The Texas Longhorns baseball team currently sits at 13-3 with their losses coming by just four combined runs. The program has been the model of consistency for the past century. Six national championships, a winning percentage of 73% and only four losing seasons this decade.
Last season though, the Longhorns took a bit of a stumble with a 27-27 record. This year, albeit its still early, is showing signs of an insurgence. Next season, the outlook already looks bright for David Pierce and his club, as Texas holds claim to one of the top recruiting classes in the nation.
Petey Halpin is one reason why. The star outfielder from California announced his decision to play in Austin back in September of last year.
“I loved the environment in Texas. From the fans to the love for the sport and the killer barbecue,” Halpin said on his reasoning to commit to UT. “Also I have always wanted to live outside of California and I think Texas is a great fit for me.”
Petey is currently in San Mateo, California where last year he hit nearly .300 for 17 runs batted in and a pair of home runs for St. Francis High School. He’s currently at Mira Costa High School. Halpin also competed in the inaugural High School MLB All-star game last year in Cleveland.
“What leads to my personal success is hard work and never putting too much pressure on myself,” Halpin said. “Baseball is a game of failure so you have to learn from your mistakes and constantly get better every day.”
Halpin, one of the best outfielders in the country, joins a loaded 2020 UT baseball class that also includes other top recruits such as Carson Tucker, Jared Kelley, and Tanner Witt.
“My main goal is winning the national championship,” Halpin said. “We have a great freshman class and I know the guys in my class are extremely strong and passionate.”
Skipper David Pierce has done an exceptional job with the program in a short amount of time. Considering all the talent that continues to make its way to Austin, the Longhorns are primed for success for the foreseeable future.
Texas hasn’t been to a College World Series Final since 2009. They haven’t won the Big 12 tournament since 2015. Pierce and the Longhorns look to get back to their dominant ways and it may all start with Petey Halpin and the 2020 recruiting class.
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