Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: How soon before Texas is back on top with White, Floreal? A-S-A-P.

To use softball lingo, when it comes to his latest two hires, Chris Del Conte is 2 for 2. He’s batting 1.000. Of course, neither new softball coach Mike White from Oregon nor track and field coach Edrick Floréal from Kentucky has coached a single game or coached up a … Read More

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Bohls: Texas baseball’s 2019 squad should feature a deeper pitching staff

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On the Texas baseball season: Texas had an impressive ride this post-season that in some ways mirrored Mississippi State, which once stood 15-15 … Read More

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Bohls: Even in early CWS defeat, we see that David Pierce has brought Texas baseball back

OMAHA, Neb. — Texas’ trip to the College World Series shouldn’t be remembered for the fact that it was one of the first two teams going home. Instead, these Longhorns should be recognized for just getting here at all. That in itself was a monumental achievement for a team whose accomplishments will … Read More

Postcard from Omaha: Texas’ Austin Todd ends his sophomore season feeling healthy

OMAHA, Neb. — One thing the Longhorns didn’t see a lot of this season? Pinch-hitting. Over its 65 games, Texas (42-23) used a pinch-hitter 31 times. The biggest of those at-bats coming off the bench was Austin Todd’s two-run single in a win over Stanford in March. Read More

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Bohls: Tuesday starter Blair Henley and Texas’ relaxed, focused mindset boost CWS chances

OMAHA, Neb. — In a lighter moment at a casual Saturday team practice before the very first College World Series pitch, Blair Henley was discussing his summer plans. Once this post-season ends, the Texas pitcher said he’ll make his way to the Cape Cod League where he’ll join five of … Read More

Postcard from Omaha: For one current and former Texas player, this CWS is better late than never

OMAHA, Neb. — Ryan Reynolds is playing in the College World Series for the first time, a level that the Texas third baseman’s dad, Shane, never quite reached. But he did come close back in 1987, when he went 6-0 with a high ERA but was left off the Longhorns’ … Read More

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Bohls: Pierce took huge gamble with pitching choice

OMAHA, Neb. — David Pierce may have made his biggest coaching blunder as a Longhorn to date Sunday night. But he clearly thought it was worth the risk. He used his two best pitchers and still lost, falling 11-5 to Arkansas in their College World Series opener. That can be … Read More

Postcard from Omaha: The next Vince Young? Kamron Fields instead looking to shine as a reliever

OMAHA, Neb. — Texas reliever Kamron Fields had a challenging decision to make when he came out of high school at Lakeview Centennial in Garland. Should he play baseball or football as a talented quarterback or try to play both? The Texas freshman had almost a dozen offers, many of … Read More

Postcard from Omaha: Andy McGuire maintains confidence and title as Texas’ closer

Should Texas be leading in the ninth inning in Sunday’s game against Arkansas, will Andy McGuire get the call from the bullpen? McGuire has recorded a team-high seven saves in 2018. With a 2.01 ERA over 27 appearances, he ranks third among the Longhorns in that statistical category. He also … Read More

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Bohls: Texas, Perrin found a baseball gem in David Pierce

OMAHA, Neb. — His heart was broken. David Pierce was absolutely crushed two years ago when he was told he would not be getting the head coaching job he so badly desired. “I really wanted the job,” Pierce said Friday, “but they were concerned about my buyout at Tulane. I … Read More

Postcard from Omaha: Texas is already doing some (property) damage at CWS

OMAHA, Neb. — Texas is making its first trip to the College World Series since 2014 and junior outfielder Masen Hibbeler has ended up in a police blotter before a box score. The Longhorns practiced at Bellevue East High School after their arrival in Omaha on Thursday. Helped by winds, … Read More

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Bohls: The best recipe to simmer the old Texas vs. Arkansas feud? Equal parts time, separation

OMAHA, Neb. — Arkansas faces off against Texas in Sunday’s first College World Series game that day. To put that into perspective, think World Cup meets Super Bowl. Except bigger. OK, we exaggerate, but beating the Longhorns in anything can be a matter of the highest priority for Razorbacks fans, … Read More

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Bohls: Years later, Coach Gus still leans on the edge of his recliner for every Texas pitch

The diet’s changed. He no longer downs a big bowl of Blue Bell homemade vanilla ice cream at night any more. Quit that two or three years back, he guesses. He jokes now that the Texas creamery “probably had to shut down some” as a result of his cutbacks. His … Read More

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Bohls: ‘Destination: Omaha’ — Bocchi, Robinson throw Texas to CWS berth

Augie would have loved it. Some 7,370 sun-drenched souls at UFCU Disch-Falk Field did love it and rose and fell with every single pitch of the championship game of the NCAA super regional on a sultry Monday afternoon. Mostly they reveled in the last one, a Nolan Kingham pitch with … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ Shugart, Henley stifle Tennessee Tech to force Game 3

David Pierce made the biggest gamble of his Longhorns coaching life. And consequently Texas lives to play another day. At the critical juncture of the Austin Super Regional, Texas’ second-year coach turned to his expected Game 3 starter. But he had to ensure his team made it through Game 2 Sunday … Read More

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Bohls: Texas uncharacteristically flubs NCAA super regional opener

Officially, it was labeled a super regional. In actuality, they could have called it the blooper regional because this was completely the opposite of the last tournament. Texas did everything backward from the way it dominated last week’s Austin Regional, and the lapses cost the Longhorns dearly in a 5-4 … Read More

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Bohls: Can Texas’ confident arms be able to tame Tennessee Tech’s confident bats?

The last time Matt Bragga set foot in Disch-Falk Field, he was playing for the University of Kentucky baseball team in a 1993 regional. It was a brief visit. He has no clue if he got a hit, forgetting his 1-for-4 plate appearances. But he does remember the Wildcats going … Read More

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Bohls: Texas armed and ready for super regional

This time the Texas starters bailed out the bullpen. Turnabout, in this case, was more than fair play. It was spectacular play as Blair Henley, the Longhorns’ erratic No. 3 starter, and Friday starter-turned-gutsy closer Chase Shugart combined to stifle a potent Indiana offense that had put up nine runs … Read More

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Bohls: This K Clemens krushed it to beat the Aggies

Kody Clemens didn’t prepare when it was announced Monday morning that Texas A&M would be trespassing into UFCU Disch-Falk Field. He salivated. Five days later, he’s still salivating. And hitting. And hitting. And hitting. “I just want to bottle him up,” his coach, David Pierce, said. Or clone him. “He’s … Read More

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Bohls: Longhorns on full display, ready for Aggies

Texas put on a show Friday night. If one didn’t know better, Texas was trying to show up his opponent. That’s how spectacular the top-seeded Longhorns were at UFCU Disch-Falk Field to open play in the Austin Regional before a delighted crowd of 6,914. The Longhorns had a little bit … Read More