University of Houston baseball assistant coach Mike Taylor is leaving the Cougars to join the staff at Baylor.
Taylor spent the past two years as the Cougars' hitting, catching and third-base coach. Before joining Houston, Taylor was an assistant coach at Rice for 12 seasons.
Before his tenure at Rice, the Houston native spent eight seasons at the junior college level.
Houston Baptist outfielder Zach Nehrir jogs to the dugout during an NCAA tournament game against the University of Houston. (Jamaal Ellis)
Houston Baptist senior center fielder Zach Nehrir became the highest draft pick in HBU history when he was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the first pick of the 16th round (466th overall) during Wednesday's Major League Baseball draft.
FORT WORTH – Texas A&M's Mike Barash, worn down from catching 16 innings starting Monday night and ending early Tuesday morning, knew he'd be reliving the game just played in not only the days ahead, but for months to come.
"It's going to sting because we have to hang on to this one for a while," Barash said.
Todd Whitting, who has led the University of Houston to two straight NCAA baseball tournament appearances, said Monday he was contacted by Baylor about its vacant head coaching job but chose not to pursue.
Baylor is in search of a replacement for Steve Smith, who was fired last month after 21 seasons.
Texas A&M-TCU super regional
FORT WORTH – TCU, in a tenacious offensive effort all Saturday afternoon, defeated Texas A&M 13-4 in a packed Lupton Stadium, in striking first in an NCAA tournament super regional.
The teams meet again starting 1:15 p.m. Sunday in Lupton, and should the Horned Frogs prevail again they'll play in their third College World Series in six seasons.
Video: Kevin Sumlin on Brandon Williams shifting from RB to CB to start camp: pic.twitter.com/pEDLO6fXZx
— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) June 5, 2015
BRYAN – Brandon Williams is shifting from one side of the ball to another in time for his senior season at Texas A&M.
Texas A&M baseball: 2015 postseason
COLLEGE STATION – The old Southwest Conference lives! Because an event this week offered a reminder that sometimes things were pretty good – as in pretty bad – in the old days between the likes of Texas A&M and TCU.
Only this involves something that was only in its infant stages in 1996, when the SWC disbanded for greener pastures for its top dogs: Cyberspace.
Texas A&M lefty Tyler Stubblefield on Wednesday on his unexpected return from a torn ACL this season: pic.twitter.com/VexNmz0nKM
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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M pitcher Tyler Stubblefield said he appreciated California testing out his rehabbed knee early and often with bunts on Sunday.
COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M coach Rob Childress gathered his team for a breakfast on Sunday morning following a late-night, wrenching, 14-inning loss to California, knowing the Aggies suddenly had to win three straight games to advance out of their own NCAA tournament regional.
"There are going to be two or three teams tough enough to get through this," Childress told his players.
COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M and California are turning to a couple of familiar faces in the NCAA tournament regional finale on Monday night at Blue Bell Park – as each pitcher already has thrown seven innings each in the postseason.
The Aggies will start with left-hander Matt Kent, who pitched seven innings in A&M's 5-0 victory over Texas Southern on Friday night.
COLLEGE STATION – Coastal Carolina coach Gary Gilmore walked away from Olsen Field on Sunday impressed with Texas A&M starter Andrew Vinson.
"That young man on the mound, he was a handful," Gilmore said.
So was the A&M offense, as the Aggies stayed alive in the NCAA tournament with an 8-1 victory over CCU in an NCAA tournament elimination game.
COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M and California last played about 800 miles north of here, on the hallowed grounds of the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2011.
The Golden Bears ended the Aggies' solid season with a 7-3 victory, and neither program has been back to the CWS since.
Texas A&M baseball: 2015 postseason
COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M's Nick Banks shoved aside any second thoughts on Friday in Blue Bell Park, both in the batter's box and in right field. The former Tomball star's decisiveness on two key plays played a big role in the top-seeded Aggies' 5-0 victory over fourth-seeded Texas Southern in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
COLLEGE STATION – Texas Southern coach Michael Robertson knows his team is the fourth seed in a four-team NCAA tournament regional, but he has a message for anyone doubting the Tigers' abilities against Texas A&M.
