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Texas dominates in series opener against Baylor 20-1

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Texas (28-13, 7-6) dominated Baylor (20-18, 4-9) at Disch-Faulk Field to the tune of five home runs and four doubles in a 20-1 thrashing of the Bears. An early and unrelenting handling of Baylor put this game out of reach early.
Pete Hansen manned the mound to begin the game for Texas. He pitched for five innings only allowing one run on five hits, continuing his stellar season and picking up another win for the Longhorns. Hansen currently holds a (7-1) record with a (2.78 ERA).
The Texas offense stayed busy at the plate. A second inning RBI from Trey Faltine started the scoring with a line drive down the third base line to bring home Stehly, Messinger, and Campbell to give the 'Horns a quick three run lead. 
Baylor answered with an RBI single into left field by Tre Richardson which would be their only score of the evening.
The Texas offense came right back with a three run homer from Silas Ardoin that drove in Todd and Stehly to strengthen a 6-1 lead.
A slew of hits through the 4th Inning saw the entire Texas lineup accrue a hit. Campbell and Daly batted into left field securing them on base following with an RBI single from Faltine that drove them in. Douglas Hodo singled into right field while Austin Todd brought in Faltine. However, Todd was called out after over-running Hodo as a result of the ball deflecting off of the glove of the outfielder, leaving Hodo on base. Ivan Melendez then smashed a deep, two-run homer to center field. Stehly singled into left field and Campbell brought him in with a deep shot RBI double into center field giving the Longhorns a commanding 13-1 lead.
The Longhorns' offense continued in the 5th inning with a single from Faltine, an RBI double from Hodo that drove in Faltine, a wild pitch walk from Todd, and a RBI single from Melendez that scored Hodo. Stehly joined with a sacrifice fly that scored Todd for the final run of the inning extending the lead to 16-1.
The scoring continued for the 'Horns in the 6th and 7th inning by virtue of solo homers from Messinger and Hodo. Freshman Kimble Schuessler finalized the 20-1 Longhorns victory with a monster 2-run homer in the 7th.
20 runs marks the most runs the Longhorns have had since 2010 in a match against Missouri.  The blitzing performance included a career high five RBI's from Trey Faltine and first career home run from Kimble Schuessler.
The Longhorns look to take the series tomorrow with a 1:00 pm showing against the Bears.
Game Stats:
Trey Faltine: 5RBI, 3H, 2
Douglas Hodo: 2RBI, 3H, 3R, 1HR
Ivan Melendez: 3RBI, 2H, 1R, 1HR
Silas Ardoin: 3RBI, 1H, 1R, 1HR
Pete Hansen: 5IP, 5H, 1R

Spring Game Preview: 3 storylines to follow

Texas will wrap up spring practice Saturday evening with the Orange-White spring game, although this year's spring game will have a little different format. Steve Sarkisian mentioned after Thursday's practice that they will not be splitting up the roster into two teams this year, instead opting for an offense-defense scrimmage of around 100 plays with a competitive red-zone period to end the evening.
Despite not having a conventional spring game, there are still plenty of storylines to follow as the Longhorns hold their final practice before entering into the offseason.
1. Hudson Card vs Quinn Ewers
Another year, another QB battle. One benefit of this year's spring game setup is both QB's should see time with the first team offense. Regardless of how both perform on Saturday, this is a battle that will stretch into fall camp. This will be the first opportunity for fans to see Quinn Ewers in live action, and it will be interesting to see how the redshirt freshman responds with fans in stands during a live scrimmage environment.
Hudson Card had a solid spring game a year ago before ultimately winning the starting job in fall camp and then losing it in week 3 of the regular season. Card will need to display better pocket presence and accuracy than he showed in 2021.
Both quarterbacks have the arm talent to execute Steve Sarkisian's offense, so the ability to take care of the football and limit mistakes will likely play a big role in who opens the season as the starter.
2. Will the LB's take the next step?
The entire Texas defense was not good in 2021, but the linebacker position in particular struggled mightily for extended stretches. This was a massive spring for DeMarvion Overshown, Jaylan Ford, David Gbenda and Devin Richardson. Overshown is completing his first (!) spring practice at LB, while Ford is looking to build on some solid performances at the end of last season. All 4 linebackers will need to take big steps forward in defending the run and Saturday will serve as an early test to see how far they have come in 15 practices.
3. Making the pieces fit together at WR
It has been a big offseason in the WR room, with Brennan Marion being hired and several transfers joining the fold. Xavier Worthy is the clear number one receiver and should be in for a big sophomore campaign. How things shake out behind Worthy will be one of the more interesting developments to watch beginning on Saturday. Jordan Whittington is fully healthy and looking to build on a 2021 season where he put together several quality games before suffering an injury. Senior Marcus Washington saw extended action following Whittington's injury and is perhaps the best blocking WR on the team.
One of the biggest additions of the offseason was snagging Wyoming transfer Isaiah Neyor from the portal. Neyor brings a different skillset with his length and catch radius. He very well might open fall camp as the starter opposite of Xavier Worthy. Fellow transfer Agiye Hall committed to Texas earlier this week and is set to join the team this summer after finishing his semester at Alabama.
There are no shortage of options for Texas at WR. In addition to the 5 players mentioned above, redshirt sophomore Kelvontay Dixon and redshirt freshman Casey Cain will be fighting for snaps. Saturday's spring game will serve as the first data point for how Steve Sarkisian and Brennan Marion deploy the options at their disposal. 

