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2007 Big 12 Baseball Postseason Awards Announced!

Kyle Russell (Texas) has been named Big 12 Player of the Year, while the Pitcher of the Year accolade went to teammate, Adrian Alaniz (Texas), highlighting the 2007 All-Big 12 Baseball Postseason Awards. Trevor Coleman (Missouri) earned Freshman of the Year, and teammates David Newman and Brandon Hicks (Texas A&M) share the honor for Newcomer of the year. Tim Jamieson (Missouri) and Augie Garrido (Texas) were named Co-Coach of the Year.

The All-Big 12 honors are selected by the league’s head coaches. No. 5 Texas placed a conference-leading seven players on the all-conference squads, while No. 18 Oklahoma State placed six — UT has five on the first team and two on the second team while Oklahoma State has three on the first and three on the second.

Russell becomes the second Longhorn to earn the Player of the Year award. The Tomball, Texas native leads the nation and Big 12 in home runs this year with 27 entering the Big 12 Championship. His 33 RBI places him first in conference play and he is hitting .358. Russell is tied for third in conference play with runs scored (26), has 69 hits and 19 runs scored during the `07 league season. The sophomore was selected as one of 16 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy Award by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Alaniz holds a 2.75 ERA in Big 12 games and is a two-time honoree of Big 12 Pitcher of the Week this season. He has thrown 49 strikeouts during conference play and has pitched three complete games this season. The junior was selected as one of 10 semifinalists for the Roger Clemens Award, honoring the top pitcher in college baseball by the Greater Houston Baseball Association.

Coleman has tallied eight home runs this year, 39 RBI and has started 41 our of 42 games for the Tigers. Current teammates and juniors, David Newmann and Brandon Hicks (Texas A&M) joined the Aggies from San Jacinto JC. Newmann holds a 3.75 ERA and has recorded 45 strikeouts during conference play this season. Hicks is hitting .344 with 83 hits and 54 RBI as he enters tournament play.

This marks Jamieson’s first Coach of the Year honor and Garrido’s third (2002, 04,06). Jamieson led the Tigers to a 39- 14 season finish and a 19-8 conference finish. Garrido’s Longhorns ended their season 42-14 and 21-6 to claim Big 12 regular season title. This marks the second consecutive year UT has won the regular season title under Garrido.


Name, School Pos. Cl. Hometown/Previous School
Chance Wheeless, Texas 1B Jr. Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock
Tyler Mach, Oklahoma State 2B Sr. Kent, Wash./Edmonds CC
Beamer Weems, Baylor SS So. Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne
Bradley Suttle, Texas 3B So. Boerne, Texas/Boerne
Preston Clark, Texas C So. Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall
Corey Brown, Oklahoma State OF Jr. Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant
Ty Wright, Oklahoma State OF Sr. Tyler, Texas/Willis Point
Kyle Russell, Texas OF So. Tomball, Texas/Tomball
Jacob Priday, Missouri DH Jr. Sikeston, Mo./Sikeston
Luke Anders, Texas A&M DH So. College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated
Blake Stouffer, Texas A&M UTL Jr. San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights
Aaron Crow, Missouri RHP So. Wakarusa, Kan./Washburn Rural
Adrian Alaniz, Texas RHP Jr. Sinton, Texas/Sinton
Kyle Nicholson, Texas A&M RHP Sr. College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated
Daniel Edwards, Kansas State RP Jr. Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood



Texas defeats A&M to lock up outright Big 12 title!!

Maybe it’s the pressure. Maybe it’s the crowd. Maybe it’s the moment.

Whatever it is, Texas A&M isn’t handling it well.

Texas is.

The Longhorns clinched their second consecutive outright Big 12 regular-season title Saturday with a little help from the Aggies, who made a key late-inning error for the second straight night. That helped Texas claim a 3-2 victory in front of 5,097 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field when Josh Prince hit a two-out single to center field in the eighth inning, scoring Chais Fuller.

“This feels great,” said Prince, a freshman who’s gone from starting at shortstop to the bench to a stint as a relief pitcher to getting the title-clinching hit. “I was just looking for something up that I could drive, and I was able to put the ball in center field.”

