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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

Jordan Mitchell, Senior Sports Reporter

Jordan is a sophomore communication and leadership major currently covering baseball for the Texan and previously covered volleyball. In her free time, you can catch her bowling with the bumpers on and watching Star Wars with her little brother.

All content by Jordan Mitchell
Redshirt senior Tristian Stevens throws a pitch during the Alumni game on February 5.

No. 1 Texas baseball falls for first time this season after strong start

May 10, 2022

Texas baseball made the trip down Highway 290 for the 2022 Shriners Children’s College Classic at Minute Maid Park this weekend, and the No. 1 Longhorns made the Major League ballpark its home-away-from-home...

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...

Skyler Messinger completes rounding the bases after a making a home run into left field, deep in the fifth inning. Messinger and the Longhorns took on  Oklahoma State on Apr. 29, 2022.

Texas baseball’s new home run helmet brings motivation in bumpy season

May 8, 2022

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the May 3, 2022 flipbook. Texas baseball fans might have noticed a new trend in the dugout: After each Longhorn home run, the batter dons a Texas football...

No. 10 Texas gives up 10 unanswered scores in 7th, swept by No. 8 Oklahoma State in 10-8 loss

No. 10 Texas gives up 10 unanswered scores in 7th, swept by No. 8 Oklahoma State in 10-8 loss

May 1, 2022
Forty-seven games deep into the year, the season story has shifted from what Texas can do to what it can’t. Bullpen pitchers have accounted for nine of Texas’ 16 losses on the season.
No. 10 Texas loses bullpen battle to No. 8 Oklahoma State to open crucial late-season series

No. 10 Texas loses bullpen battle to No. 8 Oklahoma State to open crucial late-season series

April 29, 2022

In No. 10 Texas baseball’s 8-6 loss against No. 8 Oklahoma State, head coach David Pierce said that his ball club “fought and clawed the entire game.” What started out as a pitching duel between...

Austin Todd, Ivan Melendez hit home runs in series sweep of Baylor

Austin Todd, Ivan Melendez hit home runs in series sweep of Baylor

April 25, 2022

It had been 777 days since redshirt senior outfielder Austin Todd homered. In Texas’ Sunday 13-4 win against Baylor for the series sweep, Todd played one of his best games at UFCU Disch-Falk Field,...

No. 10 Texas baseball batters Baylor 20-1

No. 10 Texas baseball batters Baylor 20-1

April 23, 2022

No. 10 Texas baseball went bear hunting in front of a sold-out crowd at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Friday in its 20-1 rout of Baylor.  Every Longhorn batter in the starting lineup recorded at least one...

Texas upset by Air Force in 14-2 beat down

Texas upset by Air Force in 14-2 beat down

April 20, 2022

In No. 10 Texas’ 14-2 loss to Air Force at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, redshirt freshman Lebarron Johnson Jr. was one of the few bright spots for the Longhorns. After the pitching duo of redshirt sophomore...

Murphy Stehly will be cornerstone player during weekend matchup against No. 23 TCU

Murphy Stehly will be cornerstone player during weekend matchup against No. 23 TCU

April 17, 2022

Editor's Note: The article first appeared in the April 8, 2022 flipbook. Redshirt senior Tristan Stevens remembers the last time TCU played Texas baseball at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.  Back in 2018,...

Leading the country in hitting, Murphy Stehly sets the tone for Texas’ offense

Leading the country in hitting, Murphy Stehly sets the tone for Texas’ offense

April 17, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 12, 2022 flipbook. On March 18, redshirt senior Murphy Stehly hit six RBIs and a home run, securing a 19-2 victory over Incarnate Word. Two days...

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.

Melendez blasts 2 home runs in No. 7 Texas baseball’s win versus SFA

April 13, 2022

The 6,126 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field rose from their seats to sing Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” twice during Texas’ 13-2 steamroll of SFA. Redshirt junior infielder Ivan Melendez launched...