Senior guard Marcus Carr announces return to Texas next season

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Two days after Texas forward Timmy Allen announced his decision to return to the program next season, his teammate and senior guard Marcus Carr announced his decision to also return to the 40 Acres.
The announcement came via Instagram on Friday with the caption "Standard Set. Expectations remain high. Bar Risen and never been one to walk underneath.  Longhorn Nation, I have a promise to keep. See you in the Moody!
Carr transferred to Texas from the University of Minnesota last season and averaged 11.4 points and 3.4 assists per game in his first year with the Longhorns.
His return is significant, as he started in 32 of 24 games and was second in scoring for Chris Beard's program.

#16 Texas Softball defeats Houston 6-4 in mid-week matchup

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AUSTIN, TX -- Four days after dealing top-ranked Oklahoma their first loss of the season, the Texas Longhorns (32-12-1) hosted the Houston Cougars (23-20-1) on Tuesday evening in a final midweek contest before wrapping up the regular season with three weekend series (@ Oklahoma State, @ Texas Tech, Baylor).
McKenzie Parker's solo home run in the bottom of the first inning put Texas on the board first and gave the 'Horns a 1-0 lead.  
The offensive firepower continued in the second inning, with junior Lou Gilbert hitting a two-run shot to left-center field to extend the Texas lead to 3-0 over Houston.  Senior Janae Jefferson continued the scoring for the Longhorns, delivering a two-out, two-run blast to right-center field giving Texas a 5-0 advantage.
The Cougars assembled a four-run third inning on a two-run RBI double by Aspen Howie and consecutive RBI's from Becca Schulte and Kati Ray Brown.
Texas led 5-4 after three innings played.
Janae Jefferson provided an insurance run for the Longhorns in the fourth inning, scoring Gilbert on an RBI hit up the middle. 
Hailey Dolcini relieved starter Estelle Czech in the sixth inning.
With one out and one on in the seventh inning, Bella Dayton's highlight catch in foul territory notched the second out for Texas.  
Dolcini struck out Kati Ray Brown to end the game with the Longhorns winning 6-4.
UP NEXT:  #16 Texas will travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma to face the #6 Oklahoma State Cowboys on Friday, April 22 at 6 p.m. CST.

Longhorns gain a much needed 12-10 win in back and forth battle with Air Force Falcons

AUSTIN, TX -- After an explosive outing from the Falcons' offense on Tuesday that saw them defeat Texas to the tune of 14-2, the Longhorns looked to avenge their mediocre performance and get back in the win column.
Air Force began with a homerun on just the third pitch of the game. A few nice catches by the Texas fielders brought the Texas offense to the plate. Murphy Stehly hit a 2-run home run over the left field fence that gave Texas their first lead in the 2-game series. A slew of hits from Mitchell Daly and Trey Faltine gave Texas two more runs before Silas Ardoin nailed a 3-run double off the right field wall to expand Texas' lead. Skyler Messinger followed up with an RBI single to drive Ardoin home, bringing the score to 8-1 in favor of the Longhorns. 
The Falcons responded with their own 5-run inning at the top of the 3rd, hitting two 2-run homers and an RBI double to trim the score to 8-6. Soon after in the 5th inning, Douglas Hodo III would stream a grounder down the 3rd base line to score Dylan Campbell. Followed by a 6th inning Melendez score from a sacrifice fly by Ardoin to give Texas some momentary breathing room. However, Air Force would answer with back to back single-run homers in the 7th, bringing the score back to a 2-run game, 10-8.
At the top of the 9th inning, Texas brought in closer Aaron Nixon to finish out Air Force, but the Falcons wouldn't go easy. A homerun from Jake Grieving and an RBI bunt from Trayden Tamiya tied the game and opened the door to a possible extra-inning victory for the Falcons.
That was until Trey Faltine stepped to the plate...
In the bottom of the 9th inning, on a 2-2 count, Faltine blasted what would be a 2-run walk-off home run to secure a 12-10 victory for the Longhorns. 
Texas gained a much needed win before facing the Baylor Bears in a weekend series at Disch-Falk Field.  The Bears are currently riding a 4-game winning streak.
Game Stats:
Trey Faltine:  2R, 3RBI, 3H, 1HR
Murphy Stehly: 2R, 2RBI, 3H, 1HR
Silas Ardoin: 1R, 4RBI, 1H

Senior forward Timmy Allen announces return to Texas next season

The day after Chris Beard and the Texas Longhorns Basketball team learned of sophmore guard Devin Askew's intention to enter the transfer portal, the team received a burst of positive news.  The news came from senior forward Timmy Allen's Instagram account on Wednesday morning with the following caption:
"I'm coming back.  My last chase for championships in college, with my brothers.  This is how my story is supposed to go.  It's already written."
Allen's status for net season was arguably the largest question mark along with that of fellow senior Marcus Carr.  Carr has yet to announce his decision.
Allen, who transferred to Texas after spending three seasons with Utah, averaged 12.1 points and 6.4 rebound per game.

