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Tuesday - February 28, 2012

Games 5-7: Texas at Stanford

With Texas going on the road, I decided to take a few days off and head out to Los Angeles to visit friends. We did not take a road trip up to the Stanford games. And, after I saw how poorly the Horns played, I have to say I'm not sorry I missed hearing or seeing the games. Ugh. Stanford swept the Horns by scores of 7-2, 6-2, and 15-1. Yep. Really. The Horns are now on a 5-game losing streak. I can't imagine how long it's been since they lost 5 games back-to-back.

[Insert break to go find out.]

Huh. I didn't have to go back as far as I thought I would to find that last streak. It was late in 2001: 2 games at Baylor, a game at Rice, and 2 at Iowa State. The Horns were run-ruled in the two Baylor games (yikes!) while the last three losses were all close games. The Horns went on to end the season on a 4-1 run. They then lost 2 at the Big 12 tournament and went 2-2 at a regional at Stanford (of all places) where both losses were to the host team. Stanford made it all the way to the Championship Game (no Championship Series back then) at the CWS where they lost to Miami.

Some links:

They gave up 13 runs in one inning. Ouch. To the Nth degree. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. I sure hope they get things back on track this evening as they host Houston Baptist.

Posted by Joanna at 12:23 PM | Permalink

Game 4: UT-Arlington at Texas

UT-Arlington came to town and beat Texas 7-5. I missed all but the final inning of the game.

The line:

Team 123 456 789 RHE
UT-Arlington 104 200 000 7 7 1
Texas 120 000 011 5 8 2

The bottom of that last inning was rather exciting and it really looked like the Horns were gonna pull off the comeback. It went like so:

So sad. Here's a link to the recap on the TexasSports.com site.

Posted by Joanna at 12:01 PM | Permalink

Monday - February 20, 2012

Game 3: Duke at Texas

Texas lost Game 3 of the Duke series 2-5. Full game report coming tonight. Getting back into the swing of doing game reports is not going well!

In the meantime, links to photos taken by other folks this weekend:

And...yep, those are throwback uniforms you see in the photos from Game 3. Honoring the 1949-50 National Championship teams. Cool.

UPDATE (posted Monday night). Wow. Doing these game reports really is gonna take some "getting used to"!

Texas did not fare well in Game 3 of their series against Duke, going down 2-5. John Curtiss got the start and took the loss. He had a nice 1-2-3 first inning but then gave up a run in the 2nd and two in the 3rd before giving way to Ricky Jacquez. Jacquez had a pretty solid debut, going 5 innings without giving up any runs. Texas scored 2 (on a 2-run shot by Kevin Lusson) in the bottom of the 8th to bring the Horns within 1 and Kirby Bellow was sent in to shut things down. Alas, nerves...jitters...who knows what?...got the better of the Horns and they had a terrible 9th inning. Bellow faced 3 without getting an out and gave up two runs. Dillon Peters then closed things out. He actually did something that never ever works. With runners at 2b and 3b and one out, the Horns intentionally walked the bases full. The next pitch was a picture-perfect double play ground ball to ss (6-4-3). I guess this is the stupid exception that proves the rule, eh? Sigh...

Final numbers (by my count) for the Texas pitchers:

And, the offense? Not really present. It's awfully hard to win games if you only score two runs. It's even harder when 9th innings like today's happen.

And on to the long and boring (and oftentimes perplexing and/or aggravating) details...

The lineups:

Duke  Texas
Matt Berezo (ss)
Angelo LaBruna (2b)
Will Piwnica-Worms (cf)
Jordan Betts (3b)
Jeff Kremer (dh)
Mike Rosenfeld (c)
Andy Perez (1b)
Grant McCabe (rf)
Anthony D'Alessandro (lf)
Mark Payton (rf)
Tim Maitland (cf)
Brooks Marlow (2b)
Erich Weiss (3b)
Landon Steinhagen (dh)
Kevin Lusson (1b)
Jacob Felts (c)
Collin Shaw (lf)
Christian Summers (ss)

The line:

Team 123 456 789 RHE
Duke 012 000 002 5 9 1
Texas 000 000 020 2 5 2

Play by play:

This was not a pretty game. Especially that 9th inning. Ugh. Bill Little, in the postgame interview, got Coach Garrido to talk about teaching moments. Coach spent some time talking about the team pushing and trying too hard. Yikes. I hope they take the lesson to heart!