The error came right before Prince’s hit, when Fuller was at the plate.

With one out and Nick Peoples on first, Fuller hit a ground ball for what looked to be an inning-ending double play. Aggies shortstop Brandon Hicks fielded the ball and flipped it to second baseman Parker Dalton, who threw a perfect toss to first baseman Blake Stoeffer.

The ball went off Stoeffer’s glove toward the Aggies’ dugout, allowing Fuller not only to be safe but to advance to second.

“That’s a ball I’ve caught a million times,” Stoeffer said. “I thought I had it. I really couldn’t believe it.”

Neither could Fuller.

“I thought it was a double play,” he said. “I knew it was. But I just ran as hard as I could and it worked out. I didn’t believe it.”

Neither did Texas A&M coach Rob Childress, whose Aggies (41-14, 13-12 Big 12) have made a combined five late-inning errors in the first two games.

“I did feel that we tightened up,” Childress said. “We got a little bit tight there in the late innings as Texas put more pressure on us. And we’re going to have to work on that. It can’t be a process. It has to be now, because we have a good enough team here.”

As does Texas (41-14, 20-6), which won its fourth regular-season Big 12 title.

As much as the Longhorns owe it to Fuller and Prince, they owe it just as much to reliever Joseph Krebs, who gave up two hits in 4 1/3 scoreless innings after relieving a struggling Adrian Alaniz.

“Krebs’ lengthy outing is the reason we won,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “He came in there and took control of the game by changing the pace and attacking hitters.”

Krebs (7-1) struck out two batters in a perfect eighth inning before handing it over to Randy Boone. Texas’ closer came in after the Longhorns took the lead, and he struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn his 12th save.

Texas A&M took an early lead for the second straight game, but Texas tied it by scoring single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Fuller, who also came up with a big hit in Friday night’s win, smacked an RBI single to left. In the fifth, Jordan Danks walked, went to third on Kyle Russell’s single and scored on Chance Wheeless’ single down the left-field line.

“It was another game where we just kept fighting,” Fuller said. “It was nice that we were able to win the title by winning instead of needing Missouri to lose.”

Alaniz, Texas’ ace this season, gave up two runs, six hits and four walks in one of his worst outings, covering just 3 2/3 innings.

“Adrian obviously was trying a little too hard out there, and it was messing with his timing,” Garrido said.

But Alaniz’s poor performance offered the perfect time for his teammates to step up.

“That’s what this team is all about, picking up the next guy,” Prince said. “None of us would be here if it wasn’t for our teammates. That’s why we’re Big 12 champs.”

Texas Recap



Texas A&M Recap

No. 7 Texas rallies late to top Texas A&M, 6-4!!


Nick Peoples had to stop himself from going.

After all, Texas already had made one out at home plate earlier in the game, and lost a game earlier in the year by making that mistake.

Texas’ Chais Fuller makes a play at second base during the first inning on Friday night.

Standing on third with the game tied and no outs in the ninth, Peoples almost went home on Chais Fuller’s ground ball to Texas A&M shortstop Brandon Hicks. Instead, Peoples waited.

It paid off when Aggies pitcher Kyle Thebeau threw a wild pitch to the next batter, allowing Peoples to score the winning run on Friday night as Texas won 6-4 at Olsen Field to claim a share of the Big 12 title for the second consecutive year.

Texas can clinch an outright title with a victory over the Aggies at 6 p.m. today at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. If Texas loses its final two games and Missouri wins its final two against Oklahoma State, the Tigers, who won 2 of 3 against the Longhorns, will claim the No. 1 seed at the Big 12 tournament. Missouri beat OSU 9-6 on Friday.

“I said we were going to win the title,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “Now, I’ve proven in the past that I can be wrong.”

Peoples, who went 3 for 4 and scored two runs on Friday, made sure Garrido wasn’t wrong this time.

“I was looking for (a wild pitch),” Peoples said. “I wanted to get a good enough lead, but I didn’t want to get picked off third base. I didn’t think I was going to be able to go when it went off the catcher’s glove. But I was able to get there.”

