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  1. Expectations are sky high for Texas baseball following a trip to the College World Series in 2021. The Longhorns have been ranked as the #1 team in the country heading into the 2022 season, according to D1baseball.com. Texas returns much of their roster from the 2021 season, including Pete Hansen, Tanner Witt, Tristan Stevens, Ivan Melendez, Mitchell Daly, Trey Faltine, Eric Kennedy, Doug Hodo and Silas Ardoin. The Longhorns will also welcome back Austin Todd and Andre Duplantier from injuries. Texas kicks off the 2022 season at Disch Falk Field on February 18th as they open a 3-game series against Rice.
  2. Coach Pierce, Coach Allen, Coach Miller and Coach Tulowitzki, (as well as Drew Bishop, who left his role at Texas Baseball and now works for Five Tool, but he also had a significant hand in this class before his departure,) have put together a very solid signing class today. This will likely end up being a Top 10 class when it’s all said and done. Kudos to the Longhorn coaching staff and crew. I’m sure the question will be asked “yeah, but who will make it to campus?” From what I’ve been told, Harry Bolte would be the highest draft rated prospect, although he could have a steep asking price that deters pro teams from drafting him. Jared Thomas, Jalin Flores and Max Beyleu should all get some looks but are likely to end up on The 40. Beyleu is one to keep an eye on. He could end up being one of the top hitters in the state by the time he finishes his senior season. Flores will likely garner interest due to his speed and hitting potential. Per Five Tool’s Dustin McComas, there is no first-round slam-dunk in this class. Here is the UT official release: Baseball announces 2022 signing class The Longhorns have signed 12 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. 11.10.2021 AUSTIN, Texas ­– Texas Baseball and head coach David Pierce today announced the signing of 12 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent in the class of 2022. Pierce, along with recruiting coordinator Sean Allen and assistant coach Philip Miller, bolstered their future roster by adding nine student-athletes from high schools in Texas and three from the state of California. "First of all, congratulations to all of our 2022 signees. Texas fans will not be disappointed in this group," Pierce said. "Our staff did an incredible job putting this class together. It really meets the needs for the 2023 season. The class brings excellent speed and potential power to the line-up with big power arms. The class also includes a pair of two-way players and one additional left-handed pitcher as well. We recruit great players every year but the class of 2022 has a chance to be very special and give Texas Baseball continued success. It has a level of talent to step in and contribute right away." The class features five right-handed pitchers Cutter Coffey (Bakersfield, Calif./Liberty), Brenner Cox (Prosper, Texas/Rock Hill), Pierce George (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis), Max Grubbs(Arlington, Texas/Martin) and Matthew Porchas (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) – and one left-handed pitcher, Collin Valentine (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park). Among those pitchers, Coffey (infield) and Cox (outfield) are two-way players. The class consists of six position players, catcher Rylan Galvan (Sinton, Texas/Sinton), outfielders Max Belyeu(Aledo, Texas/Aledo) and Henry Bolte(Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), infielders Jayden Duplantier (Houston, Texas/Summer Creek) and Jalin Flores(San Antonio, Texas/Brandeis) and infielder/outfielder Jared Thomas(Waxahachie, Texas/Waxahachie). "I want to thank Coach Allen and Coach Miller for their excellent work putting the class of 2022 together. They both sacrifice their time away from their families and work unselfishly for Texas Baseball. I'm very thankful for our entire staff and very excited for the future of Texas Baseball," said Pierce. Texas Baseball 2022 Signing Class Max Belyeu | OF | L/R | 6-2 | 195 | Aledo, Texas | Aledo Personal: Son of Jeremy and Diane Belyeu…has two brothers, Owen and Sam. High School: First Team All-State outfielder and three-year letterwinner…No. 2 ranked outfielder in the state of Texas and No. 12 ranked player overall in Texas…as a junior at Aledo in 2021, hit .356 with nine doubles, seven triples and five homers…finished with 33 RBI, 44 runs scored and 10 stolen bases…named the District 5-5A Offensive MVP…named to Texas 5A All-State first team…played freshman and sophomore seasons at Conroe High School. I chose Texas because: "I love the tradition and outstanding baseball program." Allen on Belyeu: "Max is one of the best pure left-handed hitters in the country, he will bring an immediate hit tool to our program from Day 1. He has good power and can play all three outfield spots. Max checks all the boxes for what we look for in an outfielder at Texas." Pierce on Belyeu: "Max is physical and can run. We will lose the bulk of our outfielders after the 2022 season and Max has the character and ability to contribute as soon as he arrives on the Forty Acres." Henry Bolte | OF | R/R | 6-3 | 195 | Palo Alto, Calif. | Palo Alto Personal: Son of Chris and Kate Bolte…has a brother, Jackson, and a sister, Clare. High School: Three-year letterwinner for head coach Pete Fukuhara at Palo Alto High School…No. 1 ranked player in California and the No. 13 ranked player nationally…as a junior in 2021, batted .304 with five doubles, six triples and three homers…drove in 26 RBI and scored 24 runs…helped lead his team to the Central Coast Section Division I semifinals during junior season. I chose Texas because: "It's an unbelievable program all around with great fans and a historic winning tradition." Allen on Bolte: "Henry is a blast to watch play, he is fearless in the way he plays the game. He plays hard every pitch of every inning. Texas fans will love the way he plays the game. He is physical with plus power and can run. Henry is arguably the best outfielder in the country." Pierce on Bolte: "I had the chance to spend some time with Henry and his dad this past fall and came away very impressed with Henry's desire to play for Texas and his desire to be a great player and teammate. Henry will be an impact player at