No. 1 Texas Baseball plays Moneyball in Opening Season series

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Texas Baseball Team Against Rice
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AUSTIN, Texas — No. 1 Texas Baseball had their largest opening season weekend attendance (21,580) in program’s history to watch the Longhorns sweep the Rice Owls. Texas scored 36, Rice 3 in the series. In Sunday’s finale, Texas scored 14, Rice 2.

From El Paso, Texas studying corporate communications, redshirt junior #17 Ivan Melendez recorded two home runs, seven RBI, five base on balls (BB) on 10 at bats and striking out five times in the series. Interestingly, Melendez has a .200 batting average, .800 slugging percentage, and a .467 on base percentage.

Ivan Melendez against Rice
photo courtesy Texas Athletics

3 Games | 10 At Bats | 2 Hits | 2 Home Runs | 7 RBI | 5 Base on Balls | 5 Strikeouts 


Melendez currently leads the Big 12 in RBI (7) followed by Trey Faltine (6), and Silas Ardoin (5).

Fan photos by Jose Mendez / Horns Illustrated.

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Shortstop from Richmond, Texas, redshirt sophomore #0 Trey Faltine was at the plate 13 times and produced five hits, six RBI, two doubles, one home run, and five strikeouts. Faltine gets on base .429 of the time.

The Longhorns players have had 28 base on balls (BB) in the first three games.

Texas’ on base percentage from 2016-present:

  • 2022 .485
  • 2021 .394
  • 2020 .357
  • 2019 .356
  • 2018 .378
  • 2017 .359
  • 2016 .351

Texas goes on the road to Whataburger Field to play Texas A&M-Corpus Christy on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Terry Middleton

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