It's time for Augie Garrido to go ahead and step aside, and allow the future of Texas baseball to play out without being tied down. So we have said all week, and Texas keeps winning when we say it. Fire Augie.
Friday night's contest was very much a classic Texas/Augie victory: not a lot of scoring, stellar pitching and defense, game over in under 2 hours 20 minutes. Ty Culbreth kept a clean sheet for 6.1 innings, Chase Shugart finished the 7th for him, and Josh Sawyer tossed a dominant frame for the second straight night--this time striking out the side on 11 pitches. Connor Mayes, newly assigned to the closer role, grabbed the save with a scoreless ninth.
This is pretty high-level, inside-baseball stuff but when you stop the other team from scoring any runs, it really makes it easier for you to win games. (Look it up. It's true.) Texas got the only run it needed and an insurance run in the sixth. With men on the corners and none out, Kody Clemens hit into a double play that scored Texas' first and winning run. One oitch later,
catcher first baseman third baseman Tres Barrera went deep for the second time in three games.
It's the first time Texas has beaten a top 10 opponent in a regular season series since #9 Stanford in 2011. A win today (2:30 PM CDT, Fox Sports 1) would bring the Longhorns to .500 on the season and 3-0 in the Big 12, having only played the presumptive best team in the league. Even with a loss, Texas will be in better shape than could have been hoped for 3 days ago. Here's hoping the Horns make an already good weekend great.