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  1. Matt Cotcher

    Charlie Strong is visionary

    Charlie Strong joked about being glad the defensive backs finally caught a ball after getting their hands on a lot of passes in Lubbock. He followed up by detailing a fun exchange he had earlier in the season with Mykkele Thompson... "It's an interesting story to tell....he [Mykkele Thompson] wears glasses - he had not been wearing contacts in games. I said "Let me ask you something, in the game, do you have contacts in?" He said, "No." So I say, "How can you see the ball?" He said, "I can see it." I said, "How can you see it? You can't. Look at your glasses. How long you been wearing glasses?" He said, "Since the ninth grade." I said, "Okay, so your eyes have been wearing insurance since the ninth grade, and you're telling me you can see the ball when it's thrown?" He said, "Yeah, I can see it." I said, "Okay, did you see that double move out there against Baylor?" He said, "Yeah...kinda late." So I said, "Yeah...too late." He's got his contacts in now."
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  2. Was race a factor in Charlie Strong's long wait to land a college football head coaching job? Strong shares his experiences over the course of his coaching career with Seth Davis.
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  3. Matt Cotcher

    Tapping the brakes

    The Longhorns wrapped up the first week of Fall camp on Friday by competing in full pads for the first time since starting practices. If you ask players about the first week of camp, you'll get a wide range of adjectives from physical to fun. On the other hand, if you ask Charlie Strong or the assistant coaches, there is much more unity in their answers. The entire coaching staff met with media on Friday and even though the answers were slightly different, they all shared the same intent. Such a coordinated message is typically reserved for election politics and savvy campaign managers. That wasn't the case on Friday though. The Texas coaches all basically said the same thing, but it's because they believe it. I'll spell it out clearly - all the practice notes are fun to read, but the coaches aren't focused on who is making plays. Depth charts are good discussion topics for fans, but the coaches aren't concerned with them yet. Week 1 was about fundamentals - blocking, tackling, running. Before worrying about which freshman wideout looks best after the catch, the coaches spent a week making sure they understood which routes to run in specific situations. But don't mistake those quotes as the coaches thinking this team lacks talent or playmakers. There is a method being followed - fundamentals first. And, rest assured, these coaches know they have a talented team. When asked whether the team is on pace for where he thought they'd be at this point in camp, Strong replied, "we're probably just where we need to be right now. You just know this, you always want to improve. You've still got to get better."
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  4. National Signing Day was in early February and most high school senior athletes made decisions on where they would play college football on that day, faxing in their Letters of Intent to the respective coaching staffs. Not so with one such athlete, Brandon Lyon, a 6-1, 250 lb OG/deep snapper from Lewisville and son of Mark Lyon. Poised to accept an offer from McMurry University as NSD loomed, the board of regents at McMurry held a meeting the Friday before NSD. During that meeting, the board decided that McMurry would cease pursing Div. II NCAA status and instead would drop back to Div. III. This meant that McMurry would no longer be offering athletic scholarships in any sport. Not a good situation to be left with when NSD is only a few days away. "We really didn't see that coming," Brandon explained. "It was disappointing for me, but I understand why they did it. They have to keep within their means. But I was really looking forward to going there." Brandon was named All-District in District 5-5A as an Offensive Guard. He was a two-year starter for the Lewisville Farmers under head coach Gregg Miller and held the deep snapping duties for punts, field goals and extra points. The ability to deep snap, plus the ability to play several positions along the OL drew the attention of several schools. He was invited and visited McMurry last spring. Lewisville competed in brutal District 5-5A with perennial powers Coppell, Hebron, Flower Mound Marcus and Denton Ryan. Brandon faced off against 2014 star DE Solomon Thomas and also Ennis 2015 DE James Lockhart. Navarro College in Corsicana had been in contact Brandon since late November. In December, Navarro Head Coach Brian Mayper paid Brandon a visit at Lewisville High. Earlier this year Brandon was hosted by coach Brian Mayper at Navarro and was given a tour of the campus and spent time showing Brandon how he would be used at Navarro. "I had a great time, everyone was very nice and I was impressed with all the trophies and championships they had," Brandon said. "Coach Mayper has stayed in touch with me. I don't think he knew what happened with McMurry but he took the time to check on me weeks after signing day, so that means a lot. He had kept me in mind." The rest, as they say, is history. Brandon signed with Navarro and reported to camp with the Navarro Bulldogs on Tuesday, August 5th. I had an opportunity to talk with Brandon on Tuesday, just before he headed into his first team meeting as a member of the Bulldog football team and asked him how his first day at Navarro went. "It went really well. We need a really good snapper here (at Navarro)” said Brandon. “I am not the only one competing for the starting job, so I know I need to remain focused. I just have to keep working and grinding.” Navarro Head Coach Brian Mayper took a few minutes to talk to me about Brandon and the deep snapper position, which is a position in need for Mayper, after all-conference deep snapper Brent Nicholson transferred to Lamar. “I saw Brandon this spring and he was snapping the ball well. Our deep snapper snapped for us for two years and went to Lamar. We have Brandon and two others vying for the snapper spot, which is wide-open at this point. Because we are a Junior College we expect freshmen to step-up, which is exactly what these kids are doing” said Mayper. The Bulldogs went 9-3 last season with a win over Hinds in the Brazos Valley Bowl. They open the season on August 23 against Georgia Military. Best of luck to Brandon, Coach Mayper and the Bulldog football team.
