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Saturday - April 30, 2011

Game 43: Oklahoma at Texas

The Horns gave up 3 in the second and things did not look good for a while. But, a homerun in the bottom of the 2nd and a 3-spot posted by the Horns in the third turned things around just enough to bring about another Texas win. Whew. With the 4-3 win, the Horns clinched the series win...and with another loss for the Aggies at Mizzou, the Horns now sit all alone atop the conference standings. Yes!

The line:

[boxscore]

The line-ups:

Texas Tech  Texas
Evan Mistich (dh)
Erik Ross (lf)
Garrett Buechele (3b)
Tyler Ogle (c)
Cameron Seitzer (1b)
Rick Eisenberg (rf)
Christopher Ellison (cf)
Cale Ellis (2b)
Caleb Bushyhead (ss)
Brandon Loy (ss)
Mark Payton (rf)
Tant Shepherd (1b)
Erich Weiss (lf)
Paul Montalbano (cf)
Jonathan Walsh (rf)
Kevin Lusson (dh)
Jordan Etier (2b)
Jacob Felts (c)

Before I get into my play-by-play, let me just say that the long delays between innings (caused by the fact that the game was being televised) were miserable. Ugh. They made me appreciate the efforts made to speed the game up. Anyway...

The play-by-play...

Green got the win and improved to 4-3. Knebel earned his 14th save of the year (which ties Huston Street's freshman record for saves). Nice.

The Horns go for the sweep tomorrow. Sam Stafford has been announced as the starter for the Horns. Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 10:35 PM | Permalink

Game 42: Oklahoma at Texas

Last night's opener against Oklahoma, wherein Texas won 5-0, was pretty much the perfect game as far as I'm concerned. I mean...

Sweet. Also, the Aggies lost to Mizzou so the Horns are once again tied for the top spot in conference standings.

After a marathon week at work, I was too tired to do the game report last night. Sorry about that. It just means you get more this morning, though. Win-win. Maybe.

The line:

Team 123 456 789 RHE
Oklahoma 000 000 000 0 4 1
Texas 000 112 10- 5 9 0

The line-ups:

Oklahoma  Texas
Erik Ross (cf)
Caleb Bushyhead (ss)
Garrett Buechele (3b)
Tyler Ogle (c)
Casey Johnson (lf))
Evan Mistich (dh)
Cameron Seitzer (1b)
Cody Reine (rf)
Cale Ellis (2b)
Brandon Loy (ss)
Mark Payton (rf)
Tant Shepherd (1b)
Erich Weiss (3b)
Paul Montalbano (cf)
Jonathan Walsh (lf)
Lucas Kephart (dh)
Jordan Etier (2b)
Jacob Felts (c)

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

It really was a nicely played game by Texas. Jungmann struggled a bit in the 3rd and 5th but was "lights out" for the rest of the game. By my count, he threw 106 pitches (76 for strikes). He faced 33 batters. He hit 1 and walked 1. He struck out 9 and gave up 4 hits. Here's hoping Cole Green has the same kind of outing today!

Posted by Joanna at 7:45 AM | Permalink

Tuesday - April 26, 2011

Game 41: Texas State at Texas

I had to work tonight and missed most of the game. Luckily, the Horns won anyway! They beat Texas State 2-0. Not a lot of offense by either team, eh? The line:

Team 123 456 789 RHE
Texas State 000 000 000 0 4 0
Texas 000 001 01- 2 8 0

The Horns scored one run in the 6th. With Erich Weiss at 1b and one out, Paul Montalbano tripled to right-center. Nice. A pop-out and strikeout ended the inning. They scored another run in the 8th:

Sam Stafford started for the Horns and went a pre-determined 3 innings. He gave up 2 hits and struck out 3. Nathan Thornhill went 2.2, gave up 1 hit, and struck out 3. Kendal Carrillo threw 1.1. He hit the first batter he faced but got the next to ground out and then threw a perfect 7th. Hoby Milner pitched the 8th. He gave up a 2-out single but then caught the runner stealing to end the threat. Corey Knebel threw the 9th and struck out the side. Carrillo earned his 4th win of the year and Knebel earned his 13th save! Nice.

The Sooners come to town this weekend. The Saturday and Sunday games are on TV (FSN on Saturday, ESPNU on Sunday) for you out-of-towners. Or for you in-towners who can't make it to Disch-Falk. Hook 'em!

UPDATE. I forgot to comment on two things:

Posted by Joanna at 11:39 PM | Permalink

Saturday - April 23, 2011

Game 40: Texas at Kansas

I watched the Kansas internet stream (via CBS-Sports) and this game report is based on that broadcast. The line (from GameTracker):

[boxscore]

Sadly, the Horns lost 2-4. It didn't really feel like a "Saturday blahs" loss. But, the team did seem a bit flat. In his post-game interview, Coach Garrido said basically that it's hard to believe but the Horns played better than the Jayhawks...but the cruel game of baseball didn't care about that. Not sure I buy it. The Horns stranded 9 batters...5 of them in scoring position. And, the bullpen did not shut down the Kansas offense as they've been doing of late. The Horns did not play poorly but they didn't really play inspired baseball, either. It was a disappointing loss, but not a terrible one.

