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  1. Via Texas Sports FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | February 17, 2018 TEXAS BASEBALL Todd’s walk-off blast lifts Baseball to 5-3 comeback win Sophomore Austin Todd launched a two-out, two-run bomb to give Texas its first walk-off win at home since 2014. AUSTIN, Texas—After falling behind in the top of the ninth, Texas Baseball fought back for a 5-3 win over visiting Louisiana on Saturday thanks to a two-out, two-run walk-off bomb off the bat of sophomore Austin Todd. Ahead 2-1 since the fifth frame thanks to a solid first career start from Chase Shugart on the mound, Texas closer Beau Ridgeway found himself in some trouble in the final frame. After he hit the leadoff batter in the ninth, the Ragin’ Cajuns put together a string of bunts to tie the ballgame at 2-2 and eventually take a 3-2 lead. Sophomore transfer Duke Ellis led off the Longhorns’ final ups and smoked a line drive off Louisiana closer Dylan Moore for his first hit in a Texas uniform. After David Hamilton bunted Ellis over, junior transfer Masen Hibbeler knocked a base hit up to middle to plate Ellis and tie the ballgame once again. Hibbeler was eventually thrown out trying to take third on a ball that got away from the catcher, but Kody Clemens was intentionally walked to put a runner on first for Todd. The sophomore from Round Rock launched the first pitch he saw over the left-center field wall and the Longhorns celebrated at home plate. Shugart went 6.2 innings in his season debut, allowing three hits and one unearned run while striking out three. Hibbeler went 3-for-5 on the day while Clemens notched a pair of hits and Zach Zubia picked up his first hit at Texas. Todd and Clemens each had two RBI on the day. The walk-off was the first at UFCU Disch-Falk Field since Mark Payton’s three-run double vs. Baylor on April 5, 2014. It was the first walk-off homer at home for the Horns since Cameron Rupp’s three-run walk-off homer on March 20, 2010 vs. Nebraska. With the win, the Longhorns clinched the series victory after defeating the Ragin’ Cajuns on Friday night. Texas goes for the series sweep on Sunday afternoon in a 1:30 p.m. game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
  2. The Texas baseball program is set to begin their second season under the direction of David Pierce. The 2017 season ended with the Longhorns falling one win short of a berth in the Super Regionals. Expectations remain high as the team prepares for the season opener on February 16th against Louisiana Lafayette. Outfield What the Longhorns lost Jr. Travis Jones (27th round pick of the Kansas City Royals) 2017 Stats: .253 AVG, 4 HR, 32 RBI Sr. Zane Gurwitz (26th round pick of the Los Angeles Angels) 2017 Stats: .305 AVG, 3 HR, 15 RBI Jr Patrick Mathis (22nd round pick of the Houston Astros) 2017 Stats: .245 AVG, 7 HR, 19 RBI Returners In the season finale against Long Beach State, Mathis, Gurwitz and Jones all started in the outfield. Despite the loss of 3 experienced outfielders, Texas will still welcome back several players with considerable playing experience. Sophomore Austin Todd had a productive freshman season, batting .276 with a homer and 19 RBI’s in 39 starts. Redshirt junior Tate Shaw saw the first extended playing time of his career in 2017, receiving 22 starts and finishing the season with a .239 average and 14 RBI’s. Heading into 2018, the duo will take on a much larger role. Shaw will start the season in LF, with Todd patrolling RF. When recently asked about Todd, head coach David Pierce singled out his ability to consistently drive the ball and put pressure on defenses with his speed as to why he likes his bat in the lineup. “Who I really like is Austin Todd,” Pierce said. “What I like is a guy with the combination to drive the ball into the gap and run, that has potential power. The combinational guy puts much more pressure on a defense” New Faces Junior College transfer Duke Ellis will begin the year as the starting center fielder. The former Panola junior college standout hit .415 with 21 SB’s in his lone season at the juco ranks. Ellis is seen as an elite defender who utilizes his speed well in the outfield. Redshirt junior Andy McGuire was mentioned in the bullpen preview, but also has the ability to play in the outfield. McGuire worked out all over the diamond throughout fall practice, including left field. This will be McGuire’s first season back with the program since 2015, and he has a chance to make an impact on both the mound and at the plate. Freshman Kamron Fields is another guy who could see time in the outfield and on the mound. Fields is nursing an arm injury that will keep him off the mound for the time being, but his speed could help him see time in the outfield. The former Lakeview Centennial standout hit .426 his senior season with 28 SB’s. Final Thoughts I am very interested to see what Duke Ellis does this season. The addition of a left handed bat who can play elite defense is always a good thing. Ellis only struck out 16 times at Panola last season, compared to 26 walks, so he has the potential to make a difference with his bat as well. After he was inserted into the lineup last season, I was impressed with the way Tate Shaw handled the bat. He controlled the strike zone well and rarely every threw away an at-bat. David Pierce seemed confident that Shaw and Todd would take steps forward offensively, which would bode well for Texas in helping replace the production left behind by 3 MLB draftees.