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  5. Story via University of Texas Athletics SAN FRANCISCO — The 2015-16 season opener for The University of Texas Men's Basketball team against the University of Washington will be played Nov. 14 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai at 11 a.m. local Shanghai time, the Pac-12 Conference announced Wednesday morning. ESPN will broadcast the inaugural Pac-12 China Game live in the United States on Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. Central."Opening the 2015-2016 season against the Washington Huskies in Shanghai, China allows Texas Athletics to provide an unparalleled educational experience for our students, builds upon the international reach of the Longhorns brand and presents a tremendous opportunity to develop academic and other broad-based relationships for the entire University of Texas," University of Texas Men's Athletics Director Steve Patterson said. The Pac-12 and Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA), the world's largest online and mobile commerce company, also announced a partnership to support the upcoming historic Pac-12 China Game. The game and two-year partnership with Alibaba Group represent a major first for sports in China. Alibaba Group is the unrivaled leader in mobile in China, and the game will be distributed live via Alibaba's mobile and digital distribution platforms. With this game, the Pac-12 will become the first U.S. sports league, collegiate or professional, to host a regular season contest in China. The partnership with Alibaba Group will continue into the 2016-17 academic year and support a second regular season Pac-12 China Game between schools to be announced at a later date. "This partnership is about so much more than a basketball game," said Jim Wilkinson, Alibaba Group's Senior Vice President. "As these student-athletes complete their education and enter the global economy, China/US relations will be central to the future of the world in which they live. We truly believe that this trip will provide these student-athletes with a once in a lifetime chance to learn about China, to make new friends, and to hopefully impact their futures in a positive way." In addition to being the presenting sponsor, Alibaba Group is also developing an academic program for the visiting student-athletes. While the game will be played in Shanghai, during their visit to China both teams will travel from Shanghai to Hangzhou, China for an educational program there. Longtime Pac-12 partner Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC), which operates under China's Ministry of Education, will serve as the co-host of the game. The FUSC is China's national solely-authorized organization for university sports. Since 2011, the Pac-12 and FUSC have worked together to put on exhibition games featuring Pac-12 men's and women's basketball teams, as well as coaching clinics and educational symposiums on collegiate sports.
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  6. The USA Today Sports Preseason college football rankings were released today and the Texas Longhorns check-in at #25. After finishing last season with a 6-7 record which included an embarrassing 31-7 loss to Arkansas in the Texas Bowl, the Longhorns looks to take advantage of an up-tempo offense in 2015 behind quarterbacks Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard. The Longhorns found themselves ranked at #24 in the Amway Preseason Coaches poll last season but dropped out in week 3 of the poll's release after a 41-7 loss to BYU in Austin. The Big 12 has four teams in the poll's Top 25 including #2 Baylor, #6 TCU, #15 Oklahoma and #25 Texas. Texas will face #21 Notre Dame in the season opener for both teams on September 5th in South Bend, Indiana. Complete USA Today Sports Preseason Top 25: 1. Ohio State 2. Baylor 3. Auburn 4. Alabama 5. Boise State 6. TCU 7. Oregon 8. Arizona State 9. Michigan State 10. Stanford 11. UCLA 12. Florida State 13. Clemson 14. Mississippi 15. Oklahoma 16. Georgia 17. Southern California 18. Georgia Tech 19. Arizona 20. Virginia Tech 21. Notre Dame 22. Nebraska 23. Missouri 24. Wisconsin 25. Texas
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  7. Huntsville offensive tackle Ronnie Major signed his National Letter of Intent with the Longhorns in February but didn't make the move to Austin last month. Major released news via twitter on Friday night indicating questions surrounding his academic eligibility might soon come to an end. HornSports has stayed in communication with Major's high school coach, Rodney Southern, who has consistently maintained that Ronnie would qualify and enroll at Texas. In addition to Major the Longhorns are currently without two other signees, tight end Devonaire Clarington and wide receiver Gilbert Johnson. Defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin who was also part of the 2015 signing class will not enroll at Texas.
