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Men's golf

The No. 3 men’s golf team will travel to Georgia this weekend for the 3M Augusta Invitational. After a week off, the Longhorns return to the course seeking their fourth-consecutive team win.

The format of the tournament this week is slightly varied. Instead of the usual three-day competition, the tournament will be held on two days, Saturday and Sunday. The competitors will play 54 holes in shotgun format, playing 36 continuous holes on the first day. 

Texas will send five players to Georgia to compete in the 15-team field, which includes 2014 champion University of Central Florida. Senior Kramer Hickok, sophomores Beau Hossler and Gavin Hall, and freshmen Doug Ghim and
Scottie Schefler will represent the Longhorns. 

Texas is currently coming off three-straight wins, the most recent of which at the Linger Longer Invitational late last month. Before that, the Longhorns finished first in the Johnny Hayt Invitational and the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.

Women's tennis

Texas women’s tennis will take on the Ohio State Buckeyes this weekend for the first time in program history.

Coming off a successful weekend against two unranked teams, Texas will gear up against the No. 19 Buckeyes, who are currently 10 spots above the No. 29-ranked Longhorns.

Ohio State, which entered the top 20 this week after winning its eighth straight game, is undefeated in Big Ten conference play with a 14–4 overall record.

Although Texas is the underdog in the matchup, the team is no stranger to upsetting higher-ranked opponents. Late last month, Texas took down then-No. 18 Texas Tech and, before that, then-No. 23 Oklahoma.

Texas’ lone ranked player, No. 47 junior Breaunna Addison, will most likely face off against Ohio State sophomore Gabriella De Santis. Although De Santis is not nationally ranked, she has played at No. 1 singles in her last two matchups and has a Big Ten record of 6–1. She received the Big Ten Athlete of the Week honor for the second time this season.

In doubles, De Santis and sophomore Sandy Niehaus are nationally ranked at No. 44, just one spot below the No. 43-ranked Texas duo of Addison and freshman Ryann Foster. The two pairs will most likely meet at No. 1 doubles for a close match.

Texas sophomore Neda Koprcina will presumably take on Niehaus on court three. Niehaus is currently undefeated in Big Ten play.

The match will be held at the Westwood Country Club in Austin. 

The No. 25 Longhorns started strong during its trip to California this weekend but struggled in their final games to end the weekend with a 2–3 record and a season mark of 9–6.  

On Thursday, Texas compiled upsets against No. 8 Georgia and No. 12 UCLA. The Longhorns handed the Bulldogs its first loss of the season behind a three-hit, complete-game shutout from freshman pitcher Erica Wright.

The game was scoreless until senior right fielder Marlee Gabaldon knocked a double into the right-center field gap to clear the loaded bases in the top of the seventh. Junior third baseman Stephanie Ceo then hit an inside-the-park home run that dropped between Georgia’s right and center fielders to add two more runs.

Two huge defensive plays from junior center fielder Lindsey Stephens kept the Bulldogs off the board late in the game. She fired a bullet in the bottom of the fifth to throw out Georgia senior pinch runner Adele Harrison at home and then made a tough catch in the sixth to strand two Georgia runners.

Against UCLA, sophomore pitcher Tiarra Davis threw four innings and gave up just one earned run on three hits while striking out two. Senior pitcher Gabby Smith earned her first save of the season, allowing two earned runs on five hits and striking out two in the final three frames of Texas’ 5–3 win.

Junior catcher Erin Shireman, who went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs, led the Longhorns while Stephens went 1-for-2 and scored a pair of runs.

Defensively, Shireman and sophomore left fielder Stephanie Wong made big plays to help preserve the Texas victory. In the bottom of the fifth, Wong made a difficult, back-handed running catch, and Shireman fired a shot from behind the plate to throw out a UCLA runner, keeping the game in Texas’ hands.

However, Friday didn’t go as well for Texas, as a seventh-inning Longhorn rally came up short in an 8–7 loss to Fresno State. Sophomore pitcher Lauren Slatten threw the first four frames, giving up three earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Freshman pitcher Kristen Clark came on in relief and took the loss, giving up the first of four runs in a big fifth inning for the Bulldogs.

