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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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Chris Del Conte wraps up this year’s ‘This is Texas’ tour with laughs, straight talk to Earl’s hometown

TYLER — The “This is Texas Tour” is finished, but the rebuild is ongoing. Athletic director Chris Del Conte played to a full room Wednesday night at the Holiday Inn in Earl Campbell’s hometown, closing out the 10-city tour with promises of better facilities, more wins and plenty of enthusiasm … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Will Texas baseball host an NCAA regional? (It’d be a lot cooler if they did …)

The Texas Longhorns can win a Big 12 regular season baseball title this weekend, but need a little bit of assistance to make it happen. Even if it doesn’t happen, Texas can make its postseason outlook much rosier if it earns one of 16 regional home sites that will be … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas-bound Keaontay Ingram to make run at starting spot

If Keaontay Ingram had his druthers, he might have slipped right out of his Carthage track uniform after his final event at the UIL state track meet Saturday, crossed Robert Dedman Drive and walked into Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center. After all, Royal-Memorial Stadium is just a javelin throw away from Mike … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas ex Michael Griffin starts next chapter after retirement

A quick stroll through Gigi’s Cupcakes in Bee Cave last week revealed several sweet options. Red Velvet. Midnight Magic. Strawberry Shortcake. And a personal favorite, Wedding Cake. It’s 1:45 on a hot Tuesday afternoon, and the co-owner is running a little late for our interview. He had to run an … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: So, did you hear the one about the Augie Garrido tribute bash?

Augie Garrido’s memorial service last month at the Erwin Center was very touching. But it wasn’t him. His former players openly wept while sharing their best memories of the coaching legend. Some, like Huston Street, got choked up while recalling their memories of their coach. It was a wonderful tribute … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Old pals Chris Paul, P.J. Tucker team up to edge Rockets closer to an NBA championship

HOUSTON — James Harden listened until he couldn’t take it any more. Point guard Chris Paul had just scored a playoff career-high 41 points along with 10 assists and seven rebounds and not a single solitary assist Tuesday night — the first NBA player to ever do so in recorded … Read More