Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Hunter Dworaczyk, Sports Reporter

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Texas baseball first basemen Ivan Melendez uses his glove to help secure the out at first base. Texas played Rice at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Feb 18, 2022.

Ivan Melendez wins college baseball’s top individual honor after record-breaking season

July 2, 2022

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the June 27, 2022 flipbook. Texas finally has itself a Golden Spikes Award winner. Ivan Melendez, redshirt junior first baseman, won the Golden Spikes...

Looking back at Texas baseball’s top five moments of 2022 season

Looking back at Texas baseball’s top five moments of 2022 season

June 23, 2022

In a year filled with many ups and downs, Texas baseball managed to post a record of 47–22 with numerous standout performances from individual players. While Texas ended its run without a national championship...

Senior Outfielder goes in for a bunt on April 23, 2022, at the UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Longhorns eliminated from College World Series after 2 games, look forward to making another run next year

June 23, 2022

The Longhorns’ time in Omaha did not last as long as they would have liked. With a 7-3 loss to Notre Dame on Friday and a 10-2 loss to Texas A&M on Sunday, Texas’ season ended with an 0–2...

Redshirt senior Tristian Stevens throws a pitch during the Alumni game on February 5.

Stevens’ strong outing not enough as Texas drops opening game of College World Series

June 18, 2022

Friday night’s matchup between Texas and Notre Dame pitted the best remaining statistical offense against the pitching staff with the best earned run average in the College World Series. Notre Dame’s...

Texas shortstop Trey Faltine narrowly escapes a tag as he tries to reach third base against Texas A&M. The Longhorns fell to the Aggies 12-9 on March 29.

Longhorns bring ‘keep goin’’ mentality to Omaha after comeback in Greenville Super Regional

June 16, 2022

When the Texas baseball team boarded the bus to begin its journey to Omaha, the players donned T-shirts that read “keep goin’” on them. Redshirt sophomore shortstop Trey Faltine said the phrase...

Texas’ comeback bid falls short, Longhorns drop Game 1 of Greenville Super Regional

Texas’ comeback bid falls short, Longhorns drop Game 1 of Greenville Super Regional

June 10, 2022

Down one run with a runner on third in the top of the eighth inning, redshirt sophomore outfielder Douglas Hodo III roped a ball down the third baseline, and it looked like the game was going to be tied....

Cool, calm, collected: How Pete Hansen stays measured during high-pressure situations on the mound

Cool, calm, collected: How Pete Hansen stays measured during high-pressure situations on the mound

June 9, 2022

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the June 7, 2022 flipbook. For Texas ace Pete Hansen, his cool demeanor on the mound is scientific. The third-year lefty has a high heart rate variability,...

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Texas baseball’s David Pierce reflects on 400th career win as head coach

June 9, 2022

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the April 29, 2022 flipbook. Baseball has been simple for Texas head coach David Pierce. Pierce, who picked up his 400th career victory as a head coach...

Texas batter Ivan Melendez hits a ground ball against Rice at UTs UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Feb. 26, 2022. Melendez was named 2021 First-Team All Big 12 Designated Hitter and All College World Series honors during his first season as a Longhorn redshirt sophomore.

Melendez launches 30th home run, Texas advances to Super Regionals with win over Air Force

June 6, 2022

Add another accolade to Texas slugger Ivan Melendez’s award-winning season. The redshirt junior first baseman is the first college player to hit 30 home runs in a single season since San Diego’s Kris...

Senior Skyler Messinger hits a fastball at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on March 20, 2022. Messinger  struggled on the field after transferring from Kansas, and is now emerging from his slump.

Messinger’s 4 hits, 3 RBIs key to victory over Air Force in NCAA opener

June 3, 2022

Few college baseball players have appeared in as many games as redshirt senior infielder Skyler Messinger. The Longhorns’ matchup against Air Force at UFCU Disch-Falk Field marked Messinger’s 246th...

Lucas Gordon’s outing propels Texas over TCU, Longhorns advance to Big 12 semifinal

Lucas Gordon’s outing propels Texas over TCU, Longhorns advance to Big 12 semifinal

May 26, 2022

Holding a slim one-run lead in the eighth inning over top-seeded TCU in the Big 12 Tournament, No. 5-seeded Texas baseball desperately needed to add an insurance run or two if it wanted to walk out of...

