Incarnate Word infielder Shea Gutierrez (3) catches a throw as Texas outfielder Duke Ellis (11) safely steals second base on May 14, 2019 in Austin. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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The Final Pitch: Texas 9, Incarnate Word 0

Posted May 14th, 2019

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With games of significantly more importance looming, Texas opened the last week of the regular season with a victory on Tuesday night.

Both Texas and Incarnate Word wasted scoring opportunities over the first three innings at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, but the Longhorns broke through in the fourth frame. With two outs, five straight UT batters reached base. Freshmen Lance Ford and Eric Kennedy combined to drive in three runs during an inning that also featured a single by classmate Caston Peter.

That three-run head start and six additional runs in the seventh and eighth innings made a winner of Coy Cobb for the first time in his collegiate career.  Cobb opened the season as UT’s Sunday starter, but the freshman right-hander had been used as a reliever and midweek starter over his last five appearances. Over a six-inning shift on Tuesday, Cobb (1-3; 3.38 ERA) allowed four hits and struck out two Cardinals.

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With Tuesday’s triumph, Texas (26-25) avenged a 3-2 loss to Incarnate Word (34-18) in March.

TODAY’S TOP TWEET

On Tuesday, Texas announced that eight of its players had been placed on the Big 12’s all-academic team. Sam Bertelson, Bryce Elder, Tristan Stevens, Matt Whelan and Zach Zubia were first-team honorees. Seniors Matteo Bocchi, Masen Hibbeler and Michael McCann all capped their final semesters with second-team nods.

According to a UT press release, the “First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 20 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.”

Elder, a three-time Big 12 pitcher of the week who ranks fourth in the conference in ERA (2.81) and seventh in strikeouts (80), may also ended up on the first team of the Big 12’s all-conference team next week. Over the past 15 seasons, only six Longhorns have been placed on the first team of both the Big 12’s athletic and academic honor rolls during the same season:

  • OF Drew Stubbs (2005, 2006)
  • SP Adrian Alaniz (2007)
  • 3B Bradley Suttle (2007)
  • DH Russell Moldenhauer (2010)
  • SP Taylor Jungmann (2011)
  • SP Morgan Cooper (2017)

NOTABLE NUMBER: 51. For the 51st time in 51 games, Texas started junior Ryan Reynolds at third base. Bertelson was slated to start at shortstop in last Tuesday’s game against Texas State, but weather washed out that game before it began. Reynolds’ streak of starts at third base has now reached 82 games. The last player not named Ryan Reynolds to start at third base for Texas was Jake McKenzie, who did so against Baylor on April 8, 2018.

UP NEXT: Texas will close out the regular season with a three-game series against Oklahoma that begins on Thursday. In order to qualify for the Big 12 tournament, UT will likely need to sweep Oklahoma for the first time since 2014. The Longhorns can go 2-1 against the Sooners and still reach the postseason IF Kansas wins all three of its games against Kansas State.

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