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Tuesday - March 31, 2009

Game 25: Oral Roberts at Texas

Oh. My. Goodness. Should I feel bad for the folks that left the game after Texas scored 4 in the 7th? Or should I envy them the extra years of life they get for not being in the stands for the 9th? Hmmmm...tough call.

The first thing I noticed as they were announcing starting line-ups: no Brandon Belt. Preston Clark was announced as the first baseman. What? 'Turns out, Brandon was hit in the eye by a foul ball during batting practice. A foul ball that he hit. A foul ball that bounced (off the plate, I guess) and hit him in the eye. It was a bunted foul ball. He was practicing bunting. Ouch. Coach Garrido reported in the post-game interview that all things were looking good. That the swelling had gone down and that Belt's vision seemed fine. He said they'd have Belt's eye examined again tomorrow morning but that he expected things to be okay. Whew.

And, so...the starting line-ups:

Oral Roberts Texas
1 Tyler Garewal, cf
2 Juan Martinez, ss
3 Seth Furmanek, c
4 Michael Notaro, 1b
5 PJ Sequeira, rf
6 Johnny Roberts, dh
7 Robert Barbosa, lf
8 Colby Price, 2b
9 Danny Duffy, 3b
- Mark Serrano, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Brandon Loy, ss
3 Michael Torres, 3b
4 Russell Moldenhauer, dh
5 Cameron Rupp, c
6 Tant Shepherd, lf
7 Preston Clark, 1b
8 Kevin Keyes, rf
9 Kyle Lusson, cf
- Taylor Jungmann, p

The starter for the Golden Eagles (did I mention that the Horns played the Golden Eagles from Oral Roberts, yet?...I don't think so) had a good day. Texas pitched by committee today. And, the committee also pitched well. For the most part. The Horns struggled to get hits for much of the day. All except for Travis Tucker. He did just fine. So...here's how it all played out:

Wow. That's about all I have to say at this point. Wow.

Austin Wood got the win (his 4th of the year) and Dunn took the loss. Wow.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

Next up? Texas travels to Oklahoma State this weekend. Go, Horns!

Posted by Joanna at 10:42 PM | Permalink

Sunday - March 29, 2009

Game 24: Texas Tech at Texas

Texas beat Tech 8-1 today to take the series win. The offense managed only two more hits than yesterday but 6 more runs! And, they didn't rely on Tech errors for any of 'em like they did on Friday night. 'Course the Raiders did walk 8 of our guys. That helped. The weather was gorgeous. It was sunny all day. The temperature at the start of the game was 68 °F and it got up to 75 or so. We had an occasional easy breeze blowing from the southeast to the northwest (opposite yesterday's wind) from time to time. Often, the flags over cf were hanging quite still.

And, so...the starting line-ups:

Texas Tech Texas
1 Willie Rueda, 2b
2 Joey Kenworthy, ss
3 Michael Reed, cf
4 Chris Richburg, 1b
5 Scott LeJeune, dh
6 Taylor Ashby, rf
7 Justin Berry, 3b
8 Garrett Totten, lf
9 Jeremy Mayo, c
- Nathan Karns, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, 3b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Cameron Rupp, c
5 Russell Moldenhauer, dh
6 Kevin Keyes, rf
7 Tant Shepherd, lf
8 Kyle Lusson, cf
9 Brandon Loy, ss
- Cole Green, p

Cole Green started and did a pretty good job. When he gave up back-to-back 2-out singles in the 5th, he was lifted, though. His final numbers: 4.2 innings pitched, 1 run (earned) given up, 7 hits (6 singles, 1 homerun), 2 strikeouts, 1 walk, on 63 pitches by my count. With 2 on and a lefty due up, Texas sent Keith Shinaberry to the mound. He gave up a tough-luck single, though. On the play, Travis Tucker very nearly fielded a ball headed to cf. He did keep the ball in the infield, and kept the the runners from advancing extra bases. But, all runners ended up being safe. With the bases loaded, the Horns sent Austin Dicharry to the mound for Shinaberry. Dicharry got Richburg (who hit the 3-run dinger in yesterday's game) to fly out to lf. Dicharry went on to pick up the win. His numbers: 2.2 innings pitched, 0 runs, 2 hits (singles), no strikeouts or walks, on 41 pitches by my count. When he gave up a 1-out bloop single in the 8th, Austin Wood went to the mound (actually after Dicharry threw a ball to the next batter). Wood shut the Red Raiders down. He got the final 5 Tech batters out on two strikeouts, 2 fly outs, and 1 ground out...on 25 pitches. Nice job.

High socks update/report. Most of the team sported high socks today. Cole Green and Cameron Rupp stuck with the long pants. Connor Rowe entered the game in cf in the top of the 7th (defensive substitution) and was sporting long pants. I commented on the situation and then we were amused to see him being chastised by his teammates as they re-took the field in the 8th. So, he switched to high socks. Funny. The relief pitchers, by the way, all sported long pants.

So, how did Texas score their runs? Like so:

I took my camera and shot lots of photos. As usual. I generally try to post a photo of each player that enters the game when I take photos. But I failed to take into account how bright the sun was today. Result? For the most part, the whites are way blown out and the photos aren't all that great. So, I'm just gonna share a few of the more interesting ones today. Okay? Okay.

I just love this series. I wish I'd been closer and had exposed things better. But, what's a person to do? Anyway, here's the series where Moldenhauer and Keyes scored on that double by Shepherd. In the first two photos, you can see how close Keyes was to Moldenhauer. You can also just see Coach Harmon waving them around third.

[Moldenhauer and Keyes score in the 3rd]

[Moldenhauer and Keyes score in the 3rd]

Then, Moldenhauer beats the throw:

[Moldenhauer and Keyes score in the 3rd]

And, Keyes beats the tag:

[Moldenhauer and Keyes score in the 3rd]

Very cool.

Here's Loy scoring the last run of the game:

[Brandon Loy]

[Brandon Loy]

[Brandon Loy]

And, that's about it.

Here's the line (my photo of the scoreboard at the end of the game):

[Final line score]

I also took some photos of the kids running the bases. Here's my favorite set. I noticed the older brother taking care of his sister (I'm guessing it's a brother/sister pair...could be cousins...or just friends) as they rounded 1b. I decided to take their pictures as they were headed to 3b. And, then this happened:

[Cute kids]

How cute is that? Yep, darned cute.

Anyway...the Horns have improved to 4-5 in conference play. If they continue to win series as conference play goes on, I think they'll be okay. But, they pretty much have to win the rest of their series to have a shot at the regular season Big 12 Championship. They don't need to win it, of course, to make it into post-season and then on to the CWS. But, if they're to have any hope of advancing when Regionals roll around, they have to keep winning more games the way they did today. Their next two conference series will be at Oklahoma State and at Nebraska. OSU is 2-2 and Nebraska is 4-4 in conference play. Both schools have one more conference game to play tomorrow (making up for bad-weather delays on Friday and Saturday) in their respective series. OSU is hosting Missouri (OSU won the first two games) and Nebraska is at OU (they split the first two). The Horns host Oral Roberts at Disch-Falk on Tuesday. I don't know if Dicharry's 2.2 innings today will mean a different starter on Tuesday. Hmmmm...

Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 11:27 PM | Permalink

Saturday - March 28, 2009

Game 23: Texas Tech at Texas

Bah. Texas lost 2-4 to Tech this afternoon. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed to note that the high-socks fashion statement was not in evidence when the team took the field. The usual suspects had high socks but most of the team did not. In the bottom of the 9th, that changed as the batters went to the plate sporting high socks. A case of too little, too late? I guess we'll never know.

Things started off well, though...with the retirement ceremony for Brooks Kieschnick's jersey number (#23). Here he is speaking before the start of the game about what it means to him to have his number retired:

[Brooks Kieschnick]

That's Deloss Dodds along with Kieschnick's wife and kids standing behind Brooks. He got a bit choked up and I have to admit that I shed a tear or two. I know I've mentioned it before but he's my favorite former Longhorn player.

He threw out the ceremonial first pitch:

[Brooks Kieschnick]

Not much of a high kick, eh? He was clearly happy to be there, though. And, no...sadly...the pitch did not cross the plate without a bit of a bounce. Which gave everyone a chuckle. Too bad we didn't get to see him bat. He was interviewed by Craig Way on the radio mid-way through the game and admitted that it was always more satisfying to hit a homerun than it was to strikeout a batter.

Prevailing conditions at the start of the game:

[Prevailing conditions]

Yep...lots of wind again today. It was pretty nippy in the shade. It was 60 °F at the start of the game and got up 64 by the end. I think.

Starting line-ups:

Texas Tech Texas
1 Willie Rueda, 2b
2 Joey Kenworthy, ss
3 Michael Reed, cf
4 Chris Richburg, 1b
5 Scott LeJeune, dh
6 Taylor Ashby, rf
7 Justin Berry, 3b
8 Garrett Totten, lf
9 Jeremy Mayo, c
- A.J. Ramos, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, 3b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Cameron Rupp, dh
5 Kevin Keyes, rf
6 Preston Clark, c
7 Tant Shepherd, lf
8 Kyle Lusson, cf
9 Brandon Loy, ss
- Brandon Workman, p

Brandon Workman started on the mound for the Horns:

[Brandon Workman]

And a great start it was. He struck out the first two batters and got the third to line out to rf. Very very nice. In the bottom of the inning, it looked like things were picking up nicely from yesterday's win. Tucker led things off with a walk. Here, he watches the pitcher from 1b:

[Travis Tucker]

Torres struck out looking. Belt doubled into rf, moving Tucker to 3b. Here's Belt, hitting that double:

[Brandon Belt]

Rupp then singled through the left side, scoring Tucker and Belt. A shot of Rupp at 1b, watching the pitcher shortly after hitting that single:

[Cameron Rupp]

Rupp moved to 2b when Keyes grounded out to the pitcher and was stranded there when Clark struck out (after watching 3 pitches and then fouling off 4 more). Texas up 2-0. Sadly, that lead did not hold up. Tech got batters to 1b and 2b with two out in the second but stranded them there. In the bottom of the second, Lusson reached on a 1-out single but Loy and Tucker flew out to strand him at 1b. Here's Lusson, rounding 1b after hitting that single:

[Kyle Lusson]

Top of the third. Yep, the third inning. Sigh. Mayo struck out and Rueda flew out to lf. Nice. Kenworthy singled into cf. Reed was hit by the first pitch to him. And, sadly, Richburg hit a homerun over the rf fence. The ball may have been aided a bit by the wind but...it cleared the fence by quite a bit. LeJeune then grounded out to 2b. Texas down 2-3. I didn't really feel too bad about things at this point. I mean, the Horns looked really good in the first. Right? Right.

Bottom of the third. Torres grounded out to 2b. Belt singled on a high bouncer into cf but was caught stealing with Rupp at the plate. Rupp went on to walk (yes, on the next pitch). That's always painful. But not as painful as what happened next. Keyes hit a double to the wall in the rf/cf gap:

[Kevin Keyes]

The right fielder got the ball in quickly. But, Harmon (going back in time to the Jeff Ontiveros era?) sent Rupp around 3b. And, sadly, here's how things played out:

[Cameron Rupp being tagged out at the plate]

Very sad. In the top of the 4th (again with 2 out), Totten doubled to the lf/cf gap. He was driven home for the 4th and final run of the game by Mayo who hit a single two pitches later. Mayo was stranded at 1b.

In the bottom of the 4th, Shepherd hit a 1-out double, moved to 3b when Lusson flew out to deep rf, and was stranded at 3b when Loy lined out to rf.

The Horns went down in order in the 5th, 6th (the pitcher struck out the side...ouch), and 8th. In the 7th, the lead batter did get on but was thrown out on a fielder's choice. The inning ended with a 6-4-3 double play. In the 9th, the high socks brigade made its appearance. Sadly, Rupp grounded out to 2b. Keyes reached on a 5-pitch walk and was lifted for a pinch runner (Tim Maitland). Russell Moldenhauer (pinch-hitting for Clark) lined out to rf. The game ended when Shepherd hit into a 6-4 fielder's choice.

Texas surprised me a bit by taking Brandon Workman out of the game after the 4th. He'd thrown 76 pitches by my count. He ended up taking the loss and giving up all 4 runs on 6 hits. He struck out 4, walked none, and hit 1 batter. Keith Shinaberry pitched the 5th. It was a rather interesting inning. He walked Kenworthy (on 7 pitches). Reed moved Kenworthy to 2b with a sac bunt to the pitcher. Richburg (who hit the 3-run homer in the 3rd) was intentionally walked. LeJeune then hit into a 6-4-3 double play. Here's a shot of Shinaberry on the mound:

[Keith Shinaberry]

Taylor Jungmann pitched the final 4 innings of the game for Texas. Here he is on the mound:

[Taylor Jungmann]

Jungmann gave up a lead-off single and then mowed down the next 6 in a row (including 3 strikeouts). He looked good. The lead-off batter in the 8th got on via a strikeout/wild-pitch combo. That's twice in two days that the Horns struck a player out and then let him aboard on a wild pitch. You don't see that play often. Weird for it to happen in back-to-back games. Anyway, he was erased on a fielder's choice. The batter who reached moved to 2b on a ground-out to the pitcher but was stranded at 2b.

Jungmann struggled a bit in the 9th. It was kind of a weird inning. He hit the first batter and struck out the 2nd. The third flew out to cf and the 4th walked. With runners at 1b and 2b and 2 out, he fell behind (2-1) the 5th batter. Which prompted a quick trip to the mound by Skip Johnson. Two pitches later, the batter struck out swinging. Pretty. Jungmann's final numbers: 16 batters faced, 1 hit (a single), no runs, 6 strikeouts, 1 walk, 1 hit batter, and 57 pitches thrown by my count. Nice outing.

