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In an important Top-10 matchup, the Oklahoma State Cowboys (29-13, 11-5) travelled to Austin to take on the Longhorns (31-14, 9-7). A back and forth battle saw the Cowboys take the first game, 8-6.
Skyler Messinger led the Longhorns offense with two home runs on the night (2-4, 2RBI) along with Ivan Melendez (1-4, 1RBI) with his lone hit being a home run.
Pete Hansen (8-2) manned the mound for the 'Horns for the first seven frames. He threw 96 pitches with 67 of those being strikes along with 6 strikeouts.
The Texas' offense fought hard, yet it wasn't enough to overcome the bats of the Cowboys. A scrappy Oklahoma State team began the scoring with a 2nd inning solo home run from David Mendham. Ivan Melendez reciprocated with a 4th inning solo homer of his own.
The Cowboys continued in the 5th with an RBI single from lead-off hitter Roc Riggio and a 2-run homer from Jake Thompson giving the Cowboys a 4-1 lead.
Messinger answered with a solo home run, accompanied by a groundout RBI from Faltine and an RBI single from Todd (1-5) to even the score.
Every time the 'Horns tied the game, Oklahoma State answered with runs of their own. Back-to-back homers from the Cowboys in the 6th gave them a 2-run lead. Texas responded in the 7th and 8th innings with a RBI single from Stehly that scored Todd and Messinger's second solo home run of the night to even the score, 6-6.
The Cowboys ultimately scored the final runs of the game with a 2-RBI double in the 9th inning that secured the win, 8-6.
Texas will look to even the series on Saturday at 2:30 PM in a game that will air on the Longhorn Network.
It was another active day in the transfer portal as 3 Texas players announced they would be leaving the 40 acres. Defensive lineman Jordon Thomas, wide receiver Kelvontay Dixon and wide receiver Dajon Harrison entered their names into the transfer portal on Friday with the May 1st deadline fast approaching for players to enter the portal and still be eligible at their new school.
Thomas re-joined the Texas this spring program after missing the 2021 season due to personal reasons. Dixon recorded 9 catches in two seasons but fell on the depth chart this spring with the addition of Isaiah Neyor and Jordan Whittington returning from injury. Harrison sat out the 2020 due to Covid-19 concerns and appeared in one game in 2021.
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2023 Frisco Wakeland High School (TX) offensive tackle Connor Stroh's recruitment has skyrocketed since he received his first scholarship offer, courtesy of the Texas Longhorns, which came prior to the Texas vs. Oklahoma State game last season in Austin.
It is no secret that Texas offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Kyle Flood loves "big humans," and that's precisely why Stroh was offered early by Flood and the Texas staff. Stroh is 6-7, and weighs approximately 340 lbs.
He has accumulated almost 20 offers, from schools including Stanford, SMU, Florida, Florida State, Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Michigan State and Tennessee.
On Friday Stroh announced his Top 5 schools via Twitter, which included Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Auburn and Florida.
Stroh told HornSports he doesn't have an exact timeline for a commitment, but it would likely will come late in the summer or in the early part of the upcoming high school football season.
Texas does not currently have any OL commitments in the 2023 class, and Stroh is likely a huge priority.
Stroh is rated as a 3-star prospect via the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, but that will almost certainly improve as the season approaches/gets underway.
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The #10 Texas Longhorns host the #8 Oklahoma State Cowboys this weekend in a Top-10 matchup at Disch-Falk Field in a high-stakes series. Both teams need wins for postseason positioning down the stretch, but do the Longhorns have enough in the tank to take the series from Oklahoma State? Here are three things to watch for in the 'Horns vs. Pokes matchup.
1. Will Texas give Friday night starter Pete Hansen some run support?
Hansen hasn’t lost a game at the Disch all season and only one game overall. This will be arguably his biggest test of the season, but he is more than capable of matching the competition. Hansen is one of the best pitchers in the country and I expect to see more of that on Friday night. He hasn’t always had great run support this year, such as in his complete game win vs TCU in which the offense scored just two runs. The bats need to get started early for David Pierce's team to have success.
2. Which Tristan Stevens will we see?
Last season Stevens was solid all year and was a reliable starter. He was a one of the reasons Texas had the season they did last year. If they want to reach Omaha again, he will need to regain that form. He has won just one of his last five starts. Without Tanner Witt in the rotation, Stevens is arguably the biggest X factor on the team.
3. Will the bullpen continue to improve?
The Longhorns had a quality bullpen last year to compliment their starting pitching, which made them very tough to beat. With Lucas Gordon unexpectedly taking over the Sunday starter role, the bullpen is even more important this year. The bullpen has struggled much of the year but has started to look a better. Last year Aaron Nixon was lights-out and he has struggled this season, but he needs to get back to his rhythm if Texas is going to beat good teams such as Oklahoma State this weekend.
