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Wednesday - April 29, 2009

Can we please take it down a notch?

Yo, sound people at Disch-Falk. I'm talking to you.

Can you please lower the volume by about half? Things weren't so bad at the beginning of the season but it's getting really bad again. Every game, it's just a little bit louder. It was so bad last night that the vibrations from the sound system were actually giving me a stomach ache. Throwing all that volume at us does not make us want to cheer louder for the team. All it does is make us wish we knew which one of you was responsible so we could knock some sense into you. It also makes us just a bit resentful, and...in point of fact...we're actually less likely to cheer loudly for the team because it's all so pointless. Whenever we do get up a bit of steam on our own, you start with the pre-recorded crap. Please, please, please show us a wee bit of respect (not to mention, sympathy) and lower the volume. Please.

And, while you're at it: could you please use a recording of the TEXAS LONGHORN MARCHING BAND playing the National Anthem when you don't have a live performer? Instead of that a cappella boy group? This is THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS after all.

Sigh...

Posted by Joanna at 7:18 AM | Permalink

Tuesday - April 28, 2009

Game 42: Texas State at Texas

Texas beat Texas State 12-2 this evening. Now, that's more like it! 'Twas a good night at Disch-Falk. The Horns looked good. Nice and relaxed. I don't usually declare "Players of the Game" but I feel compelled to give props to Kevin Lusson (who got his 2nd start at 3b) and Stayton Thomas who earned his 2nd win of the year. Kevin went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, a walk, 5 runs scored, and 2 batted in. He also made a couple of nice plays at 3b. Stayton pitched the middle 5 innings without giving up any runs; he gave up 3 singles, struck out 2, and hit two, while facing 18 batters. Very nice.

Today's starting line-ups:

Texas State Texas
1 Tyler Sibley, rf
2 Bret Atwood, cf
3 Paul Goldschmidt, 1b
4 Keith Prestridge, dh
5 Spenser Dennis, lf
6 Ben Theriot, c
7 Kyle Livingstoe, 2b
8 Kyle Kubitza, 3b
9 Jason Martinson, ss
- Garret Carruth, p
1 Michael Torres, dh
2 Travis Tucker, 2b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Kevin Keyes, rf
5 Tant Shepherd, lf
6 Kevin Lusson, 3b
7 Brandon Loy, ss
8 Preston Clark, c
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Brandon Workman, p

Texas stayed with the same line-up they used in Sunday's game against Kansas State. With a little change: Torres and Kevin Lusson switched positions; Torres went to dh and Lusson went in at 3b.

All-in-all, a great game for the Horns. I hope they keep it up this weekend.

One quick comment about the "batting out of order" thing. The TexasSports.com report didn't really address the problem in the play-by-play but the line-up looks weird:

Torres, Michael dh
Tucker, Travis 2b
- Etier, Jordan ph/2b
Belt, Brandon 1b
Keyes, Kevin rf
- Maitland, Tim pr/lf
- Lusson, Kyle rf
Shepherd, Tant lf
Lusson, Kevin 3b
Loy, Brandon ss
Clark, Preston c
Rowe, Connor cf

Note how Maitland and Kyle Lusson both managed to have replaced Keyes in the line-up. And, Shepherd apparently never exited the game.

In the Texas State report, the line-up changes are correct (with Maitland taking Keyes' spot and Lusson taking Shepherd's). But, the play-by-play goes like so:

Texas State 8th - Maitland, T. to lf. Lusson, Ky. to rf for Shepherd, T. [...]

Texas Longhorns 8th - [...] Lusson, Ky. to rf for Maitland, T.. Maitland, T. to lf for Lusson, Ky.. [...]

Huh? All so confusing for people trying to keep track of the mess. I completely forgot to try and listen to the post-game show on the radio so have no idea if Keith Moreland asked Coach Garrido about it or not. Sigh...

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

[Final line score]

Texas hosts Baylor on Friday night before the series moves to Waco for the 2nd and 3rd games. Note that start times have changed. The Friday game here in Austin is now slated to start at 8 o'clock to accommodate ESPNU. Yes, the game will be televised. Since they're starting so late on Friday, they've also changed the start times for the Saturday and Sunday games. Saturday's game is being pushed back from 4:00 to 6:30 and Sunday's game from 1:00 to 1:30.

Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 10:20 PM | Permalink

Sunday - April 26, 2009

Game 41: Kansas State at Texas

Hmmmm. At the end of yesterday's game report, I said I was sure the news for today's game would be much better. Alas, that is not the case. The news is not worse. I mean, the Horns did avoid being swept. They did not lose the game. So, the news is a little bit better. But, they didn't win the game, either. The game ended in a 6-6 tie. The Big 12 has a curfew rule in place for "get away day" games. The teams agree before the start of the game on a specified time beyond which a new inning cannot start. This is due to travel restrictions. The teams have to stop in time for the visiting team to make their flight home. Today's game had a 4:45 curfew. It was after 4:45 when the 10th inning came to an end. And, so the teams stopped playing with the score tied at 6. I haven't looked into it so don't know how ties get factored into things when we get to the end of the season and it's time to seed everyone for the tournament. Is a tie essentially the same as a loss since it's not a win? Or is the game just dropped entirely from the calculation? If I had the energy, I'd try to find an answer for you. But, that ain't gonna happen tonight. Maybe some kind soul will send me some email with the rule. If so, I'll be sure to pass it on.