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  4. The Texas baseball program is set to begin their second season under the direction of David Pierce. The 2017 season ended with the Longhorns falling one win short of a berth in the Super Regionals. Expectations remain high as the team prepares for the season opener on February 16th against Louisiana Lafayette. Position Preview: The Infield What the Longhorns lost Sr 1B Kacy Clemens (8th round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays) 2017 Stats: .305 AVG, 12 HR, 49 RBI R-Jr 2B Brett Boswell (8th round pick of the Colorado Rockies) 2017 Stats: .273 AVG, 7 HR, 33 RBI Jr C Michael Cantu (Undrafted free agent of the San Diego Padres) 2017 Stats: .222 AVG, 6 HR, 17 RBI Returners The biggest task for the lineup heading into the 2018 season will be replacing the production left behind by Kacy Clemens. The first team All-Big 12 member started 202 career game at Texas, and was the Longhorns biggest run producer in 2017. Sophomore Ryan Reynolds will get the first crack at replacing Clemens. Reynolds played primarily third base as a freshman, but will transition across the diamond. In 2017, the switch hitter started 57 games, batting .212 with 5 home runs and 25 RBI’s. During the fall, hitting coach Sean Allen experimented with Reynolds batting right handed only, and the results were very encouraging. During the fall world series, Reynolds had 6 extra base hits and added a home run during the Alumni Game on February 4th. Kody Clemens was limited in the field during 2017 due to his recovery from Tommy John Surgery, but still managed to hit .241 while getting at bats as a DH. Now fully recovered, the junior will take over the vacancy at third base left from Reynolds move to first base. Clemens is solid defensively and has shown flashes in the past of having a good bat. Sophomore David Hamilton will continue to hold down the shortstop position after starting 62 games as a freshman. The Spike Owen Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 will look to take a step forward offensively this season. This past summer, Hamilton hit .274 in the California Collegiate League and continued to shine in the field. One player to keep an eye on as the season progresses is redshirt junior Joe Baker. Baker missed almost all of 2017 after having shoulder surgery. As a freshman in 2015, Baker was seen as one of the best pure hitters the Longhorns had, finishing the year with a .294 average and 16 RBI’s. Although he may not be an everyday starter to open the season, he has experience at third base, shortstop, second base and could factor into the discussion at DH. Michael McCann was one of the surprise stories of 2017. The redshirt junior split catching duties with Michael Cantu and finished the year with .268 average in 32 starts. McCann showed huge improvements on defense, throwing out 21.4% of base stealers. Despite a good 2017, McCann will still face tough competition at catcher from junior college transfer D.J Petrinsky. New Faces Catcher D.J Petrinsky has already begun to make a name for himself. The Hill Junior College transfer went deep in the Alumni Game and received the start at catcher. Petrinsky hit .353 with 12 home runs during his final season at the junior college ranks and is seen as a good defensive catcher. He also has the ability to play first base. Petrinsky and McCann figure to split time at catcher to open the season, with both possibly also seeing time at DH. Junior College transfer Masen Hibbeler will take over for Brett Boswell at second base. Hibbeler made his way to Austin after spending 2 years at Odessa Junior College, where he hit .493 with 10 home runs last season. Those around the program are very high on Hibbeler not only for his bat, but his work in the field. He possesses the ability to play both second base and shortstop, and is seen as an elite fielder. The newcomer will factor into the middle of the order and have high expectations in his first season on the 40 acres. First Baseman Zach Zubia was with the Longhorns a season ago, but was forced to sit out the season due to NCAA transfer rules. Zubia then made headlines this summer by blasting a Northwood League record 22 home runs en route to being named league MVP. With Reynolds holding down first base, Zubia will have to hit his way into the lineup at DH. Final Thoughts The Longhorns infield is pretty set, minus the catcher and DH spot. McCann and Petrinsky will likely rotate until one separates himself from the other. One of the more interesting things I will be following is what David Pierce does at DH. In the Alumni game, Pierce opted to keep both catchers in the lineup by putting McCann at DH. Zubia’s power is undeniable, and if he is able to make consistent contact then he could force his way in the lineup. Texas will be counting heavily on Ryan Reynolds and Masen Hibbeler to have big seasons. Both performed well throughout the fall and will be need to be middle-of-the-order run producers. If Texas is able to get improved offensive outputs from Hamilton and Clemens, it could go a long way in helping balance the lineup and make Texas a solid hitting club.
