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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ Kody Clemens made Tennessee Tech pay for pitching to him. Again.

Note to the pitchers in Omaha: Beware. Kody Clemens is coming. It’s been a simple script for the Texas Longhorns this season: Get solid pitching and ride the Clemens wave offensively. Tennessee Tech found out the hard way. Pitch to Clemens. Suffer. Lose. Texas 5, Tennessee Tech 2. Clemens supplied … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: A good Austin super regional is better with emotion from both Texas, Tennessee Tech

Texas and Tennessee Tech just met a few days ago, but it didn’t take long for sparks to fly. The Hatfields met the McCoys. When there’s a College World Series berth on the line, it makes no sense to waste time with pleasantries. The Longhorns and Golden Eagles aren’t exactly … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Tennessee Tech is a real problem now, Texas

It’s one thing to walk into a hostile road environment with 52 wins. It’s more impressive to live that record. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are as good as advertised, and the Texas Longhorns, who rolled through the Austin Regional unscathed, just got hit in the mouth. Say hello to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Pierce a first timer in NCAA regional winner’s circle

I haven’t seen David Pierce’s contract but I’m guessing there wasn’t any language in there about getting fired if he didn’t win in the postseason. That sort of thing is just assumed when it comes to Texas baseball. There’s a reason the program has only had three coaches in the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Aggies on the brink. Will we see a Texas rematch?

“S-E-C!! S-E-C!!” The chants rained down from the stands in the top of the eighth inning Saturday night. Only this time, it came from the lungs of Big 12 fans. Kody Clemens’ routine infield pop fell harmfully to the turf — in between three dumbfounded Texas A&M infielders — prompting … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Aggies’ hot hand smothers Hoosiers

Rule No. 1 of regional tournament play: Save those arms. A pitcher who can give his team a quality start in the first game can instantly become the most popular guy in the clubhouse. Check that box for Texas A&M sophomore left-hander John Doxakis, who had no problems in that … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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