Junior first baseman Holly Kern led the Longhorn on offense, going 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Stephens knocked a home run as well and Smith, in the game as a designated player, went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

On Friday night, Texas lost to No. 18 Missouri, 4–3. Wright pitched the entire game, allowing all four unearned runs and notching just one strikeout. Wong, Stephens and sophomore second baseman Kelli Hanzel each had an RBI. The Longhorns stranded the tying run on third in both games.

Texas closed out its weekend by losing to No. 24 Notre Dame, 5–1, on Saturday. Davis gave up four earned runs on four hits in 3.2 innings and took the loss before handing the game over to Slatten.

Smith accounted for the lone Texas score with an RBI single that scored Hanzel in the bottom of the sixth.

The Longhorns return to action this weekend at McCombs Field for the Texas Invitational.

Junior first baseman Holly Kern played well at the Texas Classic. Kern had 15 RBIs and is batting .367 on the year.
Photo Credit: Daulton Venglar | Daily Texan Staff

Throwing out the first pitch Thursday night in Cathedral City, California, No. 25 Texas softball kicks off its five-game stint in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic against No. 8 Georgia. This marks the third of five straight tournaments in which the Longhorns will compete.

After a 7–3 record to start the year, Texas cracked the USA Today/NFCA polls at No. 25, joining two other Big 12 schools — No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 7 Baylor.

With the success so far, Texas hopes to keep progressing in the upcoming games.

“We’ll just keep rolling into next week,” junior first baseman Holly Kern said after the Longhorns’ 11–4 victory over Colorado State on Sunday. “We are going to see some good teams out in California, so it will be a good challenge.”

Kern posted a stellar performance in the Texas Classic. She recorded 15 RBIs, scored four runs, hit three doubles and added a home run to bring her batting average up to .367.

Swinging strong for the Longhorns, sophomore infielder Kelli Hanzel has hit .545 over the past five games with three RBIs, three runs and two doubles. Sophomore outfielder Stephanie Wong and junior catcher Erin Shireman lead the team with .414 batting averages each. Wong has also already stolen five bases, while Shireman has hit three over the fence.

Delivering all around offensively as a team, the Longhorns bat .338 and have outscored their opponents, 79–42. Texas is tied for the third-best start in program history for the number of home runs hit in the first 10 games of a season, as they have already launched 10.

From the circle, sophomore pitcher Tiarra Davis continues to establish a dominant presence as the primary pitcher. Davis went 3–0 with 15 strikeouts last weekend with a couple of starts, as well as a relief showing. Sophomore pitcher Lauren Slatten has the lowest ERA of the four pitchers, and freshman pitchers Erica Wright and Kristen Clark have each shown sparks of greatness in their early performances. As a team, Texas maintains a 3.17 ERA and has recorded 59 strikeouts, 26 of which Wright has recorded.

After its match against No. 8 Georgia, Texas will play No. 12 UCLA, and, before the tournament ends, it will play two more ranked teams — No. 18 Missouri and No. 24 Notre Dame.

Julian Bond, civil rights activist and former Georgia state senator, stressed the importance of millienals in advocating for continued progress in civil rights. 

A distinguished figure in American history, Bond recalled his early involvement in the civil rights movement. He was one of eight students to take a class taught by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 

“Dr. King only taught one time. Only taught one class. Only eight people in the class. I’m one of the eight,” Bond said. “So I’m one of the eight people in the whole world who can say I was a student of Dr. King.” 

Bond expressed frustration in regards to a perceived stagnation in the fight for equality.

“[The civil rights movement] demonstrated the mobilization and courage of black people against white supremacy in a way that was unprecedented and has not been seen again,” Bond said. 

Bond referenced contemporary anecdotes in explaining the persistence of racism today.

“Obama’s election demonstrated one man’s singular achievement, not racial nirvana around the world,” Bond said. “The task ahead is enormous — equal to, if not greater than, the job already done.” 

Evan Garza, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Blanton Museum, said Bond reminded listeners they are in a new era for civil rights.

