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30: Sports writer feigns competence

December 5, 2016

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan basement office. The term comes from the typesetting mark (—30—)...


UT swimmer Joseph Schooling beats Michael Phelps to take Olympic gold

August 13, 2016

Longhorn athletes continued to be a fixture on the podium in the 2016 Olympics with junior swimmer Joseph Schooling taking gold for Singapore in the 100-meter butterfly. The 21-year-old marked his second...

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Games to Watch: Season Preview

August 2, 2016

Sept. 4 vs. Notre Dame The Fighting Irish pummeled the Longhorns 38-3 in the first game of the 2015 season in South Bend, Indiana. It turned out to be a pretty accurate first look at Texas’...


Self-inflicted wounds doomed 2016 Texas baseball

May 31, 2016

“Baseball is a cruel mistress.” Now former Longhorn head coach Augie Garrido uttered that phrase more than a few times over the course of the 2016 season and that adage proved true on opening...


Longhorns’ season ends in Big 12 semifinal against TCU

May 29, 2016

Game 1: Texas wins on walk-off All it took was one swing. With a ninth-inning solo moonshot over the center-field fence at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, freshman Kody Clemens kept Texas...

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Nine-run inning propels Longhorns past Oklahoma State

May 28, 2016

Texas’ season looked like it was on its final legs. The Longhorn bullpen surrendered seven runs, and squandered an early 3-1 lead against Oklahoma State Friday night. Down 8-3, it was time for...

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Texas stays alive with 15-3 barrage against Baylor

May 26, 2016

Texas got kicked in the teeth in its 2016 Big 12 Tournament debut against Oklahoma State on Wednesday, losing 10-4 despite jumping out to a 4-0 lead through four and a half innings. But on Thursday, the...


Big 12 Notebook: Three teams to watch in the Big 12 tournament

May 25, 2016

The 2016 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship will take place from May 25-29 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.  The double elimination tournament will feature the top eight...


Defensive lapses, stagnant offense return again against Baylor

May 20, 2016

The Longhorns continued their descent on the slow downward spiral that's defined the final month of their 2016 season. The familiar culprits of fielding gaffes and stagnant offense made their...

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Bobcats scratch out a victory thanks to Texas miscues

May 18, 2016

On a balmy Tuesday night, Texas Baseball’s non-conference schedule mercifully drew to a close. The Longhorns’ 3­–2 loss to Texas State was a fitting conclusion to a non-conference...


Longhorns win, thanks to Panthers’ comedy of errors

May 4, 2016

From the perspective of raw numbers, Texas’ 7-0 win over Prairie View A&M inched the Longhorns (21–24) one game closer to .500.  But a closer examination of what ended up being...


Dodds named to NACDA Hall of Fame class

May 3, 2016

Longtime Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds’ career achievements were recognized with an induction into the 2016 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame class.  Dodds,...


Texas Tech wins clash of conference elite

May 3, 2016

No. 6 TCU and No. 10 Texas Tech, the two top-ranked teams in the Big 12, faced off against each other in Fort Worth in a preview of what could be the conference tournament final. The two teams split...


Texas comeback not enough to hold off sweep

May 2, 2016

Earlier in the season, Sunday’s 8-4 loss to the No. 21 Oklahoma State Cowboys might have made a nice teaching moment in the locker room for Texas head coach Augie Garrido. The Longhorns stampeded...

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Longhorns get swept in doubleheader as offense struggles

May 1, 2016

Texas’ offense came into Saturday’s doubleheader against Oklahoma State white hot, averaging nine runs per game in its last seven outings. But that same offense was shut down at UFCU Disch-Falk...


Freshman pitcher has plans for the future

April 28, 2016

The situation looked like a total disaster. Texas State had bases loaded with one out and the score tied at 4 in the bottom of the ninth inning in its March 1 matchup against Texas. To make matters...

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Big 12 Notebook: Cowboys win clash of Big 12 titans

April 27, 2016

The TCU Horned Frogs traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma, hoping to climb in the Big 12 rankings and get one step closer to knocking off the conference-leading Texas Tech Red Raiders.  The Oklahoma...


