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

All content by Vanessa Le

Associate sports editor gets lost in the sauce

Vanessa Le May 4, 2018

*Freeze frame* I bet you’re wondering how I ended up in this situation. Very few people know just how much Pluckers means to me. I’ll touch more on this later. Everyone always starts...


Pierce faces pressure as Longhorns prepare to face No. 9 TCU

Vanessa Le and Alex Briseño May 5, 2017

Head coach David Pierce knew exactly what his expectations were going into his first year on the 40 Acres. They’re the same as the rest of the Longhorn athletic program: win, or face the consequences....

Texas downs UT-Arlington Mavericks

Vanessa Le and Alex Briseño May 3, 2017

UFCU Disch-Falk Field froze as both the crowd and teams alike took a moment of silence for the victims of Monday’s horrific day on campus. The Longhorns also sported a black patch right above...


Hamilton communicates through on-field performance

Vanessa Le and Alex Briseño May 3, 2017

Freshman shortstop David Hamilton walked up to the batter’s box with the voice of his favorite rap artist, Kendrick Lamar, booming from the stadium speakers. Hamilton recently changed his walkup...


Ridgeway ignites back end of Longhorn bullpen

Vanessa Le May 2, 2017

The closing pitcher of a ballclub bears the heavy responsibility of shutting down the opposing team’s offense when the end of the game draws near. His success is solely measured by his ability...


Texas sweeps Oklahoma State in two-game road series

Vanessa Le May 1, 2017

The threat of inclement weather plagued Stillwater, Oklahoma, where Texas was set to face Oklahoma State for a road series this weekend. Yet something else also loomed over the Longhorns’ dugout...


Texas runs through Stillwater with its road woes

Alex Briseño and Vanessa Le April 28, 2017

The Longhorns need to figure something out, and fast.   As Texas prepares for its final three series of the regular season, a common theme has arisen for the Longhorns: their struggles on the road....


Ragin’ Cajuns sting Longhorns with blowout win

Vanessa Le and Alex Briseño April 26, 2017

The Longhorns have been dominating at home this season with a 23–7 record. They entered the match against Louisiana with a home field advantage, but this time, home was at Constellation Field...


Haig lifts pitching staff to elite level

Vanessa Le April 25, 2017

With only three weeks left in the regular season, the Texas pitching staff comfortably sits at the top of the Big 12 with an ERA of 2.85.  This is a fresh feat for Texas. Just a year ago, the Longhorns...


Background in multiple sports sparks success in baseball

Vanessa Le April 20, 2017

Every college baseball player shares the same dream: to taste victory in the College World Series after battling at the highest level of competition. But this isn’t a dream that every kid realizes...


Longhorns down Bobcats in close, defensive slugfest

Vanessa Le April 19, 2017

There was an unusually low amount of scoring going on between the Longhorns and Bobcats at UFCU Disch-Falk Field Tuesday night. The rivals’ two previous meetings ended in a Texas State double-digit...


Catchers embrace challenges faced behind the plate

Vanessa Le April 18, 2017

Baseball crowds usually erupt in praise for the man on the mound when he executes the right pitches to dominate his opponent in a ballgame. But about 60 feet away from the spotlight, a catcher modestly...

Bears hand Longhorns first loss of series

Vanessa Le April 14, 2017

Freshman shortstop David Hamilton didn’t have much time to become familiar with the grass field in Waco before he was tested by Baylor’s leadoff batter T.J. Raguse during the first inning of...


Longhorns take ups and downs into match with Texas State

Vanessa Le April 11, 2017

The Longhorns dominated the first two games of the Red River Showdown this weekend, but a recurring theme prevented Texas from completing the sweep. Ten of the Longhorns’ 13 total losses have...


Longhorns fall to Sooners in series finale after Clemens’ ejection

Vanessa Le April 10, 2017

On Saturday, senior first baseman Kacy Clemens sent the Sooners home with bitter tastes in their mouths after blasting a grand slam in the Longhorns’ blowout win. Less than 24 hours later, Oklahoma...

Clemens brothers lift Longhorns past Sooners

Vanessa Le April 10, 2017

The song “Chelsea Dagger” by The Fratellis boomed from the stadium speakers to taunt the Sooners after Texas scored two runs in the sixth inning. Those two runs were delivered as the final...