Pete Hansen’s shutout lifts Longhorns to 4-0 victory over Oklahoma State in first round of Big 12 Tournament

Pete Hansen’s shutout lifts Longhorns to 4-0 victory over Oklahoma State in first round of Big 12 Tournament

May 25, 2022

With a 9 a.m. first pitch, it looked like the Texas bats were still asleep early in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday in Arlington. Stuck in a scoreless affair, No. 5-seeded Texas...

No. 22 Longhorns roll over Texas Southern, earn 12–2 victory

No. 22 Longhorns roll over Texas Southern, earn 12–2 victory

May 12, 2022

It did not take long for the Texas bats to get going against Texas Southern. On just the second pitch of Tuesday’s ballgame, redshirt sophomore Douglas Hodo III hit a double to start the Longhorn’s...

Texas baseball’s walk-up songs, from worst to best

Texas baseball’s walk-up songs, from worst to best

May 9, 2022

A pivotal part of the baseball experience, walk-up songs should embody the player and strike fear into the opposing pitcher, while simultaneously being “hype.” A good walk-up song should kindle applause...

No. 10 Texas suffers 14-3 blowout to No. 8 Oklahoma State

No. 10 Texas suffers 14-3 blowout to No. 8 Oklahoma State

April 30, 2022

After Friday’s 8-6 back-and-forth matchup between No. 8 Oklahoma State and No. 10 Texas, 7,134 spectators showed up to UFCU Disch-Falk Field for the rematch. But only one team fit the bill of a top-ten...

Redshirt senior Tristian Stevens throws a pitch during the Alumni game on February 5.

Stevens posts first conference victory as No. 10 Texas clinches series over Baylor

April 23, 2022

Redshirt senior Tristan Stevens’ seven-strikeout performance helped the No. 10 Longhorns beat the Bears 13-4, clinching the series. Prior to Saturday’s matchup against Baylor, No. 10 Texas baseball...

Faltine hits walk-off home run, Texas beats Air Force 12-10.

Faltine hits walk-off home run, Texas beats Air Force 12-10.

April 21, 2022

After the No. 10 Longhorns dropped a bit of a stunner to Air Force on Tuesday, losing 14-2, redshirt sophomore Trey Faltine wasn’t about to let Texas drop the second game of the midweek series. In...

Longhorns drop series to unranked Wildcats, fall behind in Big 12 standings

Longhorns drop series to unranked Wildcats, fall behind in Big 12 standings

April 17, 2022

No. 7 Texas baseball’s road struggles continued against Kansas State at Tointon Family Stadium this weekend. After winning their last two series against Oklahoma and TCU, the Longhorns were expected...

No. 7 Texas baseball pieces together 7-3 victory over No. 23 TCU to win series

No. 7 Texas baseball pieces together 7-3 victory over No. 23 TCU to win series

April 10, 2022
Texas will return to UFCU Disch-Falk field Tuesday night to play Stephen F. Austin before heading to Kansas State on Thursday for a conference series.
Hansen throws first complete game, leads No. 7 Texas baseball to 2-0 victory against TCU

Hansen throws first complete game, leads No. 7 Texas baseball to 2-0 victory against TCU

April 8, 2022
Texas redshirt sophomore Pete Hansen’s dominant outing powered the Longhorns to a 2-0 victory in their conference home opener.
Skyler Messinger overcomes early slump, draws comparisons to Antico

Skyler Messinger overcomes early slump, draws comparisons to Antico

April 3, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 29, 2022 flipbook. Skyler Messinger knows that hitting slumps do not last forever.  Messinger, a redshirt senior and transfer from Kansas,...

No. 2 Longhorns rebound from rough road trip, sweep series against Incarnate Word

No. 2 Longhorns rebound from rough road trip, sweep series against Incarnate Word

March 21, 2022
Powered by a plethora of hot bats, the Longhorns swept the series against the Cardinals to improve to 17–5.
No. 1 Texas baseball unable to recover from big Bobcat third inning, falls 6-4 to Texas State

No. 1 Texas baseball unable to recover from big Bobcat third inning, falls 6-4 to Texas State

March 10, 2022

Down 6-4 in the bottom of the ninth against Texas State Wednesday night, No. 1 Texas baseball found itself with runners on first and second with redshirt junior Ivan Melendez up to bat.  With assistant...

