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HORNUCOPIA – FULL DECK

Longhorns BaseballAfter a rough start to the season, the Horns take a different approach with their pitching game.

When the Texas baseball team lost last year’s starting pitchers, expectations for the squad fell.

The 2011 MLB Draft claimed Taylor Jungmann (Milwaukee) and Cole Green (Cincinnati), and Sam Stafford remains in the dugout as he recovers from season-ending shoulder surgery. Now a group of less familiar names — like Nathan Thornhill, Parker French and Ricky Jacquez — work to keep the Texas pitching staff among the best in the nation.

Primarily used as a middle reliever last season, Thornhill (4-2, 3.81 ERA) has solidified himself as the team’s ace this year. At 3-1 with a 4.10 ERA, French has appeared in 16 of the team’s 29 games. The freshman tossed four scoreless innings to pick up his first career win in a 6-1 triumph over Texas State March 13. Jacquez, also a freshman, threw five...
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