Air Force roughs up Longhorns 14-2

AUSTIN, TX— To begin a two game series at Disch-Falk Field, the Air Force Falcons (15-19) travelled to Austin to face the #10 Longhorns (26-12) in what would become a disappointing outing for Texas.
Pitching continues to be a thorn in the Longhorns’ side. Justin Eckhardt started the game allowing the first 3 batters to get on base. The bases loaded jam eventually gave way to a couple of groundout RBIs to give Air Force an immediate 2-0 lead.
To begin the top of the 2nd Inning, Eckhardt allowed a homerun into left field, a single and a walk which forced head coach David Pierce to pull him for freshman left-gander Luke Harrison.
Harrison’s appearance unfortunately didn’t yield better results.  After allowing a walk and loading the bases, Harrison conceded a series of singles which scored 2 more runs before giving up a 3-run homer into left field. The Falcons held a very early 8-0 lead. 
Air Force would continue their scoring barrage. A single run in the 6th inning and a plethora of hits in the 8th inning allowed the Falcons to score 5 more runs, extending their lead to 14-2.
The Longhorns had a poor day at the plate as well. Their lone scores came from a monster home run from Ivan Melendez in the 3rd and an unearned score from Douglas Hodo in the 4th inning. 
It was a forgettable day for the Longhorns, who suffered their worse loss on the season. They’ll have another chance against Air Force on Wednesday at 4:00 pm. The game can be viewed on Longhorn Network.

Alabama transfer WR Agiye Hall commits to Longhorns

On Tuesday, Steve Sarkisian was able to land a transfer wide receiver for the second time this offseason with the addition of Agiye Hall, a former Alabama wideout.
Earlier in April, Alabama head coach Nick Saban had announced that Hall was suspended from the team for violating the program's rules. This suspension had unofficially marked the end of Hall's time with the Crimson Tide, now becoming official with the wide receiver's intention to move to the Forty Acres.
Last season at Alabama, Hall saw the field sparingly as a freshman and only recorded four receptions for 72 yards after finding himself behind Jameson Williams and John Metchie on the depth chart. However, coming out of high school, Hall was the fifth-ranked wide receiver in the nation's 2021 recruiting class per the 247Sports Composite, and will have an opportunity to compete for playing time at Texas if the off-field issues can be sorted out.
The 6'3" Alabama transfer will join recent Wyoming transfer, Isaiah Neyor, as new additions to the Longhorns wide receiving core. Currently, the group is led by soon-to-be sophomore Xavier Worthy, who had a breakout freshman season campaign with 981 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, as well as third-down threat junior Jordan Whittington.

Texas guard Devin Askew to enter Transfer Portal

Prior to reclassifying to the Class of 2020 at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, Devin Askew was at one point the top-ranked point guard recruit in the country.  Askew played his freshman season for John Calipari at Kentucky, starting 20 games for the Wildcats before electing to transfer to Texas.
The sophmore guard played in 34 games for Chris Beard's Longhorns last season, averaging 2.1 points and 1.3 assists per game.
Askew will once again make his way to the transfer portal, after making his intention to transfer public via his Instagram account on Tuesday morning.
"I would like to start by thanking the University of Texas for giving me the opportunity to come and play the game I love.  To my teammates, I wouldn't have gone to battle with anyone else on the court, and I can't express how much I appreciate every one of you.
I'd also like to thank Coach Beard and the entire coaching staff for providing me with their support and guidance this past year.  You all allowed me to grow as both a basketball player and as a man.
After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to enter the transfer portal."

Texas fight on full display as Longhorns overthrow top-ranked Sooners in historic victory