Texas (40-14 overall, 19-6 Big 12) added a run later in the ninth inning when Chance Wheeless hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Travis Tucker, completing the Longhorns’ first comeback victory of the season. Texas A&M (41-13, 13-11) took an early 4-1 lead but made three errors to help the Longhorns.

After scoring two runs in the first inning, the Aggies grabbed a 4-1 lead in the third when Luke Anders hit a two-run home run.

Texas added one run in the sixth but could have had more. With one out, Jordan Danks on third and Wheeless on first, Bradley Suttle doubled to the left-field wall. Danks scored and Wheeless tried to do the same but was gunned out at the plate.

Texas A&M left fielder Ben Feltner made a perfect throw to shortstop Brandon Hicks, who fired a strike to catcher Craig Stinson in time to get Wheeless.

It didn’t matter. The Horns tied it with a two-run seventh. Chais Fuller had a nine-pitch at-bat that ended with an RBI double, scoring Peoples.

“I was just trying to stay alive, mentally and physically,” Fuller said.

Danks, who has been in a slump lately, followed with a two-out single to center field, plating Fuller to tie the game at 4-4.

“We’re taught not to think at all at the plate, and today I was a little more confident up there,” Danks said. “This was a big win, to come in here, a tough place to play, and come back like that.”

Texas A&M left runners on second and third in the bottom of the eighth inning when Texas reliever Randy Boone got Parker Dalton to strike out. That set the stage for Peoples, who led off the top of the ninth with an infield single, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Josh Stinson.


Texas Recap

Texas A&M Recap

Conference USA recap for May 15

No. 2 RICE 13, BAYLOR 0
HOUSTON — Having sewn up the top seed for the upcoming Conference USA tournament, Rice coach Wayne Graham has begun mapping out his postseason roster.

The task of shrinking the bench and bullpen would be more challenging if the Owls weren’t tearing the cover off the ball, a trend that continued Tuesday at Reckling Park. No. 2 Rice blasted Baylor 13-0 to stretch its winning streak to 15 games.

Rice improved to 42-11 while Baylor fell to 28-24.

The Owls have just three more games to close out the regular season and all are at home starting Thursday through Saturday. Rice hosts Memphis in a three-game C-USA series at Reckling Park. Thursday’s first pitch is slated for 7 pm. Baylor concludes its regular season schedule with a three-game Big 12 Conference series against Kansas State at Baylor Ballpark.

Houston Chronicle story
Baylor recap
Rice recap

NEW ORLEANS – UNO’s struggles continued Tuesday as Southern Mississippi capitalized on shaky pitching by the Privateers to win 9-4 at Maestri Field. With Tuesday night’s win, the Golden Eagles have won seven in a row, nine of 10 and finished with double-figure hits in six of the last seven games.

Southern Miss (34-19) scored five runs in the fourth inning, including a leadoff home run by catcher Trey Cuevas, to go ahead 6-2. The Privateers (32-21) couldn’t get it going offensively, stranding 10 batters.

Southern Miss wraps up its regular season schedule with a three-game C-USA series at Houston. The first game of the series, on Thursday, will be broadcast nationally on CSTV at 7 p.m. CDT. The Privateers will conclude their regular season schedule this weekend, when they host Louisiana in a three-game Sun Belt Conference series starting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Thursday contest will be televised by Cox Sports Television.

Times-Picayune story
Hattiesburg American story
Southern Miss recap
UNO recap

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Senior first baseman Josh Stirneman went 2-for-5 with a double and solo home run to help lead the University of Houston baseball team to a 6-4 win over area-rival Sam Houston State on Tuesday at Don Sanders Stadium.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Cougars scored six unanswered runs and appeared to have the game well in hand heading into the final frame. But the Bearkats pushed three runs across in the ninth inning and continued to threaten with the bases loaded, but reliever Aaron Brown hurled a strikeout to end the threat and the game.

