Texas infielder Kody Clemens watches his hit fly out of the park against Baylor at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Bohls: As Texas baseball finds itself in a good place, Kody Clemens primed to be All-American

Posted April 11th, 2018

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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 Longhorn baseball team:

Texas baseball is in a good place. In third place in the Big 12 with a 9-3 league record, the Longhorns now enter the meat of their conference schedule, starting with a series at conference-leading Oklahoma this week. Texas took care of business with four series wins, but three of its last four series are on the road, including OU and Texas Tech. I noticed new Sooners skipper Skip Johnson took a page from the late Augie Garrido — his team ranks 14th nationally in sacrifice bunts. Entering Tuesday night’s showdown with Texas A&M, the Longhorns had won six straight for their longest win streak of the season and 13 of the last 16. Impressed with Texas pitching, which held Baylor to a single run in the last two games of that series sweep. The bullpen allowed the Bears just one run in 11 innings. Second baseman Kody Clemens continues to be the star of this team with his .358 average, team-leading nine long balls and 32 RBIs. Clemens deservedly is on the 40-player Golden Spikes Award watch list play for Player of the Year and could become the school’s first All-American since closer Corey Knebel in 2011. It’s been a minute.

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On how special Jordan Spieth is:

How special is Jordan Spieth? In five Masters, he’s a cumulative 39 under par. In Tiger Woods’ first five Masters as a pro, he was 40 under par. Hmmm. Jim Nantz knows how close Spieth came to a second green jacket and said, “It had to be the most disappointing 64 Jordan’s ever shot. He was so spot on. If he’d have shot a 62 (for course record instead of his 64) and Patrick had shot 18 under (instead of 15 under) to tie the all-time record, it may have been one of the greatest Masters ever, if not the greatest.” Spieth has three runner-up finishes in the majors and a fourth place, so he realistically could already have seven major titles at 24. Of course Woods has 14 majors and six second-places, and Jack Nicklaus won 18 majors and finished in second in 19 other majors.

Amateur Doug Ghim, right, is presented with the Low-Amateur trophy by Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club Fred Ridley after the final round of the 2018 Masters Tournament. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

On Doug Ghim’s performance at the Masters:

So impressed with Doug Ghim’s showing at Augusta with three eagles and the Silver Cup as the Masters’ low amateur. It was a heartwarming story how his father, Jeff, who taught his son the game, caddied for him. “He is my business card,” Jeff said. But a couple of golfers and caddies told me that Doug could have badly used a veteran caddie with more familiarity of the tricky course because “he cost Doug a lot of strokes.” That’s a tough call because it was such a cool family experience.

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