Collin Shaw

Junior left fielder Ben Johnson hit an RBI double that was the starting point for the Longhorns’ five-run beatdown of the Wildcats.
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In the fifth inning Sunday, Collin Shaw launched a ball onto Comal Street for a two-run home run.

After breaking a 1–1 tie in the same inning, the senior right fielder’s second home run of the season at UFCU Disch-Falk Field gave Texas a 4-1 lead over No. 14 Kansas State.

“[I’ve just been] going [to the plate] with the approach of helping the team win no matter the situation,” Shaw said.

Texas eventually took a 6–1 win and secured a three-game sweep over the Wildcats.

The Longhorns jumped on Kansas State early in the game. After the Wildcats retired the first two Longhorns in the first, junior shortstop C.J Hinojosa lined a ball into right for a single. Sophomore catcher Tres Barrera then brought Hinojosa home with a double off the left-field wall.

Texas had a chance to add to its 1–0 lead in the second when redshirt freshman Bret Boswell hit a lead-off single and freshman catcher Michael Cantu followed with a walk. Sophomore pitcher Kacy Clemens batted in the designated hitter’s spot and bunted the two runners into scoring position, but Texas left them stranded.

The Wildcats took advantage of the Longhorns’ misfortune in the third, as Kansas State tied the game at 1–1. The game went into a stalemate until the fifth inning, when junior left fielder Ben Johnson hit an RBI double to give Texas a 2–1 lead. The Longhorns continued their onslaught with Shaw’s two-run blast.

Texas added a run in the seventh inning and its final run in the eighth, when Boswell hit an RBI single down the middle to score Barrera and extend the lead to 6–1.

After a disappointing midweek loss to UT-Arlington, Johnson said coming back and the hitting the ball well this weekend helped Texas’ momentum.

“You got to give credit to [UT-Arlington]. They played a great game,” Johnson said. “It’s just something we had to learn from. We have a great, mature team, and if something like that happens, we got to learn from it. And I think we did that this weekend.”

In addition to Texas’ hitting Sunday, the Longhorns turned in solid performance from Clemens. He pitched five innings, allowing two hits and one run and striking out one.

“[Clemens’] outing was good,” head coach Augie Garrido said. “Each time, he’s progressed. That’s what winners do. That’s only the seventh time he’s pitched in two years. He’s quite an improvement and quite an addition to the pitching staff.”

Although Garrido said he liked what he saw from Clemens, Clemens said he still felt he had room to improve.

“I think my changeup and slider has been better,” Clemens said. “I think I had the best stuff against UT-Arlington. Today, I really couldn’t locate my off-speed as well as I wanted to.”

Junior pitcher Travis Duke replaced Clemens in the sixth and freshman Connor Mayes closed the final 2 2–3 innings of play with two strikeouts and zero hits allowed.

Texas (16–8) will look to build off its sweep when it plays Texas State (10–12–1, 6–3 Sun Belt) at 6 p.m. Tuesday in San Marcos.

Senior right fielder Collin Shaw has been a steady hand for the Longhorns in the outfield, posting a .988 career fielding percentage.
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Senior right fielder Collin Shaw has a knack for the spectacular.

In the bottom of the sixth inning against UT last week, the Roadrunners threatened to score with two men on base when UTSA’s junior infielder Geonte Jackson sliced a ball into foul territory. Shaw raced down from his spot in right field. While trying to avoid his fellow teammates in foul territory, he looked down — and when he looked back up, he overran the ball. In a last-second effort, Shaw stretched his glove behind his right shoulder. He made the inning-ending catch while falling backwards.

This impressive catch appeared on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Top 10 plays. However, it’s not the first time the 6-foot, 199 pound right fielder has made it on the program; he’s been there a couple times before.

“I think my favorite catch I’ve made since I’ve been here was at OU last year,” Shaw said. “It was a big game. A big point in the season. But Tuesday was cool. They’re all fun. Any time we get an out is good.”

Last season at Oklahoma, Shaw made a diving catch where he had to dive straight back into right field, which was arguably more difficult than the one made against the Roadrunners, according to head coach Augie Garrido.

“I think it was even more difficult than [the one against UTSA],” Garrido said. “The ball was completely over his head, which makes it very difficult. He had to leave his feet and literally dive, not in a downward way. It was straight back, and he caught it.”

In his fourth year with the Longhorns, Shaw’s catching ability in right field is something the team can count on. In fact, it’s the reason Garrido has Shaw in right.

Garrido said right field is the most difficult position to play at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. When games begin at dusk, the sun’s shadow off of the stadium makes playing right a challenge. The size of the stadium makes it difficult to play in with the right field wall — 325 feet from home plate and 400 feet to center field. But Shaw hasn’t had much trouble playing right.