Despite bullpen, infield heroics, No. 7 Texas falls to No. 23 TCU 7-5

Despite bullpen, infield heroics, No. 7 Texas falls to No. 23 TCU 7-5

April 9, 2022
The Longhorns failed to overcome an early 6-2 deficit in the second inning, falling to the Horned Frogs 7-5 in a stagnant bullpen battle. 
UT Baseball sophomore Dylan Campbell making his way around the bases after hitting a home run during the Alumni game on Saturday, February 5, 2022.

No. 8 Texas baseball rallies to clinch series over Oklahoma, 2–1

April 3, 2022

Trailing 7-1 in the seventh inning during the Sunday matchup against Oklahoma, No. 8 Texas baseball was in jeopardy of dropping its weekend series. With Chazz Martinez, the Sooners’ starting Sunday...

No. 8 Texas baseball drops midweek matchup against Texas A&M, 12-9, as inconsistent pitching continues

No. 8 Texas baseball drops midweek matchup against Texas A&M, 12-9, as inconsistent pitching continues

March 30, 2022
In redshirt sophomore Justin Eckhardt’s third start on the mound this season, the right-hander allowed four runs in his three innings pitched.
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.

No. 2 Texas baseball on the rise despite March growing pains

March 28, 2022

For No. 2 Texas baseball, the month of March has been a struggle. Despite the Longhorns kicking off their March campaign as the No. 1 team in the nation with dominating wins over Sam Houston, Tennessee...

No. 2 Texas baseball drops series to No. 16 Texas Tech

No. 2 Texas baseball drops series to No. 16 Texas Tech

March 27, 2022

It is hard to win at Rip Griffin Park. Known for being a “hitter’s paradise,” Texas Tech’s Dan Law Field has an uncharacteristically small outfield, with narrowed foul lines and wind that carries...

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.

Going Series Scouting: Q&A with The Daily Toreador’s Chris Williams

March 25, 2022

The Daily Texan spoke with Chris Williams, baseball beat writer for The Daily Toreador at Texas Tech University, ahead of the No. 2 Longhorns and No. 16 Red Raiders weekend series in Lubbock.   Chris...

Justin Eckhardt’s pitching leads No. 2 Texas baseball to midweek victory against Central Arkansas

Justin Eckhardt’s pitching leads No. 2 Texas baseball to midweek victory against Central Arkansas

March 23, 2022

In his first two seasons as a Longhorn, redshirt sophomore Justin Eckhardt endured a Tommy John surgery and a shortened COVID-19 season, making appearances on the mound just 11 times. In his first game...

Occupy Left Field tailgate expands into philanthropy, volunteering through NIL

Occupy Left Field tailgate expands into philanthropy, volunteering through NIL

March 21, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 1, 2022 flipbook. As a lifelong Longhorn fan, Marc Peña understands how special it is to be raised at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.  The Austinite...

Tanner Witt shines in Sunday start as No. 1 Texas baseball sweeps Alabama in 6-1 win

Tanner Witt shines in Sunday start as No. 1 Texas baseball sweeps Alabama in 6-1 win

February 27, 2022
The No. 1 Longhorns’ sweep of Alabama brings their record to a perfect 8-0 for the season, where the team has allowed a mere four scores and shutout opponents in half of its matchups. 
No. 1 Texas brings Alabama’s perfect season to an end in a windy 1-0 win

No. 1 Texas brings Alabama’s perfect season to an end in a windy 1-0 win

February 26, 2022
No. 1 Texas’ tough command of the mound on Friday helped secure the win against the previously undefeated Alabama. The Longhorns now sit at 6-0.
Opening weekend wrap-up: Fans show out for Texas baseball’s 3-0 sweep of Rice

Opening weekend wrap-up: Fans show out for Texas baseball’s 3-0 sweep of Rice

February 25, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the Feb. 21, 2022 in the flipbook. Texas baseball had a record-breaking attendance of 21,580 fans for its opening weekend series against Rice. The previous...

