Longhorns' baseball fans can expect hitters to be aggressive at the plate, and maybe - in a year - shorter power alleys at Disch-Falk Field, new coach David Pierce said Wednesday.

  • Probably after this season, Pierce would like to move the power alleys from 405 feet to about 390. Pierce would keep the dead centerfield fence at 400 feet.

    He said there isn't much room to bring in fences down the lines because of seating.

    Power alleys would be the focus.

  • After fall ball, Texas will replace the turf at Disch to "speed it up" a bit while also enlarging the Longhorn logo in CF and getting its color to "burnt orange not bright orange. The turf wouldn't be replaced with grass - although that'd probably be Pierce's preferred choice. It will be replaced with a little "faster" field turf (based on its sand-rubber composition).

Pierce said to have a grass field increases maintenance by at least $300,000 per year.

  • Pierce is pushing hard for a new indoor facility with pitching lab and says there's currently 16000 square feet behind right field to build it.

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 As far as offensive philosophy, Pierce said Texas would be more SEC ("Where they bash," he said.) than West Coast small ball.

Pierce said no one was better at winning with West Coast small ball than former Longhorns' coach Augie Garrido.

"No one has won more games than Augie," Pierce said. "We just do things differently."

Pierce has been to 16 straight NCAA regionals as an assistant coach at Rice (9) and Houston (2) and as a head coach at Sam Houston State (3) and Tulane (2).

"Believe me, we're looking to make it 17 next season," Pierce said.

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