  5. The Texas baseball program is set to begin their second season under the direction of David Pierce. The 2017 season ended with the Longhorns falling one win short of a berth in the Super Regionals. Expectations remain high as the team prepares for the season opener on February 16th against Louisiana Lafayette. The Bullpen What the Longhorns lost Jr Connor Mayes (Drafted in the 24th round by the Kansas City Royals) 2017 Stats: 1-2, 27 IP, 6.00 ERA, 22 SO Sr Jon Malmin (Drafted in the 31st round by the Los Angeles Angels) 2017 Stats: 1-0, 14 ⅔ IP, 4.30 ERA, 13 SO R-So Tyler Schimpf (Drafted in the 13th round by the San Francisco Giants) 2017 Stats: 0-0, 17 ⅓ IP, 1.56 ERA, 13 SO Returners The Longhorns are not losing much in terms of innings from last years group of relievers, but the transition of Chase Shugart from the bullpen to the starting rotation leaves a big hole that will need to be filled. Closer Beau Ridgeway returns and will provide stability in the back end of the bullpen. Ridgeway took over the closer's role about halfway through the 2017 season and ended the year with a 1.89 ERA and 12 saves. While he may not possess an overpowering fastball, the junior has perhaps the best command out of any pitcher on the Texas roster. His low 90’s fastball and effective changeup make him very tough to square up. One of the leading candidates to take over the set-up role left by Shugart is junior left hander Josh Sawyer. Sawyer battled injuries the past two seasons, but is fully healthy heading into 2018. When he last saw the mound in 2016 in a relief role, he displayed a power fastball that touched 96. David Pierce spoke highly of Sawyer during his first media availability of the season and said he expects the left hander to play a key role in the bullpen. Pierce and pitching coach Phil Haig will also have 3 pitchers with sidearm deliveries at their disposal. Senior super utility men Jake Mackenzie and Andy McGuire can play all over the diamond, but both will see time on the mound as well in 2018. Mackenzie had a 3.24 ERA in 16 ⅔ innings in 2017. McGuire is back with the baseball program for the first time since 2015, where he posted a 5.25 ERA in 12 innings. Both players threw scoreless innings in the Alumni game this past weekend. Redshirt junior Parker Joe Robinson dropped his arm slot down prior to last season, and the results were promising. Robinson had a 1.93 ERA in 9 ⅓ innings before going on to throw 17 scoreless innings for the Orange County Riptide of the California Collegiate Summer League. New Faces Entering the fall, JUCO transfer Donny Diaz and his wipeout slider figured to slide into a key role in the bullpen after an outstanding career at San Jacinto Junior College. Unfortunately, the right hander was diagnosed with a torn UCL and underwent Tommy John surgery, which will force him to miss all of 2018. Despite the loss of Diaz, the Longhorns will still get a big boost from several other junior college transfers. RHP Bryce Verplank did not appear in the Alumni game, but created a lot of buzz coming out of the fall and was singled out by Pierce as someone who will factor into the back end of the bullpen. Verplank redshirted his freshman season at Oklahoma State before transferring to Cuesta College last year, where he displayed a fastball in the low 90’s and a good curveball. Italian native Matteo Bocchi spent the last two season at Odessa Junior College, where he finished 2017 with a 4.23 ERA in 62 ⅓ innings. Bocchi could be utilized as a starter during weeks with multiple midweek games, but his impact may be most felt coming out of the bullpen. Navarro Junior College transfer Brandon Ivey will join Sawyer as a left handed option coming out of the bullpen. Ivey has a fastball that sits around 90 with good movement. Freshman Bryce Elder and Kamron Fields are the two most intriguing freshman bullpen options. Elder threw 2 scoreless innings during the Alumni game, showing good fastball command with a good slider. Fields is another guy who will play both ways, but may be able to carve out a role in the bullpen quicker than the outfield. The football star who spurned multiple D1 offers on the gridiron has a fastball that can get up to 93. Final Thoughts The bullpen may be the biggest question mark heading into the 2018 season. Aside from Ridgeway, almost every member will be a new guy or someone who is taking on a bigger role from last season. Ridgeway has the ability to go multiple innings, but the Longhorns need to be able to get the ball to him with a lead. If Sawyer is able to return to form and be the the primary set up man, it would allow everyone else to slide into more low-pressure roles. The most important thing will be getting roles established as early as possible, especially with a tough schedule to open the season.
  6. Texas Baseball will hold their annual Alumni game at 2PM at Disch Falk Field. The game will be broadcasted on LHN. Follow along here for live updates.
  7. The Texas baseball program is set to begin their second season under the direction of David Pierce. The 2017 season ended with the Longhorns falling one win short of a berth in the Super Regionals. Expectations remain high as the team prepares for the season opener on February 16th against Louisiana Lafayette. Starting Pitching What the Longhorns lost R-Jr Morgan Cooper (2nd round pick of the LA Dodgers) 2017 Stats: 6-3, 89 ⅓ IP, 2.32 ERA, 110 SO Jr Kyle Johnston (6th round pick of the Washington Nationals) 2017 Stats: 3-2, 73 ⅓ IP, 3.56 ERA, 52 SO R-So Nick Kennedy (5th round pick of the Colorado Rockies) 2017 Stats: 8-2, 53 ⅔ IP, 3.02 ERA, 59 SO Returning Players Despite the loss of 3 starting pitchers to the MLB draft, David Pierce and pitching coach Phil Haig still have the luxury of returning 2 starting pitchers with a year of experience under their belt, led by junior Nolan Kingham. After flashing potential as a freshman, Kingham broke onto the scene last season and established himself as one of the top pitchers in the conference. The right hander led Texas in wins (10), innings (92) and complete games (2). The Las Vegas native possesses a fastball that sits in the mid 90’s with good sinking action, and compliments it with a good slider. He is the heavy favorite to be the Friday night starter and staff ace. Kingham was recently selected as preseason Third Team All-American by Perfect Game/Rawlings. Blair Henley came to Texas as one of the most polished pitchers in the 2016 recruiting class. Henley received 10 starts as a true freshman, posting a 4-5 record with a 4.23 ERA in 61 ⅔ innings. His fastball sits 92-93 and he has an excellent