Texas." Cutter Coffey | INF/RHP | R/R | 6-2 | 195 | Bakersfield, Calif. | Liberty Personal: Son of Josh and Meghan Coffey…has two sisters, Sutton and Beaux. High School: All-Region player and three-year letterwinner for head coach Tony Mills at Liberty High School…No. 4 overall ranked player in the state of California and the top shortstop in California…as a junior hit .479 with five doubles, one triple and nine homers…finished with 36 RBI and 29 runs scored…named to SBLive Second Team All-State…helped lead the Patriots into the Central Section Championship game in 2021…also played for USA Baseball youth national teams. I chose Texas because: "It's a great school academically and I feel as if I can develop to my full potential here." Allen on Coffey: "When you watch Cutter play, you realize really fast that he understands the game at a high level. He's a physical shortstop with a plus arm and has power in his bat. The thing we love about Cutter is the game moves slow for him, he has plus instincts and just loves to play. He also can get on the mound and show closer-type stuff with a low to mid 90s fastball and the best slider we saw all summer." Pierce on Coffey: "Cutter is a quiet kid but his play is very loud. He loves the game and competes as well as any high school player in the country. He is athletic and can do a lot of things on the field to help Texas be great." Brenner Cox | OF/RHP | L/R | 6-3 | 190 | Prosper, Texas | Rock Hill Personal: Son of Lisa Sigg, Chuck and Stefani Cox…has two sisters, Trinity and Demi, and one brother Hudson…father, Chuck, and two uncles, Mike and Andy, played baseball at UTRGV. High School: All-State honoree and three-year letterwinner as a pitcher and outfielder for head coach Shaun Stanton at Rock Hill…ranked as the No. 10 outfielder in Texas and the No. 110 overall player in the country…on the mound in 2021, had a 0.91 ERA with 42 strikeouts and nine saves…batted .355 with six doubles, seven home runs, 30 RBI, 35 runs scored and 20 stolen bases…also the starting quarterback on the football team…as a junior, passed for 1,581 yards, rushed for 684 yards and accounted for 18 total touchdowns. I chose Texas because: "Because I love to win. I am a fierce competitor, who will do anything to win. The winning tradition and brotherhood at Texas are something I have always looked forward to being part of." Allen on Cox: "Brenner is a really gifted athlete. He's a really good high school quarterback at Rock Hill and he will bring leadership qualities to our program right away. Anything Brenner does he makes it look easy, he's another left-handed hitter with good power and might be the best runner in the class. We are really excited to see Brenner in Burnt Orange." Pierce on Cox: "I love the make-up of Brenner. He has great leadership qualities as a two-sport athlete. Some of the best players I have coached over the years were excellent quarterbacks in football. Brenner has the ability to step on the forty acres as a two-way player and contribute immediately as a pitcher and position player. He is one of three left-handed hitters in the class which also brings another need for the 2023 team." Jayden Duplantier | INF | R/R | 6-1 | 180 | Houston, Texas | Summer Creek Personal: Son of Andre and Lestavia Duplantier…brother, Andre Duplantier II, is a member of the Texas Baseball program…cousin, Jon, is a pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks and was an All-American and 2016 C-USA pitcher of the year while at Rice. High School: First team All-District shortstop and three-year letterman for head coach DJ Wilson at Summer Creek…top ranked second baseman in the State of Texas and the No. 44 overall player in the state…as a junior hit .324 with five doubles, one triple and one homer…finished with 13 RBI, 34 runs scored and 16 stolen bases...named the 21-6A All-District first team shortstop…during shortened 2020 season, hit .318 with 12 runs scored and six stolen bases…named the District Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 2019, batting .337 with 24 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. I chose Texas because: "The biggest influence on my decision to play baseball in the Burnt Orange is the instilled winning tradition along with the immense amount of support from the Longhorn fanbase. The high-competitive nature is something I simply want to be a part of." Allen on Duplantier: "Jayden just loves to compete and work. He has really good bat to ball skills, can run and can really play defense in the middle of the field. He will make us better with the way he goes about things the minute he shows up on campus." Pierce on Duplantier: "Jayden is a great fit in our program. He loves to work and his character is off the charts. The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Jayden is 'winner.' He will do whatever it takes to help the Longhorns be great. Jayden is a shortstop by trade but can play multiple position." Jalin Flores | INF | R/R | 6-2 | 185 | San Antonio, Texas | Brandeis Personal: Son of John and Barbara Flores…brothers Jayson and Jarrett both played collegiate baseball. High School: First-team All-District player and three-year letter winner for head coach Eric Jupe at Brandeis High School...the No. 10 ranked player in the state of Texas…as a junior in 2021, batted .318 with four doubles, four triples and seven homers…finished with 21 RBI, 31 runs scored and 10 stolen bases…tied for third-most homers among 6A players in Texas…on the mound had a 1.35 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 10.1 innings…named 28-61 First Team All-District…during shortened 2020 season, hit .333 with five doubles, five stolen bases and 14 runs scored. I chose Texas because: "Texas is my home and putting on that Burnt Orange I felt that I fit right in. There's no place I'd rather be." Allen on Flores: "Jalin is a long athletic infielder with power in his bat. Every time we see Jalin he gets better and better and he is already one of the best players in the country. I'm really excited see him develop in our program." Pierce on Fores: "Baseball is tradition in South Texas and I'm excited to have one of the great high school players from South Texas to join our program. Jalin is a complete player with plus tools. He loves the game and loves the competition. He will be an exciting player for Texas fans to watch." Rylan