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Baseball Season Ends in the Rice Regional
HOUSTON -- Texas needed a big day at the ballpark. To stay alive, the Horns had to win back-to-back games on Sunday in Houston. Texas did top St. John's 4-3 before a 7-4 loss to Rice eliminated the Longhorns from the NCAA Championship and ended a rollercoaster year for the Horns.

With loss, Longhorns' season ends
Austin American-Statesman
Forget Omaha. For the third straight year the Texas Longhorns will be watching the super regionals from home. They fought. They scratched. They clawed. But they couldn't get out of the loser's bracket. They didn't even make it to the final day. After beating St. John's 4-3 in a Sunday morning elimination game, the Longhorns ran out of steam and pitchers against Rice, as the Owls ended Texas' season 7-4 at Reckling Park.

Longhorns can't escape underachieving ways
Austin American-Statesman
Same old, same old. That despite a pitching staff that jelled late, a terrific surge by the team in May and a club that battled hard all weekend. Ultimately, Texas suffered another premature ending. A gutsy, gallant finish by the Longhorns with courageous pitching from Chance Ruffin and monstrous hitting from Kyle Russell rallied Texas into this Houston Regional final after an opening loss. But it doesn't dispel the notion that the Longhorns continue to underachieve.

Rice ends Texas' baseball season
Dallas Morning News
The Texas Longhorns won the national baseball championship in 2005. Another title has yet to materialize. The Longhorns took a run Sunday, but they came up short, losing to top-seeded Rice, 7-4. Earlier, Texas had defeated St. John's, 4-3, in an elimination game at the Houston Regional.

Rice lands spot in next round
Houston Chronicle
There were moments of nerve-fraying drama mixed with an abhorrent defensive performance, but top seed Rice managed to overcome both as well as bitter rival Texas.

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Varez Ward Commits to Texas
Rick Barnes needed a wing and Varez Ward filled the bill. On Sunday night, the native of Alabama found a new home on Texas turf.

Xavier Henry Has His Fun
Putnam City (OK) guard Xavier Henry might be one of the most talented players in the class of 2009, but he's also one of the most likable and grounded players on the summer circuit.

Texas lands guard
Austin American-Statesman
Varez Ward, a guard known for his defensive prowess, said Sunday night that he'll play basketball for the Longhorns next season. Ward, from Montgomery, Ala., originally committed to Cincinnati before deciding against attending that school. He said he picked Texas over Arkansas.


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