Duplantier allows just one hit in first start since injury as Longhorns win 12-0 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Duplantier allows just one hit in first start since injury as Longhorns win 12-0 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

February 23, 2022
In his first start since his injury on Tuesday, Duplantier II pitched four innings of baseball, allowing one hit for no runs and a couple of walks in Texas’ 12-0 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Texas volleyball undergoes program reconstruction before fall 2022

Texas volleyball undergoes program reconstruction before fall 2022

February 22, 2022

This article first appeared in the Feb. 18, 2022 flipbook. It has been a turbulent offseason for Texas volleyball.   Following the loss against Nebraska in 2021’s regional final, the Longhorns...

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 contributes 2 home runs in Texas’ 14-2 win over Rice

February 21, 2022

After outscoring the Owls 22-1 through the first two games of the series, Texas baseball ran into some minor turbulence in their opening weekend sweep of Rice at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. In his first...

Tristan Stevens chases unfinished business in return for sixth season

Tristan Stevens chases unfinished business in return for sixth season

February 18, 2022

This article first appeared in the Feb. 14, 2022 flipbook. For Tristan Stevens, it was a no-brainer to come back to the Forty Acres after falling out of the 2021 MLB Draft. In his fourth year of...

UT Baseball sophomore Dylan Campbell making his way around the bases after hitting a home run during the Alumni game on Saturday, February 5, 2022.

Longhorn fans get first glance, insight into competition within No. 1 Texas baseball at Alumni Game

February 11, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the Feb. 8, 2022 flipbook. An hour before No. 1 Texas baseball would play its alumni in the annual Alumni Game, facility workers chipped away at the hardened...

High expectations fuel No. 1 Texas baseball in pursuit of national championship

High expectations fuel No. 1 Texas baseball in pursuit of national championship

February 8, 2022
Preseason No. 1 Texas baseball has fully embraced 2022 as their revenge season
Meet No. 1 Texas baseball’s preseason All-Americans

Meet No. 1 Texas baseball’s preseason All-Americans

January 25, 2022

Editor's note: This article was originally published in the Jan. 21, 2022 flipbook. The 2022 season is fast approaching for Texas baseball, and a team of seasoned veterans with chips on their shoulders...

Cameron Auchinachie shines bright in Texas home win versus TCU

Cameron Auchinachie shines bright in Texas home win versus TCU

January 23, 2022
In the dual meet this weekend, Auchinachie proved himself an All-American front-runner with his second win of the season in the 50-yard freestyle and his first in the 100-yard freestyle, swimming 19.74 and 43.32 respectively.
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Jordan Larson, Madisen Skinner strengthen Texas volleyball’s national championship campaign

January 22, 2022

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Jan. 18, 2022 flipbook. With the additions of assistant head coach Jordan Larson and former Kentucky outside hitter Madisen Skinner to the Texas volleyball...

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Volleyball great Bailey Webster reflects on Hall of Honor induction while pursuing masters degree at Texas

December 18, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the October 29 flipbook. On a cool Saturday morning, Bailey Webster stood in the limelight of the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, not as a current...

Defense improvements crucial to keep Texas volleyball in 2022 championship contention

Defense improvements crucial to keep Texas volleyball in 2022 championship contention

December 17, 2021
Looking forward to Texas volleyball's 2022 season, the team will have to focus on improving back row defense to be serious championship contenders.
No. 2 Texas volleyball mounts third-set comeback to overcome 0-2 deficit, tops No. 15 Washington 3-2

No. 2 Texas volleyball mounts third-set comeback to overcome 0-2 deficit, tops No. 15 Washington 3-2

December 10, 2021
Texas stormed back from a two-set deficit to win 3-2 over No. 15 Washington to advance to the Elite Eight.
Volley Talk: Digging into No. 15 Washington’s game strategy with The Daily UW

Volley Talk: Digging into No. 15 Washington’s game strategy with The Daily UW

December 8, 2021

The Daily Texan spoke with Spencer Smith, volleyball beat writer at The Daily of The University of Washington ahead of Thursday’s NCAA Regional matchup in Austin between the No. 2 Longhorns and No. 15...

