Augie Garrido is an old coach with a relatively young team.
Only eight of his 34 players are upperclassmen, the rest ranging from true freshmen and redshirt freshmen to sophomores and redshirt sophomores. With so many young players, mistakes are expected.
Inexperience can lead to bad decisions. Tuesday night’s 10-4 win over Texas State in 11 innings could have featured mistakes and questionable decisions, but didn’t.
“There were lots of plays that they made routine,” Garrido said. “But there were lots of good decisions.”
Freshman Chase Shugert pitched himself into a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied, then promptly got himself out of it. In the same innings, sophomore shortstop Brett Boswell threw a Bobcats runner out at home on a forced out, preserving the tie. Garrido called it a “clutch throw” because “we’ve all seen that one hit the backstop.”
The Longhorns (5-3) escaped the extra-inning ordeal because of the pitching, the fielding — and, of course, the six-run 11th inning.
“I think we managed ourselves in an extra-inning game very well,” Garrido said.
Preaching patience: Having such a young team, of course, requires patience through those mistakes, inconsistencies and bad decisions. Garrido said he and his coaches will remain positive and stick to the process.
Each game, whether it’s a win or a loss, is a learning experience.
“We are going to learn from the winning, and we are going to learn from the losing,” he said.
Just because a team wins doesn’t mean it played mistake-free, just as a team that lost didn’t necessarily commit mistakes. Still, the mood will likely be different after a win than a loss.
“But as the coaches, you don’t get to act on how you feel about that,” Garrido said. “You act on what you’re professionally responsible for and that is — teaching them how to get better.”
Facing a friend: Texas State coach Ty Harrington was back in the Bobcats’ dugout Tuesday night after missing last season while battling rectal cancer. In last year’s Texas-Texas State game, Harrington — who was the captain on Texas’ 1987 that made it to the College World Series — was honored at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
“It was great to see him healthy and arguing with the umpire,” Garrido said. “And doing the thing that coaches do.”
Injury updates: Sophomore outfielder Patrick Mathis’ hamstring injury has been downgraded to a strain, but Garrido said he doesn’t want to rush him back. And freshman outfielder Tyler Rand will be out at least four weeks with his broken hand, though Garrido said he’s still participating in batting practice and staying in shape.
On deck: Texas and Cal begin a four-game series Thurdsay night at Disch-Falk — 6 p.m. Thursday, 6 on Friday, 2 on Saturday and noon Sunday. All games will be televised on the Longhorn Network.
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