Texas freshman Nico O'Donnell (17) pitches against Lamar at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Feb. 21, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas hurler Nico O’Donnell to pitch elsewhere in 2020

Posted June 1st, 2019

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After two seasons at Texas, pitcher Nico O’Donnell will enter the NCAA’s transfer portal.

Orangebloods.com was the first to report on O’Donnell’s plans. A Texas spokesperson later confirmed the news.

A 6-5 right-hander from San Antonio, O’Donnell showed promise as a freshman. He started seven times during the 2018 season and finished his first year of college with a 3-2 record and a 4.78 ERA.

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O’Donnell, however, made only eight relief appearances in 2019. His 9.00 ERA was the fourth-highest mark on the roster, and he had more walks (16) than strikeouts (14). O’Donnell pitched only twice in the months of April and May.

O’Donnell joins San Jacinto College-bound pitcher Jack Neely among UT’s off-season departures. The team also had six players participate in its senior day activities on May 17. Additionally, this upcoming week’s MLB Draft could claim some Longhorns.

This past season, Texas went 27-27 and missed the Big 12’s tournament.

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