Ah well. The weather was pretty nice today. It was about 80 °F for the duration. With a very stiff wind blowing across the field from the rf corner to the lf corner...with a tiny bit of a tilt toward the north.

Today's starting line-ups:

Kansas State Texas
1 Adam Muenster, dh
2 Carter Jurica, 2b
3 Nick Martini, lf
4 Justin Bloxom, 1b
5 Jason King, 3b
6 Drew Biery, ss
7 Jordan Cruz, rf
8 Rob Vaughn, c
9 Dane Yelovich, cf
- Todd Vogel, p
1 Michael Torres, 3b
2 Travis Tucker, 2b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Kevin Keyes, rf
5 Tant Shepherd, lf
6 Kevin Lusson, dh
7 Brandon Loy, ss
8 Preston Clark, c
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Brandon Workman, p

The Wildcats, not surprisingly, stuck with what got 'em to the brink of a sweep. Texas, meanwhile, tried switching things up a bit. Again. And (!), all the starters were sporting high socks, which made me optimistic. Although, sad, because I did not take my camera to the game with me today. So, once again, I have no photographic evidence of this phenomenon. (Although, you can find some in the TexasSports.com photo gallery for today's game.) The substitutes, as they came onto the field, all stuck with the long pants. The mojo was apparently not quite with the high socks brigade today. Shucks.

Full game report? Yes? No? I'm really tired. In fact, when I got home, I sat down in my recliner and promptly fell asleep. I dozed off-and-on for a couple of hours. Hmmmm. Okay. full report. But, just 'cause you've been such good kids, of late.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

I mentioned the KSU batters pushing the pitch count on Workman. He threw 88 pitches (by my count) to the 20 batters he faced. He threw 5 or more pitches to 9 of 'em. In contrast, only 3 of the first 20 Texas batters saw 5 or more pitches. I don't know if that means anything or not. It was just something that struck me as the game was going on.

Also, note that Tucker got a double to start the 3rd. Remember how the 2nd inning ended? There's no way to know, of course, if he would've had the chance to hit a double with runners at the corners, but wouldn't it have been fun to find out? My seats are far from the action so I freely admit that I can't know what's really going on. But, it looks like the guys are pushing at this point. Torres, trying to do too much, tried to stretch his single into a double. If he'd been more confident that his teammate would pick him up, maybe he would've stopped. This is actually one of the themes that Coach Garrido has been pushing in the radio interviews. That the players need to count on each other. This weekend, I have to say that that confidence seemed to be missing from time to time. A couple of weeks ago, they really looked like they were having fun. Now? They look a bit desperate. They need to get that confidence back.

And, I really feel for Brandon Workman. He's struggled of late and hasn't won a game since the Missouri series in mid-March. Is he putting too much pressure on himself? I dunno. I hope he has a good game soon, though.

Posted by Joanna at 10:28 PM | Permalink

Saturday - April 25, 2009

Game 40: Kansas State at Texas

Ugh. Texas lost (4-5) to Kansas State this afternoon. In 12 innings. The Horns put 15 hits on the board. Which is one of the things I've been wanting. More hits. Alas, those 15 hits did not produce more runs today. Sigh...

But, before we get into all that, Burt Hooton's number (20) was retired before the game started. Here are a couple of photos, first one of Coach Gus congratulating him and then of him talking with his former coach and several teammates backing him up:

[Coach Gus, Burt Hooton]

[Coach Gus, Burt Hooton]

Back to the game. Texas scored 2 in the 1st. KSU tied it up in the 2nd. And, the score stayed that way 'til the 11th. When KSU scored 2. Texas tied it in the bottom. Whew. But, KSU scored another in the 12th and Texas could not match that one. Bah.

Today's starting line-ups:

Kansas State Texas
1 Adam Muenster, dh
2 Carter Jurica, 2b
3 Nick Martini, lf
4 Justin Bloxom, 1b
5 Jason King, 3b
6 Drew Biery, ss
7 Jordan Cruz, rf
8 Rob Vaughn, c
9 Dane Yelovich, cf
- Lance Hoge, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, 3b
3 Tant Shepherd, lf
4 Kevin Keyes, rf
5 Preston Clark, dh
6 Cameron Rupp, c
7 Brandon Belt, 1b
8 Brandon Loy, ss
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Cole Green, p

With a lefty on the mound for the Wildcats, the Horns shuffled the order up a bit. It worked like a charm in the 1st as they quickly scored 2:

Kansas State responded with 2 of their own in the top of the 2nd:

And, no more scoring 'til the 11th. For the 3rd through 10th, KSU got 6 hits (all singles) and ended up stranding 6 (4 in scoring position). For the 2nd through 10th, UT got 7 hits (6 singles, 1 double) and ended up stranding 7 (4 in scoring position). And, then the 11th came along:

In the top of the 12th, Muenster reached on a 1-out walk and moved to 3b on a single by Jurica. He then scored on a single by Martini. Bloxom and King both flew out to cf to end the KSU half of the inning. In the bottom of the 12th, David Hernandez (3rd dh of the game for Texas) reached on a 1-out single to cf. Rupp popped out to 2b. Tim Maitland (pinch-running for Hernandez) moved to 2b on a single to cf by Belt. Alas, Loy hit into a 6-4 fielder's choice to end the game. So painful.