Stevens, Harrison pitch No. 1 Texas to 2-0 series-clinching victory against Alabama

Stevens, Harrison pitch No. 1 Texas to 2-0 series-clinching victory against Alabama

February 26, 2022

Rainfall forced No. 1 Texas baseball to wait an hour to start its game Saturday afternoon, but quick defensive work pulled the Longhorns to a fast victory.  On a cold day at UFCU Disch-Falk Field,...

Pitching helps Longhorns overcome errors, beat Islanders to improve to 5-0

Pitching helps Longhorns overcome errors, beat Islanders to improve to 5-0

February 24, 2022

For the first time this young season, top-ranked Texas baseball faced late-game pressure.  Holding a one-run lead against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the bottom of the ninth, head coach David Pierce...

Patient hitting, efficient pitching leads Texas to 15-1 series-clinching win against Rice

Patient hitting, efficient pitching leads Texas to 15-1 series-clinching win against Rice

February 19, 2022
The Longhorn offense forced the Owls to throw 229 total pitches on the day. Texas threw 119.
Fueled by Ardoin’s hitting, No. 1 Texas baseball cruises to 7-0 victory in season opener

Fueled by Ardoin’s hitting, No. 1 Texas baseball cruises to 7-0 victory in season opener

February 19, 2022

Around 200 days after a 4-3 season-ending loss to Mississippi State, No. 1 Texas baseball was back in action against Rice on Friday night. The Longhorns rolled to a dominant 7-0 victory to take the first...

No. 1 Texas women’s tennis overcomes early deficit, beats No. 25 Baylor 4-2.

No. 1 Texas women’s tennis overcomes early deficit, beats No. 25 Baylor 4-2.

February 2, 2022

No. 1 Texas women’s tennis faced No. 25 Baylor indoors Wednesday at the Edgar O. and Melanie A. Weller Tennis Center, a contest that served as a rematch of last year’s Big 12 Championship and the Longhorns’...

Texas track and field wins heptathlon and pentathlon events at Texas Tech

Texas track and field wins heptathlon and pentathlon events at Texas Tech

January 31, 2022

Fresh off of a No. 1 ranking for the men and a No. 2 ranking for the women, the Texas track and field squad impressed in the Texas Tech Open & Multis meet this past weekend in Lubbock. Coming into...

No. 1 Texas women’s tennis opens dual match play with 7-0 sweep of Texas State

No. 1 Texas women’s tennis opens dual match play with 7-0 sweep of Texas State

January 23, 2022
The contest served as the team’s first dual match since the 2021 NCAA Championship last May.
Former quarterback Peter Gardere reflects on Longhorn, Red River Showdown legacy before induction to Hall of Honor

Former quarterback Peter Gardere reflects on Longhorn, Red River Showdown legacy before induction to Hall of Honor

December 17, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the October 15 flipbook. Peter Gardere typically never stayed on the field very long after one of his 41 career starts at Texas. The 1992 Red River Showdown...

Texas ice hockey’s growing popularity brings teammates together

Texas ice hockey’s growing popularity brings teammates together

November 5, 2021

Senior Tommy Wehmann is a rarity in Austin.  Moving to Texas in 2018 came as a shock to Wehmann who was used to a different hockey environment in his hometown in Minnesota.  “A good indicator...

Austin plays host to Aussie rules football nationals

Austin plays host to Aussie rules football nationals

October 25, 2021
The USAFL is an amateur Aussie rules football league dedicated to the promotion of the sport. 
Longhorn legends reflect on Texas career at Hall of Honor Ceremony

Longhorn legends reflect on Texas career at Hall of Honor Ceremony

October 17, 2021

The Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium was twice as special Friday. Ten former Texas student-athletes were inducted into the Texas Athletics Hall of Honor this past week. Fourteen selections from the previous...

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