“He’s way above average in his skill sets,” Garrido said. “He’s fearless. He was a wide receiver in high school — a very good one — in football. Those skills, you’re seeing that right here. A lot of it is he’s just absolutely fearless.
He’s tough.”

Alongside his fielding abilities, Shaw has had success at the plate. In high school, Shaw earned all-state second team honors during his season while batting .487 with seven home runs.

In his junior season with the Longhorns, Shaw hit .264 and stole 13 bases in 61 games. After 10 games this season, he’s hitting .366 with 10 extra-base hits and 11 RBIs. 

Boasting both fielding and batting ability, Shaw has become a team leader.

“He does everything right in the program,” Garrido said. “If he hits a ground ball, he tries to beat it out — no matter if it’s a sure out in most people’s minds. That’s what we ask him to do — run to be safe from home to first. He does things right. And that always provides leadership.”

Shaw and the Longhorns (8–2) begin a three-game series against San Diego (2–6) Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Freshman third baseman Bret Boswell hit a walk-off single Wednesday night to help the Longhorns come back from a 4-0 deficit to beat UTPA, 5-4. Boswell finished the night with three hits and two RBIs.
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After a strong start to the season, the Longhorns offense fell silent for the first half of Wednesday night’s 5–4 win against UT-Pan American.

Down 4–0 after four innings, the Longhorns began their comeback. With runners on first and second and two outs in the fifth, junior shortstop C.J Hinojosa drilled a single back up the middle to get the Longhorns on the board. 

Two innings later, senior right fielder Collin Shaw recorded Texas’ first extra base hit of the night — an RBI double to cut the deficit to 4–2. In the next inning, Texas senior second baseman Brooks Marlow led off the inning with a walk and scored on freshman third baseman Bret Boswell’s double. Two batters later, Boswell came home to tie the score on a single by sophomore center fielder Zane Gurwitz. 

Brones starting junior pitcher junior Parker Gallegos held Texas (8–2) without an extra base hit for just over six innings. His defense played a big role in that, including sophomore first baseman Victor Garcia Jr., who made a diving stop in the sixth inning to rob Marlow of a hit.

Trailing 4–1 in the seventh, No. 6 Texas scored on a double by Shaw. The Longhorns then tied the game in the eighth with an RBI double by Boswell and an RBI single by Gurwitz. 

With runners on the corners and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Boswell singled up the middle to bring in Shaw and give Texas a 5–4 win. 

“I thought I was going to get a hit, and I was just looking to hit it up the middle and get a good swing on it,” Boswell said. 

Texas’ early difficulties at the plate didn’t come from failing to get the bat on the ball — the Longhorns were sent down on strikes only twice in the game. The issue was getting the hits past the defenders. 

After escaping a jam in the top of the ninth when UTPA had runners at first and third with two outs, the Longhorns found themselves in the exact same position. However, with a full count, Boswell just sneaked the ball past the shortstop to win the game. 

Head coach Augie Garrido said that’s what Boswell does. 

“He’s a big-game player and a big-game performer,” Garrido said. 

Freshman starting pitcher Connor Mayes struggled in his second collegiate start. After posting a perfect first inning, Mayes allowed two runs in the second inning, including one that came after he dropped the ball while covering first base. He then allowed another run off a blooper single before being pulled from the game. 

Two of those runs for UTPA (5-3) came on errors by the defense, which had its struggles during the night as well. Freshman catcher Michael Cantu allowed his first passed ball of his career and Hinojosa bobbled a ground ball — both of which led to runs. 

Texas returns to action Friday night at 7:30 p.m. to start off a three-game series against San Diego at home this weekend.

If there was any doubt about who was the ace of the Longhorns pitching staff, Parker French put that to rest Friday night.

While the senior pitcher only struck one batter out, French limited Minnesota to only three hits in six innings and allowed only one run.

Meanwhile, the Texas offense exploded for 13 runs on 17 hits to secure a 13-2 victory over the Golden Gophers in the first game of a four-game series.

As they did Tuesday night against UTSA, the Longhorns got off to a quick start on the mound and behind the plate. After French led off the game with a quick 1-2-3 inning, junior left fielder Ben Johnson opened the bottom half of the inning with a fly ball that went just underneath the right fielder’s glove for a triple. Senior right fielder Collin Shaw then brought him in on a ground out to give the Longhorns the early lead.

After adding another run in the first, Texas struck again in the second, scoring on a wild pitch and then Shaw added an RBI triple just over the left fielder’s head to up the Longhorn’s lead to 4-0. After Minnesota got on the board in the fourth, the floodgates opened for Texas in the fifth.