changeup. He will have to cut down on the number of walks he issues (25 in 2017), but he has the tools to be a good #2 starter for the Longhorns. One of the most interesting storylines heading into the 2018 season is the transition of Chase Shugart from the bullpen to the starting rotation. Shugart has spent his first two years at Texas in the back end of the bullpen, collecting 8 saves through 2 seasons. He began his transition to the starting rotation by getting multiple starts during the summer in the Cape Cod league, widely considered the top collegiate summer league in the country. Shugart had mixed results, finishing with a 4.18 ERA in 23 ⅔ innings. The transition continued into the fall, and the junior is now set to occupy a spot in the weekend rotation. If Shugart continues to shows the improved command of his pitches, he should have no problems making the transition and being a reliable starter for the Longhorns. New Faces In his first media availability of the season, David Pierce said the leader to be the midweek starter is 6’3 freshman Nico O’Donnell. O’Donnell played his high school play for San Antonio Churchill, where he finished his senior year with a 9-1 record. He was originally committed to Midland Junior College and was a late addition to the 2017 signing class. His stock exploded after he gained close to 10 MPH on his fastball from his junior to his senior year. He has fastball that sits in the low 90’s with good movement. During the Fall World Series, the right hander got the start for the Orange team in game 3 and tossed 6 innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 6. Final Thoughts If Shugart is able to perform in the rotation like he did in the bullpen, Texas will have one of the best rotations in the Big 12 along with Texas Tech and TCU. All 3 starters have pitched in big games and performed well. O’Donnell intrigues a lot of people around the program because the upward trajectory he has been on since the beginning of his senior year of high school. He should serve as a reliable midweek starter with the ability to throw an inning or 2 out of the bullpen on the weekends. Despite losing 3 starting pitchers off of last years squad, the rotation figures to be one of the biggest strengths for the Longhorns as they prepare to begin the 2018 season.
  8. 01.29.2018 | Baseball Baseball announces game times for 2018 season Longhorn Network will televise more than 30 Texas Baseball home games this season. Complete Schedule AUSTIN, Texas—Texas Baseball announced its 2018 home game times, with Longhorn Network, the home of Longhorns baseball, televising more than 30 games this season beginning February 16 at 6:30 p.m. with the first of three contests vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. Following the three-game set against the Ragin' Cajuns, LHN will air a Wednesday night game against Lamar (February 21) before the No. 21 Longhorns hit the road for three games at No. 16 LSU in Baton Rouge. Texas then returns to UFCU Disch-Falk Field for a Tuesday night matchup against UTSA (February 27) before four games, including a Saturday doubleheader, against visiting Northwestern (March 2-4). LHN will then carry another four-game series the following weekend, this time against longtime opponent No. 13 Stanford (March 8-11) After Texas heads to preseason No. 4 Arkansas for a pair of midweek games (March 13-14). Big 12 Conference action on LHN begins with a three-game series vs. Kansas (March 16-18). The Longhorns face off against Sam Houston State the following Tuesday (March 20) before the Oklahoma State Cowboys, who edged Texas in the Big 12 Conference tournament championship game last season, come to Austin for a three-game league series (March 23-25). The LHN schedule resumes in April with a Monday night contest against McNeese State (April 2) and a three-game set vs. Baylor (April 6-8). The Longhorns will then face nonconference opponents in five straight games on LHN—UTRGV (April 17), New Orleans (April 20-22), and Houston (April 24)—before resuming Big 12 play. The television schedule concludes on LHN with a Tuesday night game against Texas State (May 15) before hosting No. 7 TCU in the final regular season series of the season (May 17-19). Lowell Galindo will serve as the Texas Baseball play-by-play commentator again this season. Keith Moreland and Greg Swindell, both former Longhorns, will serve as color analysts on the telecasts. Moreland, an outfielder, helped the Longhorns reach three consecutive College World Series, including winning the CWS in 1975. He went on to play Major League Baseball from 1978-1989, including winning a World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980. Swindell, a pitcher, played in MLB from 1986-2002, including an All-Star appearance in 1989 and a World Series title in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. At Texas, he was the 1985 Baseball America National Player of the Year, a three-time finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and helped the Longhorns reach the CWS in 1983, 1984, and 1985. Moreland had his number retired in 2010 by Texas, while Swindell, who shared the same number as Roger Clemens, was honored by the university in 2009. Galindo, Moreland and Swindell will open the LHN schedule on Saturday, February 3, with the annual Texas Baseball Alumni Game. Date Day Opponent Time February 3 Saturday Alumni Game 2 p.m. February 16 Friday Louisiana-Lafayette 6:30 p.m. February 17 Saturday Louisiana-Lafayette 2:30 p.m. February 18 Sunday Louisiana-Lafayette 1 p.m. February 21 Wednesday Lamar 7:30 p.m. February 27 Tuesday UTSA 6:30 p.m. March 2 Friday Northwestern 7 p.m. March 3 Saturday Northwestern 1:30 p.m. (DH) March 4 Sunday Northwestern 1:30 p.m. March 8 Thursday Stanford 6:30 p.m. March 9 Friday Stanford 6:30 p.m. March 10 Saturday Stanford 2:30 p.m. March 11 Sunday Stanford 1 p.m. March 16 Friday Kansas* 6:30 p.m. March 17 Saturday Kansas* 2:30 p.m. March 18 Sunday Kansas* 1 p.m. March 20 Tuesday Sam Houston State 6:30 p.m. March 23 Friday Oklahoma State* 7 p.m. March 24 Saturday Oklahoma State* 2:30 p.m. March 25 Sunday Oklahoma State* 1:30 p.m. April 2 Monday McNeese State 6:30 p.m. April 6 Friday Baylor* 6:30 p.m. April 7 Saturday Baylor* 4 p.m. April 8 Sunday Baylor* 1:30 p.m. April 17 Tuesday UTRGV 7 p.m. April 20 Friday New Orleans 7 p.m. April 21 Saturday New Orleans 3:30 p.m. April 22 Sunday New Orleans 1:30 p.m. April 24 Tuesday Houston 6:30 p.m. May 1 Tuesday Texas State 6:30 p.m. May 15 Tuesday Texas State 6:30 p.m. May 17 Thursday TCU* 6:30 p.m. May 18 Friday TCU* 6:30 p.m. May 19 Saturday TCU* 2:30 p.m.