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  8. Matt Cotcher

    Cowed in Cowtown

    FINAL: TCU 7 – Texas 1 Needing to salvage a win in the series in order to struggle back to .500 in Big 12 play, the Texas baseball team faltered again on Sunday, displaying the same lapses that sunk them on Saturday. In the series finale TCU beat Texas 7-1, and the Horns committed two errors and played from behind the entire game. Starting pitcher Chad Hollingsworth hit two of the first three batters he faced to open the game. Evan Skoug then delivered a 2 RBI double to right field, making it 2-0, and reinforcing Saturday's losses. At that early point it was apparent that Hollingsworth was struggling with the soreness that has plagued him throughout the spring. TCU took advantage of Hollingsworth’s discomfort and struck for a third run on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Nolan Brown. After making two errors in each of the first two games of the series, the Texas defense failed to deliver on Sunday. A rare throwing error by Brooks Marlow in the bottom of the eighth frame led to an unearned run for the Horned Frogs. Two innings earlier, the Horned Frogs got a solo homerun from Elliot Barzilli, paired with a sacrifice fly that scored a run to extend their lead to 5-1. The Longhorns' lone run came off the bat of Tres Barrera, who homered to left-centerfield in the top of the fourth inning. Although the team managed eight hits and three walks, the lineup failed to produce with runners in scoring position. Texas stranded 8 baserunners on Sunday, giving them a total of 31 in the series. The lone bright spot of the game was freshman Connor Mayes, who entered in relief of Hollingsworth. From the second through fifth frames, Mayes dominated the TCU lineup, only allowing one hit. After being swept by TCU, Texas is 22-22 overall and 8-10 in conference play. With only 2 Big 12 series (vs Texas Tech; at Baylor), and 8 total games remaining, Texas is in danger of missing postseason play for the third time in four seasons. POST-GAME Augie Garrido On Sunday’s game: “In the fourth, fifth and sixth innings we had runners on first and second and that's where our opportunities to score runs were. We hit into double plays twice, once when we were stealing third and the shortstop caught a line drive, the other time we didn't get our bunt down and then we hit a ground ball that led to a double play. So the difference in the teams – they had seven hits, we had eight – there were six runs difference because the quality at-bats they took to get runners in scoring position and to score the runners. That was the big separation all weekend long, was the quality at-bats they took with runners in scoring position and the number of runs they scored with productive outs. I've talked about that a lot and we don't do that.” On Connor Mayes: “He was outstanding. He was really good. He came in, grabbed the ball and threw it to the mitt with no fear. That's the way he pitched in high school and that's what made him one of the top pitchers in the entire state. So that was a real blessing to see him come through like that.” On moving Mayes to the starting rotation: “I would think so. I feel bad for Chad; he had a tough go of it. He didn't have any secondary pitches. His fastball was ok, but when you're facing this many left-handed hitters and you're right-handed it would be very difficult to beat them with one pitch, even if you could locate it. So I felt really bad for him, but I would definitely see Connor Mayes in the starting rotation.”
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  9. From UT athletics: IRVING, Texas — Six University of Texas men’s basketball players have earned a spot on the 2015 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Team, the league office announced Wednesday. Juniors Demarcus Holland, Prince Ibeh and Connor Lammert, senior Tarale Murry and sophomore Isaiah Taylor were each named to the First Team, while sophomore Kendal Yancy was selected to the Second Team. UT’s five first-team selections were the top mark in the conference. Texas and West Virginia paced the league with six total selections each. Holland, Ibeh and Lammert each earned their second career selections to the academic all-league team. Murry, Taylor and Yancy garnered their first career selections to the prestigious squad. Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the academic all-league men’s basketball team consisted of 19 first-team members and 13 second-team members. First-team members honor those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second-team honorees are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. To qualify for the team, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of his team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible. 2015 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Team (UT Selections only) First Team (3.20-plus GPA) Name_________________________ Class________ Major Demarcus Holland_________________ Jr.__________ Sport Management Prince Ibeh______________________ Jr.__________ Applied Learning & Development (minor in Educational Psychology) Connor Lammert__________________ Jr.__________ Corporate Communication Tarale Murry_____________________ Sr.__________ Accounting Isaiah Taylor_____________________ So.__________ Sport Management Second Team (3.00 to 3.19 GPA) Name_________________________ Class________ Major Kendal Yancy_____________________ So.__________ Sport Management/Business
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  10. Photo: TexasSports.com Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown was named a finalist for the the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which recognizes the most outstanding defensive player in college football. Brown, a senior, leads the Longhorns in tackles for loss (14), sacks (6.5), and forced fumbles (2). Brown joins Alabama safety Landon Collins, Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson, Louisville safety Gerod Holliman and Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright as a finalist for the honor. The winner will be announced on December 8th and presented the Bronko Nagurski Trophy at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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  11. Well, not too much flare, but the Longhorns did add a slight variation to their helmets - a shiny metallic Longhorn decal. Thoughts?