Junior shortstop C.J. Hinojosa reached on an error to start the inning, chasing the Golden Gopher’s starter Ben Meyer from the game, the next two batters reached on walks and then freshman third-baseman Bret Boswell drilled a ground-rule double to right field to bring in two runs.

Two batters later, fellow freshman Michael Cantu singled to right center field to up the Texas lead to 8-1. Cantu then added to his RBI total with a bases-loaded triple in the eighth to increase the lead 13-1.

“Ben’s been swinging the bat good and Collin and Tres [Barrera] and we feed off of that and hit the ball well,” Cantu said.

French, meanwhile, did more than his part on the mound. The right hander threw first-pitch strikes to the first 10 batters he faced. French also limited Minnesota to only two extra base hits.

As good as he was pitching, French said he didn’t mind coming out after six innings.

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” French said. “You don’t win national championships in February.”

The Longhorns and Golden Gophers will square off in a double header Saturday afternoon. The first game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

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The pitching staff continued its dominance this weekend, but it was the Texas bats that stole the show against Columbia.

No. 19 Texas played nearly flawless baseball this weekend, sweeping Columbia in its three-game series. The Longhorns tallied 24 combined runs, showcasing a new element that the team has been searching for all season.

Game 1 was the closest of the weekend, but Texas used timely hitting to defeat Columbia 7-3, behind six strong innings from junior pitcher Dillon Peters. The Longhorns started a rally in the fourth inning after junior outfielder Collin Shaw tripled to score sophomore shortstop C.J. Hinojosa, before scoring himself on a double by freshman catcher Tres Barrera.

Texas pounced on Columbia again in the next inning when Shaw singled with the bases loaded to put two more runs on the board, making the score 5-0. Shaw finished the game with three hits and three RBIs to lead the team.

“[Shaw] is making it look easy,” head coach Augie Garrido said. “You don’t always get a hit. The weakest ball that Ben Johnson has hit in a week was a hit. So this business of hits, I told Ben it is just about luck — maybe hitting is about being lucky. But, Shaw did a great job.”

In Game 2, Texas pulled out in front in the first inning with an RBI groundout by Hinojosa. Columbia answered with a run of its own in the top of the second, but it would be the only run the Lions could push across against the Longhorns.

The Longhorns ended up taking the game 6-1 behind 7.1 strong innings from junior pitcher Parker French, who struck out six while allowing just six hits. Junior second baseman Brooks Marlow buoyed the offense with a 2-for-4 and two RBI performance while Hinojosa added two RBIs of his own.

Game 3 was the most lopsided win of the weekend, and perhaps of the year for Texas. Senior pitcher Nathan Thornhill starred with his eight innings of scoreless baseball on the mound. When the dust settled, Texas had compiled 11 runs on 13 hits, taking the game 11-0.

The biggest surprise of the third game was the 4-for-5 effort by Barrera, who has struggled at the plate all season. He, along with three other Longhorns, posted two RBIs a piece in the blowout.

Texas will look to keep the offense firing on all cylinders when they host Texas State on Tuesday night.

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It was fitting that, on the first day of spring football practice, DBU was on the scoreboard at Disch-Falk Field. But this DBU was for Dallas Baptist, not the Longhorns’ secondary.

With the way junior Lukas Schiraldi was pitching, it might as well have been junior cornerback Quandre Diggs or sophomore cornerback Duke Thomas hacking away. Schiraldi (3-1) shut out the Patriots in his eight innings as the Longhorns won 5-0 Tuesday night.  

“I was very pleased with Schiraldi today,” head coach Augie Garrido said. “He was really good. Really good.”

Schiraldi, behind his two-seam fastball, allowed just two hits on the night, turning it over to his offense quickly.

“We threw a ton of changeups,” Schiraldi said. “I had a lot of confidence in it. They were taking big hacks; make them hit it into the ground.”

Texas (15-6) jumped on the board early against Dallas Baptist (15-4) on a first-inning RBI triple by senior outfielder Mark Payton. The triple drove in junior infielder Brooks Marlow, who led off the inning with a walk, ruining Dallas Baptist’s 30-inning scoreless streak.

“[Scoring first] takes a huge weight off my shoulders,” Schiraldi said. “It allows me to pitch to contact.” 

The Longhorns tacked on two more in the third on a pair of two out hits. Before that, though, it appeared the inning was over. Sophomore outfielder Ben Johnson was called out trying to steal third, and Dallas Baptist began jogging off the field.

