCE TO THE POSTSEASON—Head Coach David Pierce has reached the NCAA postseason in each of his six seasons as a head coach at Texas, Tulane, and Sam Houston State. PRO BALLPARKS—Texas will once again head to Whataburger Field, home of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, to face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this year (April 3)…the Longhorns also return to Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters, to take on Texas Southern on April 18.
  23. VIA UT RELEASE Kingham named Perfect Game/Rawlings National Pitcher of the Week After a dominant showing in the season opener, junior Nolan Kingham picked up national recognition from Perfect Game/Rawlings. AUSTIN, Texas—Thanks to a dominant eight-inning effort on Friday night in Texas Baseball’s season opener vs. Louisiana, junior right-hander Nolan Kingham was named the Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week. Kingham, who was earlier named a Perfect Game/Rawlings preseason All-American, shut out the Ragin’ Cajuns over eight innings while throwing just 89 pitches. The Las Vegas native allowed just three hits and one walk on the night while fanning a career-high 10 hitters. At one point, he retired 12 straight en route to his first win of the season. Texas returns to action Wednesday night with a 7:30 p.m. game against Lamar. The Longhorns then head to No. 23 LSU for a three-game series in Baton Rouge beginning Friday.
  24. Despite dropping the series finale to Louisiana, 2-1, there was a lot to like about the series win by the Longhorns. Here are 3 thoughts I’m thinking following opening weekend: Texas has to chance to have one of the top rotations in the conference If there was one word to describe the weekend rotation for Texas after one week, it would be impressive. Nolan Kingham delivered a masterful performance on Friday, throwing 8 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts. Chase Shugart followed it up with 6 ⅔ innings in his first collegiate start on Saturday, with the only run being unearned. Blair Henley allowed 1 run in 5 innings on Sunday. Shugart was the one I was watching closely, knowing this is uncharted territory for him after being a reliever for 2 years. He definitely passed the eye test. He showed improved command on his pitches and still has the ability to reach back into the mid 90’s when he needs to. Barring any health issues, Texas will have a chance to have one of the top rotations in the Big 12. Hamilton and Hibbeler at the top of the order is lethal David Hamilton set the tone for the season on Friday during his first at-bat, when he hit a triple off the wall. Even though he only finished the series 2-10, the sophomore SS drew 3 walks and stole 3 bases. Hibbeler entered the season with a lot of hype, and did nothing but back it up through 3 games. The junior college transfer finished the weekend 7 for 13 with 2 stolen bases. His ability to handle the bat and cause havoc on the base paths makes him a huge weapon at the top of the order. Hamilton and Hibbeler should continue to set up ample RBI opportunities for the middle of the order. Josh Sawyer and Bryce Elder Texas needed guys to define their roles in the bullpen quickly to start the season, and Josh Sawyer and Bryce Elder had good first impressions. Sawyer returned to the mound for the first time in 2 years on Sunday, and proceeded to throw 2 ⅓ scoreless, striking out 3. His fastball reached into mid 90’s and it was encouraging to see the left hander trust his stuff and be back on the mound. Elder made his collegiate debut on Saturday and struck out 2 in 1 ⅓ scoreless. David Pierce raved about Elder’s cutter and ability to locate his pitches, and the freshman showed exactly that. A healthy and effective Sawyer, combined the emergence of Elder, should give the coaching staff confidence as they try to get the ball to closer Beau Ridgeway.