Anyway...the line-ups:

Texas  Kansas
Brandon Loy (ss)
Mark Payton (rf)
Tant Shepherd (1b)
Erich Weiss (3b)
Paul Montalbano (cf)
Kevin Lusson (c)
Lucas Kephart (dh)
Jonathan Walsh (lf)
Jordan Etier (2b)
Brandon Macias(ss)
Jason Brunansky (cf)
Jimmy WAters (lf)
Zac Elgie (1b)
Jake Marasco (dh)
Casey Lytle (rf)
Alex DeLeon (c)
Jordan Dreiling (3b)
Kaiana Eldredge (2b)

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

The Horns now come home to host Texas State on Tuesday and then Oklahoma over the weekend. Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 4:13 PM | Permalink

Game 39: Texas at Kansas

I was at work and had the game on last night and saw what happened but did not watch closely. The Horns played really well...to beat Kansas 9-1. The line:

Team 123 456 789 RHE
Texas 310 101 012 9 15 0
Kansas 000 000 001 1 8 1

It was really nice to see the Horns jump ahead and then keep attacking throughout the game. Tant Shepherd went 4-for-5 with 3 doubles, 3 runs scored, and a run batted in. Nice. Erich Weiss went 3-for-3 with a double, 1 run scored, and 3 batted in. Jordan Etier also got 3 hits (going 3-for-5) with 2 runs batted in. Cole Green started and threw 7 shut-out innings. He scattered 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Hoby Milner threw a perfect 8th with 1 strikeout. Corey Knebel (in a non-save situation) threw the 9th and did give up an earned run on a couple of hits before finishing the game. A link to the recap from the TexasSports.com page: No. 7 doubles down on Kansas.

Posted by Joanna at 3:10 PM | Permalink

Friday - April 22, 2011

Game 38: Texas at Kansas

Texas beat Kansas 9-0 last night. I was not able to watch the whole game but tuned in to the Kansas CBS-Sports stream during the exciting 6th inning...exciting for Texas, that is. The score was 2-0 with the bases loaded when we tuned in. Jacob Felts drew a walk to score the third run of the day. Brandon Loy then singled to left center, scoring two more. Felts held up to see if the ball would be caught or it would've been a double. Mark Payton then reached on a hard bunt single between the pitcher's mound and 1b. The first baseman (I think) tried to catch Felts off the 3b bag but threw wildly, allowing Felts to score and putting the runners at 2b and 3b. That was the 2nd error of the inning...I'd missed the first one. Tant Shepherd then hit a sac fly to rf, scoring Loy. Weiss (who'd started things off with a single, according to the announcers) then flew out to end the top half of the 6th. Texas was up 7-0 by the time all the dust had settled.

The Horns scored 2 more in the 9th. With one out, Cohl Walla (pinch-hitting) was hit by a pitch. Tim Maitland went in to pinch-run for him. A ground out to 3b, moved Maitland to 2b and a single by Paul Montalbano scored him. Jordan Etier then tripled to the rf/cf gap, scoring Montalbano. Sweet.

The offensive stars of the game were Loy (who went 4-for-5 with a run scored and 2 batted in) and Etier (who went 3-for-5 with a run scored and 2 batted in). The team combined for 12 hits on the day with 4 walks and 5 strikeouts.

Taylor Jungmann started and went 8 innings to earn his 9th win of the year. Going into the 8th, he'd allowed only 1 hit while striking out 8 and walking 1. The first batter grounded out and as soon as the announcers commented on the 8 strikeouts versus 1 walk, Jungmann walked his second batter of the day. And, then his third. A pop-out and another strikeout (giving him 9 on the day) got the Horns out of trouble. Nathan Thornhill pitched the 9th. The Jayhawks went: ground out, double, fly out, ground out to end the game.

Here's a link to the TexasSports.com report: No. 7 Baseball blanks Kansas, 9-0. There are a couple of nice quotes at the end. check it out.