Redshirt sophomore Jaden Hullaby entered the transfer portal Thursday afternoon. The third year player had transitioned from linebacker to running back earlier this spring.
Hullaby appeared in two games during his Texas career, logging 1 tackle. He briefly appeared during Saturday's spring game. Hullaby becomes the second Texas player to enter the portal this week, joining DL Myron Warren.
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Texas Baseball's regular season has three Big 12 Conference series remaining before the conference tournament and postseason play begin. The first of those series is against the Oklahoma State Cowboys this weekend at Disch-Falk Field. It's an important series for both programs, who are jockeying for position in terms of national seeding for regionals, but both teams still have a shot at a conference championship as well.
As it stands now, both the Longhorns and Cowboys are projected to host regionals, but headed down the stretch the stakes are high and wins go a long way toward positioning in post-regular season play.
Texas will enter Friday's game riding a five game winning streak, capped off by a 7-2 road victory over the UTRGV Vaqueros on Tuesday night. The Cowboys defeated Wichita State 12-6, also on the road last Tuesday.
Last season in Stillwater, the Longhorns went 2-1 against the Pokes, winning the series. Oklahoma State beat Texas in their lone matchup in the Big 12 Tournament last season, with the Cowboys advancing to the championship game against eventual winner TCU.
Texas ace Pete Hansen will get the nod on the mound in Game 1. Hansen is an almost-perfect 7-1 on the season with a 2.70 ERA.
WHAT: #10 TEXAS (31-13, 9-6) vs. #8 OKLAHOMA STATE (28-13, 10-5)
WHEN: Friday, April 29 - Sunday, May 1, 2022
WHERE: UFCU Disch-Falk Field
LOCATION: Austin, TX
TIMES: Friday at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m.
TV: Longhorn Network
LIVE STATS: https://texassports.com/sidearmstats/baseball
ALL-TIME SERIES: Texas leads Oklahoma State 64-48
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
FRIDAY–Texas LHP Pete Hansen (7-1, 2.70) vs. OSU RHP Justin Campbell (6-1, 2.89)
SATURDAY–Texas RHP Tristan Stevens (5-4, 4.50) vs. OSU RHP Bryce Osmond (3-1, 4.40)
SUNDAY–Texas LHP Lucas Gordon (4-1, 3.00) vs. OSU RHP Victor Mederos (3-3, 6.55)
Oct 2, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs defensive end Ochaun Mathis (32) tackles Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson (5) during the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
TCU transfer and defensive end Ochaun Mathis made his top two schools public on Tuesday, announcing his decision to play at either Texas or Nebraska would come on Saturday, April 30th. Mathis made the announcement via his YouTube documentary, which was filmed at Manor High School in Manor, TX.
Mathis is arguably the best player available in the Transfer Portal, along with former Sun Devil linebacker Eric Gentry.
He entered the portal on January 14th and announced his Top 5 schools of Texas, Ole Miss, Penn State, Nebraska and USC a month later.
Mathis would provide an immediate improvement in the pass rushing capabilities of the Texas defense, which declined substantially after Joseph Ossai's departure to the NFL.
His former coach at TCU, Gary Patterson, is the special assistant to Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian. The connection there cannot hurt.
Mathis started 34 games for the Horned Frogs over the course of four seasons.
Last season he had 45 total tackles (7 for loss) and four sacks. In 2020 he had 46 tackles (14 for loss) and nine sacks.
D1 Baseball released its postseason projections for the field of 64 teams on Wednesday, and the Texas Longhorns (31-13) find themselves at #11 on the list. The Top 16 teams will host regionals, with David Pierce's team projected to host Pennsylvania, Dallas Baptist and Tulane.
Other Big 12 teams projected to host regionals include TCU and Oklahoma State. D1 Baseball projects TCU winning the Big 12 and securing a national #7 seed, while Oklahoma State sits at #16.
The Longhorns will host #8 Oklahoma State this weekend at Disch-Falk Field and play a three-game series at West Virginia (May 6-8) before wrapping up the regular season at home against Kansas (May 19-21).
The Big 12 Baseball Tournament will take place on May 25-29th at Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX.
Andrew Jones and Dylan Disu were among 247 college players who filed as early entry candidates for the 2022 NBA draft. It is not known if either player hired an agent, making them ineligible to retain college eligibility. Players who do not hire an agent have until June 1st to withdraw from the draft if they wish to return to college.
