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Monday - June 21, 2010

MLB Draft signing news

I decided to collect all the news of UT signings in this one post. You can check it periodically for updates since this is where I'll collect all the info as it comes in (most recent news at the top of the list):

And, I'm still updating my MBL Draft Summary page as I come across info on signings if you're interested in news on selected non-UT players.

Posted by Joanna at 7:50 PM | Permalink

Friday - June 18, 2010

MLB Draft Update

As predicted, Mike Foltynewicz (Texas signee from Illinois) will not play at Texas next year. He officially signed with the Astros today and reports to his new Rookie team in Tennessee tomorrow. Lots of info available in this mlb.com story by Steve Gartner.

No news on other Texas players or signees as of yet. I have been updating my MBL Draft Summary page as I get info on signings. Things are happening fast and furious for other non-Texas players. So, check it out.

UPDATE. That thing about not having news about Texas players isn't quite true. While there's no news about players selected in the draft, there is news. Kyle Lusson (who went undrafted) signed with Tampa Bay a few days ago. Cool.

UPDATE #2 (June 20): Connor Rowe signed and will not be coming back for his senior year. See an interview on KEYE regarding his decision. (H/T: Donald Boyles)

Posted by Joanna at 10:45 PM | Permalink

Saturday - June 12, 2010

Game 63: Texas at TCU (Austin Super Regional)

Yep...it's another quick iPhone post. More when I get home to my computer.

TCU again played home team to Texas in Game 3 of the Austin Super Regional. Texas, alas, could not get much of anything going offensively today and ended up losing 1-4. That's the end of the 2010 season for Texas.

Texas lost only two 3-game series this year...the opening one against UNM and this last one in the Super Regional. That somehow makes it sadder for me. TCU played awfully well...particularly on the mound. So, no knock on them.

More when I get home...

UPDATE. I'm back. And, still sad. I'll post some thoughts about the end of the season soon. But, before I get to that, I have one more game report to post. So, here goes. First, the line...

Team 123 456 789 RHE
Texas 000 000 001 1 7 1
TCU 000 010 21- 4 7 2

And, here's how things played out...

It looked like Winkler was a bit nervous at the start of the game. If that hard grounder by Moldenhauer had gotten through and down the line in the first inning, I think things would've totally turned around. At least one run would've scored and Texas would've had runners at 2b and 3b (if not two runs in and a runner at 2b) with 1 out. But, it didn't get through. The first baseman made a great play. And, Winkler settled down and that was pretty much the game after that point. And, as in Friday's game, the Horns were 0-fer in chances with runners in scoring position. There weren't many of those chances but they few they had were not seized.

It was a good season. It just didn't end well. More later.

Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 6:20 PM | Permalink

Game 62: Texas at TCU (Austin Super Regional)

Another quick iPhone post. More when I get home to my computer.

Texas played visitor (TCU played home) in Game 2 of the Austin Super Regional and won 14-1! Taylor Jungmann pitched into the 9th...really nice game for him. More in a couple of hours...

UPDATE. Or more than a couple of hours. This took longer than I expected. I kept getting side-tracked watching other games. Anyway, I'm back and have lots to report. Whew. One thing to note before I get started, the Horns had Cohl Walla in cf and Jonathan Walsh in lf to start today.

First, as usual, the line...

Team 123 456 789 RHE
Texas 004 170 002 14 14 0
TCU 000 000 010 1 6 3

And, here's how things played out...

By my count, Jungmann threw 121 pitches (75 strikes) in 8.1 innings. He faced 33 batters, threw 1 wild pitch, hit a batter, walked 2, struck out 9 (!), gave up 6 hits, and allowed an earned run. Very purty.

Offensive numbers, going down the line:

'Have to say that today's game was so much better than yesterday's game. Here's hoping for another good one tomorrow!

In the post-game press conference, Coach Garrido said Brandon Workman will start tomorrow and Chance Ruffin will obviously be available for long relief. And, as I posted earlier, TCU will be the home team in Game 3 (Texas lost the toss).

Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 3:31 PM | Permalink

Friday - June 11, 2010

Game 61: TCU at Texas (Austin Super Regional)

Quick iPhone post. More when I get home to my computer.

Texas hosted TCU in Game 1 of the Austin Super Regional and, sadly, lost 1-3. The Horns only managed 3 hits...including a solo homerun by Kevin Keyes. So sad.

I blame it all on Tweeter @formerlyanon who joked about pulling a Baylor when Texas was trying to intentionally walk a batter. Next pitch? Wild and at the batter's feet. Runner from 3b scored second TCU run.

Full, sad game report when I get home.

UPDATE. I went to dinner with a friend and am now home...ready to post my report. First, a couple of observations. The wind was blowing pretty hard out to lf and I thought we'd see 4 or 5 homeruns hit out that way. But we only saw one...and it was the only one that was close. Matt Purke pitched a great game for TCU. No getting around that fact. I was very happy to see Kevin Lusson looking like his old self at 3b today. He made several nice plays and throws out there today. Stayton Thomas looked great in relief. I so wish it could've been in a winning effort.

Also...while I'm thinking about it, Texas will be the visitor team for the final two games. They lost the toss for Game 3. And, with that...here's the full report.

The line...

Team 123 456 789 RHE
TCU 010 002 000 3 7 1
Texas 000 000 100 1 3 0

And, here's how things played out...

Purke threw a really good game and Texas just couldn't hit the ball. And, that made more than enough difference in the game. The teams now meet for Game 2 tomorrow at noon.

Despite my firm belief that Tweeter @formerlyanon was responsible for the Texas loss, I still had fun meeting him and am glad he was able to join us for the game.

Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 4:49 PM | Permalink

Wednesday - June 9, 2010

MLB Draft, Day 3

I had plans to update this post (like I did the one yesterday) as Texas players and signees got picked in the MLB Draft. Not much happened on the Texas side of things in the late rounds of the draft, though, so I decided to just wait for it all to end. These are the Texas players and signees that were drafted on the final day of the draft...

Don't forget to check out my 2010 Draft Summary Page with news on other players that might be of interest.

And, that's it for the draft. If I missed anyone, please drop me a line. Thanks.

Posted by Joanna at 3:56 PM | Permalink

Tuesday - June 8, 2010

MBL Draft, Day 2

I'll update this post as I can with notes on Texas players (or signees) who get picked in the MLB Draft today. And, you can watch my 2010 Draft Summary Page for news on other (non-Texas) players that might be of interest (ie. players from other Big 12 schools).

And, that's it for today. They got through rounds 2 through 30 today and will continue with Round 31 tomorrow. If I missed anyone, please drop me a line. Thanks.

Posted by Joanna at 11:48 AM | Permalink

Monday - June 7, 2010

Elsewhere, Day 4

Selected results from around the rest of the country that are of interest to me (if nobody else):

UPDATE. The Titans went on to win 9-5. Titans travel to UCLA. Golden Gophers go home. Good show by the #4 seed.

UPDATE #2. The Aggies went on to lose 3-10 on Tuesday. There was, by the way, yet another rain delay during the game on Tuesday.

Posted by Joanna at 11:28 PM | Permalink

MLB Draft, Day 1

The MLB Draft got underway this evening. Oddly, they only got through the first round plus the first supplemental round. Of primary interest to Texas fans:

The only other note of interest to Big 12 teams is that Barret Loux (rhp, A&M) was drafted 6th overall. Good for him.

I'll try to follow things tomorrow and post updates as I can but may not be able to get anything up 'til the evening.

Oh, and I will be updating my 2010 MLB Draft Summary Page as often as I can. I've already linked to it on the sidebar of the main page in case you lose track of this post and want to followup somewhere down the line.

Posted by Joanna at 10:44 PM | Permalink

Super Regional game times announced

Game times for the Austin Super Regional have been announced:

Hook 'em, Horns! Beat the hell out of TCU!

PS: Like last year, they've scheduled the 1-4-5-8 side of the CWS bracket to play on Sunday through Monday and the 2-3-6-7 side to play on Friday through Sunday.

