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Written by Trey Scott | 28 February 2011

jungmanncgTexas had just blown a “gimme” game to Texas A&M Corpus Christi, losing 8-7. Jonathan Walsh was sitting on the dugout bench afterwards for media availability, frustrated beyond belief.

“It’s going to be a long flight to Hawaii,” he said.

It was a topsy-turvy weekend there too, but with a 2-1 series win over the Rainbows, Longhorns will enjoy their flight back considerably more than their flight in. They’ll finish off the week with a 2-2 record (I’m including all Tuesday games), but there are a lot more positives in a .500 week than you’d think.

 

 

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Written by Trey Scott | 27 February 2011

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So far this season, the Longhorns have had an annoying penchant to start out slow and then start plating runs come the last few innings. It happened against Texas A&M Corpus Christi last week and they fell out hit short.

Today's game against Hawaii (3-4) was the complete opposite.

No. 6 Texas jumped out to an early lead and then carried it into the bottom of the eighth inning, holding a 4-0 lead. But Hawaii's bats came to life in the frame. Pi ' ikea Kitamura (what a name!) hit a two-run home run off of Kendal Carrillo to close the gap to 4-2.
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Written by Trey Scott | 27 February 2011

imagesIt was a long one last night in Hawaii as Texas lost a 15-inning game, 5-4. It was a 4-4 ballgame through the ninth, and carried all the way into the fifteenth inning when reliever Texas Cory Knebel threw a wild pitch, allowing Hawaii’s David Peterson to score.

Some highlights:

Brandon Loy and Cohl Walla, who had three hits each. Walla had two doubles and scored two runs.

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Written by Trey Scott | 26 February 2011

weissTaylor Jungmann threw his second complete-game shutout of the season and the freshmen continued to shine in Texas’ 2-0 win Friday night in Hawaii.

Jungmann threw 110 pitches, fanning nine and allowing just four hits. Pitching like that all but guarantees Texas a Friday match-up win.

The offense was inconsistent and failed to capitalize on a lot of scoring opportunities, but were led by Erich Weiss and Mark Payton. Weiss was 2-for-3 with an rbi, while payton was 2-for-4 with an rbi as well.
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Written by Trey Scott | 26 February 2011

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As losses go, this one hurts the most out of all of them this year. The close Pittsburgh loss early in the year was a sign that Texas had what it takes to contend, the USC loss was bizarre but not too concerning, the Connecticut loss lead to a month of dominance and the Nebraska loss was thought to be the game where any complacency was eliminated.

The 91-89 loss to Colorado is a tougher pill to swallow. The Longhorns blew a 22-point lead they had in the first half, they couldn’t defend the deep ball, and they had another comeback fall short.
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Written by Trey Scott | 26 February 2011

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No. 5 Texas is in Boulder today to take on Colorado in the third-to-last game of the regular season. The Longhorns (24-4, 12-1 Big 12) need to win two of the next three games and they’ll clinch the Big 12 regular season title. None of the games are easy, but today’s game against the Buffaloes (17-11, 6-7) is probably not as tough as the next two games will be.

Colorado started conference play off with a bang, beating then-No. 8 Missouri by double digits and then beat then-No. 20 Kansas State by eight. After that, they lost seven out of 11 games.

They’re not playing their best basketball right now, but the Buffaloes have one of the top players in the conference in sophomore guard Alec Burks. 

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Written by Shea Harris | 26 February 2011

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DeSoto Cornerback Bryson Echols committed to Texas on Friday evening, giving them eight total commitments going into tomorrow’s second junior day. Echols visited Austin a day early, and while head coach Mack Brown extended him an offer, he didn’t commit on the spot. He instead decided to talk things over with his family before committing.

The discussion was obviously a short one as he made his pledge several hours later.

The 5-10, 175-pound Echols is one of the state's few top cornerback prospects that plays mainly on the defensive side of the ball in high school, which means he may be able to make a quicker transition to college ball than some. Echols flashed some serious playmaking ability as a junior with five interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, and blocking two kicks. no comments

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Written by Shea Harris | 24 February 2011

harsinSpring practice starts today for the Texas Longhorns, and there’s certainly no lack of intrigue for the 2011 edition. The start of spring practice is always a big day for Texas coaches, players, and fans, but after a disaster of a season and the circus that was the off-season coaching carousel, this one is more important than usual. And then, of course, there’s the quarterback situation, which goes into spring as unsettled as it’s been in a decade.

Let’s take a look at some of the main storylines heading into spring ball and what we might expect.

First of all there are six new coaches on Mack Brown’s staff. Bennie Wylie, the new strength and conditioning coach, and Bryan Harsin as co-offensive coordinator with Major Applewhite, are the two I’m particularly jazzed about. no comments

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Written by Trey Scott | 22 February 2011

slideshow_1002082763_dyc_tx_iowa_st_14A date with the conference cellar-dweller turned out to be the perfect remedy after a tough loss in Lincoln over the weekend, as the usual favorites were back in winning form tonight as No. 5 Texas beat Iowa State 76-53 at the Erwin Center.

Jordan Hamilton paced the Longhorns (24-4, 12-1 Big 12) with 20 points and Tristan Thompson got back on track with 17 points and 14 rebounds. It was more than enough to beat the Cyclones (14-14, 1-12), who rolled in to Austin in the worst circumstances imaginable.

After the unexpected loss to Nebraska ruined their chance at No.1 and dropped them down in the polls, the Longhorns' next game would be a something-to-prove blowout, no matter the opponent. The worst team in the Big 12 — Iowa State — just happened to be next on the calendar.

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Written by Trey Scott | 22 February 2011

jwalshIt happens.

The Yankees lose to the Indians. The Red Sox lose to the Royals.

Baseball is all about slumps and cycles, good days and bad days.

So while a 8-7 loss to Texas A&M Corpus Christi stings, it’s not the end of the world.

It should even be beneficial in the long run.
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