Jones just wrapped up his 6th season at Texas. The redshirt senior averaged 11.2 points this past season and has college eligibility remaining if he wishes to use his Covid year. Disu, who transferred to Texas last offseason from Vanderbilt, missed part of the 2021-2022 season while recovering from a knee injury. The 6'9 forward ended up playing in 26 games, averaging 3.7 points and 3.2 rebounds.
In addition to Jones and Disu, Courtney Ramey also filed for the NBA Draft. Ramey entered the transfer portal earlier this month and will not hire an agent.
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The Texas Longhorns (31-13) traveled south to Edinburg, Texas to take on the UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros (23-17) at UTRGV Baseball Stadium. It was smooth sailing for the 'Horns as they departed the Valley with a 7-2 victory.
It was mostly a quiet day at the plate for the Longhorns, with the exception of a slew of hits in the 4th and 8th innings.
Kimble Schuessler started in place of Silas Ardoin at catcher and began the scoring with a 2nd inning, RBI single into centerfield that scored Skyler Messinger who led off with a double, deep into center field.
A one hit, 4th inning saw the Longhorns score four runs.
Vaqueros' starting pitcher, Randy Garza, struggled to begin the inning with two walks and a hit batter that loaded the bases, forcing Head Coach Derek Matlock to make a pitching change. Reliever Randy Gerik Jr. then gave way to a bases-loaded walk that scored Schuessler. Mitchell Daly scored a run from an error by shortstop Isaac Lopez, after he misplayed a grounder from Austin Todd. Ivan Melendez followed up with a 2 RBI single down the third base line that scored two more runs bringing the Texas lead to 5-0.
The Vaqueros scored their first run of the night on an RBI single into left field by 2nd baseman, Diego Ramirez, with their only other score coming off a 2-out, 9th inning wild pitch from Aaron Nixon.
Texas got back on the board in the 8th inning after a dropped ball by a Vaquero outfielder allowed Mitchell Daly to score. Melendez scored his 64th RBI on the season with a single into left field that drove in Trey Faltine, giving Texas seven runs on the evening.
Zane Morehouse pitched a lights-out performance in his first start of the season, giving him a spotless (1-0) record. He had a no-hitter alive until the 6th inning when a couple of singles from the Vaqueros ultimately got him pulled. Brief appearances from Luke Harrison, Lebarron Johnson Jr, Travis Sthele, and Aaron Nixon finished out the game for the 'Horns.
Nixon, who is from nearby McAllen, TX, was brought in late in the ninth by head coach David Pierce to pitch in front of his hometown fans, appreciated the support he received from the crowd.
The Longhorns will return to Austin for a weekend series against #8 Oklahoma State Cowboys. The series will begin Friday, April 29th at 6:30pm and can be viewed on Longhorn Network.
Melendez: 2H, 3RBI
Schuessler: 1H, 1RBI, 1R
Hodo: 1H, 1RBI, 1R
Morehouse: 5.2IP, 71P, 6SO
Junior DT Myron Warren announced Tuesday morning that he would be entering the transfer portal.
Warren did not play his first two years on campus before appearing in 3 games in 2021, registering 3 total tackles. The Louisiana native was a part of the 2019 recruiting class and was ranked as the 7th best player in Louisiana, according to 247sports.
The next 5 days figure to be active days in the transfer portal, as athletes who are not graduating from their current school must enter the portal by May 1st to be eligible for the 2022 season.
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New Mexico State junior guard Sir’Jabari Rice (6-4, 180 lbs.) entered the transfer portal On March 29th, following the departure of the Aggies' Head Coach Chris Jans to Mississippi State. A couple of weeks later, Texas sophmore guard Devin Askew announced his decision to enter the transfer portal. On the same day of Askew's announcement, Chris Beard secured a commitment from Rice.
The Longhorns made his commitment official on Tuesday, with Rice signing an Athletic Scholarship Agreement to play on the 40 Acres for the 2022-2023 season.
Rice's addition to the program will be welcomed as a seasoned upperclassman, as he has played in 111 career games and started in 74 of those games. Last season with New Mexico State he averaged 11.9 points and 4.8 rebounds and shot 42.4 percent from the floor.
Rice played high school basketball at Fort Bend Marshall High School in Houston and helped the Buffalos reach the 5A State Championship Game in 2017.
The Longhorns also recently received positive news from senior forward Timmy Allen and senior guard Marcus Carr who announced their decisions to return for another year.
The last time the Texas Baseball program travelled to Edinburg, Texas, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley took 3 of 4 games from the Longhorns at UTRGV Baseball Stadium.
That was 1971.