Applegate got the win for KSU and Jungmann took the loss for UT (dropping his record to 4-3).

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

So? Pictures? Anyone wanna see some pictures? Okay...here you go. First, Cole Green on the mound in the 1st:

[Cole Green]

Travis Tucker, hitting a single in the 1st:

[Travis Tucker]

Kevin Keyes, hitting a single (and driving home the first run of the game) in the 1st:

[Kevin Keyes]

Cameron Rupp, taking a lead off 1b in the 1st:

[Cameron Rupp]

Travis Tucker, about to make that error-saving catch in the 2nd:

[Travis Tucker]

Brandon Belt, in the 1st (after reaching on a single to rf):

[Brandon Belt]

Austin Dicharry on the mound, in the 7th:

[Austin Dicharry]

Austin Wood on the mound, in the 9th:

[Austin Wood]

Coach Harmon and Brandon Loy discuss matters in the 9th:

[Tommy Harmon, Brandon Loy]

Taylor Jungmann on the mound in the 11th:

[Taylor Jungmann]

And, finally...Brandon Belt gets some props after his homer in the 11th:

[Brandon Belt]

And, now...3 hours after I started this report, I'm done. And, am reminded why I don't take my camera to all the games. Whew.

'Back tomorrow with news of the 3rd game of the series. I'm sure the news will be much better.

Posted by Joanna at 11:13 PM | Permalink

Game 39: Kansas State at Texas

Good morning! Sorry I didn't get this posted last night but I was dog tired. On advice of counsel, I went to bed when I got home. Heh. Alas, the news is not good. Texas lost to Kansas State 2-4. What happened? The Horns faced a buzz saw named A.J. Morris. With the win, he went to 10-0 on the season. Going into the game, he'd made 10 appearances, winning 9 of them. ERA going in? 1.31. Opponent batting average? .184. He'd walked 18 and struck out 69 in 68.2 innings pitched on the year. Last night was his second complete game of the season. Amazingly, he threw 149 pitches by my count. He did a great job. So sad.

Starting line-ups:

Kansas State Texas
1 Adam Muenster, dh
2 Carter Jurica, 2b
3 Nick Martini, lf
4 Justin Bloxom, 1b
5 Jason King, 3b
6 Drew Biery, ss
7 Jordan Cruz, rf
8 Rob Vaughn, c
9 Dane Yelovich, cf
- A.J. Morris, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, 3b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Tant Shepherd, lf
5 Kevin Keyes, rf
6 Cameron Rupp, c
7 Kevin Lusson, dh
8 Brandon Loy, ss
9 Kyle Lusson, cf
- Chance Ruffin, p

Note that Kyle Lusson got his 10th start of the year. And, little brother Kevin Lusson got his 3rd.

Chance Ruffin got the nod for the Horns and struggled a bit. He left with the game tied 2-2 in the 7th. Austin Dicharry faced 2, getting one out and walking one. Austin Wood finished off the 7th, striking out the final batter of the inning. He gave up a run in each of the final two innings, though, to take the loss and dropped his record to 4-1.

And, the game went like so:

I repeat: great game for Morris. Texas had some chances but just couldn't get past Morris.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

Hopefully, the Horns will do better this afternoon. They'll be retiring Burt Hooton's jersey number (20) before the game. I'll take my camera and be back with a game report later this evening. Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 8:42 AM | Permalink

Tuesday - April 21, 2009

Game 38: Rice at Texas

Eh. Today's game wasn't much fun. The Horns lost to Rice 4-7. It was just one of those days. It seemed like every ball the Horns hit went right to a Rice fielder. And too many of the balls Rice hit were just 2 or 3 inches away from the outstretched glove of a Texas fielder. Rice hit two or three balls down the line that were fair by 3 or 4 inches. Texas hit two or three balls down the line that were foul by 3 or 4 inches. The Rice center fielder (Steven Sultzbaugh) made a fantastic diving catch in the 7th to rob Tant Shepherd of a single. When Connor Rowe had a similar chance in the top of the 8th, the ball nicked off the tip of his glove and fell for an rbi-single. Frustration City.

Anyway...starting line-ups for today's game:

Rice Texas
1 Brock Holt, 2b
2 Jimmy Comerota, 1b
3 Rick Hague, ss
4 Anthony Rendon, 3b
5 Diego Seastrunk, dh
6 Ryan Lewis, rf
7 Michael Fuda, lf
8 Craig Manuel, c
9 Steven Sultzbaugh, cf
- Abel Gonzalez, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, 3b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Tant Shepherd, lf
5 Kevin Keyes, rf
6 Cameron Rupp, dh
7 Preston Clark, c
8 Brandon Loy, ss
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Cole Green, p

I missed the first inning. I did listen on the radio, though. I guess that first inning for Texas at the plate set the stage for the rest of the game. Tucker and Torres reached on back-to-back 4-pitch walks. With a 1-1 count, both runners took off. Belt, swung away and hit a hard liner to lf. Tucker was doubled off (7-4) quite easily. Keith Moreland said he was sure Belt had missed the sign...that there was no way he would've done that with the runners taking off they way they did if he'd seen the sign correctly. Shepherd then struck out looking. And, so it went.