Galvan | C | R/R | 6-0 | 185 | Sinton, Texas | Sinton Personal: Son of Eddie and Jennifer Galvan…has three siblings, Rene, Autumn and Roland...high school coach is Longhorn great and 2005 National Champion Adrian Alaniz. High School: All-State catcher and three-year starter for Adrian Alaniz at Sinton High School…top ranked catcher in Texas and the No. 6 overall player in the state…as a junior in 2021, batted .404 with eight doubles, four triples and six homers…finished with 27 RBI and 42 runs scored…tied for third-most homers among 4A players in Texas…named the 26-4A MVP and All-State first team catcher…helped lead Sinton to the Class 4A state semifinals…during the shortened 2020 season, hit .273 with three doubles...also played football for Sinton. I chose Texas because: "I wanted to be a part of a tradition-based program that could help turn me into the elite level player I have always envisioned. I have always had dream of winning a national title, and Texas is always a contender. Allen on Galvan: "Rylan is one of those gifted players where the game just looks easy for him. He is really good behind the plate and we will look to him to be a mainstay and lead our pitching staffs for years to come." Pierce on Galvan: "It seems as if Rylan has been a part of our program for years. He was one of the first commits in the 2022 class and continues to get better every year. Rylan has the tools for greatness. His desire to play for Texas and compete at an elite level is impressive. We are fortunate to have an elite catcher like Rylan joining our program." Pierce George | RHP | R/R | 6-6 | 215 | Austin, Texas | Lake Travis Personal: Son of Lisa and Derek George. High School: Three-year letterwinner for head coach Mike Rogers at Lake Travis High School…No. 9 ranked right-handed pitcher in the state of Texas and the No. 35 ranked player overall in Texas…invited to compete in the New Balance Future Stars Series Main Event at New York's Citi Field…helped lead Lake Travis to the 2021 District 26-6A Championship and regional semifinal…also a wide receiver on the Lake Travis football team. I chose Texas because: "I chose Texas because it has been my dream ever since I was a little kid. The community and society are what really makes me want to be a Longhorn." Allen on George: "Pierce is a big physical right-handed pitcher that has a really good arm. The fastball has a lot of carry to it and I think there is another jump velocity-wise in him. He continues to work and get better each time we see him. He has a very bright future ahead of him." Pierce on George: "To say that Pierce is a physical specimen is an understatement. He is a very intimidating physical right-handed pitcher with a great arm. His fastball is electric, he loves to work and will continue to become a complete pitcher because of his work ethic and character. We are excited to have Pierce joining our program." Max Grubbs | RHP | R/R | 6-1 | 180 | Arlington, Texas | Martin Personal: Son of Elizabeth and Travis Grubbs…has one sister, Mia, and a brother, Mason…father, Travis, played golf at TCU…mother, Elizabeth, graduated from the College of Natural Sciences in 1993. High School: All-Region pitcher and three-year letterwinner for head coach Curt Colbertson at Martin High School…No. 5 ranked right-handed pitcher in the state of Texas and the No. 21 ranked player overall in Texas…named First Team All-District 8-6A…named a Dallas Morning News Player of the Week during 2021 season, pitching 6 1/3 innings with 13 strikeouts and also hitting a grand slam in wins over Arlington HS. I chose Texas because: "It's close to home, has a championship tradition and baseball program, and an amazing business program and other academics. Allen on Grubbs: "Max is an ultimate competitor, he loves Texas and knows how to win games on the mound. He has a plus sinker, slider combination with the slider being a real weapon for him. He will be ready to pitch for us right away." Pierce on Grubbs: "Max is another potential great arm for the Horns' future. He brings a great work ethic and a huge upside to become an elite arm for Texas. Max likes the competition and has stuff. He will step in and help the arms as a freshman. We are excited to have him coming to the forty acres." Matthew Porchas | RHP | R/R | 6-3 | 215 | Ladera Ranch, Calif. | Santa Margarita Catholic Personal: Son of Gabe and Monica Porchas…siblings are Monica and Thomas…uncle, Miguel Porchas, played baseball at New Mexico Highlands…cousin, Enrique Porchas, played baseball at Southeastern University. High School: A three-year letterwinner for head coach Chris Malec at Santa Margarita Catholic…the No. 11 ranked right-handed pitcher in California and the No. 31 ranked player overall in the state…competed in the MLB/USA Baseball Breakthrough and Dream Series, MLB/USA Baseball Hank Aaron Invitational, PG 14U Festival Select…PG Underclass All American. I chose Texas because: "The coaches, the winning tradition and commitment to player development drew me to Texas. I love Austin and can see myself going to Texas and succeeding in the classroom and on the field. Once I got on campus, I fell in love and knew I should be a Longhorn." Allen on Porchas: "Matthew is another big bodied right-handed pitcher with a quick arm. He moves down the mound really well for his size and loves to work to get better. We are excited to have Matthew joining our pitching staff." Pierce on Porchas: "The state of California has been a good recruiting state for the Horns. Matthew is one of three California kids heading to Austin, Texas and the Forty Acres. Matthew verballed as a young high school player and has continued to grow and develop into a potential big-time arm for our program. Matthew has pitched in elite events as well as a very competitive high school schedule. He has a great pedigree and will contribute once he arrives on campus." Jared Thomas | INF/OF | L/L | 6-2 | 175 | Waxahachie, Texas | Waxahachie Personal: Son of Shawn and Kym Thomas…has two brothers, Gaige and Parker, and one sister, Demi. High School: All-State outfielder and three-year letterman for head coach Tracy Wood at Waxahachie High School…top ranked first baseman and the No. 24 overall player in the state of Texas…as a junior in 2021, batted .484 with 14 doubles, three triples and four homers…finished the year with 38 RBI, 35 runs and 22 stolen bases…on