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With NCAA eligibility, MLB draft altered, Texas baseball is tackling 2021 roster management

Texas baseball coach David Pierce called this week’s NCAA decision to restore a year of eligibility for all spring sports athletes a “victory” on Wednesday. Monday’s ruling — and uncertainty over this year’s MLB draft — has created a numbers game for Pierce. He currently has 49 players tied to … Read More

Their baseball careers on hold, ex-Longhorns look for some spring training

Seven weeks ago, Nolan Kingham appeared at Texas’ baseball alumni game and answered questions about his future. How was the former Longhorn progressing as a professional? Was he happy with the way he pitched in 2019? Where did he think he’d start out the 2020 season? Kingham, a … Read More

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Texas joins a Big 12 quintet in the NCBWA’s final baseball poll of 2020

In its final poll of an abbreviated season, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has given Texas a No. 29 ranking. Florida topped the 30-team poll after winning 16 of its 17 games this spring. The Big 12 was represented by No. 5 Texas Tech, No. 10 Oklahoma, No. 27 … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: When it came to baseball, Texas Hall of Honor’s Travis Eckert a true ‘natural’

Travis Eckert cannot stand to watch baseball. He may have caught part of a World Series game or two in the last few years, but when really pressed to name the last time he watched an entire game on television, he was stumped. “Maybe 15 years ago,” Eckert guessed. “I … Read More

Texas athletes, coaches come to grips with stoppage, all wonder what’s next

Those in the stands cheered the NCAA’s decision to cancel March Madness and all spring championships over coronavirus fears. The competitors in the arena were devastated. “Speechless,” Texas guard Sug Sutton tweeted Thursday. Her Longhorns teammate Joyner Holmes tweeted, “Absolutely speechless… … Read More

See you later: With fans in the stands, Texas baseball cruises past Wildcats, 9-1

For the last time until March 22, Texas fans fell into their green folding seats at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Wednesday night. And just minutes before they rose in unison for the seventh-inning stretch during the Longhorns’ 9-1 win over Abilene Christian, UT athletics announced that all sporting events will … Read More

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Cam Williams’ hand injury leads to a vacancy at third base for Texas

Texas coach David Pierce has announced that his baseball team will be missing its starting third baseman for the next three to four weeks. Pierce said in a radio interview on Wednesday that junior Cam Williams needs to have surgery on his hamate bone. Williams injured his hand during this … Read More

Texas 8, Cal State Fullerton 4: Todd’s homer helps Horns complete sweep

Five days before Sunday’s series finale with Cal State Fullerton, Texas racked up a season-high 11 hits. Those swings, though, went without merit in an 8-6 loss to visiting Arizona. Texas had no intention of allowing this weekend to yield similar results. The Longhorns (13–3) surpassed their previous benchmark with … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas rides Merryman, strong bullpen to sweep

David Pierce knows it’s been a good weekend of baseball when his biggest concern coming out it involves finding a No. 3 starter. And the Texas head coach does need to. But he’ll take that kind of problem over a lot of others in early March after his unranked Longhorns … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Amid an Augie backdrop, Texas regains its footing against Fullerton

When David Pierce replaced Augie Garrido back in the summer of 2016, one of the first calls the new Texas baseball coach received came from Cal State Fullerton’s Rick Vanderhook. Vanderhook, who played and coached under Garrido at Fullerton, had an idea up his sleeve. “The first thing I asked … Read More

Texas 4, Cal State Fullerton 3: Relief effort holds up as Longhorns survive another close call

No, Texas isn’t going to win all of its games by 20 runs this season. In fact, Texas probably won’t take a single one by 20 runs. The Longhorns last blew out an opponent by that many in 2002. Texas, though, is insistent that it will be pretty competitive in … Read More

Texas 6, Cal State Fullerton 1: Longhorns boosted by a big inning in ‘Garrido Series’ opener

On Friday night, the seventh-inning stretch turned into a surge for the Texas Longhorns. Six runs scored in the bottom of the seventh inning propelled UT to a 6-1 win over Cal State Fullerton at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The five-run win was Texas’ 11th victory of the season. It also … Read More

Arizona 8, Texas 6: Longhorn pitchers come up short during a lengthy midweek audition

On Super Tuesday, it was the Texas Longhorns who waited all night for results to trickle in at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Those results were not pretty. Texas slumped to an 8-6 loss that took four hours and 35 minutes to complete. Texas allowed only four hits to Arizona, but the … Read More

Longhorns rally but fall short against Missouri

HOUSTON — Despite head coach David Pierce making several changes to the starting lineup, Texas’ offensive woes continued Sunday on the third day of the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park. A continued scoring drought, fielding errors and struggling relief pitchers allowed Missouri (6-5) to jump … Read More

Texas pounces on No. 6 Arkansas, holds off Hogs for 8-7 win

HOUSTON — Texas outfielder Austin Todd singled on the first pitch the Longhorns saw for the second night in a row on Saturday, but this time the Longhorns returned to their winning ways. Facing No. 6 Arkansas in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College … Read More

No. 11 LSU 4, Texas 3: Longhorns go down swinging in their first loss of the 2020 season

HOUSTON — On a Friday night at Minute Maid Park, the number 16 was anything but sweet for Texas. Texas struck out 16 times in a 4-3 loss to LSU in both teams’ opener at the 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic. The defeat was … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 170: Texas legend Andre Robertson on playing in the 70s: Houston Chronicle’s John McClain on the Texans, Devin Duvernay

In Episode 170 of the On Second Thought podcast, Longhorn legend Andre Robertson looks back on his most vivid memories — both good and bad — from being the first black Texas scholarship baseball player during the 1970s to his five years in the Major Leagues with the New York … Read More

Texas 4, Sam Houston State 1: Pete Hansen shines as Longhorns prep for a big weekend

Partially discovered by Texas on Twitter, freshman pitcher Pete Hansen verified his left arm on Tuesday night. In his first collegiate start, Hansen struck out six and allowed two hits over five innings in a 4-1 win over Sam Houston State at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorns are the Big … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Cam comes through to keep Texas unbeaten

David Pierce didn’t really care all that much for how Sunday’s baseball series finale with Boise State transpired at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. “Except for one inning,” the Longhorn head coach said, “I thought Boise outplayed us today.” But he was fond of the ending. So was new Longhorn hero Cam … Read More

Texas 2, Boise State 1: Madden pitches unnbeaten Longhorns past Broncos

Ty Madden started and ended his day on the mound Saturday about as well as he could have. When the first pitch rolled off the sophomore’s fingers, Texas fans roared in appreciation. Moments later, Madden retired the Boise State batter on his first strikeout of the afternoon. Eight innings later, … Read More