Texas head coach David Pierce calls out from the dugout against Texas Southern at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on March 12, 2019. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

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Looking to plug holes in its infield, Texas signs two junior college transfers

Posted July 2nd, 2019

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On Tuesday, another candidate officially entered the race to become UT’s next shortstop.

Texas has announced the signing of Murphy Stehly, who will join the Longhorns for the 2020 season. Over the past two seasons, Stehly was an infielder at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Over 41 games this past season, Stehly hit .374 with 41 RBIs, 34 runs and 11 steals. Defensively, he committed 12 errors in 185 chances. The Pirates went 39-9-1 and won the California Community College championship.

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Stehly could have a shot at playing immediately at Texas.  Masen Hibbeler was a senior during a 2019 season in which he started 36 times at shortstop. Bryce Reagan transferred to Arizona after losing his job as UT’s starting shortstop. Texas also lost David Hamilton, who missed his junior year with an Achilles injury, and third baseman Ryan Reynolds to the MLB Draft.

Incoming freshmen Brenden Dixon, André Duplantier II and Sanson Faltine III were infielders in high school. Once a starter for Western Kentucky, Bryson Smith made one start during his sophomore year at Texas. In 2019, Sam Bertelson made a few relief appearances at third base and had a start against Texas State rained out. Former San Jacinto infielder Camryn Williams is another option for the Longhorns.

In addition to Stehly, Texas officially added Williams and sophomore-to-be Dawson Merryman to its roster on Tuesday. Williams, who is entering his junior year, committed to UT in May. Merryman won the award given to the Western Junior College Athletic Conference’s most valuable pitcher while throwing at Midland College in 2019.

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