the mound, went 6-2 with a 0.86 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 69.1 innings…named to 2021 First Team All-State outfield…2021 11-6A All District Selection and District Offensive Player of the Year. I chose Texas because: "It's my dream school since I was a kid. I wanted to represent my state at the best university." Allen on Thomas: "Texas fans are going to love this kid, he bleeds Burnt Orange and plays with such a passion for the game. He has really competitive at bats and has a chance to be an elite hitter for many years. He just helps his team find ways to win games." Pierce on Thomas: "This kid bleeds Burnt Orange. His passion reminds me of the Clemens brother's passion for Texas. That's special. We first saw JT in camp years ago and have watched his development and growth takeoff. He will bring leadership and excitement to Texas Baseball." Collin Valentine | LHP | L/L | 6-3 | 170 | Dallas, Texas | Highland Park Personal: Son of Melissa Valentine, Matthew and Kelly Valentine and Melissa Valentine…father, Matthew, played soccer at Washington University (1992-96)…grandfather, James Valentine, played baseball at Texas A&M (1964-67) High School: First Team All-District pitcher and three-year letterwinner for head coach Travis Yoder at Highland Park High School…No. 17 ranked left-handed pitcher in Texas and the No. 120 player overall in the state…two-time Preseason Perfect Game All-American Honorable Mention. I chose Texas because: "I believe Texas has the best baseball program in the country. The coaching staff is second to none and the environment is exactly what I'm looking for. Texas also offers a top tier education." Allen on Valentine: "We are really excited about Collin because he knows how to pitch and the stuff continues to get better. He loves the big game and isn't afraid of those moments. He has a really high ceiling and the drive to reach that ceiling." Pierce on Valentine: "Collin is a left-handed pitcher that causes hitting problems. He has stuff that will continue to get better and a deceptive delivery that will help his stuff play up. He is a Texas kid that has a huge desire to play at UT and will be a contributor very early in his Texas career. We are excited to have him joining Texas Baseball on the forty acres."
  3. AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Baseball head coach David Pierce has announced the Longhorns' 2021 fall schedule, which includes two games against junior college opponents and the annual three-game Fall World Series. The Longhorn roster features 25 returners, including eight returning starters, combining with nine true freshmen, five Division-I transfers and four junior college additions. Texas will host San Jacinto College on October 24 at Noon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorns will then take on McLennan Community College on October 31 at 1 p.m., with the game broadcast on Longhorn Network. The annual Orange and White Fall World Series gets underway on Thursday., Nov. 4, with Game 2 scheduled for Friday, Nov. 5 and the series finale on Saturday, Nov. 6. Game times for the Fall World Series will be announced at a later date. All five of the Longhorns' fall games are open to the public and admission is free. 2021 Fall Baseball Schedule Date Game Time October 24 vs. San Jacinto College October 31 vs. McLennan CC November 4 Fall World Series Game 1 November 5 Fall World Series Game 2 6 PM November 6 Fall World Series Game 3 2 PM https://twitter.com/TexasBaseball/status/1446164727156166666?s=20
  4. All season long, Texas has shown the ability to bounce back and respond after getting knocked down by their opponent. The Longhorns did it again Friday night after a 5-2 lead quickly evaporated in the 8th inning. Ivan Melendez launched a 3-run homer in the top of the 9th to extend the Longhorns season another day with a 8-5 win over Mississippi State and force a winner-take-all game Saturday evening. How it happened? Texas appeared to be in control much of the evening. Zach Zubia put the Longhorns on the scoreboard with a solo homer in the top of the 1st before Mississippi State responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame against Ty Madden. A sac fly by Trey Faltine tied the score at 2 and the Longhorns took their first lead in the 5th on a RBI single by Mike Antico. Antico added another RBI single in the 7th and Ivan Melendez added additional insurance with a RBI single of his own to stretch the Texas lead to 5-2. Tanner Witt ran into trouble in the bottom of the 8th. Tanner Allen led off the frame with a double and then 3 straight 1-out walks forced home a run before Texas brought in closer Aaron Nixon. Nixon proceeded to give up a 2-run single to Brad Cumbest to tie the game at 5. Nixon escaped further damage and set the stage for a dramatic top of the 9th. Mike Antico worked a walk to open the frame and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Eric Kennedy. Zach Zubia then worked a walk, setting up the stage for Melendez, who crushed a 3-2 fastball into the stands in left-center to give Texas a 8-5 lead. The Bulldogs did bring the tying run to the plate in the 9th following a lengthy weather delay, but Nixon ended the game with a popout and groundout to preserve the Texas victory. What's next? Texas will get a chance to exorcise their demons by going up against Will Bednar this evening. The right-hander dominated Texas just 6 days ago by striking out 15 in 6 innings. The Longhorns will also likely see Landon Sims who has thrown 7 innings against Texas in 2 separate appearances this year and has combined to strike out 16. David Pierce did not commit to a starter following Friday's game, but all signs point to Tristan Stevens. The Longhorns #2 starter was not sharp in his lone outing at the CWS on Tuesday, but is the freshest starter Texas has. Stevens has come up big numerous times when the Longhorns have needed him this year. His sinker could play well against a powerful Mississippi State lineup. In the bullpen, David Pierce will have a fully rested Cole Quintanilla. Outside of Quintanilla, the Longhorns will have limited options. Tanner Witt and Ty Madden are both likely not available. Nixon could maybe provide an inning but would be pitching for the 3rd straight day. Pete Hansen, who started Thursday's game against Virginia, might be available for up to an inning.
