Thursday Longhorn Sports Page

Stay up to date on all things Burnt Orange with a daily stop at IT's Longhorn Sports Page, with links to the latest news and opinion articles on UT football, basketball, baseball, recruiting and other sports from around the web.


Premium StoryAudio: Texas Baseball Roundtable
Inside Texas
This Friday, the Texas Longhorns open tournament play against UT-Arlington. This week, IT's Ross Lucksinger had a chance to sit down with Junior OF Carson Kainer, Junior 1B Chance Wheeless and Senior OF Hunter Harris. Full story

Kasparek UT's postseason pitcher
Austin American-Statesman
Augie Garrido has made no secret of his desire for his team's starting pitching rotation to be four-deep come playoff time. So the recent performances of Texas sophomore right-hander Kenn Kasparek could not have come at a better time. Kasparek will start the Longhorns' NCAA regional opener against UT-Arlington on Friday after struggling with his control during several stretches of the regular season. Full story

Texas' Garrido still learning and teaching championship ways
San Antonio Express-News

Gustafson left indelible mark at UT
San Antonio Express-News

Junior becomes UTA's bedrock
Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Inside Texas Blog: Simultaneous Success
Inside Texas
In today's blog, Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger examines the correlation between football and baseball national championships and an interesting distiction that the Longhorns can obtain with another CWS crown. Full story


Rocket is back with the Astros
San Antonio Express-News

Mike Finger: Clemens fools Astros out of loads of cash
San Antonio Express-News

UT-ex Gossett trying to get back into the PGA swing of things
Austin American-Statesman


Softball: Pressure proof
Austin American-Statesman
Traditional wisdom holds that there are only two kinds of teams at the University of Texas: those that win a national championship, and those that do not. At a school so successful in sports, nothing short of a glowing orange tower really makes a statement or gets a team into the school's most exclusive club. UT softball pitcher Cat Osterman has talked about how much she wants to win a national championship this week, but Osterman already has an overstuffed trophy case that includes an Olympic gold medal. But what of her teammates? Will they be feeling the heat in Oklahoma City, realizing that this is their last chance to let Osterman's almost unhittable pitching spur them to a national title? Full story

Softball: Cat's fight: UT pitcher wants national title
Dallas Morning News
Texas senior softball pitching legend Cat Osterman already has an Olympic gold medal, two ESPY Awards and a Sports Illustrated cover and was the No. 1 overall draft pick in two pro fastpitch leagues. She has the NCAA record for career strikeouts and currently leads the nation in ERA (0.37) and strikeouts per seven innings (15.5) and at 37-2 is second in victories. Now she's trying to add a national title to her Hall of Fame-caliber resume. Full story

Softball: Osterman makes final pitch for title
Houston Chronicle
As achievements and accolades go, Texas senior Cat Osterman sits at the pinnacle of softball. The pitcher from Cypress Springs is virtually royalty in her sport. She is a three-time All-American, a three-time national player of the year and a 2004 Olympic gold medalist. All that is missing from Osterman's vast list of accomplishments and superlatives is the national championship, which has not only eluded her but the UT program. Osterman has one final chance, and it begins today when third-seeded Texas takes on No. 5 Arizona State in the Women's College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Full story

Softball: ASU doesn't fear Osterman
The Arizona Republic

Softball: Behind the scenes at the 2006 Women's College World Series

Softball: Osterman named 2006 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

Women's hoops: Davis-Wrightsil hired as UT women's assistant coach
Austin American-Statesman
If Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil can do as a coach what she did as a player for the University of Texas women's basketball team, then head coach Jody Conradt made a slam-dunk hire on Wednesday. Davis-Wrightsil, a former national player of the year who as a freshman in 1986 was voted the most outstanding player of the Final Four that capped UT's 34-0 season, has been named a Longhorns assistant coach. Her first day on the job will be Monday, and she will work with the team's post players. Full story

Women's hoops: Former Longhorn Wrightsil-Davis joins UT women's basketball staff
Dallas Morning News
Texas women's basketball coach Jody Conradt on Wednesday named former Longhorn player great Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil to replace recruiting guru and former associate head coach Karen Aston. Full story

Bevo Beat
Austin American-Statesman

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