Bats fall silent in 7-1 loss to Rice as baseball settles for series split

Texas starter Connor Mayes allowed just four hits in five innings, but also surrendered three earned runs and took the loss as the Longhorns fell, 7-1, Sunday to Rice (photo courtesy of

By Steve Habel, Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — There are a few things that can be taken from the first four games of season for the Texas baseball team, which ended a campaign-opening three-day homestand with a 7-1 loss Sunday to Rice.

First of all, it is apparent that the Longhorns will be competitive this season, their first under new coach David Pierce. There was little to separate Texas from the 23rd-ranked Owls in these four games, which produced a close win and blowout victory by both teams in a 2-2 split over the weekend.

Secondly, if the Longhorns are supposed to unveil a more explosive offense in the renovated, bring-in-the-fences configuration of UFCU Disch-Falk Field, they kept [article-offer]


Steve Habel

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .

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