All-in-all, a really nice game for the Horns. Here's hoping this evening's game goes equally well. Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 8:24 AM | Permalink

Wednesday - April 20, 2011

Game 37: UT-Pan American at Texas

The Horns came from behind for the second game in-a-row to beat the UT-Pan American Broncs 4-2. The line:

Team 123 456 789 RHE
UT-Pan American 110 000 000 2 6 0
Texas 001 001 02- 4 7 0

The line-ups:

UT-Pan American  Texas
Andy Forduna (lf)
Roger Bernal (ss)
Angel Ibanez (1b)
Vincent Mejia (3b)
Mike McCarthy (c)
Stuart MacInnes (rf)
Iradier Hernandez (2b)
Colton Van Komen (dh)
Adrian De La Rosa (cf)
Brandon Loy (ss)
Mark Payton (rf)
Tant Shepherd (1b)
Erich Weiss (lf)
Jonathan Walsh (dh)
Jordan Etier (2b)
Alex Silver (3b)
Jacob Felts (c)
Paul Montalbano (cf)

Austin Dicharry saw his first action on the mound since April of last year. It was great to see him out there but things did not go as well as the Horns would've hoped. But, he did have a couple of flashes. And, despite allowing 4 aboard in the 1st, only one run scored. After giving up a lead-off triple (hit to the deepest part of the field in the cf/rf gap) and a walk in the second, the Horns pulled Dicharry. The Broncs only got 4 more aboard the rest of the way...and, obviously, none of them scored. The final numbers for the pitchers (by my counts):

Nice.

And, here's how Texas scored their runs...

A couple of interesting notes: Montalbano reached twice on walks and scored both times; Payton scored the other two Texas runs after reaching on doubles in his final two at-bats.

The Horns now travel to Kansas for Thursday-Friday-Saturday games. Their next home game is scheduled for April 26th against Texas State. Hook 'em, Horns!

Posted by Joanna at 8:15 AM | Permalink

Monday - April 18, 2011

Tuesday starter

From the Texas Baseball Twitter stream: Austin Dicharry will make the start on Tuesday for the Longhorns. It will be his first appearance since April 7, 2010.

Great news. Hook 'em, Austin!

Posted by Joanna at 6:29 PM | Permalink

Sunday - April 17, 2011

Game 36: Texas Tech at Texas

The Horns pulled off a come-from-behind victory over Texas Tech this afternoon and won 3-1 to take the series. The line:

[boxscore]

The line-ups:

Texas Tech  Texas
Jamodrick McGruder (2b)
Bo Altobelli (c)
Barrett Barnes (cf)
Stephen Hagen (1b)
Kelby Tomlinson (ss)
Nick Popescu (dh)
David Paiz (rf)
Nick Hanslik (lf)
Reid Redman (3b)
Brandon Loy (ss)
Mark Payton (rf)
Tant Shepherd (1b)
Erich Weiss (lf)
Jonathan Walsh (rf)
Kevin Lusson (c)
Paul Montalbano (cf)
Jordan Etier (2b)
Alex Silver (3b)

In his post-game comments after yesterday's game, Coach Garrido said he was disappointed in the team for failing to play as a unit. Today, everyone came out almost sporting high socks. Trying to be more of a team unit? I rather enjoyed the high socks (I prefer the high-sock look) but I said "almost" because, for the most part, they weren't really high socks. More like half- or three-quarter-high socks. Here they are congratulating each other after the win:

[High Five]

See the socks? The coaches were also in on the fashion statement:

[Texas coaching staff]

Heh. Anyway...

Sam Stafford started today and threw a pretty good game. After getting a quick strikeout to start the game, the Horns started off by misplaying two pop-ups. It was ugly. Mostly because it was windy. Very windy. In fact I rather expected to see some homeruns flying over the lf fence today. That did not happen, but the wind did wreck havoc on high pop-ups early in the game. Well, for the Hapless Horns at any rate. The second batter of the day hit a high pop-up about half-way down the 1b line and half-way between the mound and the line. But, it kept blowing toward lf and ended up falling on the 3b side of the mound. Stafford quickly got out of the way when the ball flew off the bat while Etier and Shepherd went after the ball. They ended up running into each other and the ball fell harmlessly to the ground. The batter ended up standing on 2b. E4. Sigh. The third batter of the day hit another pop-up...this time behind 2b. It kept going and going and going, though, and ended up dropping harmlessly between the center fielder, the shortstop, and the second baseman. Luckily the runner from 2b had to wait to see if the ball would be caught so he was unable to advance past 3b. The batter made it to 2b. So...two in scoring position with only one out. The next batter struck out looking and the final batter grounded out to 3b. Nice play at both ends of that play with Silver making a nice stop behind the 3b bag and Shepherd making a nice stretch to catch the ball before the batter crossed the 1b bag. Whew.

Tech scored their lone run in the 4th when Popescu reached on a 2-out full count walk. Paiz lined a single into rf, moving Popescu to 2b. Then, Hanslik hit another one of those little bloop singles the Red Raiders kept hitting yesterday just beyond the reach of Loy at ss. With 2 out, Popescu had taken off with the crack of the bat and scored easily despite the ball barely getting out of the infield. Sigh...