  9. The Longhorn baseball team has their Fall World Series beginning today at the Disch. Schedule is: Sunday: 1 PM Monday: 6 PM Wednesday: 6 PM ill be doing PBP today on Twitter (@joeywa_44) and popping in here from time to time for banter and discussion This should be an opportunity to preview some of the growth from last year’s squad Lineups below
  10. Even though we haven't seen the official schedule, here is some info on the 2018 schedule. In addition to the series at LSU (2/23-25), we have a 2 game set at Arkansas (TBD) and a single game at A&M (Tues 4/10) I'll update as I find more games/dates Other games: TBD Arkansas at Fayetteville (2 games) 2018 Schedule 2/16-2/18 ULL at Disch 2/21 Lamar at Disch 2/23-2/25 LSU at Baton Rouge 3/16-3/18 Kansas at Disch 3/23-3/25 Ok St at Disch 3/27 Texas St. at San Marcos 3/30-4/1 K St at Manhattan 4/2 McNeese St at Disch (not sure that's the right date, but that's what McNeese site says) 4/6-4/8 Baylor at Disch 4/13-4/15 OU at Norman 4/24 U of Houston at Disch 4/27-4/29 WVU at Morgantown 5/1 Texas St at Disch 5/4-5/6 TT at Lubbock 5/15 Texas St at Disch 5/17-5/19 TCU at Disch
  11. After adding HS commit RHP Bryce Elder last night, Piece & Co add JUCO OF Duke Ellis tonight. Look for this to be popping up on Twitter often.
  12. Per Kendall Rogers, looks like Sosa will be transferring to a JC.
  13. Texas had 11 drafted in the MLB Draft, tied with Michigan for most players taken Texas signees so far:
  14. The MLB Draft is now underway. Current UT Players to Watch (Draft position & team in blue) Morgan Cooper RHP #62 LA Dodgers Nick Kennedy LHP #146 CO Rockies Kyle Johnston RHP #193 WA Nationals Brett Boswell INF #236 CO Rockies Beau Ridgeway RHP Tyler Schimpf RHP Patrick Mathis OF Travis Jones OF Michael Cantu C Kody Clemens INF Graduating Longhorns to watch Kacy Clemens IF #249 TOR Blue Jays Zane Gurwitz OF/INF Jon Malmin LHP Longhorn Commits to watch Tristen Lutz OF (HS)-Likely gone #34 MIL Brewers Landon Leach RHP (HS)-Likely gone #37 MIN Twins Kamron Fields OF/RHP (HS) Donny Diaz RHP (JUCO) Blake Pflughaupt LHP (JUCO) Matteo Bocchi RHP (JUCO) Chris Fearon RHP (JUCO) Brandon Ivey LHP (JUCO) Cole Quintanilla RHP (HS) Tristan Stevens RHP (JUCO) Turner Gaunt INF (HS) Masen Hibbeler INF (JUCO) Bennett Inoff INF (HS)
  15. Happy Post-Season, Seamheads. Here we go, what you've all been waiting for; Texas Baseball back to a Regional on the Road to Omaha. Horn Sports will be on site, as I'll be there for the series. ********************************************* Here are some series notes from a few different websites: First up, the quick preview from Texas Sports 05.29.2017 Baseball to open NCAA regional play in Long Beach vs. UCLA The Longhorns enter the tournament as a No. 2 seed and will open at 6 p.m. Central on Friday against the Bruins. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— The NCAA announced the full field of 64 teams for the NCAA Division I Baseball Championships on Monday morning, with Texas Baseball earning a No. 2 seed in the Long Beach regional. This marks the 58th time the Longhorns have reached the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns (37-22) are joined by their Friday opponent and No. 3 seed UCLA, No. 4 seed San Diego State and top-seeded host Long Beach State. Texas will open the Long Beach Regional on Friday at 6 p.m. CT (4 p.m. PT) against UCLA (30-25). this season, the Longhorns swept the Bruins in a three-game series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Long Beach State (37-17-1) and San Diego State (41-19) will face off in the nightcap, with both opening night games scheduled to air on ESPN2. Texas finished the season 37-22 after making a run to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship this past weekend. The Longhorns, who currently hold the No. 16 RPI in the nation, finished tops in the Big 12 in ERA (3.20) and boast the second-best fielding percentage in the country (.983). All-session tickets are currently available at LongBeachState.com/baseballregionals. or via the Long Beach State ticket office. Single-game tickets will be available Wednesday morning, starting at 9 a.m. online and 10 a.m. via the ticket office. ***************************************** Here are some notes from D1Baseball: The Long Beach Regional may be the toughest region in the tournament. Long Beach State, while compiling a 19-4 record at home this season, has also gone 0-2 vs UCLA and 0-2 vs San Diego St. UCLA was one of the last four teams in the tournament UCLA has one of the best starters in the nation in Canning, but their bullpen has been a major weakness for them this season. UCLA has a .226 avg vs non-conference opponents this year San Diego State went 2-0 v both UCLA and Long Beach State this season SDSU has 10 batters over .300 This is SDSU's 4th regional in 5 years, so they're experienced. D1 Baseball's Kendall Rogers named Texas his Omaha Sleeper: "I wrote this a couple of weeks ago after the TCU series, but in terms of sheer talent, few teams actually best the Longhorns in the starting rotation with Nolan Kingham, Morgan Cooper and Kyle Johnston leading the charge. The Longhorns are good enough offensively, too, to make a run, while the bullpen is the one thing for me that remains a concern." I personally don't think anything that Kendall stated is ground breaking; it's what we have been discussing all season long. The bullpen has to perform at an elite level for this team to make any noise in the tournament. That said, Kendall knows college baseball probably better than just about anyone I know, and his comments