Texas baseball players stand during the playing of the national anthem ahead of a game against UTSA on Feb. 18, 2020. [LOLA GOMEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Owen Meaney to pitch elsewhere after two seasons with the Longhorns

Posted June 1st, 2020

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Sophomore pitcher Owen Meaney has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal, a Texas spokesperson confirmed on Monday.

Meaney’s departure was first reported by 247Sports. Due to the NCAA’s decision to give back a year of eligibility to its spring athlete, Meaney can play for three seasons at his next stop.

A 6-5 right-hander out of Houston, Meaney was 0-2 with a 4.24 ERA over his nine appearances at Texas. Meaney started three times. His best outing was a five-inning, two-hit effort out of the bullpen against No. 11 Arkansas in 2019.

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Meaney will exit a crowded clubhouse at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. So far this offseason, he and senior Donny Diaz are the only announced departures from UT’s 35-man roster. Texas signed 15 players this past fall, and UTSA graduate transfer Palmer Wenzel has committed to the Longhorns. If UT’s three remaining seniors return in 2021, Texas will be allowed to have 38 players on its team.

UT expects to see junior pitcher Bryce Elder and up to a half-dozen signees taken in next week’s MLB Draft. The current state of disarray in the minor leagues, though, may make Texas a better option for some of those draft picks.

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