Thankfully, the Red Raiders were not able to score again...although they did threaten in the 5th and 6th. Final numbers (by my count) for the Texas pitchers:

The Horns actually got runners in scoring position in the 1st and 4th but could not push any runs across in either instance. They really struggled against the Tech starter (Brennan Stewart) who threw his best game of the year. He went 7.1 innings and gave up 4 hits while striking out 5 and walking 2. He left the game in the 8th with a runner at 2b and 1 out. The 8th went like so for the Horns:

The damage had been done, though, and Texas won the game and the series. The Horns remain tied with the Aggies for first place in conference standings.

Up next? UT-Pan American comes to town on Tuesday and the Horns travel to Kansas for their weekend series. Kansas took 2-of-3 from Missouri this weekend (at Mizzou) and have a record of 18-18 (8-7, Big 12). Hook 'em, Horns!

Posted by Joanna at 7:35 PM | Permalink

Game 35: Texas Tech at Texas

Here's the line from yesterday's game:

[boxscore]

So, yeah...that happened. It was not pretty. It seemed like just about every ball Tech batters connected with managed to bloop over an infielder and fall in front of an outfielder. Every ball Texas hit, by contrast, seemed to be a pop-up or be hit directly to a Tech fielder. It was agonizing. Texas didn't actually get a hit until the 5th inning, when Mark Payton and Jonathan Walsh led things off with back-to-back singles. Alas, Alex Silver popped out to 2b and Jordan Etier (on a 10-pitch at-bat) grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Erich Weiss finally got the 3rd (and final) hit of the game for Texas when he led the 9th off with a single lined over the shortstop into lf. After yet another ball lined to an outfielder, the Horns loaded the bases on back-to-back walks. Weiss then scored on a ground out to ss. Another walk re-loaded the bases but the game ended on yet another ground out to ss by Brandon Loy...who started the game by grounding out to ss. Despite his struggles at the plate, Loy put on a fielding clinic and made some amazing plays at shortstop. Too bad it was in a losing effort.

I just kept thinking the tide would turn. The Horns only struck out twice yesterday. They kept hitting the ball. But, like I said, right at people. Agony.

Cole Green started and was saddled with his 3rd loss of the year, despite giving up only 2 runs. Those runs came in the 2nd as the Horns gave up 4 singles: the first one was a ground ball up the middle; the second went right at the ss...but it was a hit and run and Loy had moved to 2b to cover a possible throw from the catcher so he was no longer in that spot so did not field the ball (and the throw in from lf was off-line, allowing the batter to end up at 2b); the third was a bloop single over the shortstop...just barely out of Loy's reach; and the fourth was a bunt single pushed between the mound and 1b between the pitcher, the first baseman, and the second baseman. It was the Saturday Blahs all over again. Poor Cole Green. He did not throw a bad game. He struck out 5 but did give up 7 hits. Kendal Carrillo, Hoby Milner, and Corey Knebel were nearly perfect in relief...allowing only one baserunner (a walk given up by Milner)...as they closed out the final four innings of the game.

Sigh...

Here's hoping the Horns win the series today. I imagine they will. I sure don't want a repeat of the OSU series. Hook 'em, Horns!

Posted by Joanna at 9:27 AM | Permalink

Saturday - April 16, 2011

Game 34: Texas Tech at Texas

Texas Tech is in town this weekend. And, Texas won the first game of the series 4-1. Taylor Jungmann earned his 8th win of the year. He did not seem to dominate as much as he has done in the past but he did get the job done. Kendal Carrillo did a lovely job in relief in the 8th and Corey Knebel went in for the 9th to earn his 10th save of the year. Nice. The line:

[boxscore]

The starting line-ups:

Texas Tech  Texas
Jamodrick McGruder (2b)
Bo Altobelli (dh)
Barrett Barnes (cf)
Nick Popescu (lf)
Stephen Hagen (1b)
Kevin Whitehead (c)
Kelby Tomlinson (ss)
Andre Wheeler (rf)
Reid Redman (3b)
Brandon Loy (ss)
Paul Montalbano (cf)
Tant Shepherd (1b)
Erich Weiss (lf)
Lucas Kephart (dh)
Jordan Etier (2b)
Alex Silver (3b)
Jonathan Walsh (rf)
Jacob Felts (c)

Like I said, Jungmann didn't have his best stuff but the defense rallied behind him and the offense did what needed to be done to win the game...and they did it early which is always appreciated by this Longhorn fan! Final pitching numbers (by my counts...as usual):

And, here's how the Horns scored their runs...

Texas also threatened in the 4th when Walsh hit a beauty of a triple to the rf/cf gap with 1 out. The Horns tried a squeeze bunt to score him but Walsh was caught in a run-down. The ball was bunted a bit too sharply down the 1b line and right at the first baseman.

Nice game. Hope the Horns put the series away this afternoon!