  25. Via Texas Sports No. 21 TEXAS (0-0, 0-0) vs. LOUISIANA (0-0, 0-0) February 16-18, 2018 Where: Austin, Texas (UFCU Disch-Falk Field) Time: Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT, Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT, Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CT TV: Longhorn Network Radio: 104.9 FM The Horn/1260 AM Live stats: Sidearmstats.com/Texas/Baseball All-time series: Texas leads, 29-6 On the web: http://texassports.com/news/2018/2/15/baseball-preview-no-21-texas-vs-louisiana-feb-16-18.aspx PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS FRIDAY—Louisiana RHP Jack Burk vs. Texas RHP Nolan Kingham SATURDAY— Louisiana RHP Nick Lee vs. Texas RHP Chase Shugart SUNDAY— Louisiana LHP Hogan Harris vs. Texas RHP Blair Henley GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—No. 21 Texas hosts the Ragin’ Cajuns for a three-game series to open the 2018 slate…last season, the Ragin’ Cajuns defeated the Longhorns, 8-1, at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. A LOOK AT THE RAGIN’ CAJUNS—Louisiana finished 2017 with a 35-21-1 record on the year…the 2018 roster is made up of 18 returning letter-winners, including four starting pitchers…the Ragin’ Cajuns lost four starting position players, including leading hitter Steven Sensley. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas came up a game short of an NCAA Super Regional appearance when it dropped a pair of games at Long Beach State in the NCAA Regional…the Longhorns dropped both games by one run after opening regional play with two wins…Texas lost its leading hitters, Kacy Clemens (.305) and Zane Gurwitz (.305) and starter Morgan Cooper (6-3, 2.32 ERA), but returns Friday night starter Nolan Kingham (10-4, 2.84) and closer Beau Ridgeway (12 saves, 1.89)…shortstop David Hamilton and first baseman Ryan Reynolds return to an infield that helped turn 65 double plays in 2017…the UT defense ranked fourth in the nation last year. NEXT UP—Texas hosts Lamar on Wednesday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field before heading to Baton Rouge, La., to take on #16 LSU. IN THE RANKINGS—Texas has been ranked by several publications to open the season: D1Baseball (#21), Baseball America (#14), NCBWA (#21), USA Today Coaches Poll (#20), and Collegiate Baseball (#26). CROWNING ACCOLADES—Texas RHP Nolan Kingham has received several preseason honors…the junior has been named to the Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list, and to the NCBWA, Perfect Game/Rawlings, and Collegiate Baseball preseason All-America third teams. RIDGEWAY RECOGNITION—Texas closer Beau Ridgeway was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award preseason watch list and an NCBWA preseason third team All-American. NEW MAKEUP—The Longhorns have a total of 10 new transfers, nine of which from junior colleges…the Horns also have 10 freshman (or redshirt-freshman) on the roster in 2018. D1BASEBALL POWER RANKINGS—In D1Baseball.com’s Top 100 College Prospects list, the Longhorns’ starting rotation was recognized…Kingham was highest at No. 47, followed by No. 76 Blair Henley, and No. 89 Chase Shugart…Matteo Bocchi, Kody Clemens, Michael McCann, Donny Diaz, and Ryan Reynolds made the “best of the rest” list…in D1’s position power rankings, several Longhorns made the cut: Clemens (3B, #24), Reynolds (1B, #26), David Hamilton (SS, #30), and Austin Todd (OF, #58). DRAFTED— UT had 11 players from the 2017 team taken in the MLB Draft, tied for most in the nation…RHP Morgan Cooper (Dodgers, 2nd round), LHP Nick Kennedy (Rockies, 5th), RHP Kyle Johnston (Nationals, 6th), 2B Bret Boswell (Rockies, 8th), 1B Kacy Clemens (Rockies, 8th), RHP Tyler Schimpf (Giants, 13th), OF Patrick Mathis (Astros, 22nd), RHP Connor Mayes (Royals, 24th), 2B Zane Gurwitz (Angels, 26th), UTIL Travis Jones (Royals, 29th), LHP Jon Malmin (Angels, 31st). STOLEN BASES & THE SNEAKY WHEELS CLUB—Catcher Michael McCann, one half of the Sneaky Wheels Club, returns to the base paths this year while top base-stealer, David Hamilton, who went 14-of-16 in his rookie season, looks to improve upon his thievery. PRESEASON POLL—In the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll, Texas was selected to finish third behind preseason favorite Texas Tech (61) and TCU (60)…last season, seven of the nine Big 12 teams made the NCAA postseason. YEAR TWO—February 17, 2017, marked David Pierce’s first game at the helm of the Texas Baseball program…Pierce was named head coach on June 29, 2016, when he became just the fifth Longhorn head coach since 1911 (with the exception of the war years of 1943-45 when Blair Cherry was at the helm) and the 13th head coach in 122 years of Texas baseball…Pierce—along with assistant coach Sean Allen, assistant coach Philip Miller and volunteer coach Phil Haig—came to Texas after two years at Tulane and three years at Sam Houston State. PIERCE TO THE POSTSEASON—Head Coach David Pierce has reached the NCAA postseason in each of his six seasons as a head coach at Texas, Tulane, and Sam Houston State. PRO BALLPARKS—Texas will once again head to Whataburger Field, home of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, to face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this year (April 3)…the Longhorns also return to Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters, to take on Texas Southern on April 18. WATCH ‘EM—All but one Texas home game will be broadcast on Longhorn Network this season…the team of Lowell Galindo, Keith Moreland, and Greg Swindell will return to the booth to call the action. HEAR ‘EM—In partnership with IMG-College, Texas games will be broadcast on the Austin Radio Network, primarily on 104.9 The Horn and AM 1260…Craig Way will return for primary play-by-play duties alongside Roger Wallace and, new this season, Quan Cosby, former Texas Football and minor league baseball player.
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