New Texas NCAA college baseball head coach David Pierce answers a question during a news conference where he was introduced, Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Texas baseball to play U.S. national team in Houston

Posted August 17th, 2016

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In what appears to be an appeal to recruits, new Texas baseball coach David Pierce has arranged for his Longhorns to play the U.S. U18 national team.

The game is scheduled for Sept. 24 at Urban Youth Academy in Houston, and Pierce will get an up close look at the nation’s top high school seniors along with a few juniors. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

Of course, Pierce will also have a chance to evaluate his own team, which will be looking to rebound from a 25-32 record in 2016.

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“This game gives us the opportunity to evaluate our players against outside competition,” Pierce, a longtime coach of USA Baseball, said in a statement.

According to the official roster, the U.S. team has four Texans, all seniors: RHP Shane Baz (Concordia Lutheran, TCU commit), LHP Richard Gilbert (San Antonio Johnson, Texas Tech commit), RHP Alex Scherff (Prestonwood Christian, uncommitted) and IF Ryan Vilade (Frisco, Oklahoma State commit).

 

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