Posted by Joanna at 7:57 AM | Permalink

Tuesday - April 12, 2011

Game 33: Dallas Baptist at Texas

'Got a late start on my game report tonight. I got home from the game and found "Dial M for Murder" on TCM so had to watch it even though I've seen it at least 10 times and have it on DVD. Sigh...

Then, I got further side-tracked reminiscing about my grandmother. We were talking on the phone a couple of weeks ago and I'd told her about whatever Texas game I'd watched earlier that day and, for some reason, I remembered when she'd played softball with her "Senior" group. She didn't remember having played and I assured her she had. She laughed at the idea. But, she ended up deciding it must've been true...that I wouldn't lie about such a thing. Although, I kinda think that deep-down she still didn't quite believe that she would do such a thing. Heh. And, when I got to my computer tonight, I found that my mom had posted a photo of my grandmother taking a big whiff:

[Grandma]

On the back my grandmother had written: "I lost it. Ha!"

That really makes me smile. I'm guessing they played these games when I was in college...maybe? I dunno. But, likely about 30 years ago or so. She was 94 when she passed away last week. What an amazing lady.

Anyway. On to the business at hand...

Texas beat Dallas Baptist 3-1 tonight in a game that lasted just a little over two hours. The line:

Team 123 456 789 RHE
Dallas Baptist 100 000 000 1 4 0
Texas 100 110 00- 3 7 1

That one run they gave up was unearned. More on that in a bit.

The starting line-ups:

Dallas Baptist  Texas
Landon Anderson (cf)
Tyler Robbins (2b)
Jason Krizan (rf)
Ryan Behmanesh (1b)
Joel Hutter (ss)
Kenny Hatcher (3b)
Chris Haney (dh)
K.J. Alexander (c)
Josh Wilson (lf)
Brandon Loy (ss)
Paul Montalbano (cf)
Tant Shepherd (1b)
Erich Weiss (lf)
Lucas Kephart (dh)
Jordan Etier (2b)
Alex Silver (3b)
Kevin Lusson (c)
Jonathan Walsh (rf)

The news of the evening was that there will be some changes to the weekend rotation for the Texas Tech series. Cole Green is moving back to the Saturday slot and Sam Stafford is scheduled to make the Sunday start this weekend. I wonder if that news had anything to do with Sam's not-so-great start this evening? Was he suffering from a bit of nerves...and maybe pushing just a little? Or was it the error right off the bat? Hmmm. Regardless, I hope the change goes well this weekend.

About that error...how 'bout I just get on with a full-on play-by-play? Okay. Here you go...

Thornhill earned his first career win as a Longhorn (yay!) and Knebel earned his 9th save of the year.

Texas Tech now comes to town this weekend. Hook 'em, Horns!

Posted by Joanna at 11:49 PM | Permalink

Monday - April 11, 2011

Game 32: Baylor at Texas

The Horns won the rubber match of the Baylor series 5-2. The line:

[boxscore]

I loved seeing the Horns fight back to a tie and then have that good 7th inning to win the game. I have to admit that I was worried for a bit there in the middle innings. But, the Horns kept plugging away and finally got things lined up just right to pull off another Big 12 series win. Love it.

The starting line-ups:

Texas  Baylor
Brooks Pinckard (cf)
Max Muncy (1b)
Cal Towey (rf)
Josh Ludy (dh)
Dan Evatt (lf)
Joey Hainsfurther (c)
Lawton Langford (3b)
Steve DalPorto (2b)
Landis Ware (ss)
Brandon Loy (ss)
Paul Montalbano (cf)
Erich Weiss (lf)
Lucas Kephart (dh)
Tant Shepherd (1b)
Jordan Etier (2b)
Jonathan Walsh (rf)
Alex Silver (3b)
Jacob Felts (c)

Of note: Alex Silver made his first start at Disch-Falk Field. He went 1-for-4 and drove in the game-tying run. He also made a couple of nice plays at 3b.

Cole Green got the nod today and, despite a few struggles (3 hit batters, anyone?), he stayed in the game through 6 (plus 1 batter). Sadly, the game was tied at 2-2 when he left and he got no decision. He had a really strong start, striking out the side in the first. Purty. He hit the first batter in the second, struck out the next one and then walked the third. A single to lf loaded the bases. Another strikeout and we thought it would all be okay. But, alas, a soft liner into cf (0-2 count) plated two Baylor runs (thankfully, the only two runs they'd get across). Baylor got another runner to 3b (with two out) in the 5th and then went down in order (with two Ks) in the 6th. Green seemed to be going strong. Alas, when he hit the first batter of the 7th, Texas decided his day was over. His final numbers (by my count, as usual): 6+ innings, 23 batters, 2 runs (both earned), 2 hits (those two singles in the 2nd), 9 strikeouts, 3 walks, 3 hit batters, 107 pitches (61 for strikes). Kendal Carrillo replaced Green. He faced two batters (1-3 sac bunt and 5-3 ground out) and was lifted for Sam Stafford. Carrillo's final numbers: 0.2 innings, 2 batters, no runs, 7 pitches (5 for strikes). Stafford struck out (looking) the lone batter he faced in the 7th. He walked the first batter of the 8th on 4 pitches and was replaced by Corey Knebel. Texas had taken the lead in the bottom of the 7th so Stafford got credit for the win, moving his record to 5-0. His final numbers: 0.1 innings, 2 batters, 1 strikeout, 1 walk, 11 pitches (5 for strikes). Corey Knebel went in and got 6 straight outs to earn his 8th save of the year. Knebel's final numbers: 2 innings, 6 batters, no runs, 2 strikeouts, 22 pitches (13 for strikes).