are high praise. Additionally, Aaron Fitt from D1 Baseball had this to say about the Long Beach regional being the toughest regional: "Texas is one of the most dangerous 2-seeds in the tournament, UCLA is a young but talented No. 3 with a premier ace in Griffin Canning, and San Diego State gets my vote for most dangerous 4-seed in the tournament — the Aztecs should have been a 3." And, "Texas is the non-No. 1 seed that has the best shot to get to Omaha thanks to its enviable collection of power arms and an offense that is clicking at the right time — the Longhorns are well suited to win on the pitcher-friendly West Coast." As a matter of fact, D1 Baseball had six writers/contributors name their toughest regional, and half of them picked the Long Beach regional as the toughest. ********************************************************* The Horns have their work cut out for them, but I have to say, it feels good to be back in the post season. ********************************************************* Texas plays on Friday at 4 PM vs UCLA; Kingham vs Canning: Battle on the Bump HookEm!!
  16. Happy Hump Day, Seamheads The time is here: Postseason play The Big 12 Tournament kicked off this morning with WVU taking the coffee cake 9 AM game from Baylor 11-1 in 8 innings. Ok State posted a 3-0 shutout over #1 seed Texas Tech. TCU is currently trailing Kansas 3-2 T4. The Longhorns play Oklahoma tonight at 7:30. TV: Fox Sports Net HD; (676-1 DirecTV) Radio: 104.9 FM Stream audio: www.texassports.com Live Stats: http://www.big12sports.com/Scoreboard.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10410&&ATCLID=&SPSID=&SPID=13131&d=05-24-2017 I'll be on Twitter tonight for the game. Horns can really help themselves out with a good tournament showing. Nick Kennedy will get the start tonight for Texas. See y'all in a couple of hours. Hook Em!
  17. Lace up those spikes, put on your game faces and pop that mitt Seamheads, because it's Friday! The final weekend series of the regular season begins today as the Longhorns take on the Mountaineers in a 3-game set at UFCU Disch Falk Field. As I mentioned Tuesday, I am not going to be around much this weekend, so hopefully Will, Harrison and/or Aaron can pick up the slack. Feel free to chime in on the game thread. Let's see if we can end the regular season on a high note. A series win would be very good for the Horns and their post-season seeding. Quick matchup notes: TEXAS (32-19, 9-11) vs. WEST VIRGINIA (31-20, 11-10) May 19-21, 2017 Where: Austin, Texas (UFCU Disch-Falk Field) Time: Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT, Saturday at 4 p.m. CT, Sunday at 1 p.m. CT TV: Longhorn Network Radio: 104.9 FM The Horn/1260 AM—Craig Way (Play-by-Play), Roger Wallace (Analyst) Live stats: Sidearmstats.com/Texas/Baseball All-time series: West Virginia leads, 8-4 PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS FRIDAY—WVU RHP BJ Myers (4-2, 3.90) vs. RHP Nolan Kingham (7-4, 2.90) SATURDAY—WVU RHP Alek Manoah (1-1, 2.70) vs. RHP Morgan Cooper (6-2, 2.27) SUNDAY—WVU TBD vs. UT RHP Kyle Johnston (2-1, 3.24)
  18. Happy Tuesday Seamheads. Absolutely huge week for Texas Baseball starts tonight. The Horns host Incarnate Word in the Tuesday evening matchup, which precedes a 3-game set at UFCU Disch Falk Fields against West Virginia to close out the regular season schedule. Texas currently sits at 31-19, (9-11 in Big 12,) and just outside of the Top 25. As of today, Texas is projected as a #3 seed in what would likely be a highly unfavorable regional setting, (think Oregon St.) Texas certain can make some noise this week with a 3/4 or 4/4 record against Incarnate Word and WVU. A 2/2 or worse showing would almost certainly solidify their low seed in a tough regional. Additionally their Big 12 tournament performance will be something that the committee will look at, but their overall body of work will probably carry greater weight than merely the tournament play. A look at the numbers as of today: Warren Nolan: RPI: 23 SOS: 11 D1Baseball.com RPI: 23 SOS: 14 vs. Top 25 RPI: 4-12, with 8 of those 12 losses by 1 run vs. Top 50 RPI: 7-13 vs. Top 100 RPI: 21-18 Texas has all the numbers of a solid 2-seed, but after getting swept in Ft Worth, they're back to being projected as a 3-seed. Win this week, and it changes things, and Texas will once again be in the position of a 2-seed. Stumble and it's even more likely that they're headed up to Oregon for a regional appearance in Corvallis. *********************************************** Tonight's matchup is as follows: First Pitch: 6:30 PM CDT TV: LHN Radio: 104.9 FM Stream: www.texassports.com Twitter PBP: https://twitter.com/joeywa_44 Nick Kennedy gets the nod on the bump tonight. ************************************************* Notes for the week: I'll be traveling this weekend and won't be on the WVU call. Perhaps Will or Harrison will pick up the slack I'll start a weekend baseball thread on Friday morning as a reminder, but I won't be available for too much banter or any PBP. With HS Playoffs taking place around the state, I've heard that Coach Allen will be at the Heath vs Woodlands series on Thursday in Georgetown watching a few players. Likely that our own Donald Boyles will be out that way as well, camera in hand! As the father of a college player, this always makes me happy: 9 players for UT were named to the Big 12 All Academic Team; http://texassports.com/news/2017/5/16/baseball-places-nine-on-academic-all-big-12-teams.aspx ************************************************* That's all for now; see y'all in a couple of hours and Hook Em!