“In the 1960s, civil rights activists were fighting for fundamental rights,” Garza said. “Now, the fight is for social equity and equality on very real terms.” 

Bond discussed issues such as police shootings and the racial gap in health care and jobs. He said blacks are 33 percent less likely to have health care, and, in the past 25 years, the wealth gap between blacks and whites has nearly tripled.  

Jay Ellinger, intern for state Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), said 92 percent of 2013 arrests involved black people in Ferguson, Missouri, where riots broke out in 2014 after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man. 

“The only justification for these numbers is the system is inferior, or the system works against black people,” Ellinger said. 

According to Bond, race relations have improved, but present-day issues demand more action. Everyone should fight for police fairness and engage in the civic duty of voting, Bond said. He encouraged millennials to continue to unite and press for change.

Monica Rashed, international relations and global studies freshman, said she realized the importance of being a millennial.

“We’re the last generation to know people from the civil rights movement,” Rashed said. “We have to absorb their accounts, learn from them and build our own legacy.” 

Junior infielder Stephanie Ceo will be an important cog for the Longhorns’ offense as they look to bounce back from an early exit in the 2014 postseason.
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Texas is no stranger to tough opponents. 

Last season, the Longhorns made the six-hour trip to Lafeyette, Louisiana, for the regional round of the NCAA tournament to face the Ragin’ Cajuns, who had a decisive home-field advantage. And with that advantage, Louisiana-Lafeyette ended Texas’ postseason run early. 

In order to score the home-field advantage for the first round of the postseason, the No. 25 Longhorns are going to have to pull out some big wins against quality opponents in their non-conference schedule.

For the second straight year, Texas will open up the season on the road, heading west to play in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona, next weekend. There, the Longhorns will square off against No. 2 Oregon and No. 16 Arizona State as well as Northwestern and Stanford, who each received votes in a preseason coach’s poll.

Later in February, Texas will face No. 12 Georgia, No. 7 UCLA, No. 17 Missouri and No. 22 Notre Dame at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in California.

The key for the Longhorns in these tough preseason tournaments will be putting up good performances against Women’s College World Series contenders. They will need to come away with a few impressive wins to show the committee they deserve to be one of the top-16 seeded teams to open at their home field.

The difficult schedule away from Austin also gives Texas a chance to boost its RPI, a calculation that many NCAA postseason selection committees use to determine seedings. Following Texas’ loss to Louisiana-Lafayette last year, head coach Connie Clark said the defeat proved the importance of RPI, especially to the younger players on the team.

“It motivates you to really understand the RPI and really understand what it’s about to work your tail off to be in the top 16,” Clark said.

Of course, winning these non-conference games is easier said than done. Oregon is coming off a near miss at the title a year ago, after falling one game short of the final. Georgia and UCLA each have something to prove this year after being upset on home turf in the Super Regionals last year.

But even picking up two or three wins against ranked opponents could make a difference in determining the host teams for the NCAA tournament.  And it will be important to pick up those wins in the non-conference schedule because once conference play begins, it will be hard to pick up those quality wins in the Big 12.

Auburn at Alabama

The last time these two teams met, Chris Davis had his 15 minutes of fame after returning a missed Alabama field goal for a game-winning touchdown and helping Auburn leapfrog into the national title game. A year later, the stakes aren’t exactly the same, but the drama should be similar. Auburn has dropped off a bit with losses to Mississippi State and Georgia and then literally fumbling the game away against Texas A&M. Alabama, on the other hand, will be looking for revenge against the team that knocked it out of the national title game last year. Despite a close loss at Ole Miss, the Crimson Tide have run through the SEC West gauntlet and have put themselves in a position to get into the playoffs. These teams are headed in different directions, but this is the Iron Bowl, which is always must-watch television.

Mississippi State at Ole Miss

The stakes aren’t nearly as high as we thought they might be in October, but this should still be a great game between two rivals. Mississippi State still has a shot to make the top four for the playoffs, and a win over Ole Miss would be a big résumé builder. Bulldog junior quarterback Dak Prescott remains a Heisman candidate after throwing for 2,714 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. Ole Miss, on the other hand, is heading in the wrong direction after a promising start to the season. The Rebels knocked off Alabama but then lost to LSU, Auburn and Arkansas. Senior quarterback Bo Wallace has been less than stellar the past four games, with only five touchdown passes and four picks. Still, this game is in the national spotlight for the first time in quite some time and is well worth a watch. 