Next up: UT-Arlington on Tuesday. Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 8:49 AM | Permalink

Sunday - February 19, 2012

Game 2: Duke at Texas

I missed the second home game of the year. Thank you, Longhorn Network. If they'd scheduled the Friday and Saturday games for afternoon start times, as they've done since the dawn of time (or for as long as I can remember at any rate), I would've been able to see all three games. Of course, we can never count on the weather to cooperate but a game on Friday afternoon could actually have been played on Friday and we could've avoided the double-header on Saturday. But, since many many of our afternoon games have been given up to the alter of the LHN, I will be missing some home games this year. Last night, I missed the game because Gretchen Peters was performing at the Cactus. And, let me tell you, I'm not gonna miss the chance to see her play in Austin if I can help it. (You can find out more about her on her page: www.gretchenpeters.com.) In years past, I would've gone to the baseball game in the afternoon and had my evening free for music. Which is how things should be. But, not anymore. Sigh...

Okay. End of rant.

Texas came from behind to beat Duke 5-3 and move their record to 2-0. Here are the Texas and Duke recaps:

Posted by Joanna at 10:07 PM | Permalink

Game 1: Duke at Texas

Opening Day of the 2012 season was postponed due to rain. The game was originally scheduled for a Friday evening start but was pushed back to 2 o'clock on Saturday...and rescheduled as a 7-inning first game of a double header. It was wet and cold all afternoon. And, we had a 30-minute (or so, I forgot to pay attention) delay between the top and bottom of the 6th inning. But, Texas prevailed to beat Duke 4-0 behind the bat of Freshman Brooks Marlow. Anyone know if he was named after Brooks Kieschnick? I've been wondering that since I first saw his name mentioned as a UT recruit. Regardless, the young man hit two home runs on the day. The first was a solo shot that went over the rf fence into the Texas bullpen to score the first run of the day and the second, on his next at-bat, went over the 375 sign in rf to score two more runs. Gorgeous.

Nathan Thornhill got the nod for Texas on the mound and earned his first win of the year. He went 5 innings, faced 18 batters, gave up 3 singles, walked 1, and struck out 2 by my count. Corey Knebel came on for the 6th and 7th and earned his first save of the year. He faced one over the minimum when a player reached on an error and struck out 2.

I got to the game late...just as the bottom of the 1st was starting. It had been raining pretty heavily at my house and I just didn't believe the game would start on time so I took my time hitting the road. Oops.

There's an addition to the scoreboard capabilities at the field. They've set up a new ginormous video screen beyond the rf fence. I took this photo with my phone in the 2nd inning. Mark Payton at the plate with Bellow at 2b and Summers at 1b. Look at those clouds. Also, look at that screen. I'm curious to see how it holds up in the sun.

[DFF]

Anyway...on to the nitty-gritty...

The lineups:

Duke  Texas
Matt Berezo (ss)
Jeff Kremer (dh)
Will Piwnica-Worms (cf)
Jordan Betts (3b)
Mike Rosenfeld (c)
Andy Perez (1b)
Andrew Istler (rf)
Angelo LaBruna (2b)
Anthony D'Alessandro (lf)
Mark Payton (rf)
Tim Maitland (cf)
Erich Weiss (3b)
Jonathan Walsh (lf)
Landon Steinhagen (dh)
Brooks Marlow (2b)
Jacob Felts (c)
Kirby Bellow (1b)
Christian Summers (ss)

The line:

Team 123 456 7 RHE
Visitor 000 000 0 0 3 1
Home 000 121 - 4 5 1

Play by play:

Hook 'em, Horns!

Posted by Joanna at 10:50 AM | Permalink

Friday - February 17, 2012

2012 schedule posted

I got my version of the 2012 schedule posted. You can always check the sidebar on the main page for a quick link to it.

A few things that occured to me as I was setting it up:

Hook 'em, Horns. Yeah. Sorry. I just can't find it in me to get excited about baseball this year. I hope that changes. I hope being at the games cures me of this LHN malaise. (Yeah, good luck to me on that front as I'm forced to sit through longer-than-necessary breaks between innings to accomodate commercial breaks.) I've also been sick with an actual cold the past week or so which is not helping matters and I may very well miss Opening Day for the first time in...well...since I got my first season tickets in 1989. Pretty sure I've been to Opening Day every year since then. Sigh...

Posted by Joanna at 2:28 AM | Permalink

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