The Horns threatened in the bottom of the 2nd when Shepherd and Etier reached on back-to-back 1-out singles. Alas, a pop-out and fly-out left them stranded. Here's how they scored their runs:

All-in-all, a nice game for the Horns who now host Dallas Baptist on Tuesday. The Patriots come to town with a very decent 21-11 record. Then the Red Raiders (who lost their series at home against the Aggies this weekend) come to town for the weekend.

Posted by Joanna at 7:38 AM | Permalink

Sunday - April 10, 2011

Game 31: Texas at Baylor

Like the Friday game, I watched Baylor's web stream of the game (via CBS-Sports). I have to say I really missed Craig Way. One of the Baylor radio guys was very shrill. Sigh...

It was a close game until the 7th when the bullpen fell apart and the Horns fell behind by 5. They rallied in a big way in the 9th but came up just short, losing 6-7. The line:

[Final line score]

The starting line-ups:

Texas  Baylor
Brandon Loy (ss)
Mark Payton (rf)
Erich Weiss (lf)
Lucas Kephart (dh)
Tant Shepherd (1b)
Jordan Etier (2b)
Alex Silver (3b)
Paul Montalbano (cf)
Jacob Felts (c)
Joey Hainsfurther (dh)
Brooks Pinckard (cf)
Max Muncy (1b)
Josh Ludy (c)
Dan Evatt (lf)
Cal Towey (rf)
Landis Ware (ss)
Jake Miller (3b)
Steve DalPorto (2b)

Yes...Alex Silver made his first start as a Longhorn. Cool.

And, the play by play:

Great come-back effort by the Horns in the 9th. Too bad it fell just a little bit too short. Rubber match in Austin. I was wondering, by the way, why they split the series they way they did. Usually on these split series, they play the Friday game in one city and the Saturday/Sunday games in the other. They apparently switched this year because the Texas Relays were going on and they were trying to avoid some of the congestion problems that come with so many extra people being in Austin.

Posted by Joanna at 10:55 AM | Permalink

Game 30: Texas at Baylor

I watched Baylor's web stream of the game (via CBS-Sports). The line (I apparently did not take a screen-shot of the GameTracker results):

Team 123 456 789 RHE
Texas 010 009 100 11 14 0
Baylor 000 001 101 3 6 5

Yeah...5 errors for Baylor. Frankly, I didn't think a couple of them should've been charged as errors but...shrug...it was not up to me. And, all three of Baylor's runs were scored via solo homeruns. Glad they were solo shots!

The starting line-ups:

Texas  Baylor
Brandon Loy (ss)
Mark Payton (rf)
Erich Weiss (lf)
Lucas Kephart (dh)
Tant Shepherd (1b)
Kevin Lusson (3b)
Jordan Etier (2b)
Paul Montalbano (cf)
Jacob Felts (c)
Brooks Pinckard (cf)
Max Muncy (1b)
Joey Hainsfurther (c)
Josh Ludy (dh)
Cal Towey (rf)
Dan Evatt (lf)
Jake Miller (3b)
Landis Ware (ss)
Steve DalPorto (2b)

Play by play:

Nice game. It was great to see Jungmann back in a groove. I have to say I was a little surprised that they took him out since he was still under 100 pitches. I'm not about to argue with the decision, though. The more time the other pitchers see on the mound during the season, the better as far as I'm concerned...especially once tournament time rolls around.

Posted by Joanna at 10:45 AM | Permalink

Game 29: Texas at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

I listened to a couple of innings of the Tuesday game at Corpus but that was about it. The line (from TAMU-CC's NeuLion scoreboard thingy):

[boxscore]

The starting line-ups:

Texas  TAMU-CC
Brandon Loy (ss)
Mark Payton (rf)
Erich Weiss (lf)
Lucas Kephart (dh)
Tant Shepherd (1b)
Jordan Etier (2b)
Jonathan Walsh (lf)
Kevin Lusson (3b)
Jacob Felts (c)
Paul Montalbano (cf)
Montgomery Weston (ss)
Logan Nottebrok (3b)
Trey Hernandez (1b)
Jacob Perales (rf)
Matt Holland (lf)
Jumpy Garcia (c)
Chris Vergne (cf)
Jeramie Marek (2b)
Caleb Marx (dh)

Alex Silver also saw his first action late in the game when he pinch-hit and them went in at 3b. Good for him!