The largest crowd in McCombs Field history gathered in Austin on Saturday to celebrate the career of Longhorn legend, Cat Osterman, as the University of Texas retired the three-time olympic champion’s jersey number on her 39th birthday. In turn, those in attendance had a front row seat as No. 18 Texas conquered No. 1 Oklahoma in an improbable win on an already extraordinary day. With the 4-2 victory, Texas terminated a 23-game skid against their rival dating back to 2014. The Longhorns also snapped Oklahoma’s 40-game win streak (third-best in NCAA history) as they dealt the Sooners their first loss in an astounding 312 days.
The esteemed skippers of both programs returned to their game one starters, calling upon Texas senior Hailey Dolcini and Oklahoma freshman Jordy Bahl to battle one another again in the series finale. Exhilaration was abundant in the pitching duel between the two hurlers known for their armside dealings and clever craftsmanship. Hailey Dolcini emerged triumphant after her picturesque performance on Cat Osterman Day notched a second complete game for Dolcini in the series.
The senior held Oklahoma scoreless through the first six innings of the competition until a two-run shot put Oklahoma on the scoreboard in the game's final frame. While Dolcini would perhaps take a mulligan on that pitch, few could have drawn up a more fitting ending to the tantalizing series. Dolcini overwhelmed Oklahoma, holding the Sooners to a season-low two hits throughout her seven innings in the circle. She issued three strikeouts while collecting two earned runs on 100 total pitches, 70 of which were strikes.
When asked what is so impressive about his ace, Coach Mike White noted Dolcini’s poise in an atmosphere polluted with intense emotions and crippling pressure. “I’m just really impressed with her today,” added White. His tone rejected any generalization in the otherwise  mundane sentiment and replaced it with the pride of a mentor whose wildest dreams for the fifth-year transfer from Fresno State were unfolding before his eyes. 
Tears of joy and a sprinkle of relief adorned the Fortuna High School alumna’s face during her postgame interview. Dolcini credited the establishment of her screwball as a critical element of her dominant performance. It’s worth repeating that Dolcini faced the nation’s best offense not once, but twice in a mere 72-hours. Throughout the second game, Cat Osterman praised Dolcini from the Longhorn Network booth, noting Dolcini’s hallmark skill that few athletes possess – the ability to self-reflect, identify opportunities for growth, and implement adjustments in just one day’s time. 
Dolcini posted an impeccable line on the series: 14 IP, 220 P, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, and 7 K.
On Saturday, the play of the Longhorns as a whole improved drastically over their earlier performances in the series. The Texas defense was perfect in game three, earning no errors in  stark contrast to their two previous outings.The Horns’ offense delighted as they utilized small-ball and advantageous situations to wear down Oklahoma’s Jordy Bahl. The Texas lineup worked a season-high 128 pitches and 8 hits from Bahl, who has been utterly dominant for the previously undefeated Sooners.
Texas finally bested Bahl after Courtney Day opened the bottom of the fifth inning with a leadoff double before Lou Gilbert entered to pinch run for Day. Catcher Mary Iakopo gave Texas their first lead of the series with a perfectly placed, one-out blooper to left-field. The senior took advantage of the deep Oklahoma outfield and remained even through a rise ball to score Gilbert from second.
With the 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the sixth, the Longhorns looked to add insurance runs against the potent Sooners whose lineup is known for putting up crooked numbers in any frame. Alyssa Washington trotted to first on a rare leadoff walk from Jordy Bahl. With two-outs and Washington’s speed on second base, Lou Gilbert singled, leaving a rattled Bahl to deal with Longhorns on the corners. 
Senior standout Janae Jefferson stepped to the plate to face Bahl. While complimenting Jefferson’s softball acumen and total performance, honoree Cat Osterman remarked she hopes to be back at McCombs field as a spectator for Jefferson’s jersey retirement ceremony. Before Osterman could finish her sentence, Jefferson dealt a crushing blow to Oklahoma’s freshman arm as she worked a walk on a 3-0 count to load the bases. With the bases loaded and the prospect of a Texas victory brewing, Mia Scott walloped a bases-clearing double to put the Horns in front, 4-0. 
The air at McCombs Field stood still as Hailey Dolcini returned to the mound to fend off the Sooners for three more outs. While Oklahoma would earn two-runs off a home run from Kinzie Hansen, Dolcini conquered consecutive Sooners to seal the momentous victory for Texas, 4-2.
The implications of the historic victory remain to be seen for both Texas and Oklahoma. While Oklahoma is likely to face future opponents for a vengeance, Texas fans anticipate this victory will light a fire under the Longhorns. With the eyes of the nation upon them, Coach Mike White and his Longhorns redefined themselves in a matter of mere hours, issuing a resounding warning to pundits and opponents alike: if you take on Texas, you’re bound to get hooked.

