Finally back, Texas pitcher Josh Sawyer looking to stay healthy and contribute

For Josh Sawyer, 659 days — the span between April 30, 2016 and Feb. 18, 2018 — was a long time. In between, the Texas junior pitcher underwent three surgeries for what he referred to as “freak” injuries. The Longhorns played 80 baseball games without him. Had he wanted to, … Read More

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Texas’ Nolan Kingham steps into national spotlight following season-opening performance

After a strong start to his season, Texas junior Nolan Kingham has remained on one national publication’s radar. On Tuesday, Kingham picked up the Perfect Game/Rawlings publication’s pitcher of the week award. Kingham was honored alongside Oregon State outfielder Trevor Larnach, who was named the Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the … Read More

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After claiming season-opening series, Texas ascends in national baseball poll

Following the first week of the baseball season, Texas is trending upward. On Monday, Texas was ranked 19th in’s national poll. The Longhorns opened the year as the nation’s 21st-ranked team. UT’s two-spot jump was only exceeded by No. 15 Southern Miss, which wasn’t included in … Read More

Texas unable to complete a season-opening sweep as walks lead to year’s first loss

One day after it secured a walk-off win, Texas walked to its first loss of the baseball season. Two walks drawn by Louisiana-Lafayette’s Daniel Lahare felled Texas in a 2-1 defeat at UFCU Disch Falk-Field on Sunday. The loss was the first of the season for UT. The Longhorns won … Read More

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The Final Pitch: Louisiana-Lafayette 2, Texas 1

A 2-1 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette forced Texas to keep its brooms in the dugout on Sunday. Victors against Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday and Saturday, Texas was attempting to earn its first season-opening sweep since it took four games from Illinois-Chicago in 2009. Texas, though, was instead undone by … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ Chase Shugart short, but not on swagger or results

Veteran relief pitcher Chase Shugart saw his name in the Texas baseball starting lineup for the season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday night, and he was stoked. There he was listed in the seven hole. The starting designated hitter. At least for a minute. “Yeah, I saw that I was … Read More

Texas rallies past Louisiana-Lafayette behind Austin Todd’s walk-off homer

Before Saturday, Texas sophomore Austin Todd had never hit a walk-off home run. He didn’t hit one while playing with the Austin Banditos during his youth. That feat was never accomplished over three years of varsity baseball at Round Rock High School. The only home run that Todd hit over … Read More

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The Final Pitch: Texas 5, Louisiana-Lafayette 3

Austin Todd hit a walk-off home run to lift Texas to a 5-3 win over Louisiana-Lafayette at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Saturday. Kody Clemens’ second RBI of the game gave Texas a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning, but the Ragin’ Cajuns scored twice in the ninth inning’s top half. Read More

Guided by Nolan Kingham, Texas opens its 2018 baseball season in the win column

Some things change, but Nolan Kingham hasn’t. Texas opened its 2018 baseball season on Friday with 20 fresh faces on its roster and newcomers starting at catcher, second base and center field. Ex-third baseman Ryan Reynolds started at first base, while Kody Clemens returned to third base … Read More

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The Final Pitch: Texas 3, Louisiana-Lafayette 0

Led by All-American candidate Nolan Kingham, Texas opened its 2018 season on Friday with a 3-0 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. A junior right-hander, Kingham allowed three hits and one walk over an 89-pitch, eight-inning outing at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Named a preseason All-American by three different publications, Kingham … Read More

Newest Longhorns to help Texas baseball chase an old goal in 2018

DJ Petrinsky wouldn’t describe the cable package in the home clubhouse at Hill College as expansive. Petrinsky spent his freshman and sophomore years at the junior college in Hillsboro. On Wednesday, he recalled the team’s television picked up only a few channels. One of them, however, was the Longhorn Network … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 86: Texas baseball coach David Pierce, Shaka’s struggles

In Episode 86 of the On Second Thought podcast, Ced and Kirk visit with Texas baseball coach David Pierce. The Longhorns open the 2018 season Friday against Louisiana-Lafayette. The guys also examine Texas basketball teams that are headed in opposite directions. Read More

Chase Shugart finds a new role as Texas looks for another strong showing on the mound

Last year, Chase Shugart had his name called on 29 occasions. As one of Texas’ top relievers, that usually meant an entrance in the seventh or eighth inning. This spring, however, he’ll be introduced with Texas’ starting lineup. Shugart is transitioning into a starting pitcher for the Longhorns, who open … Read More

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Texas junior Beau Ridgeway opens 2018 season on watch list for bullpen honor

Over the past 13 baseball seasons, Texas has boasted the nation’s top reliever on three different occasions. Junior Beau Ridgeway will look to continue that tradition this spring. Ridgeway has been placed on the watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s Stopper of the Year award, which is given … Read More

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Nathan Thornhill’s UT groom’s cake puts your wedding cake to shame

You think you’re a University of Texas fan? Well, did you make one of your wedding cakes in the image of the Tower itself? That’s what one Longhorn couple did. Former UT pitcher Nathan Thornhill and his wife Katherine Farmer, a former UT cheerleader, decided to go big for … Read More

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Texas ace Nolan Kingham placed on preseason watch list for USA Baseball’s top award

This spring, USA Baseball will be looking for junior pitcher Nolan Kingham to do something that has never been done at Texas. On Friday, Kingham was placed on the preseason watch list for USA Baseball’s 41st Golden Spikes Award. Kingham was one of 55 preseason picks for an award … Read More

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Baseball writers acknowledge two Texas pitchers ahead of 2018 season

Texas will begin this baseball season with All-American bookends to its pitching staff. Texas junior pitchers Nolan Kingham and Beau Ridgeway have both been voted onto the preseason All-American team compiled by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. It was revealed on Monday that Ridgeway was a … Read More

Countdown to baseball season’s opener begins after Texas upends alumni

Texas’ present beat its past Saturday, and now the Longhorns can start focusing on the future. DJ Petrinsky’s and Ryan Reynolds’ home runs were the only offense needed in UT’s annual alumni game. The blasts at UFCU Disch-Falk Field — coupled with solid performances on the mound — led UT’s … Read More

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Texas projected to be a Big 12 contender as baseball season nears its first pitch

One week after Texas was tabbed as the Big 12’s third-best softball team, UT’s baseball team received the same fate. Big 12 coaches voted Texas into the third slot of their preseason poll on Thursday. With 42 points, Texas was easily outdistanced by poll-topping Texas Tech (61 … Read More

The State of the Longhorns: With new coaches, AD in place, how far is Texas from being Texas again?

Perhaps the most impressive thing Chris Del Conte has done since arriving in Austin last December is how he’s carried himself. He’s walked, talked and acted like the Texas athletic director. “Texas needs to get back to being Texas — period,” Del Conte … Read More