It was really nice to see Horns decisively take the lead and keep it. Sam Stafford threw the first 7 innings and had a no-hitter going as he was replaced by Josh Urban for the final two innings of the game. Lots of people complained about taking Stafford out when he was throwing a no-hitter but it made sense to me. He'd already thrown 118 pitches. If he'd thrown 2 more innings, it would've really been pushing things. There's no point, especially in a mid-week non-conference game, in taking that sort of risk. No point at all. Urban, by the way, kept the no-hitter going into the 9th but then gave up a lead-off single in the 9th. Here's a link to the story on the TexasSports.com page: No. 8 Baseball cruises to 8-1 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Posted by Joanna at 10:30 AM | Permalink

Game 28: Missouri at Texas

After two quick outs, the Horns jumped all over the Missouri starter for 5 runs in Sunday's game and went on to win 10-2. The line:

[boxscore]

The starting line-ups:

Missouri  Texas
Blake Brown (lf)
Brannon Champagne (cf)
Conner Mach (3b)
Jonah Schmidt (dh)
Dane Opel (dh)
Dillon Everett (2b)
Scott Sommerfeld (1b)
Ben Turner (c)
Jess Santo (ss)
Brandon Loy (ss)
Mark Payton (rf)
Erich Weiss (3b)
Lucas Kephart (dh)
Tant Shepherd (1b)
Jordan Etier (2b)
Jacob Felts (c)
Jonathan Walsh (lf)
Paul Montalbano (cf)

More adjustments for the Horns as Cohl Walla was, once again, out of the line-up. I have not heard any news on his condition. There is other news, though, that will likely have an impact soon and that is that Alex Silver has been cleared to play. He will likely move in at 3b when he starts and Erich Weiss will move out to lf. This team has a wealth of outfield defensive talent. I'm guessing hot bats will have more and more of an impact on who'll be starting in the outfield as the season progresses.

I wish I had time for a full-on play-by-play but I just don't. Gonna have to settle for highlights. The main highlight in my mind was Cole Green's play on the mound. Well, maybe it's the fact that the Horns managed to put 12 hits up on the board.

Hmmm...

What a quandary.

Cole Green had a really really nice outing. He threw the first 8 innings of the game to improve his record to 2-2. By my count, he threw 108 pitches (75 for strikes). He faced 31 batters, gave up 1 run (unearned), gave up 4 hits (1 single, 2 doubles, 1 triple), struck out 7, hit 2, and walked none. After giving up a 1-out triple in the 2nd, he struck the next two batters out. Sweet. The lone run he gave up was weird. In the 7th, with two out, he gave up a double to cf. Montalbano misjudged the ball off the bat and started back. He then realized it was more of a bloop and charged forward but just couldn't get to the ball. He made a diving attempt at it but missed the ball...allowing the batter to reach 2b. The next batter reached on a very rare fielding error by Loy at ss. Loy was moving to his right to field a ground ball and it nicked off his glove into lf. With two outs, the runner from 2b scored easily. Tough luck all around. Josh Urban went in for the 9th and struck out the side. He threw 14 pitches...11 for strikes. Pretty!

So...the 5-run first inning:

All that with 2 outs. Lovely.

Sorry I don't have time for more. But, if I don't get this posted, I'll never get it up. I appreciate you're patience, folks. Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 10:21 AM | Permalink

Friday - April 8, 2011

Administrative note

So...here's the thing. My grandmother passed away this week. I started working on my game report for Sunday's game on Sunday and just haven't finished it. And, I haven't written a word on the Tuesday game in Corpus Christi. I still hope to get to those things but my plans keep finding themselves derailed this week. I will make every effort to watch tonight's game (via Baylor's stream) and write up a decent report. And, I'll get to the two missed games when I can. Your patience is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
-- Joanna.

Posted by Joanna at 4:12 PM | Permalink

Wednesday - April 6, 2011

Article about signee Blake Swihart

Here's an interesting article about Texas signee Blake Swihart: Storm's Swihart Has Scouts Drooling by James Yodice of the Albuquerque Journal. (You have to use a "day pass" or something...follow the instructions...to see the article. UPDATE: I've updated the link to the "print" version of the article which seems to bypass the pay-wall. If that doesn't work, select the "Trial Access Pass" link, sit through the ad, and then select the "No Thanks" link that shows up. Sigh...)

Hat tip: my dad who's in Albuquerque.

PS: Yes...I know. I'm falling behind in my game reports. I've been working on Sunday's. It'll be out soon.