  5. Texas is Omaha bound for the 37th time in program history and enters the College World Series as the highest seeded team remaining in the NCAA Tournament. As the #2 overall seed, the Longhorns cruised through the Austin Regional before sweeping South Florida in the Super Regionals. Now, David Pierce's team will look to bring home the 7th national championship in program history. Similar to regional play, the Longhorns will be in a 4-team double elimination bracket. The winner of the bracket will matchup up with the winner of the other 4-team bracket in a 2 out of 3 series to determine the national champion. Let's take a look at who is on the Texas side of the bracket: Mississippi State The Bulldogs and Longhorns opened the season at Globe Life Field and will meet again in the opening round of the CWS. Mississippi State took the opening game in Arlington 8-3. Ty Madden took the loss, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) in 4 innings. David Pierce said in his press conference earlier today that they have not settled on a starter for Sunday, but it would be surprising if Madden didn't get the ball to face Mississippi State for the second time this year. The Bulldogs will likely counter with lefty Christian MacLeod, who went 4 innings and allowed 1 run agains the Longhorns back in February. The Longhorns will also likely see right hander Landon Sims out of the bullpen at some point. Sims dominated Texas earlier this season, striking out 10 in 4 hitless innings. For the season, he has a 1.55 ERA with 85 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings. At the plate, the Bulldogs are hitting .282 as a team and have 5 players with double digit home runs. RF Tanner Allen is hitting a ridiculous .392 on the season with 10 home runs and 62 RBI's. CF Rowdy Jordan serves as the leadoff man and is hitting .326. The Bullodgs are not afraid to run and have collected 68 stolen bases on the season. As a whole, Mississippi State hasn't changed a whole lot from the team the Longhorns saw in Arlington. The biggest challenge for Texas will be getting to MacLeod early because if the game gets to the 5th inning or later and the Bulldogs are holding a lead, Landon Sims will jog in from the bullpen and not many teams have found success against him this year. Tennessee The Volunteers will be making their 5th trip to Omaha and have made huge strides as a program since Tony Vitello took over after the 2017 season. An Tennessee will be carried by their offense as they rank in the top 5 in the country in home runs, doubles and walks. SS Liam Spence leads the way with a .339 average and has more walks (53) than strikeouts (49). On the mound, Chad Dallas is their #1 starter and has an 11-1 record on the year with a 4.10 ERA. The Vols do a strong bullpen, with all 5 of their most frequently used relievers having an ERA under 3.00. One interesting note with Tennessee is Mississippi State was not on their regular season schedule this year, but the two teams did meet in the SEC Tournament and the Volunteers run ruled the Bulldogs in 8 innings, 12-2. The pitching matchup that day featured Christian MacLeod against Chad Dallas, so the Volunteers can certainly put up runs in bunches against very good pitching. Virginia Virginia was one of the final teams to make the NCAA Tournament field and now find themselves in Omaha after an improbable run the last 2 weeks. The Cavaliers lost the opening game of their regional and super regional, but found a way to punch their ticket to the College World Series. Virginia will lean heavily on their pitching staff, which ranks 14th in the country with a 3.61 ERA. Andrew Abbott is the ace of the staff and has thrown over 100 innings this season with a 3.04 ERA. It is important for every team to win their opening round game, but for Virginia there is likely an extra emphasis on wanting to get a win with Abbott on the mound in the first game to help take the pressure off a pitching staff that has thrown a lot of innings the last 14 days. At the plate, RF Kyle Teel is the only player hitting over .300 but he has carried the offense at times in the NCAA tournament, including the game winning grand slam against Dallas Baptist in game 3 of the super regional. The Cavaliers will use some small ball (35 sac bunts on the season) to try to generate some runs and put pressure on opposing teams. While Virginia is the only non-national seed on this side of the bracket, they are certainly playing their best baseball of the season and have proved to be a scrappy bunch throughout the postseason.
  6. For those interested, here is the link for Texas CWS geaR: Longhorn College World Series Gear
  7. The NCAA tournament field was announced Monday afternoon. Texas was given the #2 overall national seed. The Longhorns will open regional play in Austin on Friday when they host Southern, the 4 seed. The game is scheduled for 1 PM and will be broadcasted on LHN. The other matchup of the day will feature 2-seed Arizona State against 3-seed Fairfield.