"We deserve to be here, that's for sure," Robertson said.
The Tigers certainly do, as Southwestern Athletic Conference champions with a 31-17 record.
Texas A&M's Matt Kent delivers a pitch during the fifth inning of the Houston College Classic against Baylor at Minute Maid Park. (Eric Christian Smith)
COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M coach Rob Childress is saving his ace for Saturday in the NCAA baseball tournament – and throwing steady lefthander Matt Kent at Texas Southern on Friday night in the postseason opener.
UH baseball coach Todd Whitting previews the Houston Regional featuring the Cougars, Rice, Louisiana Lafayette and Houston Baptist.
Local college baseball prospects
Here are some thoughts from ESPN college baseball analyst Kyle Peterson on the eight Texas teams entering the NCAA baseball tournament.
On Texas A&M: "I like A&M. They got a pretty favorable regional and have an offense that be really dynamic, especially in their own ballpark.
COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M, 45-11 on the season, figured it had done enough to earn one of the coveted eight national seeds of the NCAA baseball tournament. Apparently not, instead the Aggies must settle for being one of 16 teams playing host to a regional.
The first-seeded Aggies will face fourth-seeded Texas Southern (31-17) starting 6 p.
COLLEGE STATION – It wasn't the exit Texas A&M envisioned in the SEC tournament, but the ninth-ranked Aggies are angling that their body of work will earn them one of the eight coveted national seeds of the NCAA tournament.
After winning its first two games of the SEC postseason shindig in Hoover, Ala.
COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M has earned a day off on Friday, after putting itself in excellent position for a shot at a Southeastern Conference tournament title – and perhaps more importantly a national seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Aggies are two-for-two so far in Hoover, Ala., at the SEC tournament, after defeating Alabama on Wednesday and Vanderbilt on Thursday.
Texas A&M's Ryne Birk slides safely into home plate under the tag of Alabama's Will Haynie during the third inning of a game at the Southeastern Conference college baseball tournament in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Texas A&M took steps all season to earn a national seed in the NCAA baseball tournament, and perhaps play host to opponents throughout the postseason in a quest to return to the College World Series for the first time since 2011.
Texas A&M's baseball field, Blue Bell Park. (Brent Zwerneman/Houston Chronicle)
COLLEGE STATION – Many Texas A&M fans typically would have been against sticking a corporate name on one of the campus's two most revered stadiums, but five years ago "Blue Bell Park" had a sweet ring to it, and few objected.
COLLEGE STATION – No. 8 Texas A&M could have used a strong showing at Mississippi this weekend to solidify a national seed – the top eight teams in the NCAA Tournament virtually guaranteed a home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Thanks primarily to Mother Nature, the results are inconclusive.
COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M is one big step closer to making a strong final impression on the NCAA Tournament selection committee, in the bid for an all-important top eight national seed.
The eight-ranked Aggies (Baseball America) earned their first shutout in Southeastern Conference play with a 4-0 victory at Mississippi on Thursday night.
COLLEGE STATION – A week ago Texas A&M appeared a lock for a national seed – the top eight of the NCAA Tournament – following a sweep at Southeastern Conference foe Tennessee.
Funny what a couple of close losses since in the nation's toughest baseball conference can do – because the No.
COLLEGE STATION – South Carolina defeated Texas A&M 8-7 on Sunday, in taking two of three from the third-ranked Aggies at Blue Bell Park. But a number that jumped out to A&M coach Rob Childress that caused the Aggies so much angst over the weekend was also 6-0.
As in A&M committed six errors, South Carolina zero over the three games.
COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M second baseman Ryne Birk summed up 36 combined hits and 29 combined runs in one game Saturday in three apt words: "That was nuts."
Nuts, indeed, as the No. 3 Aggies staged comeback after comeback in a 15-14 victory over South Carolina on Saturday evening at Olsen Field.
