Texas infielder Murphy Stehly (10) warms up before the annual alumni game on Feb. 1, 2020 in Austin. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Texas’ Murphy Stehly to wear No. 14 as a tribute to former coach John Altobelli

Posted February 4th, 2020

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Texas junior infielder Murphy Stehly will honor his former coach by wearing the No. 14 throughout the 2020 baseball season.

That number belonged to John Altobelli, the longtime head coach at Orange Coast College. Altobelli and NBA legend Kobe Bryant were two of the nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. Altobelli coached Stehly over the past two seasons. He was also teammates with Texas coach David Pierce at the University of Houston.

At Texas, the No. 14 had been assigned to freshman pitcher Will Swope. At a team meeting on Tuesday, Swope handed off the jersey to Stehly. Swope will instead wear the No. 10 that was originally given to Stehly.

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Stehly will likely be Texas’ third baseman when the Longhorns open their season on Feb. 14. Last year, Stehly hit .374 with 41 RBIs and 34 runs. Led by Altobelli, Orange Coast College went 39-9-1 and won the California Community College championship.

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