Here's the line (my photo of the scoreboard at the end of the game):

[Final line score]

Rubber match tomorrow at 1 o'clock. We've got an overnight freeze warning but they're saying we'll get to the mid 70s by the afternoon. I hope that's true. I'm tired of being cold at Disch-Falk. Feel free to remind me of this sentiment come May.

Posted by Joanna at 11:08 PM | Permalink

Friday - March 27, 2009

Game 22: Texas Tech at Texas

Let me just get this out of the way before I go on. The Horns made me very happy this evening. They managed this before the first pitch of the game. How did they do this? It took very little effort on their part. I was sitting there in the stands watching Chance Ruffin throwing his warm-up pitches. And, noticed he was sporting high socks. I thought that was odd; I didn't remember him doing the high socks thing in the past. Then, I noticed that Travis Tucker was also sporting high socks. Also unusual. I quickly looked around the field to find that all of the Longhorns were sporting high socks. Woo hoo! That made me very happy. I dunno what the deal was. But, as things went on and the Horns were winning, I started to get a bit giddy. 'Cause, I could see this turning out very nicely. I mean, you know 'bout baseball players and their superstitions, right? If the high socks were instrumental in the win, that would mean high socks for the rest of the season. Right? Happy happy. Joy joy. Tee hee.

Okay. I can move on now. Those of you who just don't care (or, heaven forbid, prefer long pants) can relax as we now resume our regularly scheduled game report.

First off. The weather. It was windy windy windy. And, when I say windy, I mean windy. We had a steady wind (25 mph or so) for the entire game. It blew in from the lf corner straight across the field to the rf corner...northwest to southeast. And, it did not ease up at all as the game wore on. It was 66 °F at the start of the game and dropped down to 55 °F by the time it was over. Most of us really weren't prepared for such a drop. The high this afternoon was about 80. I wore a t-shirt to work today but, luckily, I'd tossed a hooded sweatshirt into the back of my car this morning. Wearing that along with my jean jacket, I managed. But, if I'd realized how much the temperature was going to drop, I would've taken some gloves along, at the very least. My pencil-holding hand did not appreciate the cold wind. Brrr.

So, how'd things go? The Horns won! They beat Tech 9-5. Thanks, to two big innings. In the first, the Horns scored 5 runs on 4 hits, a couple of walks, and a hit batter. In the second big inning, they scored 4 unearned runs as the Tech defense collapsed and managed to commit 3 errors. It was rather painful to watch. Anyway...

Chance Ruffin started (as I may have mentioned) and got the win. He threw 6.2 innings and gave up 4 earned runs on 9 hits (including 1 double and 1 homerun) while throwing 8 strikeouts. He did hit a batter but didn't give up any walks. He threw 96 pitches by my count. Austin Wood earned his 4th save of the year. He went the final 2.1 innings and gave up 1 earned run on 2 hits (1 single, 1 double) with 1 strikeout. He didn't walk or hit any batters and threw 26 pitches by my count. Miles Morgan started, went 4 innings, and took the loss for the Red Raiders.

The starting line-ups:

Texas Tech Texas
1 Willie Rueda, 2b
2 Joey Kenworthy, ss
3 Michael Reed, lf
4 Chris Richburg, 1b
5 Scott LeJeune, dh
6 Taylor Ashby, cf
7 Justin Berry, 3b
8 Mason Macnoll, rf
9 Jeremy Mayo, c
- Miles Morgan, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, 3b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Kevin Keyes, rf
5 Preston Clark, dh
6 Cameron Rupp, c
7 Kyle Lusson, cf
8 Tant Shepherd, lf
9 Brandon Loy, ss
- Chance Ruffin, p

So...how were the runs scored? Like so...

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

Don't be late to tomorrow's game or you'll be sorry! They're gonna retire Brooks Kieschnick's number. I'm pretty sure the ceremony will take place at the start of the game.

Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 11:00 PM | Permalink

Wednesday - March 25, 2009

Two quick notes

I meant to post these last night and forgot. Two things...

First: Kirk Dressendorfer and Keith Moreland have been selected to the fourth National College Baseball Hall of Fame class. Very cool. Congrats to both of them. Here's a link to the TexasSports.com story.

Second: they announced during last night's game that there would be a ceremony before Saturday's game to officially retire Brooks Kieschnick's number. Don't be late to Saturday's game or you'll miss it!

UPDATE. Dates for the remaining jersey number retirement recognition ceremonies have been announced: Kieschnick (March 28), Swindell (April 17), Hooton (April 25), and Bryant (May 9). The Kieschnick, Hooton, and Bryant ceremonies will take place before Saturday games; the Swindell ceremony will take place on a Friday. See the TexasSports.com article for more details.

Posted by Joanna at 7:46 AM | Permalink

Tuesday - March 24, 2009

Game 21: Dallas Baptist at Texas

The losing streak is over! Whew. I do believe that four games were enough or all of us. Texas scored single runs in the 3rd, 6th, and 7th innings to beat Dallas Baptist 3-0. Austin Dicharry pitched into the 8th for the win. With 1 out and a runner at 2b, Keith Shinaberry went in to do what he does best: get a couple of quick outs. He gave up a single to start off the 9th so was lifted in favor of Chance Ruffin who went strikeout, fly out to lf, ground out to 2b to earn his first save of the year. Yes, they're still playing with the idea of turning Chance into a closer.

The starting line-ups:

DBU Texas
1 Ryan Enos, cf
2 Austin Knight, 3b
3 Ryan Goins, ss
4 Trevor Head, 1b
5 Jason Krizan, dh
6 Travis Meiners, 2b
7 Ryan Thompson, rf
8 Brandon Bantz, c
9 Clay Kelley, lf
- Victor Black, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, 3b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Russell Moldenhauer, lf
5 Kevin Keyes, rf
6 Preston Clark, dh
7 Cameron Rupp, c
8 Kyle Lusson, cf
9 Brandon Loy, ss
- Austin Dicharry, p

The Horns modified the line-up just a bit from Sunday's game. They switched Rupp and Clark (moving Clark to dh and Rupp to c) and inserted Kyle Lusson in at cf, replacing Connor Rowe. They also dropped Loy back down to the #9 spot.

The bats made a bit (just a bit...a good start, I hope) of a reappearance this evening. The big blow came from Kevin Keyes again (for the 3rd time in the last 4 games). His 1-out double off the lf wall in the 6th drove home the 2nd run of the game. Keyes also came close to hitting a homerun in the 8th...but it was just a bit too high and stayed in the park. In the deepest corner of the park in the lf/cf gap.

Side note. Keyes also struck out twice. I had a gut feeling (without having looked at those particular numbers at all this season), that he was pacing the team in strikeouts this season. And, yeah...he is. But. Yes, there's a but. He's got 14 Ks in 53 at-bats with 8 walks. Rupp has 13 (with 5 walks) in 63 at-bats, Rowe has 13 (with 8 walks) in 43 at-bats (!), and Tant Shepherd has 11 (with 7 walks) in 47 at-bats. So, yeah...he's leading but his percentages are (mostly) better. And, he's tied for 2nd on the team for number of hits, is in the lead in slugging percentage, and is in 3rd place in on-base percentage. (Aside to my side note: Keyes and Rowe are tied for 2nd in walks with 8; lapping the rest of the team is Belt with 19 walks. Wow.)

