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Texas sophomore RHP Chance Callihan throws no-hitter in summer league

Here’s a candidate to emerge under the new head coach.

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Rising sophomore pitcher Chance Callihan didn’t see the field for the Texas Longhorns in 2016, but the righty has made the most of his opportunities in the Texas Collegiate Summer League to impress his new coaches.

Callihan struck out eight batters and allowed only two walks en route to a no-hitter and a 4-0 win for the Victoria Generals Tuesday night.

Callihan, who hails from Dripping Springs, faced a number of Division I hitters in his dominant outing described as “masterful” by the Texas Collegiate League news release. He struck out BYU sophomore shortstop Casey Jacobsen twice and also got out Alabama A&M junior Tanner Ivey three times. Ivey was one of Alabama A&M’s leading hitters last season, batting .283 and hitting five home runs.

The Texas Collegiate League is ranked as the eighth best summer baseball league by baseball writer Ben Larsen in 2010. Though they only play seven inning games, Callihan’s performance is impressive nonetheless. His 1.77 ERA sits at third best in the summer league, only behind San Diego State starter Brett Seeburger and Florida pitcher MacGregor Hines. Callihan leads the league in strikeouts (56) and wins (6).

Callihan won’t be an obvious choice to play a major role in Texas’ rotation next year, but anything can happen with famed pitching expert David Pierce taking over the reigns for the Longhorns.

As for other Longhorns in their summer baseball leagues, it’s safe to say that Bret Boswell excels in tournament situations. After a poor sophomore season, Boswell concluded strongly by hitting 9-for-15 in the Big 12 Tournament. Now he’s the MVP of the tournament for the California Collegiate League.

Boswell led the CCL in average with a .391 mark and was second in the league for home runs with eight. He of course made the All-Star game in the summer league, which includes top players from powerhouse programs such as Arkansas and Texas Tech. Can you say 2017 breakout season?