Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Big 12 Orientation: UT-Austin Baseball

"I told you, I'm FINE to DRIVE! Now gimme my damn KEYS!"

UT-Austin Baseball at-a-glance:
-Program founded: 1894
-6 national championships (most recent: 2005)
-34 College World Series appearances (most recent: 2011)
-55 NCAA Tournament appearances (most recent: 2011)
-77 conference titles (7 in the Big 12)
-15 conference tournament championships (4 in the Big 12)
-9 college baseball hall of famers
-4 Dick Howser Trophy winners
-55 1st team All-Americans

History with TCU: The Horned Frogs and Longhorns have met 279 times on the diamond, with UT-Austin holding a commanding 219-58-2 lead in the series. The two teams haven't played each other in Fort Worth since 1997, although the 'Horns have deigned to play in Tarrant County on a number of occasions by granting the Frogs permission to host them at The Ballpark in Arlington, most recently in 2001.  The two teams had an agreed to play a home & home pair of non-conference games in 2009, but at the last minute Augie Garrido bravely backed out of taking his team to Lupton.  Fate, and the NCAA Tournament committee, forced the teams together down in Austin two years in a row for the Super Regionals.  The Longhorns prevailed two games to one in '09, and the Frogs earned their first trip to Omaha by taking two of three from UT-Austin at Disch-Falk in '10.  They celebrated the series win by dog-piling on the Longhorn logo in center field, eliciting quite a bit of butt hurtedness out of the puke orange and white faithful. 

Notable former Longhorns:

  • Roger Clemens.  Just like O.J. Simpson didn't kill his wife, the non-asshole Clemens did not do steroids...

  • Wayne Graham.  He's the head coach now at Rice, where he won a national title in 2003.

  • Brooks Kieschnick.  He's the TJ Ford of Longhorn baseball.

  • Calvin Schiradli.  He took the L for the Red Sox in Games 6 and 7 of the '86 World Series

  • Huston Street.  Not to be confused with Houston Street in downtown Fort Worth.

Recent History: When legendary coach Cliff Gustafson abruptly "retired" after being caught misusing funds from his annual baseball camps in 1996, he was the NCAA's all-time winningest coach.  To replace him, they selected Cal State Fullerton head coach Augie Garrido, who would later break Gustafson's record in 2005.  After having won three national titles at Fullerton, Garrido became the first coach to win titles at two different schools when UT-Austin won it all in 2002.  Two years later, the Longhorns lost to Fullerton in the championship series and Garrido and his team refused to accept their runner-up trophy or take part in the presentation.  So sportsmanship is definitely big with him.  They won it all again in 2005, and have been back to Omaha in 2009 (after Garrido's DUI arrest) and 2011.  This year's team, however, was the first UT-Austin baseball team not to make the NCAA Tournament since 1998.

Outlook for next year:  If you were like me and got a chuckle out of the Longhorns being left out of the NCAA Tournament, enjoy it while you can.  This year's team was decimated by injuries- incluing a season-ender to ace pitcher Sam Stafford before they even took the field- and suspensions.  The MLB Draft didn't hit their current roster nearly as hard as it did some other teams in the top half of the Big 12, and they- like TCU- got some big contributions from some young guys.  Third baseman Erich Weiss, who hit .350 this year and led the Longhorns with 38 RBI, leads a batting order that returns mostly intact and will be under the direction of a yet to be named new hitting coach next year.  Corey Knebel (2.08 as a sophomore this year) and Parker French (2.84 as a freshman) are slated to be the front-end of what will likely be another dangerous Longhorn pitching staff.  I'd expect them to be right in the thick of the Big 12 title hunt in 2013.


FrogHorn07 said...

Wow, Texas as has pretty much owned in us in every sport since the end of World War II. No wonder the older fans are not as excited about renewing the rivalry. It looks more like a long term one sided ass whooping than a true rivalry. We better start reversing the trend fast or all the t-shirt fans will be score boarding me at work.

Tech and Baylor look to be more our level, historically.

Cowtown Food Junkie said...

It's true. I really think we are at a place to be much more competitive in football and baseball. UT just owned us for 40 years. It's sad that we let ourselves fall so far athletically for so long. Hopefully, our journey through the lower levels of college athletics will keep us on our toes into the future.

SnK said...

If it makes you feel any better, you'll be hard pressed to find anyone that UT baseball hasn't owned historically.

HAIR said...

Agree. Anyone that calls Frogs and TX a rivalry is an ignaramous (sp?). This is no rivalry but a chip on the shoulder of Frog fans and a complete hatred for the other team. Unfortunately, the closet thing we have to a rivalry is SMU. There are several key components missing to put UT in that category.

FrogHorn07 said...

Baylor and Tech would also fall into the rivalry category for TCU.

But we have a LONG ways to go to make UT a true two sided rival. At least 25 years of heated match ups (not occasional wins or spurts of dominants like in the past, but years of a true back and forth) to make it a real rivalry. Until then, as much as I hate it, it is just "a we hate UT and they don't give a shit"(just like Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma St).

65frog said...

Our Quiddich Team dominates ALL!

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Tanner said...

can we PLEASE get a what a dick article for this piece of shit coach? he is low for a human, much less a college coach.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

Shouldn't we be allowed to sort of start from square one in these rivalries? New conference, new era, fuck the past.