Fast forward 50 years and the Vaqueros have high hopes of upsetting the #10 ranked Longhorns again.
Texas is coming off a dominant sweep of the Baylor Bears last weekend and hopes to continue their hard-hitting, power offense that saw them put up 46 runs against Baylor.
Redshirt Sophmore RHP Zane Morehouse (0-0) is expected to get his first start of the season against UTRGV. He has pitched a total of 15.2 innings in relief this season and has given up 14 hits with a 3.45 ERA.
The Vaqueros will start lefty Randy Garcia (1-0, .87 ERA).
The Longhorns hosted UTRGV earlier this month at Disch-Falk Field (April 5, 2022) and defeated the Vaqueros 13-5.
Texas leads the all-time series record 53-6.
What: #10 TEXAS LONGHORNS vs. UTRGV VAQUEROS
When: Tuesday. April 26th, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM CST
Location: Edinburg, TX
Venue: UTRGV Baseball Stadium
The Texas Longhorns wrapped up their annual scrimmage on Saturday night at Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in a non-traditional format. There was no score kept and players had the opportunity to showcase their growth after fourteen Spring practices, culminating in a scrimmage for the fans. While head coach Steve Sarkisian made mention of how the team still has room to grow, he was happy with the progress to-date.
"Clearly we're not a finished product. There's plenty of work to be done, but we're moving in the right direction."
Texas will open the season, Sarkisian's second with the Longhorns, at Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium on September 3rd against Louisiana-Monroe.
The Hispanic Titanic has hit five home runs in his last five games and has a whopping on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.942.
Texas first baseman Ivan Melendez is riding an eight game hitting streak, and the junior redshirt is absolutely pummeling the baseball in those eight games. Melendez went 3-4 and had two home runs in the series finale against Baylor on Sunday, leading the #10 Longhorns to a 13-4 victory and series sweep.
He has 21 home runs this season and maintains a .401 batting average.
His production over the last five games was good enough to secure Big 12 Honors this week, as he was named Player of the Week for the third time this season. Melendez was also named a Collegiate Baseball Player of the Week this week.
Melendez and the Longhorns will face UT-Rio Grande Valley in a Tuesday night matchup before hosting a Top-10 Oklahoma State Cowboys team at Disch-Falk Field in a weekend series that starts Friday.
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AUSTIN, Texas - Texas began the day looking to sweep the series against the Baylor Bears at Disch-Falk Field. For the second game in a row a complete performance from the Longhorns saw them sail past the Bears, 13-4.
The Longhorns' offense has been on a roll as of late. Ivan Melendez had another fantastic day at the plate, starting with a 1st inning, 2-run home run immediately followed by a solo home run from Murphy Stehly. Austin Todd added to the count with a 3rd inning solo homer for his first of the season.
The offense continued feasting in the 4th and 5th innings. Dylan Campbell scored on a poor throw to third base on an attempt to tag him out. Melendez followed up with a 2-RBI single after Douglas Hodo was walked and Austin Todd had a single of his own. In the 5th, Skyler Messinger added a 2-run homer to left field that brought in Silas Ardoin after he singled into center field to get him on base. The series of hits brought the Texas lead to 9-2.
Melendez furthered his home run count with a 6th inning solo shot to left center field. Melendez leads Division I in slugging percentage (.908) as well with 21 home runs which is good for 3rd most all-time in a single season in Texas Baseball history. Over a third of Melendez's hits this season have been for homers (21-61).
The scoring continued in the 8th inning with a pair of bases-loaded walks from Ardoin that brought in Douglas Hodo and Messinger. Austin Todd scored also to decide the final tally at 13-4.
Starter Lucas Gordon (4-1) found himself in some danger at the top of the 1st. A double, and back-to-back hit batters loaded the bases. After a mound visit, he salvaged the situation, allowing only one run with mostly smooth-sailing from then on out. Jared Southard came in to relieve Gordon followed by Luke Harrison with Aaron Nixon finishing the game.
A master class of a series featured 13 home runs, the most of any series this year as well as 46 runs scored on 48 hits.
The Longhorns will travel to UT-Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday, then arguably their toughest series this upcoming weekend against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The series will take place at Disch-Falk Field (April 29 - May 1) and will air on Longhorn Network.
Steve Sarkisian and the Texas Longhorns wrapped up Spring Camp with the annual Orange and White scrimmage on Saturday. There were a multitude of positions and players to discuss, some which wowed and some which are still a work in progress. Here are several thoughts on what transpired at Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening.
1. Quinn Ewers is the guy to lead the offense. He is young and still has room to grow but the offense just has a different groove with him at the helm than when Hudson Card is leading. Card isn't a bad option by any stretch of the imagination, but with Ewers there is a different ceiling that is possible. The deep ball to wide receiver Isaiah Neyor that resulted in a touchdown was an absolute beauty.