Players realizing roles in Texas clubhouse

Vanessa Le April 7, 2017

The Longhorns came into the season welcoming a fresh coaching staff. The players knew changes would be made, and adaptation was required to flourish under the new regime.  What Texas didn’t...


Longhorn catchers form dynamic duo behind the plate

Vanessa Le and Alex Briseño April 6, 2017

No one in the Longhorn clubhouse anticipated a battle for the starting catching job to arise at the beginning of the season.  But with the 33rd game of the season approaching, junior Michael Cantu...


Texas rebounds in convincing victory over Sam Houston State

Vanessa Le April 5, 2017

Senior first baseman Kacy Clemens stood in his usual batting stance on the left side of home plate to face Sam Houston State’s pitcher Dakota Mills Tuesday night. But this was no ordinary at-bat...

Texas cruises past Jayhawks to extend win streak

Vanessa Le April 1, 2017

Kansas fans filed out of Hoglund Ballpark as the Longhorns lined up on Jayhawk turf for handshakes and highfives Friday night. Texas had just won its sixth straight game at the Jayhawks’ expense,...


Pitchers pave way for Longhorn clubhouse

Vanessa Le March 31, 2017

As a freshman, Nolan Kingham moved in and out of the bullpen, juggling starting and relief pitching positions. The right-hander finished the season with a 3.79 ERA and never went more than 4.2 innings...


Texas looks to keep momentum rolling into first game of road trip

Vanessa Le March 28, 2017

The Longhorns and Islanders find themselves at opposing ends of fulfillment before they meet at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi. Texas (17–10) rolls in with the excitement of a weekend series...

Cooper strikes out 11 Wildcats in second straight shutout win

Vanessa Le March 26, 2017

The Wildcats returned to UFCU Disch-Falk Field Saturday afternoon with lingering wounds from sophomore pitcher Nolan Kingham’s complete game shutout during the Longhorns’ 2-0 Friday night win. But...

Pitchers battle through adversity as Longhorns host Kansas State

Alex Briseño and Vanessa Le March 24, 2017

Texas watched its six-game winning streak dissolve into four losses in the span of as many games.  But thanks to the Longhorn bullpen, that all changed Wednesday night against UT-Rio Grande Valley. Texas...

Bobcats spoil Longhorns’ night with walk-off victory

Vanessa Le March 22, 2017

Senior Kacy Clemens taunted a rowdy Texas State crowd by hushing them with an index finger over his mouth as he trotted into the visitor’s dugout at the end of the fourth inning. The first baseman...


Longhorn clubhouse juggles youth and experience

Vanessa Le March 21, 2017

When a batter “presses” at the plate in baseball, he is said to be putting too much mental pressure on himself to perform well, leading to unnatural adjustments and declining results. Head...


Longhorns get swept by No. 6 Red Raiders in first look at Big 12 play

Vanessa Le March 20, 2017

A circle of burnt orange uniforms kneeled near the home side dugout before Texas’ final game against No. 6 Texas Tech on Sunday. Every player in the huddle shared one goal: to overcome the traces...


Longhorns fall short against Red Raiders, 2-1

Vanessa Le March 19, 2017

A full crowd received plenty of souvenirs after 16 foul balls reached the stands at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in just the first inning of Texas’ match up with Texas Tech on Saturday. But Longhorn...


Texas carries momentum into weekend series against UCLA

Alex Briseño and Vanessa Le March 10, 2017

Texas is coming off two dominant performances, but it took three straight defeats on the road against Stanford to light the fire the Longhorns needed to earn those wins.  After the dismal trip...


Home sweet home, Longhorns shut out Richmond, 9-0

Vanessa Le March 8, 2017

A thunderous crowd roared when junior left fielder Travis Jones stepped into the batter’s box at UFCU Disch-Falk Field Tuesday. But most of the noise boomed from the stadium speakers — Jones...


Puzzle pieces still missing in Longhorn clubhouse

Vanessa Le March 7, 2017

The Longhorns (7–6) watched their winning percentage slowly dwindle from .700 to .538 after a three-game skid against No. 12 Stanford over the weekend. But their starting pitchers dazzled...

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Déjà vu in Palo Alto as Stanford’s Brodey walks off again

Alex Briseño and Vanessa Le March 6, 2017

Déjà vu filled the air in Palo Alto as No. 21 Stanford stormed the field following its second-straight walk-off victory over Texas on Saturday. And the player who came in clutch for the Cardinal...