It was "Johnny All-Staff" on the mound today (as Moreland likes to say). Cole Green got the start and had a great 1-2-3 first inning. He got into trouble in the 2nd and gave up two runs, though, to take the loss and drop his record to 3-1 on the year. He pitched the first 2 innings. Kendal Carrillo gave up 3 runs (1 unearned) in 2.1 innings. Andrew McKirahan went 1.1 and gave up a run. Stayton Thomas also gave up a run in 1.2 innings. Chance Ruffin threw the final 1.2 without yielding any runs.

The team did have their moments. Keyes and Clark hit a couple of beautiful doubles in the 2nd. The crowd loved it when Belt and Shepherd scored on wild pitches in the 5th. But sadly, for the most part, the Horns just couldn't get enough things to go their way today. Too many walks (12) and too few hits (5 in the game, none in the final 3 innings). Which is a terrible shame.

The next three days are going to be killer at work so I'm not gonna spend any more time on this game report tonight. I'll just point you to the official report and the box with play-by-play on the TexasSports.com page.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

By the way, I pulled up GameTracker to grab the line and saw that Nebraska and Creighton were playing in the 12th at Creighton. Nebraska went on to win 4-3. Both teams scored single runs in the 5th and did not score again 'til the 12th. Wow.

And, now we look forward to getting back to conference play as Kansas State comes to town this weekend. I may miss the early part of the first KSU game (did I mention it's a busy week at work this week?) but will be there for the Saturday and Sunday games. And, I'll have my camera with me for at least one of 'em. Go, Horns!

Posted by Joanna at 11:06 PM | Permalink

Monday - April 20, 2009

Austin Wood award

Austin Wood was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week today based on his work this past week. He did have a good week. Congratulations, Austin!

Posted by Joanna at 9:44 PM | Permalink

Sunday - April 19, 2009

Game 37: Oklahoma at Texas

Sweep! The Horns completed a sweep of the Sooners today, winning 8-5 in 8 innings. Due to travel plans, no inning could start after 4:15. We were told this at 4:15 as Texas went to the plate in the bottom of the 8th. Which left me very confused. Why play the bottom of the 8th if we knew there was no way there would be a 9th...and the Horns were ahead? Bizarro world. Oh well.

Starting line-ups for today's game:

Oklahoma Texas
1 Jamie Johnson, cf
2 Casey Johnson, lf
3 Bryant Hernandez, ss
4 Aaron Baker, 1b
5 Garret Buechele, 3b
6 Cameron Seitzer
7 Matt Harughty, 2b
8 Tyler Ogle, c
9 Chris Ellison, rf
- Garrett Richards, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, 3b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Tant Shepherd, lf
5 Kevin Keyes, rf
6 Cameron Rupp, c
7 Kevin Lusson, dh
8 Brandon Loy, ss
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Brandon Workman, p

Did you see that? Kevin Lusson with his second start of the year. Sadly, his 1.000 average was unable to hold up. Oh well. All good things must come to an end. Heh. I guess that's life.

Full game report today:

Tommy Nicholson, by the way, was back out coaching 1b for today's game.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

Sorry I didn't take any photos this weekend. I didn't want to mess with the rain yesterday. 'Turns out I had nothing to worry about. And, today? I didn't even think about taking my camera.

Rice comes to town on Tuesday. They lost to Marshall this afternoon. I do hope the guys can make it 2 in-a-row for 'em. Wouldn't that be nice? You know it would. Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 11:42 PM | Permalink

Saturday - April 18, 2009

Game 36: Oklahoma at Texas

Texas beat Oklahoma 6-2 to complete a sweep of today's double header. Very nice. Happily, the 2nd game of the day wasn't nearly as eventful as the 1st. Heh.

By the way, Texas did hold a ceremony between the two games to officially retire #21 again, this time in Greg Swindell's name. He was there with two of his daughters and Coach Gus. He gave a nice (but a wee bit long) talk. It was nice to see and hear him.

I failed to mention the weather in my post about the first game. The temperature got up to 82 °F in the first game, was at 80 at the start of the second game, and got down to about 77 by the end of the second game. There was almost no wind. The sun came out about half-way through the first game and, really, it would've been hard to have better weather.

Starting line-ups for today's second game:

Oklahoma Texas
1 Jamie Johnson, cf
2 Matt Harughty, 2b
3 Bryant Hernandez, ss
4 Aaron Baker, 1b
5 Garret Buechele, 3b
6 Cameron Seitzer
7 J.T. Wise, c
8 Casey Johnson, lf
9 Chris Ellison, rf
- Stephen Porlier, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, dh
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Tant Shepherd, lf
5 Kevin Keyes, rf
6 Cameron Rupp, dh
7 Brandon Loy, ss
8 Preston Clark, c
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Cole Green, p

Again, I don't think I have the energy to do a full write-up. So...here are some highlights:

And, that was about it. One other thing I forgot to note in my game report for the first game of today's double-header: Skip Johnson coached 1b in both games. I have no idea where Tommy Nicholson was.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

Today's wins move Texas to the top spot in the Big 12 standings. Game 3 tomorrow at 1. Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 11:08 PM | Permalink

Game 35: Oklahoma at Texas

Texas beat Oklahoma 7-3 in the opener of today's double header. Nice.