Does Augie Ball add up?

April 26, 2016

According to Texas head coach Augie Garrido, the sacrifice bunt is a key element in his NCAA record 1,969 career victories. According to major league baseball statistics, however, the sacrifice...


Hot streak to be tested in Lubbock

April 22, 2016

This year has been a tale of two seasons for the Longhorns.  Texas non-conference resume includes a rather unflattering 10-15 record and some eyebrow raising mid-week losses. But in conference...


Healthy lineup leads Texas into season’s end

April 19, 2016

Texas’ preseason plan to turn into an offensive juggernaut that avoids strikeouts, gets on base often, and lights up the scoreboard has failed to meet expectations. Prior to last weekend’s...


Offense springs to life in rainy weather

April 17, 2016

It was not hard to find the silver lining despite the sporadic rain during Saturday’s game.  A second-straight offensive outburst as well as a complete game by senior Ty Culbreth gave Texas...


Big 12 Notebook: Texas Tech keeps on surging

April 12, 2016

The Texas Tech Red Raiders torrid streak continued last weekend against then-No. 16 Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders traveled to Stillwater having just split a two-game midweek road series against then-No....


Johnston’s gem, Gurwitz’s homer not enough to get sweep

April 11, 2016

The Longhorns entered Sunday’s matchup with Kansas State looking for a series sweep to begin the slow climb back to postseason relevance.  But a great start by Texas sophomore starter Kyle...

Sibling rivalry powers Longhorns to 6-3 victory at Kansas State

April 10, 2016

There’s nothing quite like a little sibling rivalry to ignite a baseball team. Kody and Kacy Clemens each crushed two run homers to fuel a strong offensive performance in the Longhorns 6-3 series...


Big 12 Notebook: Garrido elected to National College Baseball Hall of Fame

April 6, 2016

College baseball’s winningest coach finally earned the sport’s highest honor for a head coach.  Texas skipper Augie Garrido was announced as a 2016 inductee into the National College...


Longhorns shutout 5-0 by Texas A&M Corpus Christi

April 6, 2016

In his last start, Texas A&M Corpus Christi starter Aaron Hernandez lasted just two-thirds of an inning against the NAIA University of Houston Victoria Jaguars.  He was practically un-hittable...


Roaring start evens Red River Rivalry series

April 3, 2016

Texas ace Ty Culbreth had one of his shakiest starts of the season, but an offensive awakening rendered the senior’s struggles irrelevant. After shutting down in Friday night’s series opening...


Three bad pitches hand Longhorns ugly 6-1 loss to Oklahoma

April 2, 2016

Three pitches were all it took to make Friday an unpleasant night for right-handed pitcher Morgan Cooper and the rest of the Longhorns. Oklahoma cruised to a 6-1 victory over Texas in Norman, with all...


Big 12 Notebook: Barrera finds power stroke, wins conference honors

March 31, 2016

Texas third baseman Tres Barrera’s strong showing at the plate earned the junior his first career Conference Player of the Week honors. Barrera hit at a .400 clip over four games and crushed...


Ninth inning issues lead to Longhorns’ demise against Lamar

March 30, 2016

Six great innings by the Texas bullpen and freshman catcher Michael Cantu’s continued resurgence at the plate balanced struggles by the rest of the offense to hold the Lamar Cardinals to a 2-2 stalemate...


Title defense begins with conference’s best

March 24, 2016

Thursday’s matchup between Texas and No. 6 TCU marks the start of conference play for the defending Big 12 tournament champions.  The reigning tournament champions though, are not the 13–3...


Big 12 Notebook: TCU off to roaring start

March 23, 2016

TCU has shown no signs of ceding its position atop the Big 12.  The Horned Frogs, ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 preseason rankings, got a head start on the run to a conference title with a dominating...


Texas bats spring to life against UTSA

March 23, 2016

The Longhorns entered Tuesday’s game with a gloomy demeanor and their worst record through 20 games in over a decade.  But a springtime revival by the Texas offense drove away the grey skies...