So, anyway...here's how the Horns scored their runs:

On the defensive side of things, the Horns gave up solo hits in the 1st, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 9th. They never allowed more than one baserunner in any single inning and threw three 1-2-3 innings (the 2nd, 3rd, and 7th). The only lead-off batter to reach was in the 9th. In fact, 3 of the 5 hits given up were to 2-out batters. Not bad at all.

The weather was gorgeous, by the way. The temperature was in the high 70s all evening with virtually no wind. I wish it could be like that all the time. I was, frankly, a bit worried as things wore on this morning that we might not be able to play at all. It was drizzling and raining most of the morning and the roads around campus didn't really start to dry out until about 3 or so this afternoon. But, once the drizzle dried up and the sun came out, the conditions turned lovely.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

Texas hosts the Red Raiders this weekend. Tech comes to town with a 10-14 record (3-3 in Big 12 play). It should be an interesting series. Clearly, both teams have quite a bit to prove.

Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 10:29 PM | Permalink

Sunday - March 22, 2009

Game 20: Texas at Kansas

Once again, I listened to the game on the radio...Keith Moreland and Bill Little making the call. They estimated the crowd at 50. Yes, Kansas is playing basketball today at 1:30. Heh.

The starting line-ups:

Texas Kansas
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, 3b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Russell Moldenhauer, lf
5 Kevin Keyes, rf
6 Cameron Rupp, dh
7 Preston Clark, c
8 Brandon Loy, ss
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Cole Green, p
1 David Narodowski, ss
2 Brian Heere, rf
3 Robby Price, 2b
4 Buck Afenir, c
5 Tony Thompson, 3b
6 Jimmy Waters, dh
7 Preston Land, 1b
8 Nick Faunce, lf
9 Jason Brunansky, cf
- Lee Ridenhour, p

Texas played with the line-up again...moving Russell Moldenhauer into lf (taking Tant Shepherd's spot) and using Cameron Rupp as dh. Kansas again stayed with the same line-up; the one that's worked so well for them in the first two games of the series.

And, here's how the game went:

Taylor Jungmann took his second loss in the series. Blankenship got his second win (again, like yesterday, after only facing 2 batters), and Smyth got his 3rd save in the series.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

Sigh. Texas got more hits today but it didn't make enough of a difference. They won their first five 1-run games. And, now they've lost three 1-run games in-a-row. The Horns face Dallas Baptist on Tuesday at Disch-Falk. The Patriots, like the Horns, were swept this weekend. I wonder who'll bounce back on Tuesday? Normally, I wouldn't even really think about it. Hmmm...

It really does seem to be a mental thing. Earlier in the season, this team was not pressing. They were doing what needed to get done. And, now? They're really struggling at the plate. Things are starting to look a bit like last season, in that they started out strong, had a bad middle of the season, and then finished strong. Before coming up very short in the post-season. I hope this team turn things around quickly and doesn't flail about too long.

In the post-game interview, Bill Little and Coach Garrido commented that the Big 12 has parity in baseball now...just like football and basketball...and that nobody is going to dominate as they go through conference play. Interestingly, here's how things played out in conference play this weekend:

So, three ranked teams lost series this weekend. And, OU almost made it four. Although, the Sooners really stomped all over Kansas State today (scoring 13 in the 1st inning and 11 in the 5th...and going on to win 29-4 in 7 innings). So, yes...it would appear that there is quite a bit of parity in the Big 12 this year.

Posted by Joanna at 5:11 PM | Permalink

Saturday - March 21, 2009

Game 19: Texas at Kansas

The start of the game was not on the radio...they were covering the Women's basketball game. Which turned out poorly. Texas trailed much of the game, got within 2 with about 4 minutes left (woo hoo!) and then ended up losing to Mississippi State by 8. Season over. So sad.

At any rate, I "watched" the start of the baseball game on GameTracker while listening to the basketball game. And, then listened to the rest of the game on the radio...once it was joined in progress. By the way, Keith Moreland and Bill Little called the game.

The starting line-ups:

Texas Kansas
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, 3b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Russell Moldenhauer, dh
5 Kevin Keyes, rf
6 Preston Clark, c
7 Tant Shepherd, lf
8 Brandon Loy, ss
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Brandon Workman, p
1 David Narodowski, ss
2 Brian Heere, rf
3 Robby Price, 2b
4 Buck Afenir, c
5 Tony Thompson, 3b
6 Jimmy Waters, dh
7 Preston Land, 1b
8 Nick Faunce, lf
9 Jason Brunansky, cf
- T. J. Walz, p

Texas went with a new line-up today. David Hernandez did not start. Instead, Brandon Loy moved to ss and Michael Torres went in at 3b. The Jayhawks went with the same line-up they used yesterday.

And, here's how things played out:

You can chalk this one up to not getting needed hits at crucial times in the game, except for the big bomb by Keyes. Going into today's game, Texas had a team ERA of 1.79. Which is fantastic. But, as a team, they're hitting .276. They've got to get more hits. I'm sure hoping that comes around soon.

Jungmann took the loss. Blankenship (who faced only 2 batters...and hit one of them!) got the win for Kansas. 'Gotta love that, doncha? And, Smyth got another save.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

Posted by Joanna at 4:37 PM | Permalink

Friday - March 20, 2009

Game 18: Texas at Kansas

I listened to the game as I set up a new computer at work and was able to listen to the whole game. Keith Moreland and Bill Little on the radio.

The starting line-ups:

Texas Kansas
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Brandon Belt, 1b
3 Tant Shepherd, lf
4 Cameron Rupp, c
5 Preston Clark, dh
6 Kevin Keyes, rf
7 David Hernandez, ss
8 Brandon Loy, 3b
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Chance Ruffin, p
1 David Narodowski, ss
2 Brian Heere, rf
3 Robby Price, 2b
4 Buck Afenir, c
5 Tony Thompson, 3b
6 Jimmy Waters, dh
7 Preston Land, 1b
8 Nick Faunce, lf
9 Jason Brunansky, cf
- Shaeffer Hall, p

Texas mixed up the line-up a bit. The starting pitcher for Kansas was a lefty...which put Kevin Keyes and Preston Clark back in the line-up. In one of the pre-game interviews on the radio a few games ago, Coach Garrido said Keyes and Moldenhauer would be platooning in rf and that Clark and Torres would do likewise at dh.

And, here's how things played out:

Once again, a bad inning does the Horns in. They really need to get the bats going. Chance Ruffin, as usual, just got stronger as the game went on. But, that 3rd inning proved too much to overcome. Ruffin took the loss. Shaeffer (who pitched a very nice game) got the win. Smyth got his 4th save of the year.

And, here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

The radio broadcast will be delayed tomorrow...in favor of the women's basketball game. I'm not going to bother with the Yahoo! Sports thing so may not have much of a report. Texas will send Brandon Workman to the mound. The Jayhawks will counter with T.J. Walz.

