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'I think we’ve got some unfinished business': Tristan Stevens to return to Texas in 2022

Texas pitcher Tristan Stevens waves to the crowd after he was taken out of an NCAA super regional game against South Florida at UFCU Disch–Falk Field in June. Stevens will return to Texas next season.

All-Big 12 pitcher Tristan Stevens announced Thursday that he will return to Texas for the 2022 baseball season.

Stevens’ future at Texas was an unanswered question at the end of UT’s 2021 campaign. The 6-foot-2 right-hander provided an answer in the form of a tweet that said, in part, “I think we’ve got some unfinished business to attend to.”

After being primarily used as a reliever in 2019 and 2020, Stevens established himself as the Saturday starter at Texas this spring. He won a conference-leading 11 games and posted a 3.31 ERA. His 111 1/3 innings pitched ranked third nationally. During one stretch, Stevens faced 113 straight batters without issuing a walk.

Stevens' pitching helped Texas win the Big 12 title and reach the College World Series. The Longhorns went 50-17 but finished a win short of the championship series in Omaha, Neb.

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The return of Stevens will help fortify Texas' rotation. Ty Madden isn’t expected back after Detroit selected him with the 32nd pick of the MLB draft. However, left-hander Pete Hansen went 9-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 2021. Tanner Witt is also in line for a promotion after shining in the UT bullpen as a freshman

Stevens has completed five years of college but did not participate in the Longhorns’ Senior Day festivities in May. He wasn’t selected in a 20-round draft that wrapped up Tuesday. He took a redshirt season in 2017, and a season of eligibility was frozen by the NCAA because of the coronavirus pandemic, so he has a year of eligibility left.