Unsavory Texas tradition continues in Longhorns’ run-rule loss to No. 1 Oklahoma 

Texas softball welcomed another sold out crowd to McCombs Field in a celebration billed ‘Texas Traditions Night’ as the Longhorns hosted No. 1 Oklahoma for game two of the Red River Rivalry series. The most glaring tradition honored on Friday was an abysmal one on the diamond as the Sooners added yet another contest to the win column over No. 18 Texas. Oklahoma is now 50-24 in the all-time series versus the Longhorns including a 19-9 record when playing in Austin.  
The Texas offense continued to play the role of the Grinch on Friday while gifting Horns fans glimmers of hope, only to revoke and replace favorable moments with those of despair. Texas bats mustered a meager four hits and one run during Friday's shortened contest. Meanwhile, the illustrious Oklahoma offense resumed normal operations after Texas ace Hailey Dolcini kept them at bay on Thursday. The Sooners combined for eight hits and nine runs, six of which came in the top of the fifth inning to invoke the NCAA’s run-rule which provides for the termination of a contest when one team boasts a score of eight or more runs at the close of the fifth inning. 
Texas freshman, Sophia Simpson, received the nod to start the game. The right-hander made history earlier this season as she became only the tenth freshman to throw a no-hitter. While Simpson holds all the components of an elite pitcher, the young gun for Texas has battled to maintain confidence and stability in recent outings. 
Simpson’s struggles on Friday seemed to appear with Sooners on the base paths. Simpson found success against only two of the ten hitters she faced with runners on base. Understandably, Oklahoma bats capitalized on their seniority against the freshman -- most notably in their ability to make adjustments with ease in order to increase offensive productivity. The freshman held her own against OU, posting four strikeouts, two walks, four hits, and four earned runs on her line. Simpson utilized 66 pitches against 20 batters in her four-inning effort.  
Estelle Czech emerged from the bullpen in the bottom of the fifth inning, inheriting Sooners on the corners with no outs. Lyons laid down a first-pitch bunt against Czech, who fielded the ball cleanly, but found a vacant first base when she turned to make the throw for what should have been a guaranteed put-out. After the defensive fumble from Texas, the Sooners drew three hits and one walk off Czech before the sophomore lefty was able to stop the bleeding.
Texas entered the bottom of the fifth needing to score a minimum of one run to prolong the contest. With one out, Janae Jefferson wore a pitch from Oklahoma’s Hope Trautwein to earn a leisurely stroll down to first base. Mia Scott singled for her second hit of the series before McKenzie Parker drew her third walk of the game to load the bases. With Parker’s perfect on-base percentage and senior Mary Iakopo stepping into the box, the air was abuzz with potential for the Longhorns. Unfortunately, Iakopo made loud contact only for the line drive to grant the Sooners a double play to cement the 9-1 run-rule win and series victory.
The Texas offense stranded a total of six runners on base throughout the night. The lone run for the Longhorns was delivered by JJ Smith whose solo-shot came with two outs in the second inning. Smith combined with Alyssa Washington, Janae Jefferson, and Mia Scott to tally Texas’s four hits while McKenzie Parker drew three walks in her three at-bats. The Horns continued to struggle defensively with two fielding errors lending a hand to the already sufficiently capable Sooners squad. To paraphrase the words of Texas great Cat Osterman from the booth, the Longhorns need to play smart, efficient softball to contend with the nation’s best team. Unfortunately, Texas has been unable to string together enough productive and timely efforts on either side of the ball to deal a blow to the undefeated Sooners.
Texas looks to rebound and hand Oklahoma their first loss of the season during the series finale of the Red River Rivalry on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm CST, following pregame ceremonies to retire the jersey number of Longhorn legend, Cat Osterman. The festivities at McCombs field will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network with another sold-out crowd expected to be in attendance. 

Dolcini deals to No. 1 Oklahoma as No. 18 Texas drops series opener, 3-0 

Self-imposed wounds proved fatal Thursday night as the Longhorns’ defensive miscues and failure to settle in on offense gifted the nation’s top-ranked Sooners a 3-0 victory. With the win, Oklahoma claims the top spot in the Big 12 outright with a 7-0 record while the Longhorns fall to 6-1 in conference play. 
The second-largest crowd in Red & Charline McCombs Field history (1,498) gathered in Austin as the Longhorns hosted the top team in the nation for game one of the three-game Red River series. Chants of “Boomer Sooner” rained down on Texas senior (transfer) Hailey Dolcini as she stepped to the circle looking to quell the notoriously explosive bats of Oklahoma.  
The undefeated Sooners entered Thursday’s contest leading the nation in a bevy of offensive categories including home runs (100), runs scored (354), hits (338), and runs batted in (334). The potency of the Oklahoma lineup could not be overstated as six Sooners entered the game with batting averages over the .400 mark on the season, including Jocelyn Alo who owns a remarkable .528 average and the all-time record for NCAA home runs (96).  
With one glance of the scouting report, most wrote off Texas long before Hailey Dolcini relinquished the inaugural pitch of the series. That attitude quickly diminished among pundits and fans alike as Dolcini attacked the zone early and often, putting herself ahead in the count against each of the five Sooner bats she faced. Dolcini dazzled in the first frame as 20 of the California native’s 23 pitches tossed were strikes.  
The pressure of the contest appeared to rattle nearly every Longhorn behind Dolcini as the Texas defense tallied an irreparable four errors on the night. Freshmen infielders Mia Scott and Katie Cimusz each recorded one fielding error while senior shortstop Alyssa Washington collected two errors.
The Longhorns’ offense was virtually frozen by Oklahoma’s freshman phenom, Jordy Bahl. Mary Iakopo was the first Longhorn to reach the base paths on a hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the first. Courtney Day recorded the first hit of the evening for Texas on a two-out single in the bottom of the second and advanced into scoring position on a passed ball. However, Jordy Bahl enticed a groundout from Bella Dayton for the third and final out of the inning. 
The biggest threat from Texas came in the bottom of the sixth when Mia Scott punched a double to the centerfield wall with Janae Jefferson aboard following her leadoff single. Oklahoma’s freshman ace then struck out three consecutive Longhorns to leave Jefferson and Scott stranded. Alyssa Washington was a beacon of hope for Texas as she delivered a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh. However, the Horns' offense proved lifeless once more as Bahl recorded three strikeouts once more to claim the win. 
While the loss to Oklahoma stings, Hailey Dolcini deserves to be the storyline of the night as the ace pressured the Sooners into one of their worst offensive showings yet. Dolcini displayed her mental fortitude when she returned to the mound in the second inning, firing each pitch with equal intention and intensity after Oklahoma jumped on the board with an unearned run in the first.
Dolcini’s immeasurable grit propelled her to face 28 Sooner bats while tossing a complete game. The senior cemented her authority by permitting only three hits and two earned runs on 120 pitches. Bear in mind, each toss was delivered to an Oklahoma squad known for outscoring their opponents by an incomparable 354-27 margin this season. OU earned two runs off Dolcini, both on solo moonshots by the Sooners’ Jayda Coleman and Alyssa Brito. 
Dolcini earned four strikeouts and issued only one walk throughout her mighty performance. Texas’s best arm decidedly earned that title Thursday against Jocelyn Alo, who you might remember as the all-time NCAA softball home run leader lurking in OU's lineup. Dolcini bested the reigning USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year as the Texas workhorse bullied Alo into an 0-for-3 performance, complete with two strikeouts.  
The Longhorns look to re-join the Sooners as co-leaders of the Big 12 on Friday night at McCombs Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 pm CST on the Longhorn Network.