Posted by Joanna at 11:27 AM | Permalink

Saturday - April 2, 2011

Game 27: Missouri at Texas

Texas jumped out to an early lead in today's game against Missouri and never looked back. The Horns won 5-2. The line:

[boxscore]

Note the lack of errors. Isn't that pleasant? I certainly think so! Cohl Walla was still out of the starting line-up and the Horns mixed things up again. To wit, the starting lineups:

Missouri  Texas
Blake Brown (lf)
Brannon Champagne (cf)
Conner Mach (3b)
Jonah Schmidt (rf)
Dillon Everett (dh)
Eric Garcia (2b)
Ben Turner (c)
Eric Anderson (1b)
Jess Santo (ss)
Mark Payton (rf)
Brandon Loy (ss)
Erich Weiss (3b)
Lucas Kephart (dh)
Tant Shepherd (1b)
Kevin Lusson (c)
Jordan Etier (2b)
Jonathan Walsh (lf)
Paul Montalbano (cf)

Hoby Milner did get the start for the Horns, despite throwing to the final three batters of the game last night, and he did an admirable job...moving his record to 3-1 on the year. His final numbers (by my count): 6.1 innings, 2 runs (both earned), 24 batters faced, 3 hits (2 singles, 1 double), 2 strikeouts, 2 walks, 1 hit batter, and 79 pitches (44 for strikes). With runners at 1b and 2b, 1 out, and no runs actually across yet, Kendal Carrillo (rhp) replaced Milner on the mound. Carrillo gave up a walk to load the bases and a single that scored the two Missouri runs before getting the #9 batter in the lineup to ground into a 5-4-3 double play. Carrillo's final numbers: 1.2 innings, no runs, 7 batters faced, 1 hit (single), 1 strikeout, 2 walks, and 25 pitches (12 for strikes). Corey Knebel threw the 9th to earn his 7th save of the year. His final numbers: 1 inning, no runs, 3 batters faced, 1 strikeout, 9 pitches (7 for strikes). Yes! Matt Stites (rhp) threw a complete game for the Tigers and earned the loss, dropping his record to 1-2.

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

Please note that Kephart accounted for all 5 of the runs batted in this afternoon. That doesn't happen often. The Horns threatened again in the 6th when Lusson reached on a lead-off single and moved to 2b two batters later when Montalbano lined a single into lf. Alas, the runners were stranded at 1b and 2b. The Horns went down in order in the 7th and 8th.

So, Texas has clinched their second Big 12 series win of the year. They go for the sweep tomorrow. Hook 'em, Horns!

Posted by Joanna at 11:53 PM | Permalink

CBD videos

Check out College Baseball Daily's quick hits for April 1st for a couple of nice video interviews about yesterday's game.

Posted by Joanna at 9:34 AM | Permalink

Game 26: Missouri at Texas

For awhile there last night, things did not look good for the Horns. I got a tweet at about 7 (during the 4th inning) asking how things were going in the game. My reply: "Horns down 0-2 (T4). Jungmann struggling. Bad breaks. 1 UT hit. Ugly. Slight light at end of tunnel, though: 1-2-3 T4." And, things did get better. The Horns went on to win 5-4. The line:

Team 123 456 789 RHE
Missouri 110 020 000 4 7 0
Texas 000 041 00- 5 9 1

By the way...sorry for not getting this up last night. It seems that I just don't have the energy these days to stay up late doing these game reports. Not sure what's up with that. But, I actually feel like doing the full-blown play-by-play today so...is that a win for y'all? Heh. Not sure. At any rate, here are the starting lineups:

Missouri  Texas
Blake Brown (rf)
Brannon Champagne (cf)
Conner Mach (3b)
Dane Opel (lf)
Jonah Schmidt (dh)
Eric Garcia (2b)
Ben Turner (c)
Eric Anderson (1b)
Jess Santo (ss)
Brandon Loy (ss)
Mark Payton (cf)
Erich Weiss (lf)
Lucas Kephart (dh)
Tant Shepherd (1b)
Kevin Lusson (3b)
Jacob Felts (c)
Jonathan Walsh (rf)
Jordan Etier (2b)

A bit of a change for the Horns. Apparently Cohl Walla's self-inflicted injury on that foul ball in the Oral Roberts game was a bit worse than initially suspected...causing some interesting shifts in the line-up.

And, here's how things played out:

I have to admit that I did not like the way things started out last night. Jungmann really struggled with the strike zone...but the home plate ump did not seem very consistent at all. It was wonderful, however, to see the Horns string together so many hits in the 5th. They really did hit a nice groove there. I have not heard whether the Horns will still start Milner today or go with Green instead and use Milner tomorrow. I'm guessing it will depend on how he's feeling when he gets to the park this afternoon. He threw 15 pitches last night so it's not out of the question that he'll get the nod today. By the way, Jungmann got the win and Milner got credit for a save. Nice. Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 9:16 AM | Permalink

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