With the win, the Cougars improved to 28-23 overall while Sam Houston State fell to 33-20. The Cougars swept the regular-season series against the Bearkats after taking a 16-9 win on Feb. 13 at Cougar Field. UH, which won its 11th straight game against the Bearkats, also evened the all-time series against SHSU at 71-71. The Cougars had not been even with the Bearkats in the all-time series since standing at 10-10 in 1956.

The Cougars wrap up their 2007 regular season later this week as they play host to Conference USA rival Southern Miss in a three-game series from the friendly confines of Cougar Field. That series begins with 7 p.m., games on both Thursday and Friday before wrapping up at 1 p.m., Saturday. The Thursday game will be televised nationally on CSTV. Sam Houston wraps up the regular season schedule with a Southland Conference series at Stephen F. Austin.

Houston recap
Sam Houston recap

UNION CITY, Tenn. – Senior Kyle Norrid went 3-for-4 four and drove in four runs to lead Memphis to a 5-3 win over UT-Martin Tuesday night at Elam Stadium. The win was the 33rd of the year for the Tigers–the most regular season wins for a Memphis team since 1994. The win also eclipses the Tigers 2006 win total.

After waiting through a two hour, 23-minute rain delay, Memphis (33-20) got off to a fast start with a pair of scores in the opening frame. Michael Murray extended his hit streak to 12 games with a single to centerfield and moved to third when Skyhawks leftfielder Kevin Holt was unable to handle a single by Adam Amar. Amar advanced to second. Norrid then lined the first pitch he saw up the middle for a 2-0 Memphis lead.

Memphis will now prepare for its final Conference USA regular season series. The Tigers will travel to Houston to take on the second-ranked Rice Owls on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. UT-Martin (19-33) completes the regular season with by hosting Samford in an OVC series. The teams will play a double-header on Friday and a single game on Saturday.

Memphis recap
UT-Martin recap

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Kyle Roller’s two home runs were not enough for No. 29 East Carolina as it fell to in-state foe Elon 4-2 Tuesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium in the final regular season home game for the Pirates.

Jesse Lewter improved to 4-3 on the year after tossing his first career complete game with a career-high six strikeouts for Elon (28-24). On the night he allowed just six hits and walked one, making two pitching mistakes, both home runs to Roller.

The Pirates (35-18) will hit the road for the final three games of the regular season this weekend when they travel to UAB for a C-USA series. Junior T.J. Hose will take the mound for ECU on Thursday night with the first pitch scheduled for 8 p.m. (EDT). Elon returns to action on Wednesday, May 16 in a 7 p.m. game with High Point at Latham Park.

Elon recap
East Carolina recap

No. 7 Texas cruises to 10-4 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff!


It was one of those occasions that Texas fans don’t see very often. For some, it may have been a first: Longhorns cheering for the Oklahoma Sooners.

However strange that may sound, it was the case Saturday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field as the score of Oklahoma’s game with Missouri was announced during Texas’ game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Oklahoma won 5-0, boosting the Longhorns’ chances for a second consecutive Big 12 Conference title. The Longhorns’ “magic number” dropped to two. Two victories by Texas (39-14, 18-6) next weekend against Texas A&M — or two more losses by second-place Missouri (34-14, 15-8) — would clinch the title for Texas. Missouri has four conference games left.

In the meantime, the Longhorns defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 10-4 in a nonconference game intended to keep Texas sharp before the A&M series, which begins Friday in College Station.

“We wanted to see how we could stay focused and concentrate,” UT coach Augie Garrido said.

Russell Moldenhauer went 3 for 3 and drove in four runs for the Horns.

“This was one of my better days on the year,” he said.

Moldenhauer hit his fifth home run of the season in the fifth inning to give Texas a 9-0 lead.

After he singled to make it a 10-0 game in the sixth, Arkansas-Pine Bluff tagged Josh Prince for four runs on three hits in the seventh.



Texas drops series vs. Missouri!!

Chance Wheeless

Texas is going to win the Big 12 championship.

That’s what Longhorns coach Augie Garrido said after his team blew its first opportunity to do just that.

“We’re going to do it. We’re the best team,” Garrido said.

They probably will win a conference championship, and they might be the best team in the conference.