Starting line-ups for today's first game:

Oklahoma Texas
1 Jamie Johnson, cf
2 Matt Harughty, 2b
3 Bryant Hernandez, ss
4 Aaron Baker, 1b
5 J.T. Wise, c
6 Casey Johnson, lf
7 Garret Buechele, 3b
8 Cameron Seitzer
9 Chris Ellison, rf
- Andrew Doyle, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, dh
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Russell Moldenhauer, dh
5 Tant Shepherd, lf
6 Kevin Keyes, rf
7 Cameron Rupp, c
8 Brandon Loy, ss
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Chance Ruffin, p

No time to do a full write-up since I'm doing game reports for two games today. Sorry about that. There are definitely some highlights that need to be touched on, though.

Chance Ruffin got the start and win, improving his record to 6-2, as he threw 6.1 innings. He gave up 3 runs (all earned) on 7 hits (including 2 doubles and 1 homerun). He struck out 10, walked 0, and hit 1 batter. He faced 27 and threw 99 pitches by my count. Austin Wood came on in relief and earned his 9th save of the year. Wood threw the final 2.2 innings, faced 11 batters, and failed to give up any runs or hits. He threw 3 strikeouts, walked 2, and hit 1. By my count, he threw 44 pitches.

Some highlights:

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

Game 2 report coming soon...

Posted by Joanna at 10:13 PM | Permalink

Friday - April 17, 2009

Another bad-weather postponement

Today's opener against OU has been postponed. Due to the rainy weather. The teams are now scheduled to play two tomorrow beginning at 2 o'clock. I'm guessing they'll both be 9-inning games but the press release does not explicitly say that.

Also: the ceremony to retire Greg Swindell's number will take place during the break between games.

Posted by Joanna at 3:45 PM | Permalink

Wednesday - April 15, 2009

Game 34: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Texas

Texas won again tonight. They beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 8-1. The weather was nice bit it was windy (pretty steady wind blowing across from the rf corner to the lf corner) which gave the air a wee bit of a chill.

UPDATE. I just read the official write-up on the game on the TexasSports.com page and was rather amused to note that the unidentified writer was clearly wishing he/she was out on the lake...or perhaps the ocean...as he/she wrote the story. Heh.

Starting line-ups for today's game:

Islanders Longhorns
1 Ernie Olivarez, 2b
2 Weston Montgomery, rf
3 Stephen Flora, c
4 Martin Parra, 3b
5 Brycen Bell, ss
6 Jeramie Marek, lf
7 Jeremy Narvaez, dh
8 Justin Greiner, 1b
9 Jonathan Reyes, cf
- Brett Carnline, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, dh
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Tant Shepherd, lf
5 Kevin Keyes, rf
6 Brandon Loy, ss
7 Kevin Lusson, 3b
8 Preston Clark, c
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Brandon Workman, p

Looky there. Kevin Lusson making his official debut. He got his first at-bats...and is batting 1.000 on the year! Excellent. He also committed his first error...to send his fielding percentage plummeting to .750. Poor guy. Heh. Oh. One more thing: he was sporting high socks. You know I liked that. And, speaking of the high-socks thing: the Horns have all gone back to their default mode (mostly long pants) as far as I can see. All of the Islanders were sporting high socks in both games. Which, again, I appreciated.

Anyway.

Also of note in today's game: Kevin Keyes wore jersey #42 today in honor of the anniversary of Jackie Robinson's MLB debut.

And, the game went like so:

Stayton Thomas earned his first victory of the year. Cool. The bats looked a bit cool early in the game but the Horns seemed to be doing that thing where just about every ball they hit was right at someone. After Rowe made that spectacular throw from cf (in the 5th), everything seemed to turn around. The Horns put together 3 multiple-hit innings after that play. Nice.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

The Horns host the Sooners this weekend. They're scheduled to play at 6 on Friday, at 2 on Saturday, and at 1 on Sunday. Weather-wise, things are not looking good for Friday evening, though. The Horns are planning on having the official retirement ceremony for Greg Swindell's number on Friday beginning at 5:40. I'm not sure what they'll do if the game gets rained out. Well, that's not quite true. I'm sure they'll try to play 2 on Saturday but have no idea what time they'll try to start. Watch the TexasSports.com page for definitive news.

Posted by Joanna at 11:15 PM | Permalink

Tuesday - April 14, 2009

Game 33: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Texas

Texas won the opener of their 2-game series against the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders this evening 5-2. The weather was very nice and there was a pretty good crowd on hand.

Starting line-ups for today's game:

Islanders Longhorns
1 Jacob Perales, rf
2 Weston Montgomery, 2b
3 Martin Parra, 3b
4 Stephen Flora, dh
5 Trey Hernandez, 1b
6 Brycen Bell, ss
7 Jeramie Marek, lf
8 Justin Greiner, c
9 Jonathan Reyes, cf
- Justin Grota, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, 3b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Russell Moldenhauer, dh
5 Tant Shepherd, lf
6 Kevin Keyes, rf
7 Cameron Rupp, c
8 Brandon Loy, ss
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Austin Dicharry, p

Austin Dicharry was declared the pitcher of record before the game started so was eligible for the win despite pitching only 3 innings. The Texas pitchers went like so:

Defensively, the team looked very strong tonight. Belt committed the lone error in the 1st when a ground ball went off his chest and bounced toward 2b. The standout defensive plays that I noted in my scorebook:

On the offensive side of things, the team really spread things around. They managed 9 hits by 8 players. The starting line-up managed the following:

Texas scored their runs like so:

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

And, that about does it for this evening. Same teams tomorrow night. Same time, same place. Be there or be square.