No. 2 Texas volleyball advances to regionals in NCAA tournament with sweep of Rice

No. 2 Texas volleyball advances to regionals in NCAA tournament with sweep of Rice

December 4, 2021

After one of the lowest Gregory Gymnasium attendances all season at Thursday night’s Sacred Heart vs. Texas match, head coach Jerritt Elliott got his wish for a sold out venue in Texas volleyball’s...

No. 2 Texas volleyball looks to improve fan engagement during NCAA tournament

No. 2 Texas volleyball looks to improve fan engagement during NCAA tournament

December 1, 2021

Despite Texas volleyball’s greatness in the previous 20 years, head coach Jerritt Elliott said it’s  been hard rallying students behind his championship endeavors.  “Historically, we have not...

No. 2 women’s volleyball wins Big 12 Championship with sweep against Texas Tech

No. 2 women’s volleyball wins Big 12 Championship with sweep against Texas Tech

November 28, 2021

The No. 2 Texas Longhorns are Big 12 champions for the fifth consecutive year. In a dominant showing at the United Supermarkets Arena, Texas kept Texas Tech to a .111 hitting percentage in their 3-0...

No. 2 Texas volleyball celebrates Nalani Iosias birthday in sweep of  Kansas State

No. 2 Texas volleyball celebrates Nalani Iosia’s birthday in sweep of Kansas State

November 20, 2021
The libero, who turned 19 Friday, played a pivotal role in tackling Kansas State’s tough defense throughout the first portion of the match.
Offense is the best defense: How Texas volleyball’s serving can make or break season

Offense is the best defense: How Texas volleyball’s serving can make or break season

November 10, 2021

Texas volleyball head coach Jerritt Elliott often claims that domination at the serve and pass game is the cornerstone of their success. On Saturday, Texas’ lack of prowess at serving handed them...

All good things must come to an end: No. 1 Texas falls 3-1 to No. 10 Baylor

All good things must come to an end: No. 1 Texas falls 3-1 to No. 10 Baylor

November 7, 2021

Texas volleyball fought to the end. In a match with nearly equal Baylor and Texas fans and a crowd atmosphere that resembled a football game, the Longhorns just couldn’t get a grasp on enough momentum...

No. 1 Texas volleyball dominates as Elliott becomes winningest coach in program history

No. 1 Texas volleyball dominates as Elliott becomes winningest coach in program history

October 23, 2021

If the Longhorns’matchup against Iowa State has taught college volleyball fans anything, it is that Texas can dominate from both sides of the ball. In Thursday night’s match against the Cyclones,...

No. 1 Texas volleyball back in business, sweeps Kansas 3-0

No. 1 Texas volleyball back in business, sweeps Kansas 3-0

October 10, 2021

If there was any doubt in Texas’ No. 1 ranking after Saturday’s narrow victory over Kansas, the Longhorns squashed it Sunday night. While Texas played well in its first matchup against the Jayhawks,...

Texas volleyball tops West Virginia 3-0 in seventh sweep of season

Texas volleyball tops West Virginia 3-0 in seventh sweep of season

October 1, 2021

No. 1 Texas volleyball swept West Virginia for the second time this week in its Big 12 conference play debut. Following a dominant win over the Mountaineers at Gregory Gym on Thursday night, the Longhorns...

No. 1 Texas volleyball dominates Rice in 5th sweep of the season

No. 1 Texas volleyball dominates Rice in 5th sweep of the season

September 23, 2021

The Longhorns continue to impress. In a sold-out Tudor Fieldhouse, the Longhorns topped the Owls in a commanding sweep Wednesday, marking the first time Texas beat Rice since 2015. Rice hoped to stun...

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No. 1 Texas volleyball tops rival Texas A&M Aggies in 3-1 instant classic

September 18, 2021

In an electric Texas-Texas A&M showdown, a record-breaking crowd attendance of 6,822 spectators at Reed Arena greeted the Longhorns. While the crowd noise proved to fluster the Longhorns, Texas...

No. 1 Texas tops Arizona Wildcats in thrilling four-set victory

No. 1 Texas tops Arizona Wildcats in thrilling four-set victory

September 11, 2021
Redshirt junior Asjia O’Neal was the offensive force the Longhorns needed to persevere through the game.
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