Posted by Joanna at 5:38 PM | Permalink

Tuesday - March 17, 2009

Game 17: Texas at Rice

I tried to watch the "Owlvision" stream online but it kept reporting that "The Media You Have Selected Is Currently Unavailable" so I gave up. I'm not having the best of luck with the online watching lately. So, I ended up listening to Craig Way and Keith Moreland on the radio. Which is just fine. This report is, it follows, based on the radio broadcast. And, by the way, I never did get a video feed. I don't know if anyone else had the same problem. Weird.

The starting line-ups:

Texas Rice
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, dh
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Russell Moldenhauer, rf
5 Cameron Rupp, c
6 Tant Shepherd, lf
7 Kyle Lusson, cf
8 David Hernandez, ss
9 Brandon Loy, 3b
- Austin Dicharry, p
1 Brock Holt, 2b
2 Rick Hague, ss
3 Chad Mozingo, rf
4 Anthony Rendon, 3b
5 Diego Seastrunk, dh
6 Jeremy Rathjen, cf
7 Steven Sultzbaugh, lf
8 Craig Manuel, c
9 Jimmy Comerota, 1b
- Matthew Reckling, p

And, here's how things played out:

The win went to Jordan Rogers. Mike Ojala got a save (his first of the year). And, Austin Dicharry took the loss.

And, here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

That 7th inning was just bizarre. The officials got the call completely wrong. Simply amazing. The run did not end up counting in the decision. But, you don't know what would've happened if things had been ruled correctly. The mind boggles at the bad decision by the officials.

UPDATE (a couple of hours later). Entertainingly, the official story on the game from the TexasSports.com website describes the poor officiating in the 7th thusly: "[Mozingo] scored on an extremely rare two-base sacrifice fly by Rendon." Extremely rare, indeed.

The folks at the Rice Owls page couldn't even bring themselves to say that much. They wrote: "Rice plated its final run of the night in the seventh for a 6-3 final." It would appear that they were appropriately embarrassed enough that they would not pretend it was anything other than a bad call by the officials.

"Extremely rare two-base sacrifice fly." Wow.

Texas next travels to Lawrence for a 3-game series against Kansas this weekend.

Posted by Joanna at 10:32 PM | Permalink

Monday - March 16, 2009

Game 16: Missouri at Texas

Texas beat Missouri 4-3 yesterday afternoon to take the series. It was not a pretty win. But, it was an exciting win. Texas came back from a 1-3 deficit in the 9th to score the winning run after the Missouri shortstop committed a throwing error. Tough break for him. By that point, though, the Texas win was probably already in the bag. The momentum had shifted. So, how'd they get to that point? Read on.

The starting line-ups:

Missouri Texas
1 Greg Folgia, lf
2 Conner Mach, dh
3 Ryan Lollis, cf
4 Aaron Senne, rf
5 Trevor Coleman, c
6 Steve Gray, 1b
7 Andrew Thigpen, 2b
8 Kyle Mach, 3b
9 Michael Liberto, ss
- Nick Tepesch, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, dh
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Russell Moldenhauer, rf
5 Cameron Rupp, c
6 Tant Shepherd, lf
7 Kyle Lusson, cf
8 David Hernandez, ss
9 Brandon Loy, 3b
- Cole Green, p

I had a little internal debate with myself: play-by-play for the whole game or not? Hmmm. Okay...the whole game. But, let's mix it up a bit, shall we? Okay. Let's do that. And so...

Missouri was (I guess) very upset at the end of the game and did not come out of the dugout for the "good game" handshake. The first base coach appeared to argue runner's interference on the last play of the game...that Tucker interfered with the first baseman's chance to catch the ball thrown from Liberto. I watched the replays on three of the local news stations last night and don't think there was any way it could be called. Tucker went straight for the bag. The throw was low and off-target. I can understand the Tigers being frustrated. The atmosphere at Disch-Falk was amazing. I was, frankly, surprised at the size of the crowd...the stadium was very full. The weather was much better than on Saturday. And, I guess we always have more "fair weather" fans whenever the team's ranked high, eh? Anyway, the crowd really got into things at the end of the game. There was a lot of noise. And, a lot of punch/counter-punch going on between the coaching staffs. It's tough to lose a game on an error. And, I guess Missouri thought there were two calls that went against them (the hit batter and then the "no call" on the interference; and maybe even four if you count Rowe's close call at 2b and Etier's at 3b) but that's baseball. I wish someone in the media would ask for an explanation. But, they didn't even report that the handshake did not take place. I won't hold my breath that we'll get an explanation any time soon. Ah well. I've asked around and nobody seems to know anything for sure. If I do find an explanation, I'll be sure to post.

Oh. And, just a tiny FYI. Jungmann got the win for Texas while Hicks took the loss for the Tigers. Details.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

Texas plays Rice in Houston tomorrow night. As usual, I won't be there. I really do hope the team builds on this momentum and wins another one tomorrow. Hook 'em, Horns!!

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Saturday - March 14, 2009

Game 15: Missouri at Texas

The 2nd game on today's schedule went a lot better as far as the home crowd was concerned. After losing the opener 0-2, the Horns made turnabout fair play and blanked the Tigers 5-0. Brandon Workman started and went 7 innings. Austin Wood threw the final 2. They combined to face 30 batters and gave up 3 hits with 8 strikeouts and 2 walks. Very nice.

The starting line-ups matched the first game with one change (Clark was behind the plate for the Horns, replacing Rupp):

Missouri Texas
1 Greg Folgia, lf
2 Conner Mach, dh
3 Ryan Lollis, cf
4 Aaron Senne, rf
5 Trevor Coleman, c
6 Steve Gray, 1b
7 Andrew Thigpen, 2b
8 Kyle Mach, 3b
9 Michael Liberto, ss
- Ian Berger, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, dh
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Russell Moldenhauer, rf
5 Tant Shepherd, lf
6 Preston Clark, c
7 David Hernandez, ss
8 Kyle Lusson, cf
9 Brandon Loy, 3b
- Brandon Workman, p

Workman gave up one hit to the lead-off batter in the 2nd. He was promptly erased on a 4-6-3 double play. He gave up another single (again to the lead-off batter, Liberto) in the 6th. Liberto tried to steal 2b and appeared to beat the throw. However, he took his hand off the bag and was called out. Wood gave up a single to the 2nd batter (Folgia) he faced in the 9th. Folgia was stranded at 2b as the game ended.

On the offensive side of the game, things went much better for the Horns in the 2nd game of the day than they did in the 1st. The scoring went like so...

The Horns looked very good in the 2nd game. Not that they looked bad in the first (they just couldn't hit Gibson). It was a good game. The temperature, by the way, did get up to 50 °F and the wind barely kicked up at all in the 2nd game but it felt colder as the day wore on. I'm sure it was mostly because we'd been sitting out there for so long and the cold moist air managed to seep in past our cold-weather garments and blankets.

