Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

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Bohls: Texas vs. Texas A&M in baseball? Hey, this could be the start of something good …

Cliff Gustafson regretted the words almost as soon as they left his mouth. It was way back in 1989 when Texas A&M fielded perhaps the best college baseball team to never make it to Omaha. The overpowering Aggies, brimming with talent like Chuck Knoblauch and John Byington, had just crushed … Read More

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Bohls: Remember Long Beach! Texas elders are holding on to 2017 disappointment as motivation

Nolan Kingham felt helpless. He’d done all he could and more in Game 1 of the NCAA baseball regional at Long Beach State last May, but after throwing masterfully for almost eight innings and pacing Texas to a clutch victory over UCLA en route to a 2-0 start that weekend, … Read More

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Bohls: Explicit content in text messages? You bet if there could be an Aggie-Longhorn matchup

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns and the Big 12. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On the potential of a Texas/Texas A&M matchup at the baseball regional this weekend: So a … Read More

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Bohls: OK, class, take out your No. 2’s — it’s time to take your 2017-18 Texas 101 final

Summer beckons, but before we can get to the sandy beaches and salty margaritas, we obviously have to finish our final exams first. And we will not be grading on the curve here. So have at it with your No. 2 pencil. 1. Name the Longhorns athlete who had the … Read More

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Bohls: Del Conte wants to add ‘iconic’ brands to football schedule, so what about Texas A&M?

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns and the Big 12. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On Texas’ future football series with Alabama: Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte and football coach Tom Herman joined … Read More

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Bohls: Pierce’s Longhorns make some history, grab title

If memory serves, they used to light the UT Tower for conference championships around here. It’s been a minute. Lots of ’em actually. While Texas has been saving on light bulbs for much of this decade, the school will gladly spring for some extra voltage because it has an actual, … Read More