Florida at Florida State

On the surface, this doesn’t seem like much of a matchup. Florida has seemingly dropped off the face of the college football landscape along with former head coach Will Muschamp, and Florida State has won 27 games in a row. But there are a lot of unknowns in this rivalry game. Florida could be inspired by its coach’s last game and come out like world beaters, similar to what it did to Georgia a few weeks ago. Meanwhile, Florida State has made a habit of struggling against lesser teams in the first half and barely pulling out a win at the very end. No, this isn’t the Gator-Seminole rivalry of old, but it’s suddenly all the rage to see if this is the week Florida State finally falls.

Georgia Tech at Georgia

This could be the most underrated rivalry matchup this week, which says a lot considering both teams come into the game ranked pretty high. Georgia Tech has quietly worked its way through a tough schedule and put an exclamation point on it with a 28-6 win over then-No. 19 Clemson. Meanwhile, Georgia has at times looked like a national championship contender, with wins over Missouri and Auburn, but looked mediocre in the loss to Florida. Still, the Bulldogs need this win to stay alive in the race for the SEC East title. At any rate, this is a game that deserves to be watched.

Photo Credit: Mariana Munoz | Daily Texan Staff

A Wake Forest University assistant professor spoke Monday at the College of Liberal Arts Building about how racial tensions impact the passage of welfare programs. 

Hana Brown, who works in Wake Forest’s Department of Sociology, examines in her new book, the racial and political impact of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. Brown used a comparison of racial situations in Georgia and Arizona in the early 1990s to show their influence on the passage of the act.       

Within these issues, Brown’s focus was on punitive states, such as Georgia and Arizona, that enforced tougher welfare laws, while Alabama and California laws were more lenient.        

Brown said the issue that led to the passage of the act in Georgia was the state flag. According to Brown, Zell Miller made the issue a priority of his office when he became Georgia’s governor in 1991. Although the flag issue may not appear to relate to welfare programs, Brown said that it raised racial tensions.       

“At the time, more and more people were getting involved in this issue,” Brown said. “People in the African-American community were so outraged that groups of students stood on the steps of the Georgia Capitol burning the state flag. As a result, whites became upset.”        

According to Brown, white people sent letters claiming they lost trust in the governor and were threatening to vote against him. Brown said the letters to the governor were often racially motivated. Eventually, Miller’s philosophy began to shift and he supported more restrictive welfare laws.      

Brown said in the early 1990s, racial issues guided Arizona laws on immigration. According to Brown, the issues of the 1990s led to the passage of Senate Bill 1070 in 2010 in Arizona, a bill that put stricter restrictions on illegal immigration.    

“Arizona had a very similar feeling,” Brown said. “Most of their feelings dealt with the immigration and you could sense the animosity toward Latinos. A feeling was created that those who should be receiving entitlements are whites.”      

As a result of this, Arizona implemented more restricted laws toward its welfare programs.       

Comparing the issues in Arizona and Georgia, Brown said three implications prevail, including public attitude leading to political changes, understanding one’s racial status, and their overall impacts on the welfare states.        

Sociology professor Jennifer Glass said she found it interesting how gender is not an issue in these studies.       

“It is amazing to me that of the issue of gender and even children have not been brought up,” Glass said. “It is fascinating that the people who are involved in these programs were not mentioned in the letters and they are simply ignored.”

Texas Finishes Fourth in Georgia

No. 15 Texas golf grabbed its fourth top-5 finish this season on Sunday. The Longhorns finished the Schenkel Invitational tied for fourth place with Virginia. 

Host Georgia Southern clinched the team honors with an eight-stroke lead in Statesboro, Ga. Alabama-Birmingham and Central Florida followed the host team before Texas and Virginia claimed a tie for fourth place. 