Entertaining note for our section today: Russell Moldenhauer hit a foul ball up toward us in the 1st inning of the first game. It was headed for the seat (empty at the time) in front of my dad. He tried to reach over and catch it but it fell down into the bag on the seat...a bag belonging to our buddy Forrest. In the 7th inning of the second game, Ryan Lollis hit a foul ball to the exact same spot. Our buddy Don was in his seat this time. But, he couldn't hold onto the ball and Forrest managed to snag his second foul ball of the day. We all got a kick out of that.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

Here's hoping the Horns take the series tomorrow. Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 11:47 PM | Permalink

Game 14: Missouri at Texas

Sorry I didn't get this posted sooner. I was tired when I got home and just kinda lazed around watching TV for a few hours after I got home.

Anyway.

Yesterday's Big 12 opener against Missouri was postponed due to cold and rainy conditions. It was raining most of the day. And, the high only reached 42 °F. So, the teams agreed to play two 9-inning games today starting at 1 o'clock. And, how was the weather today? No rain. But, it was still cold. It was 46 °F at the start of Game 1. And, it got up to 48 by the end of the game. It wasn't raining but there was still plenty of moisture in the air. And, a bit of a light wind blowing in from the north. Brrrrr... We bundled up big time. But, there was no chance of staying warm today.

Sadly, the Horns dropped the opener 0-2. It was a tough loss. The main problem today? A pitcher named Kyle Gibson. The Horns just couldn't string together any hits. Not more than one hit in any given inning. It's tough to win a game that way. On the other side of things, Missouri got 4 hits in the 3rd to score those two runs. They managed two additional hits...in the 9th. But that was it. It's awfully tough to no-hit a team for 7 innings and walk away with a loss, eh? Awfully tough.

The Horns switched things up a bit today. I think they were trying to put a more offensively-minded line-up together. But, there was that Kyle Gibson problem. So, here were the line-ups for today's opener:

Missouri Texas
1 Greg Folgia, lf
2 Conner Mach, dh
3 Ryan Lollis, cf
4 Aaron Senne, rf
5 Trevor Coleman, c
6 Steve Gray, 1b
7 Andrew Thigpen, 2b
8 Kyle Mach, 3b
9 Michael Liberto, ss
- Kyle Gibson, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, dh
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Russell Moldenhauer, rf
5 Tant Shepherd, lf
6 Cameron Rupp, c
7 David Hernandez, ss
8 Kyle Lusson, cf
9 Brandon Loy, 3b
- Chance Ruffin, p

Yep, Travis Tucker was back in the line-up and out on the field. He looked good and did not appear to be bothered by any ankle pain. At least, that's how it looked from high up in the stands!

The Horns actually started the game off very nicely. Chance Ruffin struck out the first batter he faced but hit the next (C. Mach). He picked Mach off after tossing a few throws over to 1b and then got Lollis to ground out. In the bottom of the inning, Belt and Moldenhauer reached on back-to-back 2-out walks. But, Shepherd hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning. Alas, that's pretty much the way the game went offensively. The Horns went 3-up/3-down in the 3rd and 9th and had 1 hit in each of the other innings (all singles except for one double by Moldenhauer in the 6th). The did not manage to get the lead-off batter aboard at all during the game. And, when they did get a man aboard, Gibson would buckle down and kill any thought of a rally.

And, what about those two runs the Horns gave up? In the third, Kyle Mach reached on a 1-out bloop single to shallow lf and then moved to 2b on a throwing error by Ruffin (bad pick-off throw...yes, after that beautiful effort in the 1st). He moved to 3b when Liberto singled through the right side. Folgia then singled to lf, scoring Mach and moving Liberto to 2b. Connor Mach then singled through the left side...the ball just barely skipped under the diving Brandon Loy's outstretched glove. Liberto scored on that one. Four singles in a row. Ouch. Lollis and Senne both flew out to lf to end the Missouri half of the inning and the scoring for the game. Ruffin went on to mow down the next 9 batters he saw. He walked one (the only walk on the day for him) and then sat down 7 more before giving up another hit to the 2nd batter in the top of the 9th. At that point, Austin Wood went to the mound to get the final two outs (he also gave up a single). So. One bad inning made all the difference. So sad.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

'Back with today's 2nd game in a bit.

Posted by Joanna at 10:28 PM | Permalink

Friday - March 13, 2009

Missouri opener postponed

Today's opener in the Missouri series has officially been postponed. I've been expecting this announcement for a couple of hours now. It's very wet outside. The rain has never really stopped falling today. It drizzles for a bit...then rains pretty hard...then goes back to a drizzle. But, never really stops. To top it off, the temperature is 39 °F as I post (at about 2:45 in the afternoon). That's awfully cold for baseball. Although, there's not much wind so it would probably feel warmer than it did during the first couple of games of the Penn State series!

Anyway, the teams are now scheduled to play two 9-inning games tomorrow. First pitch at 1 o'clock.

Posted by Joanna at 2:44 PM | Permalink

Wednesday - March 11, 2009

Baylor game postponed

Just a quick note: today's game against Baylor has officially been postponed.

Posted by Joanna at 2:57 PM | Permalink

Sunday - March 8, 2009

Game 13: Texas at Stanford

Sigh...I'm apparently not destined to listen to today's game. At least, not live. Since it's being "tape-delayed" on the radio, I decided to sign up for the Yahoo! streaming audio. And, no matter what I tried, the system refused to recognize that I'd paid. I'd go to the player window and it would report that I have to pay. I'd click on the pay link and it'd say I'd paid. I logged out and back in and got the same results. I cleared browser cookies, restarted the browser, and got the same results. I tried a different browser. Same results. Sigh. So, I cancelled. I'll have to remember to check my credit card statement to make sure I don't get charged. They do not seem to have phone support and the reply to my email message asking for help said I should hear back within 24 hours. Isn't that helpful? Bah.

I guess I'll "watch" on GameTracker. It's a very boring way to watch a game. Anyway, here are the line-ups for today's game:

Texas Stanford
1 Jordan Etier, 2b
2 Brandon Loy, 3b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Preston Clark, dh
5 Tant Shepherd, lf
6 David Hernandez, ss
7 Cameron Rupp, c
8 Kevin Keyes, rf
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Cole Green, p
1 Colin Walsh, 2b
2 Zach Jones, 3b
3 Joey August, cf
4 Kellen Kiilsgaard, rf
5 Jonathan Kaskow, 1b
6 Ben Clowe, c
7 Jeffrey Inman, dh
8 Toby Gerhart, lf
9 Jake Schlander, ss
- Scott Snodgress, p

Nice to see Cameron Rupp back in the line-up. And, here's how things played out (according to GameTracker):

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

So, Texas takes the series. It did seem that, like yesterday, they failed to jump on a couple of chances but they did jump in a big way on the one that counted in the 4th inning.

The Horns host Baylor on Wednesday for a non-conference game. Then, Mizzou comes to town for the weekend series to start conference play. Hook 'em!

