Texas baseball coach [tag]Augie Garrido[/tag] was arrested last weekend for driving while intoxicated, on Friday he was suspended from four games this season by Texas athletic director [tag]DeLoss Dodds[/tag]. The two men spoke in front of reporters yesterday, Dodds expressing his confidence in Garrido and Garrido his heartfelt remorse for his mistake. Watch below:

A four game suspension might not send a strong enough message to Texas athletes but Coach Garrido’s emotions and regret are real. He deserves a second chance and hopefully he takes advantage of it. The 2009 Texas baseball season will be one where both Garrido and the team need to bounce back.


Augie Garrido booted from USC football practice. Apparently they didn’t notice him hanging around before the 2006 Rose Bowl.


Cole Green misplays ball against St. John's[tag]Kenn Kasparek[/tag] pitched six strong innings but the offense couldn’t get going and Texas dropped the opening game of regional play to St. John’s 2-1. The team now must win three in the row to advance to the Super Regionals.

The game was tied going into the top of the 9th inning when relief pitcher [tag]Cole Green[/tag] mishandled a ball hit back to the mound. He recovered on the play but first baseman [tag]Brandon Belt[/tag] couldn’t handle the throw and the St. John’s batter reached safely. Three batters later he scored the winning run as Texas failed to turn a inning ending double play.

Head coach [tag]Augie Garrido[/tag] looked crushed by the loss in the post game press conference. I get the feeling that if this team gets swept out of the tournament he might call it a career.

The team takes on Sam Houston St. in an elimination game today at 2pm.

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Augie Garrido and Texas baseball team are facing dark days. Struggling badly on the field and major controversy in the dugout.


[tag]Augie Garrido[/tag] appeared on KVET 1300 this morning and had plenty to say. Among the highlights:

  • He agrees that Texas should be the best college baseball team in America and that, at times, this team was that this year. We did have a very good team that did a very good job. He’s not offering excuses. Accepting not getting to the CWS is very difficult. He was bitterly surprised at the role that fate played in the Regionals.
  • The team GPA was 2.9 in the Fall and over 3.0 (the highest ever) in the Spring.
  • He gave full credit to UCI for the series they had and noted that UCI hasn’t lost a championship game yet and he won’t be surprised to see them do well at the CWS because they are fundamentally extremely sound.
  • When asked about his exit interviews with the team, he said the three comments he got most about what impacted the team going into the Regional were: (1) The players really felt the impact of losing Preston Clark behind the plate before the Regional tourney…more than Coach Garrido would’ve imagined. Brett Lewis is very capable and the players had confidence in his ability. But, Preston’s leadership and interactions with the team all year provided more of the glue that held the team’s spirit together than Coach Garrido had imagined. (2) Losing Nick Peoples was also huge. (3) He was surprised to hear that the players were disappointed that they didn’t play at Disch-Falk and that they felt they would’ve won if they’d been playing at home. He thought that since they’d played 11 games at Dell Diamond early in the year, it wouldn’t have as much of an affect as it seemed to have. He thought they were past all that so that was surprising to him.
  • Regarding the draft, he thinks there’s a decent possibility that Kyle Russell will be back (he wants 1st round money but was drafted in the 4th), no clear idea about Bradley Suttle (also wanting 1st round money and drafted in the 4th; but the drafting team was the Yankees and you never know what they’ll do), and a good chance that both James Russell and Preston Clark will return.
  • Asked about Coach Johnson’s contribution in his first year and as they look forward: he thinks Coach Johnson is absolutely the right man at the right time for this job. He knows Texas baseball at every level inside and out.
  • He thinks we’ll have a real good team next year but added that he hesitates and stutters a little bit making that statement because he was so surprised to lose the Regional.
  • Regarding the construction at Disch-Falk: they’re not on schedule but they’re not behind, either. He explained that the team doesn’t need to be back out on the field until September and they should be able to do that. Prior to the first game on February 22nd, everything’s supposed to be completely finished. So, they’re behind schedule due to the recent rains but the delay won’t cause problems because things will still be completed before the team and fans actually need access.
  • He made a comment about ESPN being the only entity that has the power to force the changes that would bring a higher level of consistency and quality to college baseball. The implication, clearly, was that the best way to influence the NCAA was with money and ESPN holds the purse strings.