Posted by Joanna at 10:17 PM | Permalink

Sunday - June 6, 2010

Elsewhere, Day 3

Selected results from around the rest of the country that are of interest to me (if nobody else):

Texas and Oklahoma move on. Texas A&M still has another game to win. And, K-State and Baylor are headed home for the year.

UPDATE (about 30 minutes later). I just noticed that I jumped the gun. The CSF/Minnesota game is still underway. But, CSF has a 7-0 lead in the 7th. So, they probably will win it but...it's not over yet.

UPDATE #2. Okay. It's official. CSF won 7-2.

Posted by Joanna at 11:58 PM | Permalink

Game 60: Texas at Rice (Austin Regional)

Quick iPhone post. More when I get home to my computer.

Rice played home team to the Horns in tonight's championship game. And Texas won 4-1! What a great game! Taylor Jungmann went into the 8th inning before giving way to Chance Ruffin. Jungmann threw only 85 pitches, struck out 7, walked 2, and gave up only 2 hits. Russell Moldenhauer crushed a homerun way over the rf fence to add a couple of insurance runs in the 8th. Jordan Etier made a fantastic defensive play at one point that clearly saved a hit. Full game report coming when I get home...

UPDATE. I'm home. And, still about as happy as can be. Tonight's game was just great. Quick note: Rice, as I mentioned, played home team but they chose to stay in the visitor dugout. They'd played the earlier game as the visitor so I suspect they just didn't want to deal with the hassle of moving their stuff over to the other dugout and/or locker room. So, even though the Horns were the visiting team for the game, they got to play out of their usual dugout. And, without further ado, on to the full game report.

First, the line...

Team 123 456 789 RHE
Texas 000 101 020 4 5 0
Rice 000 000 010 1 3 0

And, here's how things played out...

What a great game. Really...just fantastic all around. I don't think I could've been any happier when the crowd started singing The Eyes of Texas. Wow.

And, with that, the Horns win the tournament and will now host the TCU Horned Frogs in the Super Regional round.

Posted by Joanna at 9:23 PM | Permalink

Austin Regional Tournament, Day 3

Another quick post from my iPhone. As before I'll update as news warrants and then come back and update this post more thoroughly when I get home at the end of the day.

In the first game of the day (fifth game of the tournament), Louisiana-Lafayette played home team to Rice. And, Rice played a great game, winning 9-1. Well, offensively, they played a great 4th, plating 7 runs in said 4th. They got a complete game performance out of Mike Ojala who threw 111 pitches by my count. Rice really needed that if they hope to win tonight and tomorrow.

And, Texas beat Rice 4-1 in the night cap to win the Austin Regional. It was really a great game. Performance of the game has to go to Taylor Jungmann who went 7.2 innings, threw 85 pitches (!), struck out 7, walked 2, and only gave up 1 run on 2 hits. Amazing. He had some great defense backing him up and enough offense to give him some breathing room this evening. Full game report coming soon.

The Horns will now host TCU (who beat Baylor this evening to win their Regional) in the Super Regional Tournament this coming weekend...specific dates and times yet to be determined. Hook 'em, Horns!

Oh. One more thing. The All-Tournament Team for the Austin Regional:

Posted by Joanna at 3:55 PM | Permalink

Elsewhere, Day 2

Selected results from around the rest of the country that are of interest to me (if nobody else):

All of the Big 12 schools are still alive. Texas and Oklahoma are undefeated and in good shape in their tournaments. The others have a lot more work to do if they want to move on to the Super Regional round.

Posted by Joanna at 10:06 AM | Permalink

Saturday - June 5, 2010

Game 59: Texas at Louisiana-Lafayette (Austin Regional)

Quick iPhone post. More when I get home to my computer.

Louisiana-Lafayette played home team to Texas in the night cap and Texas won 4-2! Cole Green gets the win and Chance Ruffin earns his 14th save of the year (he closed out the game with 5 strike outs). Kevin Keyes and Kevin Lusson each hit their 14th homeruns of the year in the 4th. Nice. More later.

UPDATE. Sorry to say, I'm really tired this evening...long day at DFF. I hope y'all will indulge me and not get too upset about me putting off posting a full game report until tomorrow morning some time...after I've gotten some sleep. Hook 'em!