  8. Quick note; TCU/KSt game is currently in T2, and will likely push the Texas/WVU game back a bit. Won't start at 4 PM Central as initially scheduled. Texas will go with Madden tonight while WVU will likely go with LHP Wolf, making this a rematch of last Thursday's game. Additionally, here is the bracket as it stands right now. Most all of the games are available to stream on ESPN+
  9. THURSDAY–Texas RHP Ty Madden (6-2, 2.27) vs. WVU LHP Jackson Wolf (4-5, 3.13) FRIDAY–Texas RHP Tristan Stevens (7-3, 3.11) vs. WVU LHP Ben Hampton (4-2, 4.08) SATURDAY–Texas LHP Pete Hansen (6-1, 1.83) vs. WVU RHP Carlson Reed (4-4, 5.64) THE MATCHUP—Texas hosts West Virginia in the final series of the regular season ahead of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Champi-onship. The Longhorns hit the field after an extended layoff, playing for the first time since May 9 after their Tuesday con-test against Rice was canceled due to inclement weather and their previous game against Texas Southern was called in the fourth inning due to thunderstorms in the Austin area. Prior to that, Texas defeated then-No. 3 and Big 12 leader TCU in a weekend series, winning the rubber match in Fort Worth, 9-3. The Mountaineers arrive in Austin on a five-game winning streak including a doubleheader sweep of Dayton in Morgan-town on Sunday. Texas and West Virginia last met in 2019, with the Mountaineers winning the series but the Longhorns prevailing in the series finale, 10-2.
  10. Per d1baseball.com, the NCAA announced the 20 potential sites this morning. Of the 20, 16 will be ultimately chosen. Potential Regional Hosts Arizona (Tucson) Arkansas (Fayetteville) Charlotte (Gastonia*) East Carolina (Greenville) Florida (Gainesville) Gonzaga (Spokane) Louisiana Tech (Ruston) Mississippi State (Starkville) Notre Dame (South Bend) Ole Miss (Oxford) Oregon (Eugene) Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh) South Carolina (Columbia) Southern Miss (Hattiesburg) Stanford (Stanford) Tennessee (Knoxville) Texas (Austin) Texas Tech (Lubbock) TCU (Fort Worth) Vanderbilt (Nashville) Great recap here: D1 Baseball Regional Host Breakdown As you can see, Texas is listed, and is almost guaranteed to be a host site. I believe the NCAA has said that capacity will be limited to 50% for the Regionals, Super Regionals and CWS. That could obviously change over the next couple of weeks, but I'm not certain that it will.
  11. As the #2 team in the country, it is no surprise that Texas had a strong showing when the Big 12 awards were announced earlier today. David Pierce was named the coach of the year after leading the Longhorns to the Big 12 title. It is the second time in his 5 years at Texas that Pierce has won the award. Future first round pick Ty Madden was also named the Big 12 pitcher of the year after putting together a 6-3 record with a 2.55 ERA. The first, second and honorable mention Big 12 teams were also announced and were filled with Longhorns. 2B Mitchell Daly, RHP Tristan Stevens and DH Ivan Melendez were all first-team members, while 3B Cam Williams and CF Mike Antico were named to the second-team. C Silas Ardoin, SS Trey Faltine, LHP Pete Hansen, RF Douglas Hodo III, RHP Aaron Nixon, RHP Tanner Witt and 1B Zach Zubia all received honorable mention recognitions. Here is a link to the full awards list and all-Big 12 teams: https://big12sports.com/news/2021/5/23/2021-all-big-12-baseball-awards-announced.aspx A few notes and thoughts: David Pierce was an obvious choice for coach of the year. Most thought Texas would be a good team entering this season, but he has done an excellent job of pushing the right buttons to improve the team as the season progressed. The Longhorns are a completely different team than the one that started the season 0-3 in Arlington. Ty Madden was an easy choice for pitcher of the year. The Texas ace was far and away the best pitcher in the conference this year. If the Longhorns go far in the postseason, he will be a big reason why. The official press release from Texas mentioned an interesting statistic that caught my eye: "The four first-team honorees are the most since 2011 and the 13 total players recognized are the most since 2005." The Longhorns are a very balance team and have shown throughout the season they have a variety of guys who can beat you both on the mound and at the plate. It is also interesting to note that Texas had 3 players on the All-Freshman team (Nixon, Witt and Daly), which was tied for the most in the conference with TCU. Texas will begin the Big 12 tournament on Wednesday at 4 PM against the winner of the Kansas/West Virginia play-in game (being played Tuesday evening). The double-elimination tournament will run through Sunday with the NCAA selection show on Monday.
