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David Pierce on 2020 recruits: ‘We definitely held on to a few that will compete for roles right away’

On Friday, Petey Halpin chose the Cleveland Indians over the Texas Longhorns. A California-raised outfielder who signed with Texas this past fall, Halpin headed into the holiday weekend with a $1.53 million signing bonus after agreeing to a deal with Cleveland. Halpin and fellow Longhorn recruits Carson Tucker, Jared Jones … Read More

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Texas’ Swindell and Street acknowledged as ESPN unveils its all-time baseball team

Former Texas stars Greg Swindell and Huston Street were two of the three pitchers named to ESPN’s Greatest All-Time College Baseball Team on Tuesday. Swindell was the fan-selected team’s left-handed pitcher.  Street made the cut as the lone reliever. Swindell and Street’s selections come nearly three weeks after Cat Osterman, … Read More

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Ex-Longhorns to resume spring training as MLB works its way back from a coronavirus hiatus

The Texas baseball program will have nine of its alumni vying for playing time in the major leagues this summer. With Major League Baseball looking to start its 2020 season by the end of July, attention has shifted to the resumption of a spring training that was cut short by … Read More

‘The expectation at Texas is to win championships and that’s exactly what we plan to do’: A Q&A with Texas’ new baseball commits

Texas hasn’t played a baseball game in more than 100 days, but the team has kept busy this offseason. The Longhorns recently received five commitments in the span of seven days. Lampasas pitcher Ace Whitehead and Monsignor Kelly first baseman Gavin Kash joined the 2021 recruiting class. And Texas added … Read More

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Texas crosses three names off its baseball team’s roster as Elder, Ellis and Fields move on

When the first pitch of the 2021 baseball season is thrown, a few familiar faces will be missing from Texas’ dugout. Texas confirmed on Friday that pitcher Kamron Fields has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal. On Friday, the agency representing UT outfielder Duke Ellis also announced his signing with the … Read More

Lampasas junior Ace Whitehead commits to Texas — in baseball

Lampasas quarterback Ace Whitehead has already established a legacy of excellence while playing football. His future, though, will be on a much different playing field. Whitehead has accepted a scholarship offer to play baseball for the University of Texas. The pitcher-infielder, who will begin his senior year in the fall, … Read More

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A sixth season for No. 6: DJ Petrinsky set to return to Texas in 2021

After years of wearing the No. 6 jersey at Texas, DJ Petrinsky will extend his collegiate baseball career into a sixth season. Petrinsky took to Instagram on Saturday to announce that “I’m back… again.” Petrinsky was a senior catcher this past season, but the NCAA has given back a year … Read More

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Taking advantage of an NCAA decision, Austin Todd announces his return to the Texas outfield

Even after 151 games and four seasons, Austin Todd isn’t done playing baseball at Texas. Todd will return to Texas for a fifth baseball season. In a tweet that was published on Thursday night, Todd said “Well Texas, can’t get rid of me yet, we’ve got unfinished business.” Todd was … Read More

Bryce Elder drafted by Atlanta as MLB teams also pounce on Texas recruits

If Bryce Elder isn’t pitching in Austin next spring, he will instead be throwing in Atlanta’s farm system. A right-handed pitcher, Elder was chosen by Atlanta in the fifth round of the MLB draft on Thursday. The Braves selected Elder with the 156th overall pick. Elder becomes the 12th pitcher … Read More

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Texas recruit Carson Tucker chosen by Cleveland in the MLB draft’s first round

Texas signee Carson Tucker was selected by Cleveland with the 23rd pick in the MLB draft on Wednesday. A shortstop from Phoenix, Tucker had signed with Texas this past November. He was drafted six years after Pittsburgh used a first-round pick on his older brother, Cole. Tucker was Texas’ only … Read More

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Brayden Randle’s commitment signals the start of 2023 recruiting for Texas

When he looks far into his future, Brayden Randle now sees himself playing baseball at Texas. Randle announced on Tuesday afternoon that he has given the Longhorns a verbal commitment. A middle infielder, Randle played varsity baseball as a freshman at Rockwall High this spring. He is the first prospect … Read More

His evolution at Texas now complete, pitcher Bryce Elder turns toward the MLB draft

What does one do in the days leading up to the MLB draft? If you’re Texas pitcher Bryce Elder, you golf. You prepare for a watch party with your family. And you head over to your grandmother’s home to mow the lawn because even a potential draft pick has chores … Read More

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List of college baseball’s top freshmen includes Texas newcomer Pete Hansen

Texas pitcher Pete Hansen has been named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The last Longhorn to earn these freshman-year accolades was designated hitter Zach Zubia in 2018. No UT pitcher had been recognized since Morgan Cooper’s freshman year in 2014. Just a … Read More

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Kacy Clemens among the Texas Exes cut during a purge of the minor leagues

As uncertainty clouds the future of Minor League Baseball, three former Longhorns are looking for new jobs. According to their individual pages on MILB.com, ex-Texas standouts Kacy Clemens, Zane Gurwitz and C.J Hinojosa were all released in the past week. Clemens had been a first baseman in the Toronto farm … Read More

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Owen Meaney to pitch elsewhere after two seasons with the Longhorns

Sophomore pitcher Owen Meaney has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal, a Texas spokesperson confirmed on Monday. Meaney’s departure was first reported by 247Sports. Due to the NCAA’s decision to give back a year of eligibility to its spring athlete, Meaney can play for three seasons at his next stop. A … Read More

‘That was an unbelievable night’: An oral history of Texas’ 25-inning win over Boston College

Austin Wood can count May 30, 2009 as one of the longest days of his life. Wood, who was a senior relief pitcher for Texas, had a 6 p.m. regional baseball game against Boston College that Saturday. He also had a friend in from out of town that weekend who … Read More

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Collegiate Baseball Newspaper honors Bryce Elder for his performance during UT’s shortened season

Texas junior pitcher Bryce Elder was named a second-team All-American by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Tuesday. Elder was joined on the second team by TCU reliever Haylen Green. Texas Tech also placed closer Micah Dallas and infielder Brian Klein on the second team. No Big 12 athletes … Read More

Texas turns to notable guest speakers after the cancellation of its 2020 baseball season

Like many, Texas freshman Andre Duplantier II hadn’t really heard of Zoom a couple of months ago. But ever since his spring semester was upended by the coronavirus pandemic, Duplantier has become quite familiar with the video conferencing service. The platform has served as a virtual classroom for three of … Read More

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Longhorn recruit Jared Kelley named the top baseball player in Texas

UT signee Jared Kelley has been named the Texas Gatorade Player of the Year for the 2020 baseball season. Due the coronavirus pandemic, Kelley made only three starts during his senior year at Refugio. He made the most of his time on the mound, however. According to the Victoria Advocate, … Read More

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UTSA grad transfer to play baseball at Texas in 2021

On Wednesday evening, the Texas baseball team found some relief in San Antonio. Right-handed pitcher Palmer Wenzel has revealed on Twitter that he plans on playing baseball at Texas in 2021. The 6-1, 195-pound Wenzel will join the Longhorns as a graduate transfer from UT-San Antonio. Wenzel recorded a 0.87 … Read More