Then the umpire reversed his call — calling a juggle on the third baseman’s catch — and the Longhorns were back in business. Payton walked to put runners on the corner and was followed by a hard single by sophomore infielder C.J Hinojosa to drive in Johnson and a double down the right-field line from junior outfielder Collin Shaw.

Shaw, who has started less than half of Texas’ games this season, is starting to rise in the order as his batting average balloons. In his first two seasons with Texas, Shaw hit .128 and .222. This season, he was on the same pace until a hot stretch vaulted him up the lineup. In the last seven games, he has hit .389.

The Longhorns added two more in the sixth on freshman infielder Zane Gurwitz’s squeeze and Payton’s line-drive single.

“The scope of our offensive game is good enough to beat anyone,” Garrido said. “We just have to execute, and we did that tonight.”

But just one was good enough for Schiraldi, who continues to establish himself as a solid starting option for the Longhorns. 

“I love being able to start,” Schiraldi said of his demotion from the weekend rotation. “Being a Tuesday guy is no different. I still get to pitch. I love it.”

The Longhorns needed a rally in the eighth, but defeated Oral Roberts 4-3 on Tuesday evening at Disch-Falk Field. With the score knotted at 3, Weston Hall plated second baseman Brooks Marlow for the go-head run in the eighth.

Marlow sparked the rally in the eighth with a single to center field. He then advanced to third off a single from Collin Shaw before Hall came up with the single to second base to put the Longhorns ahead.

“We had some clutch hits,” Texas head coach Augie Garrido said. “All in all it was a good college baseball game.”

Marlow finished the night 1-for-3. Both freshman C.J Hinojosa and junior Mark Payton had two hits for the Longhorns.

With a 3-1 lead, closer Corey Knebel allowed a game-tying, two-run triple to Tyler Boss. But Texas responded in the bottom of the eighth as Brooks Marlow and Collin Shaw both singled with two out before Oral Roberts second baseman Matt Brandy couldn't handle Weston Hall's ground ball up the middle and Marlow scored what proved to be the game-winning run. Knebel came back out for the ninth inning and struck out the side to pick up his first win of the year.

“I guess [Corey] was finally tired of getting saves all of these years so he set himself up for a win,” Garrido said. “We had a lot of opportunities and I think we played a very good defensive game.”

Freshman Chad Hollingsworth started out on the mound for the Longhorns and pitched four innings while surrendering one run on two hits. Texas gave up seven hits on the night.

The Longhorns will begin their conference season this weekend with a home series against Texas Tech. The series opener will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Game 2 is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday with game three at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Red Raiders are 11-7 on the season and will face Utah Valley on Wednesday night before coming to Austin on Friday.

Outfielder Cohl Walla swings at a pitch. Walla tore his ACL in a collision during practice last week and isn’t expected to play this season. He hit .229 last season.

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Junior outfielder Cohl Walla has torn his ACL and will miss this upcoming season.

The injury took place during a collision in the outfield during a practice last week.

Walla played in 50 games last season, batting .229 and notching 18 RBI. The former two-sport star at Lake Travis enjoyed a much better freshman campaign, hitting .316 while racking up eight home runs, 20 extra-base hits, 14 stolen bases and posting a .491 slugging percentage.

Walla earned a spot on Baseball America's second-team freshman All-American team in 2010 and checked in at No. 65 on College Baseball Daily's preseason list of 2011 Top 100 college baseball players, joining teammates Taylor Jungmann and Cole Green.

The Longhorns were set to bring back all three of their starting outfielders with sophomore right fielder Mark Payton and junior left fielder Jonathan Walsh returning to Austin this year. The vacancy in center field could be filled by a few players. Senior outfielder Tim Maitland, who has been used as a defensive replacement most of his first three years at Texas, has batted .190, driven in nine runs and registered one extra-base hit in 79 career at-bats.

Two new players could also fill the void left by Walla in freshman Collin Shaw and junior college transfer Matt Moynihan, who has two years of eligibility left but has not yet been cleared academically. Shaw, like Walla, is a local product who lettered in both football and baseball in high school.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Shaw batted .487 and hit seven home runs as a senior for Westlake, earning him second-team All-State honors while garnering All-District accolades as a wide receiver for the Chaparrals during his junior and senior seasons. Walla, who was taken in the 43rd round by the Washington Nationals after graduating from Lake Travis was also a high school wideout. He caught 65 passes for 1,009 yards and 12 touchdowns — from former Longhorn quarterback Garrett Gilbert ­— during the Cavaliers' 2007 state title run, the first of five consecutive championships.

Printed on Monday, February 6, 2012 as: Walla likely to miss season with knee injury