But they weren’t this weekend.

That title went to Missouri, who completed a series win against Texas on Sunday as Dripping Springs’ product Trevor Coleman hit two home runs to help the Tigers claim a 5-4 victory in the rubber match at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

The Longhorns (38-14, 18-6), who have three games remaining against Texas A&M, need any combination of three Texas victories and three losses by Missouri, which has six conference games remaining, to claim the Big 12 for the second consecutive year.

They could have completed both those tasks with a win Sunday.

It didn’t happen.

The Longhorns, who were playing without left fielder Jordan Danks — shoulder — and right fielder Kyle Russell, who injured his wrist in the fifth inning diving for a ball, couldn’t contain Coleman, a freshman.

After Texas took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the Missouri catcher hit a solo home run in the second inning off starter Austin Wood.

With the game tied at 2-2 in the sixth, Coleman, who had three home runs in the series, hit a two-run blast off Texas reliever Joseph Krebs, putting the Tigers (33-13, 14-7) up for good.

“It feels great to come here, where I’ve watched a few games, and play like this,” said Coleman, who talked with Texas a few times about playing in Austin but never got a scholarship offer. “Any time you come into this atmosphere and play like this and win the series, it’s big.”

The Tigers got both victories off poor bullpen performances by Krebs, who gave up three runs — two earned — in one-third of an inning Sunday.

“I just didn’t have it,” said Krebs, whose been one of Texas’ most reliable pitchers this season. “I was getting too many balls up in the zone and they took advantage.

The Horns tried to fight back.

They scored a run in the seventh on Preston Clark’s home run, and brought the game within one in the eighth when Travis Tucker scored on Chance Wheeless’ sacrifice fly.

But they couldn’t pull it off in the ninth as the game ended when Kyle Lusson flied out, leaving runners on first and second.

The Horns, who fell to 0-9 in games they’ve trailed after seven innings, stranded 14 runners Sunday.

And Texas always seems to strand the tieing run late in the game.

“That’s just the way it’s gone,”Peoples said. “We seem to put pressure on the other team but fall one hit short. It’s a gross feeling. I hope that everybody realizes how much this hurts.”

Garrido gave the Tigers credit.

“They got more confidence, more competitive and more mentally tough as the game went on,” Garrido said. “They didn’t win because we rolled over. We had our opportunities, and we kept fighting. They won because they played good baseball.”

Texas will have time to regroup from its first series loss since losing two of three at Long Beach State in February. They’re off this weekend before taking on the Aggies beginning May 18 in College Station.

“There are a lot of positives we can take from this,” Clark said. “We just have to realize that we need to regroup and come out and give 110 percent next game.”

Texas should be back to full strength when they invade Texas A&M.

“Both Danks and Russell should be back by then,” Garrido said. “Neither has serious injuries. This was the best time for them to get injured because we have time for them to heal.”


Texas Recap

MU Recap

Longhorns beat Missouri, move closer to Big 12 title!

Adrian Alaniz

They talk about picking each other up like it’s a job.

So late Friday night after the emotional fireworks following a 7-6 loss to Missouri, Texas pitcher Adrian Alaniz sent Preston Clark a text message.

“Keep your head up. I’m going to need you,” Alaniz’s text said.

Clark, the Longhorns catcher, was upset because his error in the 11th inning allowed the winning run to score. Saturday was different.

Clark had three hits and scored two runs, and Alaniz continued his dominant pitching as the Longhorns beat Missouri 5-1 in front of 4,971 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

If the Longhorns beat the Tigers today, Texas will claim its second consecutive Big 12 regular-season title. If Missouri wins, the Longhorns will need any future combination of two victories or Missouri losses to clinch the title.

“This feels so much better,” Clark said. “My teammates put last night’s loss as a team loss, but I thought it was my fault.”

There was no finger pointing after the Horns evened up the series. Alaniz (12-2) threw 8 1/3 innings, allowing just three hits and a run on 118 pitches.

Alaniz worked inside and battled as he has all season.

That’s the approach Texas pitching coach Skip Johnson preaches.