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  12. Photo: Mark D. Smith, USA Today Sports Images Texas head coach Charlie Strong announced on Thursday that he suspended wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander after the two were charged with sexual assault. Later that day Strong informed two more Longhorn football players that they were dismissed from the team. According to multiple reports, Thursday night's dismissals were: sophmore running back Jalen Overstreet and freshman safety Chevoski Collins. Both players were shown the door for "violating team rules" according to reports. Overstreet appeared in 9 games last season for the Longhorns while Collins redshirted. Both players were recruited by Texas as 3-star athletes. Dismissals did not stop with Overstreet and Collins. Running back Joe Bergeron has also joined the growing list of players being told they are no longer part of the team. Bergeron’s dismissal was somewhat of a surprise, especially after Charlie Strong’s comments about the senior at Big 12 Media Days: Bergeron was expected to play a key role in the Texas backfield, providing support for a running back corps which includes senior Malcolm Brown and junior Johnathan Gray. Brown missed time during his freshman and sophomore seasons due to injury and Johnathan Gray missed the majority of the last season with an Achilles injury. Bergeron was dismissed from Spring practices and has a history of disciplinary actions since coming to campus. The loss of Bergeron could give true freshman tailback Duke Catalon (Eisenhower HS, Houston) the opportunity to play in the upcoming season. Bergeron wasn’t the only senior to be dismissed on Friday. Multiple reports indicate safety Josh Turner as also being released for "violating team rules." Turner played on special teams and defense in 38 games with the Longhorns, starting 5 games. Linebacker Kendall Thompson is also no longer with the team. Although reports are that Thompson is discontinuing his playing career after a history of concussions. At Big 12 Media Days earlier this week in Dallas, Charlie Strong was asked a question about the primary motivating factors he uses and how much is ‘fear’ one of them. Coach Strong responded with: It is fairly safe to say that there are more than a handful of players on the 40 Acres that disagree with that statement. * NOTE: The Texas Athletic Department has not yet released an official statement on the dismissals.
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  13. Photo: Brendan Maloney, USA Today Sports Images It appears the Texas Longhorns will have three running backs at full-strength when the team's 2014 football season kicks off against North Texas on August 30th. It was announced yesterday that sophmore running back Johnathan Gray was fully cleared to participate in fall camp, which left only senior running back Joe Bergeron's status in question. When asked about Bergeron at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas on Tuesday, Texas head football coach Charlie Strong has this to say: He followed up that statement with this one: Bergeron rushed for 362 yards and four touchdowns in the 2013 season.
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  14. Photo: Houston Chronicle Brenham High School's Blake Wellman has verbally committed to play baseball at The University of Texas in 2015. Wellman (6-3, 175 lbs.), a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher, was recently named to the Houston Chronicle's "All Greater Houston Baseball Team" along with Brenham Cubs teammate Teddy Hoffman. Wellman is the fifth 2015 pitcher to commit to Augie Garrido's Longhorns, joining Beau Ridgeway (The Woodlands, TX), Chase Sugart (Bridge City, TX), Nick Kennedy (College Station, TX) and Nolan Kingham (Las Vegas, NV). The Longhorns added quality arms to the pitching staff in the 2014 class and it appears they are on track to do the same with the 2015 class.
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  15. Big 12 Conference Football Media Days will take place on July 21-22 in Dallas with 5 schools participating each day. The Conference recently released the lineup of players scheduled to participate on behalf of their respective schools: Monday, July 21, 2014 Baylor: Quarterback Bryce Petty (QB), Antwan Goodley (WR), Bryce Hager (LB), Shawn Oakman (DE). Kansas: Nick Harwell (WR), Ben Heeney (LB), Jimmay Mundine (TE), Cassius Sendish (SAF). Oklahoma State: Jhajuan Seales (WR), corner back Kevin Peterson (CB), linebacker Ryan Simmons (LB). TCU: Safety Sam Carter (SAF), defensive tackle Chucky Hunter (DT), Joe Hunt ©, David Porter (WR). Texas Tech: Wide receiver Bradley Marquez (WR), linebacker Sam Eguavoen (LB), Kenny Williams (RB). Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Iowa State: Tom Farniok (OL), Cory Morrissey (DE), E.J. Bibbs (TE), Jevohn Miller (LB). Kansas State: Tyler Lockett (WR), Jake Waters (QB), Ryan Mueller (DE), Jonathan Truman (LB), B.J. Finney (OL). Oklahoma: Trevor Knight (QB), Geneo Grissom (LB), Chuka Ndulue (DT), Daryl Williams (DT), Julian Wilson (SAF). Texas: Dominic Espinosa ©, Malcolm Brown (RB), Quandre Diggs (CB). West Virginia: Kevin White (WR), Daryl Worley (CB), Nick O'Toole (P). Notably for the Longhorns, quarterback David Ash will not make the trip to Dallas to participate.