PS: This game report dedicated to the lovely Kinsey who entered this world yesterday...making her parents and grandparents very happy. At least, that was her grandpa's story in the stands this evening. I'm sure I'll be hearing more and seeing pictures at the ballpark soon. That's what we need, right? More Longhorn baseball fans. Welcome to the world...and to Texas, Kinsey. Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 10:37 PM | Permalink

Saturday - April 11, 2009

Game 32: Texas at Nebraska

I was able to watch the free video stream provided by the Huskers again today. Thanks, Huskers!

Starting line-ups for today's game:

Texas Nebraska
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, 3b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Russell Moldenhauer, dh
5 Tant Shepherd, lf
6 Kevin Keyes, rf
7 Cameron Rupp, c
8 Brandon Loy, ss
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Cole Green, p
1 Boomer Collins, cf
2 Jeff Tezak, 2b
3 Cody Asche, 3b
4 Tyler Farst, 1b
5 Adam Bailey, rf
6 Cade Thompson, lf
7 Kale Kiser, dh
8 Ben Kline, ss
9 Cory Burleson, c
- Casey Hauptman, p

With a righty back on the mound, Russell Moldenhauer back in at dh. The Huskers, by the way, all sport high socks. You people know I like that! I listened to the pre-game show on the radio and after Craig Way described the "old school" Nebraska uniforms, he asked Keith Moreland what he though of it. Keith did not seem to think much of it. Heh.

And, here's how the game went...

Complete game win for Cole Green. Excellent. He allowed 2 runs (1 unearned) on 4 hits while walking 5 and striking out 3. All on 110 pitches. I think I got that right as Craig spit the numbers out during the post-game show. Also: today's win marks the first time the Horns have swept the Huskers in a 3-game series.

Here's the line (from Nebraska's LiveStats):

[Final line score]

The Horns now have a 10-game home stand. They host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday and Wednesday this week before the Sooners come to town for a 3-game series starting on Friday.

Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 4:23 PM | Permalink

Friday - April 10, 2009

Game 31: Texas at Nebraska

I monitored (on my computer monitor...heh) part of the 2nd game (through the free link on Nebraska's site) at work before heading home.

These were the starting line-ups:

Texas Nebraska
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, 3b
3 Tant Shepherd, lf
4 Kevin Keyes, rf
5 Cameron Rupp, dh
6 Preston Clark, c
7 Brandon Loy, ss
8 Brandon Belt, 1b
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Brandon Workman, p
1 Kyle Bubak, dh
2 Cody Asche, 3b
3 Adam Bailey, rf
4 Tyler Farst, 1b
5 Jeff Tezak, 2b
6 Nick Sullivan, lf
7 DJ Belfonte, cf
8 Ben Kline, ss
9 Cory Burleson, c
- Jordan Roualdes, p

Texas jumped on top 2-0 in the 1st. Tucker walked and moved to 2b when Torres singled. With Shepherd at the plate, the runners moved up a base on a passed ball. Then, Shepherd doubled into left-center to score Tucker and Torres. Sadly, the next 3 Texas batters went down in order: Keyes grounded out to ss, Rupp struck out swinging, and Clark grounded out to ss.

The Huskers got a batter on (1-out single to cf, I think) but he was stranded at 1b in the bottom of the 1st.

Top of the 2nd: Loy was hit by a pitch. Belt reached on a bunt single, moving Loy to 2b. Rowe popped out to the catcher behind the plate on a bunt attempt. Tucker walked (5 pitches) to load the bases. Torres singled through the left side, scoring two and moving Tucker to 2b. The runners advanced on a double steal. Shepherd grounded out to 2b, scoring Tucker and moving Torres to 3b. Keyes struck out swinging. Texas up 5-0.

And, at that point, I headed home, and listened to the game on the radio for a bit. In the bottom of the 2nd, Workman did walk a couple of batters (the first with no outs and the 2nd with 2 outs) but they were stranded at 1b and 2b.

I got home in time to watch most of the 3rd. Here's how the rest of the game played out...

Entertaining fact: Carillo (like his teammate Shinaberry in the earlier game) came away with a win after pitching 0.2 innings and throwing 9 pitches. Yowsa!

Here's the line (from Nebraska's LiveStats):

[Final line score]

One more tomorrow for the sweep. Go, Horns!

Posted by Joanna at 10:39 PM | Permalink

Game 30: Texas at Nebraska

Sadly, I was working away and forgot about the game 'til almost 4:30. The 9th inning was just getting under way with Texas in the lead 7-4.

These were the starting line-ups:

Texas Nebraska
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, 3b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Russell Moldenhauer, dh
5 Tant Shepherd, lf
6 Kevin Keyes, rf
7 Cameron Rupp, c
8 Brandon Loy, ss
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Chance Ruffin, p
1 1 Kyle Bubak, 2b
2 Jake Mort, 3b
3 Adam Bailey, rf
4 Tyler Farst, 1b
5 Jeff Tezak, dh
6 Nick Sullivan, lf
7 DJ Belfonte, cf
8 Cody Neer, c
9 Ben Kline, ss
- Sean Yost, p

So, not much of a report from me today. Looking at the LiveStats page, I see that Texas scored 3 in the 2nd: Shepherd hit a 1-out homer; Keyes walked; and Rupp hit a 2-run homer. 'Sounds like the bats are still in working order.