Texas offense proves too potent for the SFA Lumberjacks in 13-2 rout

AUSTIN, TX -- On a hot and windy Tuesday afternoon, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (10-21) traveled to Disch-Falk Field to take on the Texas Longhorns (24-10) in a single game match. Texas would enjoy an easy victory against the Lumberjacks who hold an astonishingly poor -119 point differential on the season. A figure that would only worsen before the night's end.
The Texas offense was on full display in the rout of the Lumberjacks. Ivan Melendez smashed a first inning home run, clearing the fence and thwarting any plans of the centerfielder as he stood and watched the ball fly out of the park. 
An exuberant 3rd inning saw the Longhorns score six runs as nearly the entire lineup reached base. Clutch doubles from Ivan Melendez, Austin Todd, and Skyler Messinger and a single from Jack O'Dowd put the Lumberjacks in a 7-1 hole that would prove too much of a deficit to recover from.
The best from Melendez wouldn't come until the bottom of the 5th where he would orbit a three-run homer that scored Douglas Hodo III and Ace Whitehead. However, Texas wasn't done. Whitehead notched the first RBI of his career when he knocked a double into left-center field scoring Jack O'Dowd. Three innings later O'Dowd would rocket his own homerun for the first of his young career while also batting in Trey Faltine to finalize Texas' lead, 13-2.
The Longhorn offense overshadowed what would be a lackluster performance from the early pitching unit. Youngsters Andre Duplantier II and Zane Morehouse would struggle through the first few innings, throwing wild pitches and allowing a plethora of base runners. Ultimately, the two would salvage their situations, only allowing 1 run through the first 4 innings.
A quick turnaround finds Texas traveling to Manhattan, Kansas where they take on the Kansas State Wildcats in a weekend series beginning Thursday, April 14th. You can watch on ESPN+.
Game Stats:
1B Melendez: 2HR, 3R, 3H, 5RBI
2B/3B O'Dowd: 1HR, 2R, 3H, 4RBI
PH/LF Whitehead: 1R, 3H, 1RBI

Texas Pitcher Pete Hansen named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week

Texas ace Pete Hansen was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for the second consecutive week, the league announced on Monday.  Hansen delivered a complete game shutout of #23 TCU on Friday.
With the win on Friday, Hansen improved to 6-0 on the season and ranks third in the conference with a 2.08 ERA and 64 strikeouts.
The Longhorns will close out a five-game homestead against Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday before heading to Manhattan, Kansas to face Kansas State this weekend.

Longhorns Take Series from TCU with 7-3 win on Sunday

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Following a 7-5 defeat on Saturday, the #7 Texas Longhorns (24-10, 5-4)  bounced back at Disch-Falk Field on Sunday to take the rubber match from #23 TCU (21-10, 7-4) by winning 7-3.
Starting pitcher Lucas Gordon went 5 2/3 innings for the Longhorns, giving up two runs on five hits and fanning four batters before being replaced by Travis Stehle. 
The offensive star for Texas was Ivan Melendez, who hit his 14th homer of the season in the third inning.  The two-run blast saw the Longhorns take a 2-1 lead in the third inning.
TCU tied the score in the fourth on a wild pitch by Stehle, but the Longhorns would regain the lead in the sixth inning.
Austin Todd's RBI scored Murphy Stehly, who doubled and advanced on a single by Silas Ardoin.
Doug Hodo III and Ivan Melendez each had RBI's in the seventh inning, extending the Texas lead to 5-2 in favor of the Longhorns.
TCU would add a run in the eighth inning, courtesy of solo home run from Brayden Taylor.
Texas answered in the bottom of the frame, with Skyler Messinger and Trey Faltine each notching RBIs to make the score 7-3.
Coy Cobb gave up a leadoff double to the Frogs in the ninth inning, but forced two popouts and a strikeout to end the game.
Texas is back in action on Tuesday at 6:30 PM as they host Stephen F. Austin at Disch-Falk Field

Texas Baseball drops Game 2 to TCU 7-5

Longhorns will go for series win on Sunday.
AUSTIN, TX -- Dylan Campbell hit two home runs and Murphy Stehly added another but it wasn't enough as TCU evened the series with a 7-5 victory over Texas at Disch-Falk Field on Saturday.
The Horned Frogs jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs on three hits against starting pitcher Tristan Stevens in the first inning.  Stehly's home run in the bottom of the first inning cut the TCU lead to 3-1.
TCU jumped on Stevens again in the second inning, adding three more runs on a home run courtesy of Brayden Taylor.  The Longhorns added a run in the bottom of the frame thanks to a sacrifice fly by Dylan Campbell.  
After two innings TCU led Texas 6-2.
The first of Campbell's two home runs came in the bottom of the fourth, a two-run shot, trimming the Horned Frog lead to 6-4.
TCU catcher Curtis Byrne's RBI double scored Tommy Sacco, giving the Horned Frogs an insurance run.
Campbell's solo shot in the bottom of the ninth was all the Longhorns would get offensively, and the game would end with TCU notching a 7-5 win.
Win: Bolden, Caleb (3-0)
Loss: Stevens, Tristan (4-3) 
Save: Ridings, River (9)