Hamilton anchors defense as Longhorns head west

Vanessa Le March 2, 2017

When a ballclub insists on including a freshman in its starting lineup, one would expect to see a brawny slugger with an astronomical batting average at the plate.  But the Longhorns’ first-year...


Texas surges to victory against Lamar

Vanessa Le March 1, 2017

The Cardinals threw plenty of arms at the Longhorns Tuesday night. But the Longhorns sent each Lamar pitcher to the dugout in quick fashion as Texas backed up its nine-run outing on Sunday with another...


Clemens homers twice to boost Texas past Huskies

Vanessa Le February 25, 2017

With two aces on the mound at a pitcher-friendly ballpark, Longhorn fans didn’t expect to see a lot of scoring on Friday afternoon between Texas and Connecticut. But senior first baseman Kacy...


Juniors power Longhorns past Sam Houston State

Vanessa Le February 23, 2017

A record 2,815 Bearkat fans fell quiet at Don Sanders Stadium Wednesday as they watched Longhorn base runners trot towards home plate to take a 5-0 lead in the sixth inning.  Texas’ junior...


Offensive consistency still in question for Longhorns

Vanessa Le February 21, 2017

When a baseball player suits up in a burnt orange uniform, there is a certain hint of pride that comes with the tradition of the Longhorn logo on his chest.  The crack of a bat hitting a ball at...


Rice edges out Longhorns, 7-1, to tie four-game series

Vanessa Le February 20, 2017

Flashes of burnt orange and white circled the bases at UFCU Disch-Falk Field Sunday afternoon.  But the runners tagging the plates were merely Longhorn fans participating in a “kids run the...

Longhorns fall in season opener against Rice

Vanessa Le February 18, 2017

The crowd of 6,197 Longhorn fans roared as new head coach David Pierce stood nose to nose with the first base umpire to argue a borderline call Friday night. Everyone in burnt orange believed freshman...

Women’s golf hits the road for UCF Challenge

Vanessa Le February 3, 2017

The 19th-ranked Longhorn women head to Orlando, Florida, to play in the UCF Challenge at Eagle Creek Golf Club on Sunday. Central Florida is set to host a strong field of women golfers in the 54-hole...


The Longhorns kick off a fresh season of baseball at the annual Texas Baseball Alumni Game

Vanessa Le February 3, 2017

Although America’s furry symbol of spring saw its shadow on Groundhog Day, another season has arrived, nonetheless — baseball season. The Longhorns are ready to kick off their 2017 season...

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Kacy Clemens ready for final season with Longhorns

Vanessa Le January 31, 2017

When Longhorn fans take their seats at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, they can relive former Longhorn Roger Clemens’ legacy by admiring his retired number that adorns the wall of the stadium’s lower...

Longhorn women gear up for ITA Kickoff Weekend

Vanessa Le January 27, 2017

Head coach Howard Joffe rallies his 17th-seeded Longhorns to face Columbia on Saturday at the annual ITA Kickoff Weekend in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The team looks to finish off the weekend with another...


Baylor, Texas remain undefeated in Big 12 play

Vanessa Le January 24, 2017

Bears maintain winning streak to stay atop Big 12 standings No. 2 Baylor (19–1, 8–0 conference) rallied in the fourth quarter to pick up its 17th-straight win in a 79-73 battle against No....

Anderson, Campbell lead at Texas Diving Invitational

Vanessa Le November 21, 2016

Mark Anderson is no stranger to the top of the scoreboard.  The senior All-American held a comfortable lead throughout the first four rounds of the three-meter finals at the Texas Diving Invitational...


Anderson dominates one-meter finals at Texas Diving Invitational

Vanessa Le November 18, 2016

One might assume senior Mark Anderson closes his eyes while he dives into the water below. After all, he can practically do the meticulous routines in his sleep. But his familiarity with what it...


Texas falls to North Carolina State in first home meet

Vanessa Le November 7, 2016

At the sound of the horn, Joseph Schooling dove into the water for the first time of the season after missing time with an arm injury.  He cruised below the surface before emerging into butterfly...


Clark Smith still motivated after winning NCAA titles, Olympic gold

Vanessa Le October 26, 2016

As a high schooler, Clark Smith didn’t have to look very far when considering colleges.  The child of two former Longhorn swimmers, Smith knew he wanted to keep his burnt orange legacy...

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