Texas scored 2 more in the top of the 4th: Shepherd singled but was picked off at 1b; Keyes tripled and scored on a throwing error by ss (from the post-game report on the radio, it sounded like the relay throw went into the dugout); and Rupp walked, moved to 3b on a single by Loy, then scored on a sac fly by Rowe.

Texas gave up 2 in the bottom of the 4th: Farst walked (4 pitches); Tezak walked (5 pitches); Sullivan reached on an error by 1b (which scored Farst and moved Tezak to 3b); and Belfonte singled (scoring Tezak). Texas then induced a double play and ground out to get out of the inning.

The Horns gave up 2 more in the bottom of the 5th: Bailey reached on a 2-out fielding error by 2b; Farst was hit by a pitch, moving Bailey to 2b; and Tezak singled and some sort of hell broke loose on an error by lf (both runners scored and Tezak reached 2b). At this point, Texas sent Shinaberry to the mound for Ruffin. And, he got the final batter of the inning to ground out to ss.

Texas scored a single run in the 6th: Keyes singled to cf, moved to 2b on a sac bunt by Rupp, and to 3b on a wild pitch; and after Loy struck out, Rowe singled to score Keyes.

And, the Horns scored one more in the top of the 7th: Torres singled to cf, stole 2b, and scored on a double by Belt. Yep, the bats are still swinging.

In the top of the 9th (the only inning I heard), Torres reached on a 1-out single blooped into shallow lf. He was erased on a fielder's choice (Belt batting). David Hernandez (pinch-hitting for Moldenhauer) grounded out to ss.

With the Horns up 7-4 going into the bottom of the 9th and Taylor Jungmann on the mound in relief, the Cornhuskers went:

So, Texas won 7-5. Craig Way said it was the first time Texas beat Nebraska in a series opener in Lincoln in 12 years. Nice. Keith Shinaberry, who went 0.2 innings in relief and threw a whopping 9 pitches, got the win! Heh. Austin Wood got his 7th save of the season. Sean Yost took the loss for the Huskers.

Here's the line (from Nebraska's LiveStats):

[Final line score]

They start the 2nd game of the day at 6:00. Hook 'em, Horns!

Posted by Joanna at 5:47 PM | Permalink

Thursday - April 9, 2009

No game today

I just saw on the TexasSports.com page that today's game has been postponed due to inclement weather. They say CBS Sports is still going to try to broadcast one of the games.

Posted by Joanna at 4:55 PM | Permalink

Tuesday - April 7, 2009

Game 29: TCU at Texas

TCU came to town today. I was just a wee bit worried about the visit. You see, TCU swept the New Mexico Lobos this weekend and went so far as to stomp them badly on Sunday, winning 19-3. The Lobos are ranked this year. The Lobos beat the Aggies twice in College Station a few weeks ago. So, you can see why I'd be a bit nervous, right? Silly me. Texas won handily, blanking the Horned Frogs 6-0. Nice. Best thing? The bats were still active. Two games in a row. After getting those 13 singles on Sunday, the Horns turned around and got 11 hits today (including 2 doubles and a beauty of a homerun by Kevin Keyes). I sure do hope it's a trend.

So, here are the starting line-ups:

TCU Texas
1 Corey Steglich, cf
2 Taylor Featherston, 2b
3 Matt Carpenter, 3b
4 Chris Ellington, rf
5 Matt Vern, 1b
6 Bryan Holaday, c
7 Jason Coats, lf
8 Jimmie Pharr, dh
9 Ben Carruthers, ss
- Greg Holle, p
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, 3b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Russell Moldenhauer, dh
5 Tant Shepherd, lf
6 Cameron Rupp, c
7 Kevin Keyes, rf
8 Brandon Loy, ss
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Cole Green, p

Yes, indeedy...Brandon Belt back in the line-up. He seemed to be in fine form, too.

So, how'd things go? Like so...

So, Austin Dicharry notched his 3rd win of the year. Holle took the loss for TCU. Texas pitchers combined to shut-out TCU on 8 hits (including 2 doubles and a triple), with 2 walks, 9 stikeouts, and no hit batters or wild pitches. Very nice.

Did you catch that part in the 4th where I mentioned Skip Johnson coaching 3b? As soon as the Horns went to bat in the bottom of the 1st, I noticed him out there without a jacket. I noticed the lack of a jacket before I noticed that the wrong person was out there. Skip Johnson always wears a wind-breaker (or, you know, a heavy coat if it's cold). Always. Except for when he doesn't. Which is, maybe, one game a year. No really. It's extremely unusual to see his number (47) during a game. So, that struck me first. Then, I was struck by the fact that it was the wrong guy out there. I wondered what was up. Mom listened to much of the game on the radio and they eventually reported that there'd been a death in Tommy Harmon's family, thus explaining his absence. My condolences to Coach Harmon and his family.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

Nebraska is next up. They appear to be on the skids. They lost 0-15 at home tonight to Creighton. They were swept at home this weekend by Kansas State, by a combined score of 7-29. They've lost their last 6 games, are 4-8 in Big 12 play, and 16-15-1 overall. It's not pretty. They'll have a lot to prove. The first game on Thursday night will be aired on CBS College Sports (previously known as CSTV). Go, Horns!