Bullpen drags Texas down in loss to UCLA

March 14, 2016

Success, in show business and baseball, is hard to come by in Los Angeles. The Longhorns proved that adage true on Sunday, dropping a 6-3 contest to No. 19 UCLA and losing the three-game series. Texas...


Longhorns fall to UCLA on walk-off home run

March 13, 2016

Clutch hitting by the bottom of the order allowed the Longhorns to overcome a one-run deficit in the ninth inning, but it was not enough to down the No. 19 UCLA Bruins, who had the final say in a 5-4 walk-off...


Clemens collaboration, Cooper gem propel Texas over Sam Houston State

March 9, 2016

The Longhorns began the 2016 season with the motto “Do simple better.”  Thirteen games into the season and riding a four-game losing streak, the Longhorns finally did simple better. Power...


Disheveled Texas looks to rebound against Sam Houston State

March 8, 2016

Punchless offense and porous defense don’t breed success against Power Five baseball teams.   In eight games against Pac 12 opponents Stanford and Cal, the Longhorns sport a 2–6 record...


Offense shuts down in loss to #12 California

March 6, 2016

Great starting pitching, poor fielding and no offense. The formula has become common for Texas, and was enough to drop the Longhorns below .500 in a 6-0 home loss at the hands of the California Golden...


Late rally not enough to top No. 12 California

March 5, 2016

Texas was down 4-3 with two on and one out on in the bottom of the ninth. The Longhorns were riding a late inning offensive renaissance en route to a signature comeback win. Or so it seemed. With...


Longhorns prevail against Texas State in 11 innings

March 2, 2016

Prior to Tuesday night’s game, an early inning deficit was enough to drain the energy out of the Texas bats.  With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Texas State catcher Ryan Newman hammered...

Culbreth wins Big 12 Pitcher of the Week award

March 1, 2016

Senior Ty Culbreth was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week on Monday for his eight-inning gem against the Stanford Cardinal over the weekend.   The award is the first such accolade in Culbreth’s...


Consistent bats key in tough March games

March 1, 2016

The Longhorn offense has been a bit of an anomaly in this young season.  Head coach Augie Garrido proudly touted his plan to emulate the 2015 Kansas City Royals by making contact, taking smart...


Missed opportunities, rough start lead to ugly Texas loss

February 29, 2016

For three games, the Longhorns looked like a resurgent squad, ready to use elite pitching and clutch hitting to snatch a four-game series win against Stanford. But on Sunday afternoon, Texas was unable...


Culbreth’s Gem, Barrera’s steal ignite Texas win.

February 28, 2016

Two infield singles and a batter reached base on a strikeout. Those were the only flaws in senior Ty Culbreth’s eight innings of work. The stellar line was good enough for the lefty to earn...


Former relievers hold down Longhorn rotation

February 23, 2016

Tres Barrera called the 2016 Texas pitching staff the most talented in his three years at the 40 Acres.  “We’ve got some guys that can throw the baseball,” the junior catcher...


Texas evens series with offensive barrage, some good luck

February 22, 2016

The Longhorns managed to play themselves out of a season opening win on Friday night. But Saturday, Texas took advantage of a change of heart on the part of lady luck to pull out an 11-2 win over UNLV...

12th inning home run sinks Longhorns’ season opener

February 20, 2016

The Longhorns spent all offseason talking about how they wanted to erase the memory of a 2015 campaign marred by wasted potential and missed opportunities. One smooth swing of the bat in the 12th inning...


Longhorns look to the best for approach at the plate

February 16, 2016

The 2015 Longhorns needed some advice on how to score runs. The Texas offense did little to strike fear in the hearts of opposing pitchers last season. The Longhorns hit a collective .259 last season,...


Barrera sets sights on Omaha

February 10, 2016

Tres Barrera can’t get Omaha out of his head. Barrera, a designated hitter, catcher and first baseman, got a taste of the College World Series his freshman year when the Longhorns exceeded expectations...


Sawyer impresses as Longhorns knock off alumni 4-0

February 8, 2016

Junior pitcher Josh Sawyer threw four innings of no-hit ball. “Augie Ball” made a return to Disch-Falk Field to the tune of four runs. In the end, the Longhorns walked off the field as 4-0...