  12. As TCU headed into the bottom of the 9th against Kansas State holding a 8-4 lead, Texas was in cruise control against West Virginia in the 6th inning as the Longhorns held a 10-1 lead. It likely wasn't going to matter though, as the Horned Frogs were 3 outs away from clinching the outright Big 12 title and finishing a full game ahead of Texas in the standings. Everything changed though in a span of about 15 minutes. The Wildcats exploded against TCU's best reliever, Haylen Green, eventually ending the game on a 3-run walk-off home run by Chris Ceballos. The comeback win was met with a huge cheer at Disch-Falk Field and gave Texas the Big 12 title. Here are some thoughts and takeaways from a wild final day of the regular season: While it was technically a "shared" Big 12 title with the Horned Frogs, the Longhorns were certainly treated as the winners of the conference. David Pierce and his team received a trophy following the run-rule victory over the Mountaineers and will be the #1 seed in the Big 12 tournament since Texas owned the tiebreaker over TCU. It is Pierce's 2nd conference title in his 5 years at the helm. The conference title certainly puts the cherry on top of Texas' already impressive resume heading into postseason play. The Longhorns were pretty much a lock for a national seed regardless of what happened in Manhattan, but the Horned Frogs collapse should leave no doubt. Texas will now head to OKC for the Big 12 tournament. Their first game will be Wednesday against the winner of the Kansas/West Virginia play-in game (4 PM CST on Big 12 Now). The tournament format is split up into two 4-team double elimination brackets, with the winners of each bracket meeting for the championship game (the championship game will be a single game, winner-take-all, regardless if one of the teams enter with no losses in the tournament). To be honest, the Longhorns do not have much to prove in OKC. While it would be nice to win some games, the main focus will be getting arms fresh and ready for the regional the following weekend. The 2018 Texas team that went to Omaha went 0-2 in OKC and it has been proven in the past that success in the conference tournament does not always translate to the NCAA tournament. This brings us to a few things that Texas will be looking to accomplish over the next week: If Texas hopes to go far in the NCAA tournament, 4th starter Kolby Kubichek will likely be needed at some point. Kubichek served as the Sunday starter for much of the season before giving way to Pete Hansen. David Pierce hinted last week that Kubichek would likely start game 1 of the conference tournament, and a strong performance from the right-hander will have the Texas coaching staff feeling really good heading into regional play. This is the most exciting time of the year in college baseball. The Longhorns will be a top 5 overall seed next Monday when the field is announced and their road to Omaha will not require them to leave the friendly confines of Disch-Falk Field.
  13. If you haven’t heard, tonight’s game is rained out. DH tomorrow at 2 PM I’ll be back tomorrow with all the details.
  14. THE MATCHUP—Texas concludes its 10-game homestand with a three-game weekend series against Abilene Christian. The only prior meeting between the programs took place last year, with the Longhorns coming out on top, 9-1. Kolby Kubi-chek pitched four shutout innings and allowed just one hit to record his second win of the season. The Longhorns took ad-vantage of 12 walks issued by ACU pitching and scratched out nine hits. Murphy Stehly went 2-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored to lead Texas offensively. Austin Todd was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Zach Zubia was 1-for-3 with a solo homer. Eric Kennedy finished the day with a career-high three stolen bases. FRIDAY–Texas RHP Ty Madden (4-1, 1.69) vs. ACU RHP Tyler Morgan (0-1, 4.54) SATURDAY–Texas RHP Tristan Stevens (5-1, 2.98) vs. ACU RHP Genner Cervantes (5-1, 5.18) SUNDAY–Texas RHP Kolby Kubichek (4-2, 2.63) vs. ACU RHP Spencer Chirpich (3-2, 5.18)
  15. THE MATCHUP—Texas and Nevada will meet for a two-game series beginning on Tuesday. The programs have only one previous meeting, with the Longhorns winning 16-6 during the 1994 NCAA Central Regional held in Austin. The game attendance of 7,825 is the eighth-largest crowd in UFCU Disch-Falk Field history. TUESDAY–Texas RHP Justin Eckhardt (0-0, 7.27) vs. Nevada TBA WEDNESDAY–Texas LHP Pete Hansen (3-1, 1.97) vs. Nevada TBA
  16. THE MATCHUP—Texas welcomes Big 12 Conference foe Kansas State to UFCU Disch-Falk Field for a three-game weekend series beginning on Friday. The Longhorns lead the all-time series 57-20-1, including 31-11-1 at home. The sides last squared off in 2019, with the Wildcats taking the two series, 2-1. Texas won Game 2 of that series, 10-2, highlighted by a Zach Zubia grand slam. Texas has won 10 of 14 series over the Wildcats in Austin, including sweeps in two of the last three PROBABLE PITCHERS FRIDAY–Texas RHP Ty Madden (4-1, 1.52) vs. K-State LHP Jordan Wicks (4-2, 4.00) SATURDAY–Texas RHP Tristan Stevens (4-1, 3.27) vs. K-State RHP Carson Seymour (2-2, 3.58) SUNDAY–Texas RHP Kolby Kubichek (3-2, 2.91) vs. K-State RHP Connor McCullough (2-2, 4.29)
  17. Ivan Melendez continued his hot streak with a 2-3 performance at the plate, including a home run - his third in three straight games to propel the #4 Longhorns to a 9-1 win over Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday night. The Longhorns scored a pair of runs in each of the first two innings to take a 4-0 lead into the fourth-inning. Texas made good of a solo home run from Zach Zubia and a three-run shot from Melendez in the fourth to vault the Longhorns to an 8-0 lead. Stephen F. Austin scored their lone run in the eighth on Cal Martin's single which scored Cameron Crawford. Texas added an insurance run in the bottom of the frame on a solo home run by DJ Petrinski to make the score 9-1. LHP Pete Hansen picked up the win in six innings pitched, giving up no runs on two hits and striking out three. Jared Southard and Coy Cobb pitched the seventh and eight innings, respectively, before Sam Walbridge closed things out in the 9th. Texas will open a 3-game homestand with Kansas State on Friday at 6:30 pm.