For more detail, please check out the report I filed on my site.


Posted May 20th, 2007 by Joanna
Filed under: Baseball

Texas beat the Aggies 3-2 last night to clinch the Texas A&M Series, the Lone Star Showdown, and the Big 12 Regular Season Title. All in one game. Cool.

Just like Friday night, the Horns came from behind to tie things up late in the game. And, very much like Friday night, an error by an Aggie player led to the winning run being scored by the Horns. In the 8th, with the game tied at 2, Chais Fuller hit a ball to ss that could’ve gone for a double play. The lead runner (Nick Peoples, who’d reached on a single) was thrown out (ss to 2b) but the relay throw to 1b was high. Chais dug hard for 2b and barely beat a nice throw by the Aggie catcher (who’d backed up the play at 1b). With Chais at 2b, Josh Prince (dh) singled to cf (rbi). The excitement in the stands was unbelievable.

In the top of the 9th, Randy Boone struck out the side. It was a beautiful thing to behold. Adrian Alaniz got the start for Texas but struggled. As Augie commented in his post-game interview with Keith Moorland, it looked like Adrian was just trying too hard. After giving up 2 runs in 3.2 innings, Joseph Krebs replaced him on the mound. And, held the Aggies scoreless through the 8th, giving up 2 hits with 4 strikeouts and no walks. He got the win and Randy got his 12th save of the year.

I love watching this team.

I haven’t done an in-depth report on my page yet (and may not have time to do one) so please check out the TexasSports.com story and the article in the Statesman for more info. And, photos.


Posted March 17th, 2007 by Brian
Filed under: Baseball

Augie GarridoTexas baseball coach [tag]Augie Garrido[/tag] continued to add to his historic career on Friday when he picked up his 1,600th victory against the Baylor Bears. As the winningest coach in NCAA baseball history, Garrido is of course the only coach to ever reach that number.

The win is just one more milestone in the Garrido’s legendary coaching career. Garrido’s teams have won five championships in four different decades, including two College World Series titles while at Texas. He’s also the only coach to ever win titles at two different schools.

With Garrido, Mack Brown, and Rick Barnes, the Texas Longhorns have the best trio of coaches in college sports.

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On Tuesday Drew Stubbs became the highest Texas Longhorn draft pick taken in the MLB draft since 1992 when Calvin Murray was taken with the 7th pick. The Atlanta, TX native Drew Stubbs was chosen with the 8th pick overall by the Cincinnati Reds. Longhorn pitcher Kyle McCulloch was also taken in the first round, with the World Series Champion Chicago White Sox selecting him with the 29th overall pick.

This makes it 13 Texas Longhorn that have been selected in the first round since Augie Garrido has been at the helm, and the second time in the last 2 years that two UT players were selected in the first round.

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Augie Garrido and the Horns met Texas fans’ high expectations.


Posted June 25th, 2005 by Brian
Filed under: Baseball, Live

First game in a best-of-three championship series between the Texas Longhorns and the Florida Gators. Longhorns have an extra day of rest and have been able to set up their rotation how they want it. On the other side of things, Florida is going with a freshman pitcher who hasn’t worked since May 25th.

First inning

Adrian Alaniz delivers to home plateLonghorns ahead early again. Centerfielder took a misstep and then had no prayer catching a liner off the bat of Will Crouch. Nick Peoples, who walked to lead-off the game, scored easily on the play. Make the freshman throw strikes and jump on him early and he might not be around long.

Horns’ defense a little shaky but they use a double play to get out of the inning quickly. They lead after one, 1 – 0.

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