UPDATE. A few links:

Posted by Joanna at 5:51 PM | Permalink

Saturday - March 7, 2009

Game 12: Texas at Stanford

I listened to the game on the radio. Keith Moreland and Bill Little were on the air. The bad news, at the start of the game, was that neither Cameron Rupp nor Travis Tucker were listed in the starting line-up. Keith reported, sometime around the 3rd inning or so, that Tucker is "day to day" but I never heard him say anything about Rupp's status. The Horns went with Preston Clark at c, Jordan Etier at 2b, and Russell Moldenhauer at dh. Brandon Workman took the mound for the Horns.

Line-ups:

1 Brandon Loy, 3b
2 Connor Rowe, cf
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Russell Moldenhauer, dh
5 Tant Shepherd, lf
6 Preston Clark, c
7 Kevin Keyes, rf
8 David Hernandez, ss
9 Jordan Etier, 2b
- Brandon Workman, p
1 Colin Walsh, 2b
2 Zach Jones, 3b
3 Joey August, cf
4 Kellen Kiilsgaard, rf
5 Jonathan Kaskow, 1b
6 Ben Clowe, c
7 Jake Schlander, ss
8 Mike Garza, dh
9 Wande Olabisi, lf
- Jordan Pries, p

And, here's how things played out:

So, what went wrong? I think, for the most part, the Stanford starter (a freshman) did a really good job of keeping the Texas hitters off-balance. Keith didn't really say much about Pries having really good or tricky stuff. But, the Texas hitters did not get many hits so he was clearly doing something right. I have no idea how much the absences of Tucker and Rupp had on the rest of the team. And, it was really too bad that they couldn't hold Stanford scoreless in the bottom of the 8th after scoring in the top of the inning.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

Post-game comments from the coach: Augie talked about the starting pitchers both doing a great job. He said baseball's a game of opportunity and if you take care of the ball and take advantage of the chances given, you will win. He said Stanford took advantage and then control of the game...particularly in the 2nd half. He said the team has done a good job this year in picking up after each other and tomorrow will go a long way to showing how much confidence they really have in each other.

Ah well, here's hoping things go better tomorrow. Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 6:04 PM | Permalink

Friday - March 6, 2009

Game 11: Texas at Stanford

I, of course, did not make the trip out west for today's game against Stanford. I listened to the first inning on the radio as I drove home and then watched the rest of the game over the Internet for about $8. (I do not have access to CBS College TV via my cable system, sadly.) Well, I didn't see all of the 2nd inning but did get to see most of it.

Line-ups:

1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Brandon Loy, 3b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Michael Torres, dh
5 Tant Shepherd, lf
6 Cameron Rupp, c
7 Kevin Keyes, rf
8 David Hernandez, ss
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Chance Ruffin, p
1 Zach Jones, 3b
2 Colin Walsh, 2b
3 Joey August, cf
4 Kellen Killsgaard, rf
5 Jonathan Kaskow, dh
6 Brent Milleville, 1b
7 Toby Gerhart, lf
8 Ben Clowe, c
9 Jake Schlander, ss
- Jeffrey Inman, p

Texas started things off very nicely when Tucker led things off by sending the second pitch he saw over the left field wall. Cool. Belt also reached on a double off the wall in right-center field. Shepherd later reached on a walk but he and Belt were stranded onbase when Rupp popped out to 1b in foul territory. Yes...Rupp started behind the plate. Whew. I was very glad to see him playing and not sitting on the bench nursing a sore collar bone.

Chance Ruffin started on the mound for Texas and the Cardinal went 3-up/3-down (fly out to rf, line out to 2b, ground out to ss) in the bottom of the 1st.

Texas scored 3 more in the 2nd. Keyes was hit by a pitch to start things off. Hernandez hit a sac bunt (3-4) to move Keyes to 2b. Rowe walked. He and Keyes advanced to 2b and 3b on a double-steal with Tucker at the plate. Tucker then singled up the middle (2 rbi). He then stole 2b and moved to 3b when the throw from the catcher got through to cf (E2). Loy hit a ground ball to the shortstop who tried to gun Tucker down at home. Alas, the ss rushed his throw and pulled the catcher off the plate. The catcher could not hold onto the throw and Tucker crossed the plate safely. He limped off the field after scoring, though; he seemed to jam his foot a bit as he crossed home plate. Belt singled to rf, moving Loy to 2b. Torres grounded out to 3b, moving Loy to 3b and Belt to 2b. Shepherd grounded into a 5-unassisted fielder's choice (the third baseman tagged Belt running from 2b) to end the top of the 2nd. Texas up 4-0.

In the bottom of the 2nd, Kiilsgaard walked. (There went the perfect game. Heh.) Kaskow struck out looking on 3 pitches. And, Milleville hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

And, now that I've caught up, on to the rest of the game...in list fashion:

Texas goes to 11-0 on the season. Talk about purty.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

One last note: at one point during the broadcast they announced that they (CBS College Sports) will be broadcasting one of the Nebraska games. I didn't pay attention to which game and it's hasn't been posted to the TexasSports.com page yet. I'm sure it'll show up soon. UPDATE: I got an email message telling me it'll be the April 9 (Thursday) game. Thanks for the note, Ruy.

Posted by Joanna at 10:55 PM | Permalink

Thursday - March 5, 2009

Rupp injury update

"What Rupp injury?" you might ask. As I did when I saw the "Rupp cleared to practice" headline on an Alan Trubow blog post. He was injured in Tuesday's game? Wait a minute. Nobody said anything about Rupp being injured. Not a word in the TexasSports article, or the Daily Texan, or the Statesman. In the linked blog post, Trubow says:

"[Rupp] was injured when a ball missed his padding and hit his collarbone. He has a deep bruise in his shoulder/chest area, but he was cleared to practice today. That's good news because the Longhorns thought it was possible he had broken his collarbone."

When I posted my game report, there was no boxscore attached to the TexasSports.com story on the game. There is one now. And, it does say that Preston Clark replaced Rupp late in the game, but doesn't say why. Of course.

In Trubow's post, he comments that back-up J.T. Files is injured. Yep, we've all noticed him hobbling around on crutches at the games. So, clearly, he can't play. Trubow mentions that Jordan Etier and Russell Moldenhauer have been spending some time behind the plate in practice. But, Moldenhauer is still recovering from his bad knee injury at the Rice Regional. Surely, he can't be expected to be behind the plate during a regular game? I have no idea what Etier's experience as a catcher is. He played shortstop and third base at Westlake. I wondered, not for the first time, where Kawika Emsley-Pai is. He was not listed on the Fall roster and isn't listed on the current roster. So, I went looking for him. And, I found him. He's playing for the Lewis-Clark State College Warriors in Lewiston, Idaho. I don't know why he transferred. But, he's a lot closer to home (Washington) now. And, he's playing a lot more now than he did as a Freshman at UT. Anyway, he's not an option.

This doesn't really seem like good news for the Horns. Having a bunch of injured players lined up to play catcher. Sigh...

Ah well. There's other news in that blog post. Do read it.

Posted by Joanna at 6:53 PM | Permalink

Tuesday - March 3, 2009

Game 10: Texas at Texas State

So...no, I did not make the trip to San Marcos. First, there's the work thing. Second, there's the Gordon Lightfoot concert tonight thing. So, not only did I not drive down, I wasn't able to listen to the whole game. I did hear the first few innings, though.