Junior Kramer Hickok led the team with a sixth-place tie, followed closely by freshman Beau Hossler, who matched his career-best finish at 10th place. 

Senior Toni Hakula and freshman Gavin Hall were plagued by bogeys this Sunday, ultimately recording 72 strokes apiece. Hakula’s and Hall’s final scores earned them 32nd and 53rd place, respectively.

Texas has an open schedule for nearly three weeks until it heads back to Georgia for the Augusta State Invitational April 4-5. 

—James Granberry

Texas pulls through a close 4-3 match despite an injury

The No. 7 men's tennis team defeated No. 13 Wake Forest in a close 4-3 match Thursday at Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C. 

Texas spent spring break competing, after topping Wake Forest 9-4 in the ITA Kick-Off in January.

Junior Lloyd Glasspool retired early because of injury but not before forcing a third set in his match. Glasspool positioned juniors Clement Homs and junior Soren Hess-Olesen to finish their wins, giving UT a 3-2 lead.

Texas endured three losses at the hands of singles freshman George Goldhoff and doubles duos Glasspool/Hess-Olesen  junior Jacoby Lewis/senior David Holiner. Sophomore Nick Naumann’s win of 6-2, 6-3 resulted in UT’s first point of the match.

Texas will compete 6 p.m. Wednesday against Wichita State at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

—Brianna Holt

Addison, Batra open Big 12 play with two wins

The No. 22 women's tennis team began Big 12 play on the road this weekend, splitting two contests between Texas Christian and Texas Tech.

On Friday, No. 18 sophomore Breaunna Addison beat TCU’s No. 53 Stefanie Tan in straight sets. Earlier, she teamed up with senior Elizabeth Begley to defeat Tan/Arantekin 8-7.  

Unfortunately, Texas dropped the doubles point for a 5-2 loss.

Texas picked up its first Big 12 win against the Red Raiders, winning the doubles point before Addison, freshmen Ratnika Batra and Pippa Horn earned singles victories. Both Addison and Batra moved to 2-0 in conference play.

The Longhorns were shut out (7-0) last weekend against Michigan as they dropped three matches that went to third sets.

They recovered the next day, winning five singles matches to claim a 5-2 victory over Yale.

Texas faces Iowa State at 6 p.m. Friday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

—Chris Caraveo

 

The Longhorns enter the 2014 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship in Virginia with a goal to advance past the first round, something they have yet to accomplish the last two years at this event.

They can thank Georgia for that.

No. 17 Texas (3-1) lost in the opening round of the indoor championship to the Bulldogs in its first two appearances at the meet.

The Longhorns do not have to worry about another first-round exit this year — at least not one courtesy of Georgia — but they still face a formidable opponent in UCLA.

The Bruins, ranked No. 5, feature top-ranked singles player Robin Anderson and have appeared in the last two indoor championship finals, winning the 2012 event.

If the team moves beyond the first round, the Longhorns will have potential matchups against No. 6 USC and No. 2 Florida in the ensuing two rounds.

Texas and UCLA begin play at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va., Friday at 2:30 p.m.

The Longhorns took on Southeastern Conference foe, No. 8 Auburn on Thursday, marking Texas’ return to dual-meet competition, and the first time it has hosted the Tigers at home in four seasons. The Texas divers wasted no time getting re-acquainted the dual-meet format. Redshirt junior Will Chandler took the one-meter event with a score of 367.05 followed by sophomore Cory Bowersox and freshman Michael Hixon, solidifying a Texas one-two-three finish.

The meet also featured the young talent Texas swimming possesses. Sophomore John Martens added an NCAA “B” cut and a victory in the 200 butterfly, helping the Longhorns to a 162.5-132.5 overall victory.

Texas continued its success with a 169-126 victory over Georgia on Saturday. Hixon swept the diving events and posted a personal best on the three-meter board. In the swimming portion, sophomore Sam Lewis captured a come-from-behind win against the All-American packed Georgia contingent in the 500 freestyle.

“[Lewis] is growing in our sport right before our eyes”, Texas assistant coach Kris Kubik said. “He has now come to realize he is in the argument for the top racers in the country in the middle-distance events.”