  18. Photo: Texas Athletics The fourth ranked Texas Longhorns (21-5) opened a 10-game homestand with a 14-4 win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Tuesday evening. Ivan Melendez went 4-for-5 on the night and had 3 RBI's, pacing Texas to an eventual blowout of the Islanders. Melendez hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 2nd Inning giving Texas a 2-1 lead - a lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. Leading 4-2 in the fifth, Cam Williams hit a two-run home run to extend the Texas lead to 6-2. The Islanders would score two in the sixth but the Longhorns added three runs in the seventh inning to hold a 9-4 advantage heading into the eighth. Taking advantage of back-to-back walks to DJ Petrinski and Cam Williams, an Ivan Melendez single loaded the bases. Douglas Hodo and Trey Faltine each singled after that, with Hodo collecting an RBI and Faltine with two. Texas led 12-4 at that point, but the Longhorns weren't done. A Dylan Campbell walk loaded the bases again and Mitchell Daly singled to left field to score two more runs making the score 14-4. RHP Drew Shifflet closed the game out, giving up one hit and striking out one. The Longhorns will next host Stephen F. Austin for a mid-week matchup on Wednesday. First pitch will take place at 6:30 PM and will be televised on Longhorn Network. GAME NOTES Palmer Wenzel is credited with the win (3-0) in relief of starting pitcher Justin Eckhardt who was pulled in the Top 3rd inning after giving up two runs and four hits Lucas Gordon pitched one inning for the Longhorns, giving up two runs and striking out two Cole Quintanilla pitched a scoreless 7th & 8th innings giving up one hit and striking out one Cam Williams' home run was his eighth of the season - a team high in home runs Texas amassed 12 hits and 11 walks in the winning effort over the Islanders
  19. Series starts tonight due to Easter Sunday. Game 1 on ESPN+ PROBABLE PITCHERS FRIDAY–Texas RHP Ty Madden (3-1, 1.83) vs. Kansas RHP Ryan Cyr (3-2, 4.78) SATURDAY–Texas RHP Tristan Stevens (3-1, 3.93) vs. Kansas RHP Cole Larsen (4-1, 0.86) SUNDAY–Texas RHP Kolby Kubichek (2-2, 3.21) vs. Kansas LHP Eli Davis (3-2, 4.4) THE MATCHUP—Texas travels to Kansas to face the Jayhawks in a three-game Big 12 Conference tilt. Texas leads the all-time series 52-29, but has lost the last four games, including a sweep in Kansas in 2019. Prior to the four-game skid, the Longhorns had won the four-straight and seven of nine game.
  20. TEXAS (17-7) at TEXAS A&M (17-9) March 30, 2021 Where: Blue Bell Park Time: Tuesday–6 p.m. TV: ESPNU Radio: 104.9 FM The Horn/1260 AM Live stats: https://12thman.com/sidearmstats/baseball All-time series: Texas leads, 244-127-5 PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP TUESDAY–Texas LHP Pete Hansen (2-0, 2.75) vs. Texas A&M RHP Nathan Dettmer (2-1, 1.37) THE MATCHUP—Texas will face Texas A&M for a Tuesday evening matchup in College Station. The programs last met in April 2019, with the 12th-ranked Longhorns falling to the No. 9 Aggies, 9-6, at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Since the 2011 season, the Longhorns and Aggies have split 14 games, including a 3-1 record for Texas in NCAA Regionals. Texas will be looking for its first win in College Station since 2011 and the 100th road win in the Texas-Texas A&M series.
  21. PROBABLE PITCHERS FRIDAY–Texas RHP Ty Madden (3-1, 1.62) vs. OU RHP Wyatt Olds (1-2, 7.29) SATURDAY–Texas RHP Tristan Stevens (2-1, 3.49) vs. OU LHP Jake Bennett (3-1, 4.32) SUNDAY–Texas RHP Kolby Kubichek (2-2, 3.38) vs. OU LHP Braden Carmichael (4-0, 3.6 THE MATCHUP—Texas hosts Oklahoma in a three-game series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field this weekend, with the series getting underway on Friday. Since the 2016 season, the Longhorns and Sooners have split 14 games, including each winning a game in the Big 12 Tournament
  22. #10 TEXAS (12-5, 0-0) at BAYLOR (12-4, 0-0) March 19-21, 2021 Where: Baylor Ballpark Time: Friday at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. TV: ESPN+ Radio: 104.9 FM The Horn/1260 AM Live stats: Baylor.StatBroadcast.com All-time series: Texas leads, 248-111-4 PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS FRIDAY–Texas RHP Ty Madden (2-1, 1.33) vs. Baylor LHP Tyler Thomas (2-0, 1.96) SATURDAY–Texas RHP Tristan Stevens (1-1, 3.63) vs. Baylor RHP Blake Helton (1-1, 4.41) SUNDAY–Texas RHP Kolby Kubichek (2-1, 2.50) vs. Baylor RHP Hayden Kettler (1-0, 1.54) THE MATCHUP—Texas travels up I-35 to face Baylor for the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams. The teams split two games in Waco in 2019, with the Sunday game being canceled due to weather. In the series opener, Baylor rallied from a 4-0 deficit to win 6-5 and in Game 2 the Longhorns trailed 5-0 before going on to win 8-6. Texas has won five of the last six games over Baylor, including a three-game series sweep in Austin in 2018.
  23. The Big12 has been slow and methodical in making a decision on how the baseball season will shape up. Kendall Rogers with some insight today that is pretty interesting.
  24. UT has announced that Austin Todd will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the '21 season.

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