UPDATE #2 (Sunday). I'm back. Was just looking at my scoresheet. One of the things I really miss about having it all on paper when I'm at the game (reminder, I'm using an app called iScore on my iPhone to score the game these days) is that I don't see the whole scoresheet until I get home so I don't tend to notice things like 3 of the Texas runs were scored by the player in the #5 spot in the lineup. Kevin Keyes scored in the 2nd and 4th...and then Paul Montalbano (pinch-running for Keyes) scored in the 9th. Anyway...on to the business at hand...the full game report.

First, the line...

Team 123 456 789 RHE
Texas 010 200 001 4 8 0
Louisiana-Lafayette 010 000 010 2 7 0

And, here's how things played out...

Wow. Really nice game. Texas will now play the winner of the ULL-Rice game for the Championship. Hook 'em, Horns!

Posted by Joanna at 9:19 PM | Permalink

Austin Regional Tournament, Day 2

Just a quick post from my iPhone. Like yesterday I'll update as news warrants and then come back and update this post more thoroughly when I get home at the end of the day.

In the first game of the day (third game of the tournament), Rider played host to Rice. Rice went up early and stayed that way, winning the game 19-1. Rider did not score their lone run until the bottom of the 9th. It was a very long and rather tedious game, sadly. The highlight of the day were the three homeruns hit by Anthony Rendon which sets a new Disch-Falk Field record (most homeruns hit by one player in one game at DFF). Rider now heads back to New Jersey and Rice will face the loser of tonight's game tomorrow at 1 o'clock. By the way, Rice pulled starter Taylor Wall in the 4th. Wall was throwing a perfect game to that point and had tossed 43 pitches by my count. 'Guess they're hoping to use him again if they can win tomorrow.

UPDATE. And, Texas pulled off another nice win this evening, beating Louisiana-Lafayette 4-2, which moved ULL to the loser's bracket game tomorrow where they'll face Rice. The winner of that game will have to turn around and play Texas at 6:30. If Texas wins that game, they win the Tournament. If Texas loses, the same two teams will have to play each other again in a deciding game on Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock.

Posted by Joanna at 4:19 PM | Permalink

Friday - June 4, 2010

Elsewhere, Day 1

Selected results from around the rest of the country that are of interest to me (if nobody else):

The Big 12 did well today, going 4-1 .  Gotta keep it up tomorrow and go 5-0. Seems like a good plan to me, at any rate.

UPDATE (Saturday). Sigh...my math skills apparently went AWOL last night. Big 12 went 3-2. Still rooting for 5-0 today!

 

Posted by Joanna at 11:55 PM | Permalink

Game 58: Rider at Texas (Austin Regional)

Quick iPhone post. More when I get home to my computer.

Texas played home team to the Rider Broncs this evening in the 2nd game of the 2010 Austin Regional and won 11-0. A complete game shutout for Brandon Workman backed by homers by Cameron Rupp, Jordan Etier (!), and Russell Moldenhauer. More when I get home. Hook 'em!

UPDATE. 'Got home. Here's the story. By the way, Workman threw 130 pitches by my count in his 6-hit shutout win. That's 6 pitches fewer than Osborne threw in the first game of the day. Wow...to both performances.

The line...

Team 123 456 789 RHE
Rider 000 000 000 0 6 0
Texas 004 200 50- 11 10 0

And, here's how things played out...

One quick note. When it looked like Workman might be getting into a bit of trouble in the 8th, the Horns got Josh Urban warmed up in the bullpen.

All-in-all, a great game for the Horns. They really did look like the Horns we've grown accustomed to...not that band of players that went to the Big 12 Tournament. I was very happy to see the "old" Horns back in action.