Texas beats TCU 2-0 behind Pete Hansen's Masterful Performance in Big 12 Home Opener

To kickstart the weekend series the TCU Horned Frogs traveled to Austin to face the Longhorns at Disch-Falk Field. Texas currently sits 5th in the Big 12 standings (3-3) with the Horned Frogs one spot above at 4th (6-3). A sweep of the Frogs would go a long way towards chasing down current 1st place Oklahoma State Cowboys.
A packed Disch-Falk Field sporting 7,500 ravenous fans led to an exciting atmosphere for what would be fierce performances from the starting pitchers of both teams. Texas' Pete Hansen and TCU starting pitcher Riley Cornelio would both retire all batters met through the first three innings. It wasn't until the fourth inning that the Longhorns would show some offensive life. Douglas Hodo began the inning with a walk followed with a Murphy Stehly single which brought Hodo to third base. During Melendez's subsequent short stay at the plate Stehly made a quick break to second base for his first stolen base of the season, bringing two runners into scoring position with one out. Silas Ardoin's line drive rocket was caught but scored Hodo to give the Longhorns a 1-0 lead with two runners on and two outs. Austin Todd then lays down a flat bunt that gets him thrown out and the inning is over. Between innings Head Coach David Pierce disappointingly stated "if the bunt went down the line we score two runs".
Fortunately the mistake wouldn't come back to bite the 'Horns.
Pete Hansen and Riley Cornelio continue their starring play into the fifth and sixth innings, where they retired the next 12 combined batters. A masterful job from Hansen in the top of the 7th inning allowed the Longhorns to quickly get back to the plate. Trey Faltine hit a first pitch line drive double into deep left field. Skyler Messinger accompanied him on base after getting walked on a full count ball from Cornelio. After a triple digit pitch count and a poor 1-0 pitch to Mitchell Daly, Cornelio is pulled for reliever Luke Savage. Savage had not allowed a run in the last 16 innings pitched - a streak extending back to February 25th. But as all good things do, that must come to an end. Faltine stole 3rd base and Daly grounds directly to the shortstop. TCU attempts a 6-4-3 double play but a bobbled catch by the shortstop prevents a throw to first. Faltine scores and the Longhorns extended their 2-0. Dylan Campbell subsequently walked after being in a 1-2 hole. With runners on 1st and 2nd with one out, Douglas Hodo III grounded to the shortstop and a double play ends the inning.
Hansen entered the 8th inning with only 81 pitches thrown. A quick groundout and two strikeouts gets him to the ninth. Texas has won 84 straight games when leading after 6 innings - a streak extending back to 2019. In the next Texas at-bat, the Longhorns loaded the bases before Messinger popped up up into left field to end the inning. Pete Hansen started the 9th with a fastball to strikeout the first batter. Messinger fields a groundball and rockets it to first for another easy out. Hansen faces the 3rd batter and rifled in a fastball with a 2-2 count to end the game.
114 pitches later, Pete Hansen improved to 6-0 on the season with a complete game shutout and the Longhorns won their Big 12 home opener against TCU.
P: Pete Hansen; W, 9 IP, 12Ks, 1BB, 0ER
😄 Silas Ardoin; 1H, 1RBI
2B: Mitchell Daly; 1H, 1RBI

No. 15 Longhorns earn 9th run-rule victory of the season in 14-4 romp over UT Arlington