Posted by Joanna at 11:11 PM | Permalink

Sunday - April 5, 2009

Game 28: Texas at Oklahoma State

Rubber match. I watched the game on Fox Sports today. I hope you did the same! They said the game time temperature was 43 °F (wind chill about 33 °F) with 25-38 MPH winds out of the northwest as the game got underway. Yikes! I did listen to the pre-game show on the radio and Coach Garrido said you just have to play through it. He said the winning team will talk about the game after it's all over and the losing team will talk about the weather. Heh.

The starting line-ups:

Texas Oklahoma State
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Brandon Loy, ss
3 Tant Shepherd, lf
4 Cameron Rupp, c
5 Preston Clark, 1b
6 Kevin Keyes, rf
7 David Hernandez, dh
8 Michael Torres, 3b
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Cole Green, p
1 Michael Dabbs, rf
2 Tyrone Hambly, ss
3 Neil Medchill, lf
4 Dean Green, 1b
5 Kevin David, dh
6 Tom Belza, 2b
7 Eric Walker, c
8 Randy McCurry, 3b
9 Rafael Thomas, cf
- Tyler Lyons, p

The OSU starter is a lefty which moved David Hernandez back into today's line-up. Lyons' numbers: 6 starts, 4-2 record, 3.60 ERA, opponents are hitting .250 against him.

I contemplated not doing the full write-up today and then decided there wasn't much point in not doing it. So, here's how things played out:

Excellent. The Horns managed to string together several hits today and ended up tying their season-high with 13 hits. The Horns also had 13 hits in their Feb. 24th game against UT-Arlington (W 4-3), their March 1st game against Penn State (W 9-0), and their March 6th game against Stanford (W 6-2). Again I say: excellent. Andrew McKirahan got his first win of the season and Austin Wood got his 5th save.

UPDATE (9:30 pm): Interestingly, the Texas page lists the winner as Austin Wood with no save. The OSU page still lists Andrew McKirahan as the winner with Wood getting a save. Weird, eh?

Here's the line (from OSU's LiveStats):

[Final line score]

The Horns host TCU on Tuesday at 6 o'clock before making another road trip to Nebraska on Easter weekend. Note that the Horns will be playing on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in that series.

Posted by Joanna at 4:20 PM | Permalink

Saturday - April 4, 2009

Game 27: Texas at Oklahoma State

Again, I listened to the game on the radio. Craig Way and Keith Moreland doing the broadcast. They'll be back in Austin tomorrow for the football scrimmage and a non-UT guy's gonna be doing the radio broadcast. Luckily, tomorrow's game will be on TV (Fox Sports) so we shouldn't miss them too much.

The starting line-ups:

Texas Oklahoma State
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 Kevin Keyes, rf
8 Preston Clark, 1b
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Brandon Workman, p
1 Michael Dabbs, cf
2 Tyrone Hambly, ss
3 Neil Medchill, lf
4 Dean Green, 1b
5 Randy McCurry, 3b
6 Tom Belza, 2b
7 Doug Kroll, rf
8 Eric Walker, c
9 Rafael Thomas, dh
- Tyler Blandford, p

Russell Moldenhauer back in...David Hernandez back out. I guess that means today's starter is a right-handed pitcher. Craig and Keith did comment that OSU played a game last week wherein a different pitcher threw each inning and that we might see that again today. Odd. OSU did win that game, though. Shrug.

And, here's how things played out:

It just sounded ugly, people. Texas struggled at the plate again only getting single hits in the 1st, 4th, 8th, and 9th; no multiple-hit innings. Brandon Workman took the loss, Tyler Blandford got the win. And, that's all I have to say today. Wish I had more but I don't. It was not a fun game.

Here's the line (from OSU's LiveStats):

[Final line score]

Posted by Joanna at 5:08 PM | Permalink

Friday - April 3, 2009

Game 26: Texas at Oklahoma State

I listened to the beginning of the game from my office. Craig Way and Keith Moreland on KVET. Craig said the wind was blowing hard toward lf and that the temperature had been in the lower sixties earlier in the afternoon. Keith commented that they'd gotten lucky with the weather and that it looked like they'd be able to get all their games in this weekend.

Quick note: Craig reported that Brandon Belt is doing better but did not make the trip to Okalahoma.

The starting line-ups:

Texas Oklahoma State
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Brandon Loy, ss
3 Tant Shepherd, lf
4 Cameron Rupp, c
5 Preston Clark, 1b
6 Kevin Keyes, rf
7 David Hernandez, dh
8 Michael Torres, 3b
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Chance Ruffin, p
1 Michael Dabbs, cf
2 Kevin David, c
3 Neil Medchill, lf
4 Dean Green, 1b
5 Tyrone Hambly, 3b
6 Tom Belza, ss
7 Doug Kroll, rf
8 Davis Duren, 2b
9 Mark Ginther, dh
- Andrew Oliver, p

And, here's how things played out:

Fantastic. How 'bout Connor Rowe hitting 2 solo shots? Very cool. And, how 'bout the fact that the Horns go down in order in 4 innings (and send only 3 to the plate in another that ended with a double play) but still manage to score 7 runs? I was very happy to see 'em come back and score those insurance runs in the 8th and 9th. Excellent. Chance Ruffin gets the win and goes to 5-2 on the year. And, Austin Wood earned his 5th save of the season.

Here's the line (from OSU's LiveStats):

[Final line score]

Posted by Joanna at 9:30 PM | Permalink

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