Head coach David Pierce and No. 9 Texas baseball were really able to cruise through the competition this weekend in the Austin Regional. Texas wound up taking care of business no problem against the likes of the four-seed Air Force Falcons and two-seed Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
Pierce and the Longhorns got a rematch in the Austin Regional on the night of June 5 against the Mountain West Conference Tournament champion Air Force. And they certainly took care of business when they had the opportunity to close out this regional early.
Texas put up a double-digit number of runs again on the Falcons this weekend. The Longhorns came up with the win over Air Force in this one by the final score of 10-1. That makes it a combined score of 21-4 that Texas beat Air Force in the two games between these teams in the Austin Regional.
Texas cruised the entire way in this game, putting up a whopping five runs in the top of the first inning.
The bats got going for the Longhorns in this one thanks to a stellar performance from breakthrough outfielder Dylan Campbell. Twice in this game, Campbell went yard for the Longhorns. That resulted in three runs scored, two runs batted in, and he had two more walks in this one.
The other Longhorns hitter that came up big in this one was Trey Faltine. Texas got a game-high three runs batted in from Faltine, which came thanks to two hits (both of which were doubles) and one walk.
Jared Southard and Dylan Campbell lead Texas baseball to a win over Air Force to advance to supers
Campbell and Faltine were certainly catalysts to this win for Texas, but it wasn’t just that duo that helped this team get it done in the end. The pitching staff was very solid for the Longhorns.
Jared Southard got the win for Texas with three nearly spotless innings of work on the mound. Southard was truly dominant against the Falcons with an impressive six strikeouts and just one hit allowed in those three innings on the mound.
Both Southard and Travis Sthele were ultra-impressive on the mound for the Longhorns to give six scoreless innings for this team.
There was definitely a trio of most valuable players for the Longhorns between Faltine, Campbell, and Southard against Air Force. Texas had a well-rounded effort in this one, but you have to give credit to those three.
As a team, Texas put up more than a dozen hits and didn’t have a single error. And this was yet another game for the Longhorns where they scored more runs than they left runners on base.
Through and through, this was an impressive weekend for the Longhorns to move onto supers for the second straight season. And Texas will very likely host a super regional with some of the seeds ahead of this team in danger of falling short in their own regionals (i.e. Stanford and Oklahoma State).
Following this win over Air Force, Campbell and the Longhorns are sitting with a record of 45-19 (14-10 Big 12). Texas has also now won three straight games and four of their last five dating back to the end of the Big 12 Tournament.