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Tres Barrera did something at TD Ameritrade Park that few players did during the College World Series – he hit home runs. A bunch of them.
Paired against childhood friend and former high school teammate Eric Gutierrez of Texas Tech, Barrera blasted a record 25 home runs in the final round to win the championship, including the first-ever home runs hit to center field in TD Ameritrade Park. That was enough to hold off Gutierrez, who hit 18 in the final round.
Morgan cooper, Barrera named Perfect Game Freshman All-Americans.
Both played pivotal roles in Texas advancing to the 2014 College World Series, where it finished tied for third. Barrera, who also earned second team All-America honors from Baseball America, played in 65 games and hit .261 while finishing second on the team with 13 doubles, five home runs and 35 RBIs. Cooper finished his rookie campaign with a 2.89 ERA and a 4-2 record and his 56.0 innings pitched were first on the team among relievers.
Will Jordan Hicks stay healthy this season? If so, he will provide the experience Texas needs.
Hicks missed the final 10 games in the 2012 season with a hip injury. In 2013, he was on the field for four games before an Achilles injury ended his season. The junior linebacker has to be wondering why the injury bug has been so cruel to him. A promising college career has been reduced to a few dominant moments spread out over four seasons.
David Ash is not attending Texas’ Big 12 Media Day. No big deal, or should fans be concerned that Charlie Strong doesn’t think he is a team leader?
Center Dominic Espinosa, defensive back Quandre Diggs and running back Malcolm Brown will make the trip to Dallas. The one name absent from this list is quarterback David Ash. The oft-injured quarterback is just getting back on the field following a foot injury in spring practice.