“Adrian’s performance was really big today, because he allowed us to save the bullpen after we used them Friday,” Johnson said.

Alaniz received the offensive support he needed in the fourth inning, when Bradley Suttle singled, Clark doubled and, two batters later, Chais Fuller knocked in both of them with a two-out single.

Fuller, who was 3 for 4, knocked in Clark again in the sixth inning, when Texas scored three more runs to take a 5-0 lead. The final runs came when Kyle Russell knocked a two-run single between first and second base with two outs.

“The difference in the game was that we had two chances with two outs and we couldn’t come through. They had two chances with two outs and they came through,” Jamieson said.

Russell thought it was more than that.

“This win really showed something about our team after last night,” he said. “We all went home and went to bed early and came back here ready to fight for a victory. And that’s exactly what we did.”

For Texas, the only negative from Saturday’s game was an injury to outfielder Jordan Danks, who bruised his shoulder when he ran into the wall making a critical catch in the fifth inning. The Tigers had the bases loaded with two outs when Danks made the play .

“It’s not separated, it’s just bruised,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “How long he’s out will depend on how much it swells up.”

Texas Recap

Missouri Recap


Longhorns fall inches short of victory against Missouri!

Clay Van Hook didn’t have a chance.

The ball was there, Missouri catcher Trevor Coleman was in front of the plate and so Van Hook was tagged out inches from scoring the tying run for Texas in the 11th inning on Friday night.

Coleman’s tag ended a thrilling 7-6 matchup between the Big 12’s top two teams in front of 4,851 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

The play began with Van Hook on first, and Jordan Danks hitting a line drive to right field.

Van Hook took off on contact, and Tigers right fielder Ryan Lollis dived for the ball, which bounced out of his glove and rolled away.

Lollis reached the ball as Van Hook was rounding third.

“I didn’t think he would go home, that’s why I wasn’t running to the ball that fast,” Lollis said. “But I looked up and he was going, so luckily I threw a good ball to the plate.”

The victory brought Missouri, which scored the winning run on an unusual error by Longhorns catcher Preston Clark, closer to Texas in the conference race. The Longhorns (37-13, 17-5 Big 12) need two victories against the Tigers (32-12, 13-6) to clinch the league’s regular-season title. Texas will get another chance to get one at 2 p.m. today.

So should Texas third-base coach Tommy Harmon have sent Van Hook?

“I don’t know,” Garrido said. “That’s something you’re going to have to ask somebody else.”

Harmon probably would do it again.

“I took a chance, and it was the wrong move,” Harmon said. “There were two outs, and I didn’t want to leave the tying run at third base.”

Texas left the winning run on third base in the bottom of the ninth after Clark hit a two-run, two-out single between first and second base to tie the game at 6.

But it was Clark who believed he cost the Longhorns the game in the 11th.

With Missouri’s Kurt Calvert on third and two outs, Clark had just caught a strike from pitcher Randy Boone. He tossed the ball back to Boone, as he had thousands of times before.

This one sailed over Boone’s head, landing just past the pitcher’s mound.

Texas second baseman Travis Tucker picked up the ball and fired it home, but Calvert slid in safely before Clark could get the tag down.

The tough loss overshadowed two more home runs from Kyle Russell, who leads NCAA Division I players with 26.

Russell almost had the game-winner in the 10th, ending the inning by hitting a ball to the warning track in right field.

Chance Wheeless also hit a ball to the warning track in left center to lead off the 11.



Missouri Recap

Austin Wood named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week!

Austin Wood


Austin Wood, Texas, LHP, So., Kingwood, Texas, Kingwood
Wood went 2-0 on the week with a 0.75 ERA in two starts. He held Oklahoma State’s offense scoreless for six innings, scattered three hits with two walks while striking out three as Texas earned the first-ever three-game sweep of OSU at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The Cowboys came into the three-game series with the conference’s highest batting average and most runs scored. Wood’s pitching contributed to handing the Cowboys thier its first shutout at Reynolds Stadium in nine years. In Texas’ game on Tuesday, Wood held UT-Pan American to one run on four hits while striking out five over six innings.

Big 12 Release