  19. Happy Friday, Seamheads. A quick preview of this weekend's match vs TCU, courtesy TexasSports.com. No. 24 TEXAS (31-16, 9-8) at No. 9 TCU (32-11, 12-6) May 5-7, 2017 Where: Fort Worth, Texas (Lupton Stadium) Time: Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 12 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. TV: Friday—ESPNU, Saturday—ESPN2, Sunday—ESPNU Radio: 104.9 FM The Horn/1260 AM—Craig Way (Play-by-Play), Roger Wallace (Analyst) Live stats: gofrogs.com All-time series: Texas leads, 223-68-2 Complete Game Notes PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS FRIDAY—TCU LHP Nick Lodolo (5-1, 4.39) vs. Texas RHP Morgan Cooper (6-2, 1.45) SATURDAY—TCU RHP Brian Howard (6-3, 5.43) s. Texas RHP Nolan Kingham (7-3, 2.05) SUNDAY—TCU RHP Mitchell Traver (2-1, 3.95) vs. Texas RHP Kyle Johnston (2-1, 3.29) Texas controls its own destiny as we get into the final couple of weeks of the season. Win this series in Ft. Worth and the series vs. West Virginia at DFF in a couple of weeks, and Texas is set up nicely for post-season play as they enter the Big12 tournament. Drop either or both, and the post-season will likely be a very tough assignment in an environment like LSU, Stanford or the like. I'll be doing the PBP on Twitter this weekend. Here's the link if you're interested in following. https://twitter.com/joeywa_44 I'll try to post some updates in this thread as the weekend progresses. Please feel free to chime in throughout the weekend with your thoughts. We encourage the banter! Now, who wants some frog legs for Cinco de Mayo? HookEm!
  20. The Longhorn baseball team jumps back into the Top 25 this week according to www.D1Baseball.com Additionally, the RPI jumped 10 points after the weekend sweep in Stillwater. Horns sit at 26 RPI and 33 SOS. All good news but Texas cannot afford to take any games off in this final two week stretch.
  21. Happy Friday Seamheads. I won't be doing the games today due travel. Texas really needs this series. Of course that is beginning to sound like a broken record. I'm guessing that the series schedule has been adjusted due to potential weather on Saturday evening. Here is a preview from TexasSports.com Baseball preview: at Oklahoma State [April 28-30] The Longhorns and Cowboys will play a doubleheader on Friday night and face off in game three on Saturday. Apr. 27, 2017 Baseball TEXAS (28-16) at OKLAHOMA STATE (23-16) April 28-30, 2017 Where: Stillwater, Okla. Time: Friday (DH)—2:30 p.m.; Saturday—6 p.m. TV: Friday (DH)—FOX College Sports; Saturday—ESPNU Radio: 104.9 FM The Horn/1260 AM—Craig Way (Play-by-Play), Roger Wallace (Analyst) All-time series: Texas leads, 51-48 Complete Game Notes PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS FRIDAY (G1)—Oklahoma State RHP Joe Lienhard (2-0, 4.00) vs. Texas RHP Nolan Kingham (6-3, 1.98) FRIDAY (G2)—Oklahoma State RHP Tyler Buffett (5-3, 4.45) vs. Texas RHP Morgan Cooper (5-2, 1.61) SATURDAY—Oklahoma State RHP Blake Battenfield (2-2, 4.85) vs. Texas RHP Kyle Johnston (2-1, 3.26) GAME NOTES THE MATCHUP—Texas and Oklahoma State meet for the 99th time in history on Friday afternoon…last season, the Cowboys swept the regular season series before splitting a game apiece in the Big 12 Conference tournament. A LOOK AT THE COWBOYS—Oklahoma State enters the series with a 23-16 record and a 6-9 mark in Big 12 action…the Cowboys are led by Garrett McCain's .372 average, which is tops in the Big 12…Colin Simpson leads the team with 9 homers while Garrett Benge has 43 RBI…Carson Teel leads the Cowboys out of the bullpen with a 3.61 ERA in 16 apps…RHP Tyler Buffett has a team-best 5 wins. A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas dropped its Tuesday night matchup against No. 24 Louisiana at Constellation Field in Sugar Land…the Longhorns fell 8-1 to the Ragin' Cajuns thanks in part to a six-run second inning that including a grand slam off reliever Jon Malmin…the Longhorns avoided their first shutout of the season with a ninth-inning RBI single from Tyler Rand…Kacy Clemens leads the Longhorns with a .297 average, eight homers and 33 RBI…this is the first time this season that his average has dropped below .300…Travis Jones leads Texas with a .426 OBP…RHP Morgan Cooper is 5-2 this year with a 1.61 ERA, good for 22nd-best in the nation…he is tops on the team with 75 strikeouts, second-most in the Big 12…out of the bullpen, Beau Ridgeway has made 25 appearances and has amassed nine saves and a 1.30 ERA. NEXT UP—Texas hosts UT-Arlington on Tuesday night at UFCU Disch-Field Field. ONE-RUN WOES—With two one-run wins last weekend against New Orleans, the Longhorns improved to 6-11 in one-run ballgames, although six of those one-run losses have come in conference action. GOLDEN SPIKES—Texas right-handers Morgan Cooper and Nolan Kingham were both named to the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list, announced by USA Baseball on April 12…Cooper and Kingham have compiled 1.61 and 1.98 ERAs, respectively, so far this season and lead the Longhorns staff.