Thanks to Florida, Texas can finally put a bow on its 2017 baseball season.
By claiming the College World Series with a 6-1 win over LSU, Florida closed out the NCAA’s Division I baseball season on Tuesday. Texas, which played its last game on June 5, can now see where it stacked up in its first season under head coach David Pierce.
Texas went 39-24 this year, which was a 14-win improvement from a disappointing 2016 season. UT finished in sixth place in the Big 12’s standings with an 11-12 record, but it still reached the conference’s championship game. The Longhorns also won two games at the NCAA’s tournament before Long Beach State ended Texas’ season.
Here is how Texas ranked nationally in some statistical categories. The NCAA has 295 Division I baseball teams:
- ERA: 9th (91st in 2016)
- Batting average: 263rd (169th)
- Fielding percentage: 4th (207th)
- Runs: 139th (t-153rd)
- Home runs: t-76th (t-119th)
- Sacrifice bunts: t-78th (t-7th)
- Double plays: t-4th (7-76th)
UT ace Morgan Cooper, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this month, ranked 47th in ERA (2.32) and 32nd in strikeouts (110). Texas reliever Beau Ridgeway’s 37 appearances tied him for fourth among the nation’s pitchers, and his 12 saves were tied for 25th. Sophomore pitcher Nolan Kingham’s 10 wins placed him in an 18-way tie for 13th in that individual category.
Only seven players had more sacrifice flies than Texas freshman David Hamilton, who recorded eight.
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