Teams are limited to 25 players on their rosters for post-season play. Best I can remember as they introduced the team this evening, the 25-man roster for the Horns consists of the following players (in alphabetical order):

  1. Riley Boening (lhp)
  2. Kendal Carrillo (rhp)
  3. Jordan Etier (if)
  4. Cole Green (rhp)
  5. Taylor Jungmann (rhp)
  6. Kevin Keyes (rf)
  7. Brandon Loy (ss)
  8. Kevin Lusson (3b)
  9. Kyle Lusson (of)
  10. Tim Maitland (of)
  11. Hoby Milner (lhp)
  12. Russell MOldenhauer (dh)
  13. Paul Montalbano (of)
  14. Keifer Nuncio (rhp)
  15. Connor Rowe (cf)
  16. Chance Ruffin (rhp)
  17. Cameron Rupp (c)
  18. Tant Shepherd (1b)
  19. Sam Stafford (lhp)
  20. Stayton Thomas (rhp)
  21. Josh Urban (rhp)
  22. Cohl Walla (of)
  23. Jonathan Walsh (c)
  24. Jordan Weymouth (if)
  25. Brandon Workman (rhp)

I was happy to see Riley Boening (who's only contribution on the field this year was a pinch-running appearance in the Big 12 Tournament) get a roster spot, which I'm guessing was a reward for all the work he's done trying to come back from his various injuries over the last few years. It seems that he must be a crucial cog in the "team chemistry" wheel...or something along those lines. But, that meant Austin Dicharry and Andrew McKirahan (who've pitched 27.1 and 22.2 innings, respectively, this season) were left off. The only other player with any playing time this year not on the tournament roster is Nick DeSantiago (who appeared in only one game this year). I wonder why Boening got the roster spot instead of Dicharry or McKirahan. Dicharry hasn't actually appeared in a game in quite some time and I've been wondering about him for awhile now. Things that make me go hmmmm...
UPDATE (Sunday). I saw Andrew McKirahan suited up in Saturday's game. Things that really make me go hmmmm...
UPDATE (Sunday evening). They re-introduced the teams before this evening's championship game and listed 27 players for Texas, including the 25 above along with Andrew McKirahan and Hunter Wilcox. FYI...

Anyway. With the win, the Horns are in the winner's bracket and face Louisiana-Lafayette tomorrow at 6:30. The winner of that game clearly has a huge advantage going into Sunday's action.

Hook 'em!

UPDATE #2: I noted an entertaining exchange from the post-game press conference on my Twitter feed but forgot to note it here when I first posted the full game report. When Coach Garrido was asked to explain Texas' bounce back from their showing at the Big 12 Tournament, he jokingly answered, "Good coaching." He then went on to talk about the team getting back to their fundamentals, etc. It was a funny moment.

Posted by Joanna at 8:55 PM | Permalink

Austin Regional Tournament, Day 1

Just a quick post from my iPhone. I'll update as news warrants and then come back and update this post more thoroughly when I get home tonight.

In the first game of the day, Rice played host to Louisiana-Lafayette. ULL won 1-0 on a great complete game pitching performance by Zach Osborne. By my count he threw 136 pitches and gave up just 5 hits. More later.

UPDATE. It's now later (10:30 pm). The first game of the day really was quite good. There was a very large and very vocal bunch of U. Louisiana-Lafayette fans at the game. They had something to say after nearly every pitch. I can't remember the last time I was around such a vocal group of baseball fans. They wore lots of red, made a lot of noise, and were impossible to ignore. And, their team put on a great show. Their center fielder (Kyle Olasin) made a fantastic running catch at the wall in the bottom of the third to rob Michael Ratterree of extra bases. The story of the day, though, was Osborne's pitching performance. The Ragin' Cajuns shut out the Owls and, in fact, limited them to just 2 hits through the first 6.2 innings of the game.

In the 2nd game of the day, the Longhorns shut out Rider 11-0...behind yet another stellar complete-game pitching performance. Brandon Workman earned his 12th victory of the year while throwing, by my count, 130 pitches. The Horns were back to their old selves today. Big 12 Tournament? What Big 12 Tournament? Today's game was a thing of beauty for Texas baseball fans. More info in today's full game report...to be posted shortly.

So, tomorrow. Rice and Rider meet at 1 o'clock in the elimination game. Texas and ULL meet at 6:30 in the winner's bracket. Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 3:36 PM | Permalink

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