I was rather surprised to see that Texas was travelling to San Marcos. Then, I found out that the Bobcats were opening their brand-new stadium. And, that tonight's game against the Horns was scheduled to be the first game in the new digs. Needless to say, the Bobcats did not have a hard time selling out the event!

Texas started with the same line-up they've been using over the past few games...with Michael Torres in the dh spot. (They've been switching between Torres and Preston Clark in that spot.) Austin Dicharry started on the mound.

I have to admit that I was a bit nervous about today's game. Texas State always gives the Horns a run for their money. Today, they have the added incentive of playing their inaugural game in their new stadium. The Horns might actually feel a bit of added pressure with that 9-0 record, their first game away from home, and their first game on grass. We've got three freshmen on the field (Rowe, Loy, and Dicharry); this will be the first test for them away from the friendly confines of Disch-Falk. I do hope it works out well. But, I'm a bit nervous.

Anyway, on with the game report...

The home crowd was really into the game. I don't know if it was the placement of the crowd mics or if they really were that loud but they frequently threatened to drown out Keith Moreland and Craig Way on the radio. The crowd was so hopped up they started the game with a cheer after pretty much every pitch. I'm guessing it was a fun place to be! Texas went 3-up/3-down to start the game. Much to the delight of the crowd.

Austin Dicharry struggled with the first batter he faced: ball, ball, hit batter. Ouch. The crowd loved it, though. My immediate thought: settle down, Austin. The next batter flew out to cf. The third batter worked the count full and then walked, putting runners at 1b and 2b. The next reached on a 3-6 fielder's choice. On the play, David Hernandez, trying to turn the double play, threw the ball into the dirt back to Dicharry covering 1b. Dicharry could not make the catch and as the ball trickled away from him, the batter from 2b scored. E6. The runner at 1b advanced to 2b on a wild pitch but was stranded there when the final batter flew out to lf. Texas down 0-1 at the end of the 1st inning. That's the 2nd time this year that the Horns failed to score first.

I didn't hear what happened in the top of the 2nd but the Horns did not score. (GameTracker update: Michael Torres grounded out to 2b; Tant Shepherd flew out to cf; Kevin Keyes singled up the middle; Cameron Rupp walked; and David Hernandez struck out swinging.) I came back to my office to hear Craig say there was a runner on base for the Bobcats and that another run had already scored. Uh-oh. The Bobcats put another couple of hits together to score another and go ahead 3-0 with one out and runners at 1b and 2b. Keith and Craig commented that Dicharry had seemed more comfortable when he started the 2nd, getting a quick out, and then gave up a double and then three more singles. With Andrew McKirahan warming up in the bullpen, he managed to get the next batter to fly out to lf, and then struck out the next to end the inning. Texas down 0-3.

Connor Rowe and Travis Tucker started off the 3rd with fly outs to cf. And, Brandon Loy grounded out to ss. Dicharry remained on the mound and walked the first batter of the 3rd. The next grounded into a double play, though. Nice. Then, there was a single and then a fly out to rf. Texas still down 0-3.

Brandon Belt led off the 4th with a single (sorry, I didn't hear the details, but GameTracker said it was to rf). Torres singled through the right side, putting runners at 1b and 2b with nobody out. Shepherd failed to get a bunt down and then struck out swinging (2-2 count). Keyes followed suit and also struck out swinging, sadly. Rupp worked the count full and then walked to load the bases. Hernandez singled into cf, scoring 2 (Belt and Torres), and moving Rupp to 2b. Rowe singled to right-center, scoring Rupp and moving Hernandez to 3b. Game tied!

And...sadly, with that, I'm off to the Gordon Lightfoot concert. I'll be back late tonight with the final results. Go, Horns!

UPDATE. 'Back from the concert. 'Twas an entertaining night for me at the Bass Concert Hall. And, I'm very happy to report that the Horns pulled off a 6-5 win whilst I was away from the radio.

The Bobcats scored 2 in the bottom of the 6th to reclaim the lead (game tied 3-3 when I left). Texas then scored one in the 7th and two more in the 8th to get their 10th win in as many tries this season. I was happy to see that Keith Shinaberry finally made an appearance. He threw the middle 2.1 innings. He did allow the 2 unearned runs in the 6th. My mom reports that he was removed due to injury but they couldn't tell what was wrong. (She and my father went to the game and reported that, yes, the crowd really was very loud and boisterous. It was not just a "misplaced mic" thing.) Austin Wood pitched the final 3.1 innings to earn his 3rd win of the season.

I see that the Horns committed 4 errors on the day. Ouch. Uh-oh...it looks like all four errors were committed by David Hernandez. Double ouch. Was he pushing too hard after the first one? On a happier note, I see that he had two hits and batted 2 runs in. He also scored the winning run.

A few links:

Here's hoping the Horns stick to their winning ways this weekend at Stanford. Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 7:25 PM | Permalink

It's Brandon Workman week!

Brandon Workman is getting accolades galore after throwing that no-hitter on Sunday:

Way to go, Brandon!

UPDATE. I meant to link to this nice article from the Daily Texan earlier and forgot: No-hitter caps Penn State sweep by Austin Talbert.

Posted by Joanna at 12:43 PM | Permalink

Sunday - March 1, 2009

Game 9: Penn State at Texas

NO HITTER!!! That is the story of the game. Brandon Workman threw a no-hitter today. Wow. Wow. Wow. He faced the minimum 27 batters. But he did not pitch a perfect game. He walked 2 and one reached on an error. Those extra batters were all caught stealing and/or were gunned down in part of a double play. I say "and/or" because one runner was caught stealing in a strike 'im out/throw 'im out double play. It was a really special game. Not only did Workman shut down the Penn State batters, but our own batters really put together a nice day at the plate. The Horns combined for 13 hits, including 5 doubles and 2 triples. Pretty sweet. Texas won 9-0, by the way.

Normally, after a long weekend of baseball, I wouldn't bother recounting each at-bat in a shut-out. But, since it was a no-hitter and was almost a perfect game, I feel compelled to document the whole thing. So, read on.

Texas line-up: Travis Tucker (2b), Brandon Loy (3b), Brandon Belt (1b), Preston Clark (dh), Tant Shepherd (lf), Kevin Keyes (rf), Cameron Rupp (c), David Hernandez (ss), and Connor Rowe (cf).

Penn State line-up: Blake Lynd (cf, Lynd was the only player for the Nittanly Lions from Texas and he had a very large cheering section on hand), Louie Picconi (2b), Mike Deese (dh), Cory Wine (1b), Michael Glantz (ss), Jordan Steranka (3b), Rick Marlin (rf), Sean Deegan (lf), and Bobby Jacobs (c).

The game went like so...

The line:

RHE
Penn State 000 000 000 - 000
Texas 100 230 03x - 9131

I was very amused when the public address announcer told us that this was Brandon Workman's first no-hitter as a Longhorn, rather than the 21st no-hitter thrown by a Texas pitcher. It was a very good day to be at Disch-Falk Field.

Hook 'em, Horns!!

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