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****Texas vs Rice Sat DH Thread****


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Texas sweeps the double header vs Rice


After 7 straight hours of baseball, Texas takes the double headers to the tune of 5-4 and 6-1. They redeemed an anemic offensive performance in the first game and got David Pierce his first AND second wins as the Longhorns' skipper.


The pitching performances by Kyle Johnston and Blair Henley were phenomenal as Rice was only able to put up 1 run a piece against them both and the both got the wins.


Game 1


In the first game Johnston went out and threw 93 pitches (63 strikes) over 6 innings where he got 6Ks, 1BB, let up 7 hits, but only gave up 1 run in the first inning. He got some help from the rest of his offense with patient at bats and the Rice pitching staff helping the Longhorns out. Three of the Longhorns runs come from walks or hitting the batter with bases loaded. Hamilton did score with a single in the 6th to give the Longhorns three runs and a 5 to 1 lead going into the final inning for the first game.


But when Chase Shugart came in to relieve Johnston, Chase had a little trouble of his own. After facing 7 batters in 2/3 innings and throwing 26 pitches (13 strikes) he had made the game interesting again by letting Rice crawl back with 3 runs.


O’Hara came into take the game from Shugart’s hands with a man on 1st and 2nd and two outs. Rice’s Gneiting singles to left field off of O’Hara and over the glove of a leaping Sosa Andres. Wunderlick, the man on 2nd, crossed 3rd and tried his luck rounding for home to tie the game. Travis Jones picked up the ball and threw it home. Out. Ball game. “It felt pretty good out of the hand… I saw where [Wunderlick] was… I knew I got him,” said Travis Jones after the game. And he got him for sure, beating Wunderlick to the plate and sealing the 5-4 win for Coach Pierce, his first. One down, one to go.


Game 2


The second game started off a little shaky for the Horns as they trotted out true freshman Blair Henley for his first look at action. It started off with a 20 pitch inning and getting out of a bases loaded, no outs jam with only letting up one run. And it was the only run for Rice. Blair Henley agreed that the first inning could have gone better, “Yeah the first inning was rough… I was pretty jittery, but I settled down threw how I usually do.” And Blair settled down and Rice paid for it. Blair used all four of his pitches (fastball, curve-ball, slider, and change-up) and it baffled Rice’s bats. Henley ended up throwing 80 pitches over 5 innings tallying 8 strikeouts (4 of them buckling Rice batter’s knees) and only letting up that 1 run.


Rice also trotted out a true freshman in Matt Canterino, but his rough times didn’t just stick to the first inning. He was only able to get through 3 innings but he threw 84 pitches and gave up 4 runs. And it didn’t just end with Canterino. Each of Rice’s pitcher threw over 50 pitches and struggled mightily.




Kacy Clemens ate up the poor pitching by Rice. In game 2 he went 3-3 with a homerun over left field and 2 RBIs. Over both games Kacy went 4-5. Another guy who had a good day was Michael McCann who had a nice game at the plate in game 2, going 1- 2 with an RBI. The other catcher, Michael Cantu, was less impressive and has been struggling so far in this series. Cantu has gone 1 -4 so far consisting of some less than stellar at bats.


Overall the Longhorns approach to the plate was very calm. Each player worked counts and the team had over 20 at bats go to 3 balls or more in the two games. However, they’re still having a bit of trouble stranding base runner, stranding 16 over the two games (not as bad as Rice who stranded 19).


The youth on this team has done very well. Guys like David Hamilton, Blair Henley, Austin Todd, Ryan Reynolds, and Nolan Kingham have stepped up early and give the Longhorns a solid start to the season.


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