…the duo is among 40 players selected to the watch list which honors the nation's top amateur player… Texas is one of just six (Auburn, LSU, North Carolina, Oregon State, and Virginia) to land two athletes on the midseason watch list…the Longhorns have never had a Golden Spikes Award winner. STOPPER—Sophomore RHP Beau Ridgeway was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award Midseason Watch List on Wednesday afternoon. DEEEEFENSE—The Longhorns' defense has been sturdy so far this season…Texas is fielding at a .983 clip, good for fifth-best in the nation…the Horns have also turned 47 double plays, good for second-most in the country. TEAM ERA—The Longhorns pitching staff has compiled a 2.95 team ERA, good for eighth-best in the nation and best in the Big 12…the Longhorns have also registered six shutouts on the season, most in the conference and tied for 10th-most in the country. SENIOR LEADER—Senior 1B Kacy Clemens has been a stalwart at first base for the Longhorns so far this season…he had reached base safely in 21 straight games before his ejection on April 9 vs. Oklahoma…he leads the team in BA (.297) and SLG (.541)…he hit his eighth homer of the season last Friday, a season-high for the Houston native after he hit five last season…he is tops on the team with 33 RBI. #MOREOFTHOSE—Through 44 games, nine different Longhorns have gone deep giving Texas 33 total homers, one fewer than all of last season…both Travis Jones and Kacy Clemens homered on Friday night vs. New Orleans…Patrick Mathis homered in his first start in almost a month April 11 vs. Texas State…Kacy and Kody Clemens both homered on April 8, the second consecutive season that they both homered on April 8…Kody's tied the ballgame while Kacy's home run was a grand slam to break the game open…Ryan Reynolds hit two at Kansas…Tate Shaw hit a grand slam and Cantu homered in his hometown of Corpus Christi on March 28…Kacy Clemens hit a pair of homers on Feb 24 vs. UConn. SNEAKY WHEELS CLUB—Michael McCann and Kacy Clemens have both added stolen bases to their respective resumes…combined, they're a perfect 10-for-10 on the basepaths, six for Kacy and four for McCann. PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE—As a team, Texas has amassed 221 walks, good for eighth-most in the country…Kacy Clemens and Travis Jones have each walked 27 times and four other players have at least 20 BBs. HOME SWEET HOME—Overall, Texas plays just 20 of its 54 games away from UFCU Disch-Falk Field…among those 20 games was March 28 against TAMU-CC at Whataburger Field in Corpus and an April 25 game at Constellation Field.
  22. Happy Friday Seamheads. Texas takes on New Orleans in a 3-game weekend series at DFF beginning tonight. I will be unavailable for the games tonight due to my travel schedule. Game time: 7 PM TV: LHN RADIO: 104.9 Audio Stream: www.texassports.com
  23. David Pierce & the Longhorns got a new commit this morning. 2018 3B Peter Geib out of Episcopal HS in the Houston area. Good size, bat and athletic. Here's his video from Donald Boyles. https://youtu.be/TRYD0CDdBxk
  24. Texas takes on Texas State tonight at Disch Falk Field. Every game is one that counts now. Looks like Henley will get the nod on the bump for Texas. Game Time: 6:30 PM TV: LHN Radio: 104.9 FM Audio: www.texassports.com Twitter Play By Play https://twitter.com/joeywa_44 LIne-ups shortly. I will post game updates in this thread. Y'all feel free to discuss the game as it goes along. I'm looking at scaling back the game updates unless you want for them to continue as-is. It's really all up to the members here on what you want. If there's something you want that's different from how we're doing it, by all means, chime in. We're here to provide the content that you folks want.
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