2. The offensive line still is a work in progress. The spring game is a zero sum game but there were times that both Card and Ewers were under pressure to the point of having no time to do anything in the pocket. While that could indicate the defensive line is just better, we know what this offensive line was last year. If the offensive line can manage to be just average, the Longhorns can have one of the best offenses in the nation.
3. Isaiah Neyor is someone who really passes the eye test. The zip ball from Ewers was exceptional, but Neyor looks like the player Texas needs that will take pressure off of Xavier Worthy. When Jordan Whittington went down last year, the offense experienced a drop-off in performance. With the addition of Neyor, Sark has another extremely reliable receiver. Neyor could very well solidify himself as the number two guy in the receiving corps when the season gets underway. Big offseason pickup for Steve Sarkisian.
Steve Sarkisian received more good news following the team's annual Orange & White Scrimmage on Saturday, this time with the commitment of 2023 wide receiver Ryan Niblett. Niblett, who attends Aldine Eisenhower High School in Houston, announced his commitment shortly after DeSoto running back Tre Wisner made his intentions public.
Niblett is a highly coveted prospect at the wide receiver position and is ranked as the 16th best in the country. He is also ranked as the 19th best player in the state and 106th best overall in the country.
Niblett held offers from a myriad of programs including Alabama, Baylor, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M and USC.
The 5-10, 170 lb. speedster becomes the fifth commit in the Texas Class of 2023 joining running back Tre Wisner, linebacker S'Maje Burrell, defensive lineman Dylan Spencer and safety Jamel Johnson.
The Longhorns' Spring Game which took place on Saturday at Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium yielded its first dividend on the recruiting front, with 2023 DeSoto Running Back Tre Wisner pulling the trigger in favor of Texas.
Wisner, who is 5-11 and 180 lbs., is rated the 12th best running back in the country and the 36th best player in the state of Texas according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.
Wisner holds offers from Texas A&M, LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Florida and Ole Mis among others.
He played his first two seasons at Waco Connally High School before transferring to DeSoto.
His commitment makes him the first on the offensive side of the ball, joining linebacker S'Maje Burrell, defensive lineman Dylan Spencer and safety Jamel Johnson.
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On a day honoring the 2002 College World Championship team, the #10 Texas Longhorns offense continued its hot streak. Texas once again faced Baylor at Disch-Falk Field in a 13-4 victory that clinched the series and tightened the Big 12 standings.
It was another busy day at the plate for David Pierce's Longhorns. For the second game in a row the entire starting lineup landed a hit. Douglas Hodo III (3-4, 4RBI, 1HR) started the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Skyler Messinger (3-4, 2RBI), and a 3rd inning sacrifice fly out from Messinger that scored Melendez (1-2, 2RBI, 1HR). The series of hits put two runs on the board for the 'Horns.
After a double from Daly (1-3) and a single from Faltine (3-3, 2RBI, 1HR) Hodo drove in Daly with a single into left field. A wild throw to first following a bunt from Todd drove in Faltine and a subsequent 2-run homer from Ivan Melendez gave Texas a 6-3 lead. Melendez now leads the nation in home runs (19) along with a second place slugging percentage (.845).
Trey Faltine has seemingly caught fire as of late. A 5th inning, full count 2-run bomb cleared the center field fence pushing his home run count to (12) on the season, (.692 BA in last 3 games, including 10 RBI) giving the ‘Horns a 8-3 lead. After the game Head Coach David Pierce mentioned how impressed he was with Faltine’s at-bat, protecting the plate and keeping enough for the home run to expand the lead.
Some late game insurance was offered from Silas Ardoin (2-4, 2RBI, 1HR). Ardoin hammered a 2-run homer to left field, and Texas also got as a 7th inning 2-run homer from Hodo. Messinger followed with an RBI single that scored Melendez to give Texas a final 13-4 victory.
Tristan Stevens had a solid outing, compiling 96 pitches, 7Ks, 6 ⅔ IP, and another win to his record. However, it didn’t come without some hiccups. Baylor’s Jared McKenzie went yard twice with a pair of solo home runs, along with a couple RBI’s from Chase Wehsener and Jacob Schoenvogel. Luke Harrison spelled Stevens as well as Lebarron Johnson Jr. with Daniel Blair finishing the game.
The 'Horns have amassed an astonishing 33 runs in the last two games including 9 home runs. They'll look to bolster those numbers Sunday when they take on the Bears at 1pm. The game will be aired on Longhorn Network.