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  16. Photo: Steven Branscombe - USA Today Sports Senior RHP Nathan Thornhill threw 8 innings of shutout baseball as the Texas Longhorns won their 3rd straight in Omaha, beating Vanderbilt 4-0. The win by Texas forces a decisive rematch on Saturday at 7:00 pm against the Commodores, with the winner securing a spot in the College World Series Championship against the winner of the Ole Miss/ Virginia series. Thornhill scattered 5 hits and struck out five over eight innings. The shutout performance by Thornhill and closer John Curtiss (who pitched the 9th inning) was the 10th all-time by the Longhorns in College World Series play and resulted in back-to-back shutouts for head coach Augie Garrido's team. Vanderbilt starting pitcher Tyler Ferguson was in trouble early on and lasted only 2/3 of an inning before being replaced by Brian Miller. The Longhorns scored a pair of runs in both the first and second innings and held on to a 4-0 lead for the remainder of the game. C.J. Hinojosa, Brooks Marlow, Mark Payton and Madison Carter had RBI's on the day. Texas pitching has been stellar in Omaha thus far and the Longhorns hope junior right-hander Parker French can continue the success on Saturday.
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  17. Photo credit - USA Today Sports Images The Longhorns stayed alive in Omaha after defeating the Louisville Cardinals 4-1 behind a strong outing by Texas starting pitcher Parker French. French went 7 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking three, giving up only one earned run in the 8th before he was replaced by Travis Duke. Duke was spectacular in relief, striking out two while allowing no hits and no runs. The Cardinals committed four errors and managed just four hits in the loss. Texas dinged Louisville starting pitcher Anthony Kidston for six hits and three runs before he was replaced in the 9th inning by Cardinal closer Nick Burdi. Burdi gave up a sacrifice fly to Brooks Marlow in the 9th which scored Madison Carter, adding an insurance run for the Longhorns. After losing to Vanderbilt on Saturday, today's loss eliminates the Cardinals from the College World Series. Texas stays alive and will face the loser of Monday night's game between Vanderbilt and UC-Irvine on Wednesday, June 18th at 7:00 pm.
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  18. Matt Cotcher

    Quarterback news

    Blinn JC quarterback, Logan Vinklarek, has committed to play at Texas. Vinklarek was a two-way standout (football and baseball) at La Grange High School. He will be a preferred walk-on this Fall at Texas. In his freshman year at Blinn, Vinklarek played in 9 games, completing 54% of his passes and throwing for 485 yards.
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  19. Of the 100+ games slated to air on the Fox network of channels, three games will include the Texas Longhorns. Week 2 BYU @ Texas (6:30 PM, on FOX Sports 1) Week 3 UCLA vs. Texas (7:00 PM, FOX) *Cowboy Stadium, Arlington, TX Week 14 TCU @ Texas (6:30 PM, FOX Sports 1) For a complete listing of college football games scheduled to be aired on the Fox network this season visit this link.
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  20. The Texas vs. Texas A&M rivalry was rekindled today at Reckling Park as the #2 seed Longhorns faced the #3 seed Aggies in Game 1 of the Houston Regional. Texas rode the arm of senior pitcher Nathan Thornhill for 7 innings before handing things over to Morgan Cooper, who pitched two solid innings in the 8-1 victory. Brooks Marlow homered for Texas in the first inning and C.J. Hinojosa and Collin Shaw led the Longhorns, each with 2 RBI's. Texas A&M starting pitcher Daniel Mengden gave up 7 runs on 7 hits in 2 1/3 innings to the Longhorns and was replaced by Aggie sophmore pitcher Matt Kent. Kent gave up one run and 4 hits in his relief effort. With the win the Longhorns improve their all-time record against the Aggies to 241-123-5. Texas will face the winner of the Rice (#1) vs. George Mason (#4) game on Saturday at 7:00 pm.
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