• Longhorns look to keep momentum up against BYU

    The Longhorns will look to keep up the momentum from their win Wednesday night when they host Brigham Young University in the three-game series this weekend.

    Junior pitcher Tiarra Davis rebounded Wednesday night after a rough weekend at Baylor. In 12.1 innings against the Bears, Davis gave up nine runs and threw two wild pitches. But she bounced back with just two runs given up and four strikeouts in a complete game win against Texas State.

    The Longhorns will be without the services of freshman Christina Bardwell, who was suspended indefinitely Thursday for a violation of team rules. Bardwell was hitting .289 and had eight RBIs in 22 games this season.

    Texas, however, won’t likely miss her presence on the field. Senior center fielder Lindsey Stephens leads the team with .419 batting average, nine doubles, six home runs and 23 RBIs.

    BYU comes into the weekend with a 19-12 record and is led by junior second baseman Lauren Bell and freshman catcher Libby Sugg. Bell is currently hitting .412, while Sugg has hit 14 home runs and brought in 31 runs.

    The Cougars, however, struggle in the circle. Junior pitcher McKenna Bull holds a 3.31 ERA and a .256 opponent’s batting average.

    Game one of the series starts Friday at 5 p.m. while Saturday’s double-header will start at 6 p.m. 

  • Texas rowing prepares for five races in San Diego

    No. 9 Texas rowing will head to Southern California to take place in the San Diego Crew Classic over the weekend.

    The Longhorns, who swept San Diego and No. 16 Notre Dame in their spring opener, are among the many top schools participating in the regatta, which draws in clubs and schools from around the nation.

    The toughest race for Texas will be the Jessop-Whittier Cup Invitational, the Varsity 8 race. They will go up against 9 other varsity squads, such as No. 2 California, No. 11 Washington State, No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 14 Southern California, and No. 18 Gonzaga. California will prove especially challenging, as they have claimed the runner-up spot in the National Championship the past three years.

    The Longhorns will also face many of the same teams above, as well as several others, in four other races: the Varsity 4 race, the second Varsity 8 race, the Novice Laurel Korholtz Perpetual Trophy race, and the Women’s Open Carley Copely Cup race.

    Head coach Dave O’Neill said experience can help the Longhorns this weekend. 

    “[Last week] was just our first go-around and [the rowers] building on and having that experience, it’ll get better,” O’Neill said. “It’s all a process moving forward. We’re certainly looking toward NCAAs, so that’s the big one.” 

    The matches will be key in getting Texas to the NCAA championship regatta, if they do not automatically qualify after the Big 12 Championship meet.

    Texas will begin its first race, the Varsity 8 regatta, Saturday at 8:48 a.m.

  • No. 19 Texas goes head to head with UTSA

    The Longhorns continue their five-match home stand Saturday with a day-night doubleheader against UTSA at the Polo Tennis Club to close out nonconference play.

    No. 21 Texas is now 13-6 for the season after defeating Tulsa and Incarnate Word last weekend.

    “We’re getting into April and May now so let’s hope that we can play our best tennis now at the end of the season,” head coach Michael Center said after last weekend’s match.

    Texas has now won nine of their last ten matches, with four of those wins coming against teams ranked 30th or higher in the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings.

    Freshman Harrison Scott has won six of his last eight singles matches with two of those wins coming over ranked opponents and is up to No. 113 in the ITA rankings.

    Redshirt freshman Julian Zlobinsky earned two more wins last weekend giving him a 10-3 record. Sophomore Adrian Ortiz is currently 11-3 for the season after defeating Tulsa senior Carlos Bautista, 6-4, 7-6. 

    Senior Michael Riechmann and sophomore Adrian Ortiz are featured at No. 61 in the latest ITA doubles rankings. The duo is 8–7 this season in dual match play.

    Match play will begin at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Polo Tennis Club.