Smiles were the most-worn accessory among those donning burnt orange at McCombs Field on Wednesday night as the No. 15 Texas Longhorns unleashed a dominant lineup to pummel the visiting UT Arlington Mavericks, 14-4.
The Lady Longhorns took the field hoping to fine-tune their operations ahead of a long break that will lead the nation’s top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners to McCombs field next Thursday, April 14. The depth of the Texas lineup has found success with the long-ball, but the Texas staff and fans alike have highlighted the Horns’ inability to ignite a consistent short game as a persistent concern. The Lady Longhorns quelled any doubt in their ability to produce consistent at-bats by posting a combined 1.400 on-base percentage via 25 at-bats and 14 hits throughout the five-inning run-rule victory.  
Freshman right-hander, Sophia Simpson aimed to solidify her role as the Longhorns’ third arm with her start against the Mavericks Wednesday night. Simpson, who made history in February by recording the program’s 52nd no-hitter, fell behind early against a hungry UT Arlington lineup, giving up two runs and a walk in the top of the first. Fortunately, Texas barreled the ball throughout the first inning to even up the score once Mary Iakopo and Katie Cimusz knocked in Janae Jefferson and Mia Scott, respectively.
The Longhorns claimed the lead in the bottom of the second inning as Bella Dayton scorched a single down the line bring in JJ Smith. Texas hitters continued to chip away at UT Arlington starter, Jessica Adams until the scoreboard grew lopsided in favor of Coach White’s squad, 6-2.
The Mavericks responded with a run of their own in the top of the third, cutting the Texas lead in half. While UT Arlington added another run in the fourth inning, their stale hits were too few to overcome the Burnt Orange Bombers, who stockpiled three runs in the third inning and four in the fourth to claim a 14-4 lead.
Senior Janae Jefferson went 3-for-3 at the plate while freshman Mia Scott earned four of the team’s 11 RBIs on the night. Texas’s younger sluggers continued to enjoy success with the bat as sophomore Courtney Day had the only home run of the night. Freshman Mia Scott and sophomore JJ Smith each added to the Longhorns’ extra-base totals with doubles.
In one of several bright moments for the Longhorns, freshman pinch-hitter Vanessa Quiroga utilized one swing to tally her first career hit and first career RBI. Quiroga’s RBI scored the 14th run for Texas, adding insurance for Simpson as she looked to turn out the lights on the Mavericks’ bats with the run-rule coming into effect in the fifth inning.
Despite loading the bases in the fifth, Sophia Simpson went on to pitch a complete game in the shortened matchup, bringing the Texas program’s win total to 30 on the season. Simpson’s final line included three earned runs and five walks on 111 pitches. The right-hander faced 27 batters while permitting five walks and striking out seven.
Reprieve is on the horizon for the Lady Longhorns as they embrace six days of rest before hosting the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners for a thrilling three-game series set to begin at 6:00 pm CT on Thursday, April 14. Those unable to visit McCombs Field for the rivalry series can catch the televised action on the Longhorn Network or listen to the audible excitement by tuning into 105.3 FM.

Longhorns mount late comeback, beat Oklahoma 12-8

Sunday represented an opportunity for the Longhorns to win the Red River baseball series at Globe Life Field against Oklahoma. In a game that was a tale of two halves, the Longhorns batting order came alive with a late resurgence, mounting a sizable 12-8 comeback victory over the Sooners.
The series finale began with a slow start for Texas, after starting pitcher Lucas Gordon was pulled after allowing four earned runs in just 3.2 innings pitched. In addition to the struggles on the mound, the Longhorns were hitless until Austin Todd, who made his return to the lineup after missing a couple of weeks with an injury, chopped a single to second base in the fifth inning. Following Sooners shortstop Peyton Graham's three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, extending Oklahoma's lead to 7-1, it appeared that the Longhorns were well on their way to dropping the series to Oklahoma.
In the seventh inning, everything changed when Longhorns left fielder Dylan Campbell blasted a three-run home run, his second of the series, cutting Oklahoma's lead to 7-4. Campbell's round tripper sparked life into the Texas offense, evident when Murphy Stehly later slugged a three-run seventh inning home run of his own - tying the game at 7-7.
Campbell and Stehly's home runs changed the narrative of the game, and ultimately fueled the team to pull away from the Sooners with a barrage of ninth inning fire power from Ivan Melendez, Austin Todd and Mitchell Daly, all of whom drove in runs. Thanks to Texas's large 12-8 comeback victory, the Longhorns have won their series against Oklahoma and will now look to sustain their momentum against UTRGV on Tuesday night.
Game Stats:
RF: Murphy Stehly; 3-5, HR, 4 RBI LF: Dylan Campbell; 2-5, HR, 3 RBI DH: Austin Todd; 3-5, 2 RBI SP: Lucas Gordon; 3.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER RP: Coy Cobb; 2 IP, W  

Texas's bullpen struggles continue in 4-2 loss to Oklahoma

On Saturday, the Longhorns looked to tip the Red River baseball series in their favor with a second consecutive win over Oklahoma. However, the Sooners were able to wake up their bats late in the seventh inning against Texas relief pitcher Aaron Nixon, who allowed two inherited runners to score after spelling Tristan Steven's day. Following continued struggles from Texas's bullpen later in the game, the Longhorns ultimately suffered a 4-2 loss to the Sooners.
Although Texas entered the bottom of the seventh inning with a 1-0 lead, the Sooners had truly been the better team up to that point on Saturday, forcing Longhorns redshirt senior Tristan Stevens to escape several jams. However, Stevens himself had a solid night on the mound, exiting the game with six strikeouts before picking up two earned runs on his tab after Nixon's entry into the game.
In stark contrast from Steven's more than serviceable outing, Texas's batters had a forgettable day at the plate, other than redshirt sophomore catcher Silas Ardoin's pair of solo home runs. It is worth noting that Ardoin's second home run sparked some hope for the team in the ninth inning, but two Longhorns were eventually left in scoring position to end the game. On Saturday, the Longhorns struck out 13 times, only amassing a total of six hits, including freshman outfielder's Ace's Whitehead's first collegiate hit.
On Sunday, the Longhorns will look to win the series against Oklahoma with first pitch scheduled for 12 P.M. (CT) in a game which will once again be nationally televised, this time on ESPN.
Game Stats:
P: Tristan Stevens; L, 6.1 IP, 6Ks, 2 BB, 2 ER  Catcher: Silas Ardoin; 2-4, 2 HRs, 2 RBI P: Aaron Nixon; 2 BB, 2 R, 1 ER

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