COLLEGE STATION – No. 3 Texas A&M's five-game winning streak came to a sloppy end on Friday night, thanks primarily to four A&M errors in a 9-7 loss to South Carolina in a Southeastern Conference series opener at Olsen Field.
"It's awfully hard to give up nine runs on eight hits," a frustrated A&M coach Rob Childress said.
No. 2 Texas A&M was in danger of losing a precious amount of its momentum gained from a tremendous first 40-or-so games this season, after dropping the first two games of its key Southeastern Conference series at No. 1 LSU this weekend.
The Aggies' bats came through, however, and A&M won the series finale 6-2 on Saturday evening, in a rain-delayed contest in Baton Rouge, La.
Second-ranked Texas A&M appeared poised to even its series with LSU late in Friday night's game with a three-run lead in the seventh. Then the Tigers offered up one more reason why they're ranked one spot ahead of the Aggies – at No. 1.
LSU scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to post a 9-6 comeback victory over A&M in Baton Rouge's Alex Box Stadium.
No. 2 Texas A&M and No. 1 LSU are playing the biggest series of college baseball's regular season, and the opener lived up to the hype. The Tigers edged the Aggies 4-3, with the game-winning hit coming in the bottom of the ninth on a chopper along the third-base line by Danny Zardon.
"Off the bat, I was just hoping it was fair," a smiling Zardon told ESPN, which televised the contest from Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
Coming soon to Cougar Field: the largest scoreboard in college baseball.
The school said Wednesday that Daktronics will design, manufacture and install a new LED video display to be named Sanders-Gutierrez Scoreboard in right-center field at Cougar Field.
The new video board will measure roughly 27.
Local college baseball prospects
COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M and Texas will renew their old rivalry in baseball, and it will be the first time among the "big three" sports of football, basketball and baseball the programs will play on their respective campuses.
The Aggies and Longhorns intend to play in College Station in 2016 and in Austin in 2017, the Dallas Morning News first reported Monday, citing A&M coach Rob Childress.
Texas A&M scored a combined five runs in a victory and a loss against Mississippi State on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the Aggies scored nearly twice as many runs on two swings of the bat at Olsen Field.
Nick Banks and Ronnie Gideon each clubbed a grand slam (accounting for eight runs) as A&M whipped the Bulldogs 13-5, and claimed the series 2-1.
2015 UIL STATE BASEBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Wednesday, June 10
at Dell Diamond, Round Rock
Booker (27-4) vs. Flatonia (23-6), 9 a.m.
Harleton (28-2) vs. Crawford (25-6), noon
Edgewood (31-6) vs.
Lance Berkman goes back to school at Rice
Former Astros star Lance Berkman has been hired as the new head baseball coach at Second Baptist, Fox 26 reported Saturday.
Berkman replaces Jeff Schroeder, who will remain as the school's athletic director. Schroeder had guided the Eagles to four TAPPS state championships since 2002, the last of which came in 2014.
Chris Andritsos liken it as a "what the heck" sort of attitude.
The Woodlands didn't lock in its spot in the baseball playoffs until last week. The Highlanders were blown out just a few weeks ago in district play and rallied to gain 16-6A's fourth spot. They opened the playoffs against 15-6A champion Klein.
Cougar Field is hosting the NCAA baseball tournament for the first time since 2001.
• When: Friday through Monday
• Where: Cougar Field (3,500)
• Teams: Houston, Houston Baptist, Louisiana Lafayette, Rice
• Format: Double-elimination
• What's at stake: Winner advances to NCAA Super Regional
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David Longville tossed a five-hit shutout for the University of Houston in Tuesday's 3-0 non-conference win over Sam Houston State at Cougar Field.
Jacob Campbell had a two-run single in the fifth and Corey Julks added a RBI single in the seventh for the Cougars, who have won seven of their last eight games.
COLLEGE STATION – Texas Southern's last inning of a solid season on Saturday embodied the fight that led the Tigers to a Southwestern Athletic Conference title and the NCAA tournament.
"We started rallying," shortstop Robert Garza said. "I just wish we had done that earlier. You saw that last inning what we were capable of.