• Baseball's Mark Payton will return for senior season

    Senior Mark Payton announced that he will return to Texas for his senior season. He announced Friday afternoon that he would be turning down a contact with the Cleveland Indians who selected him in the 16th round of the MLB draft last month. Before starting at Texas, Payton was drafted in 2010 by the Minnesota Twins in the 31st round.

    "I love playing at Texas and I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to go professional, but we weighed both options and decided it was best for me to come back to school, finish up my degree and take another run at the College World Series," Payton said. 

    Payton has started 167 games through three years at Texas and currently has a career batting average of .319 with 35 doubles, 14 triples and 83 RBIs. With his 14 triples, Payton is tied for sixth in the Texas record books. 

    Last season, Pyton led the Big 12 in batting average with an average of .393, which ranks fourth in the last 40 years. He was a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection.

    "We are thrilled to have Mark Payton coming back for his senior year," head coach Augie Garrido said. "His experience and leadership will play a key role in getting us back to winning championships at The University of Texas." 

     

  • Swimming and Diving finds success at World University Games

    Several current and former Longhorns have found success at the World University Games this week. 

    On day three of the competition, former Longhorn Laura Sogar captured bronze in the 100-meter breaststroke, just two seconds behind gold. Rising sophomore Meghan Houston, a diver, also won bronze a day earlier, on Thursday. Houston competed in the three-meter synchronized event with Laura Ryan, a diver from Georgia. Earlier, Houston finished 10th in the one-meter diving semifinals. 

    Sogar will compete in the 200-meter breaststroke this weekend and the 50-meter breaststroke on Monday. 

    Junior Jake Ritter placed seventh in the 400-meter freestyle event on Wednesday, his only event. Teammate Jack Conger, an incoming freshman, will compete in the 200-meter breaststroke and 100-meter butterfly on Sunday. 

    Another former Longhorn, Austin Surhoff, will participate in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay this coming Monday. All are competing for Team USA.