|Michelle Carter |
From Texas' semifinal finish in the Men's Tennis NCAA Championships to the top-10 standing of the men's and women's track teams, spring sports provided entertaining and superlative team play, as well as some outstanding individual efforts.
Softball pitcher Cat Osterman finished her UT career with an NCAA-record 136 victories and 2,265 strikeouts. She also tossed 85 shutouts and 20 no-hitters and captured three National Player of the Year awards en route to three trips to the Women's College World Series. Osterman finished 38-4 in 2006.
Michelle Carter had a third-place finish in the shot put, while Brian Robison, Leonel Manzano and Jamaal Charles all recorded top-five finishes in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Callum Beale, Travis Helgeson and Miguel Reyes Varela of the men's tennis team all earned All-America status from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
The defending National Champions missed a trip to the College World Series for first time since 2001, as fourth-seeded UT dropped a 6-3 decision to North Carolina State in the NCAA Regional at Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorns ended the season at 41-21. Five Longhorns were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, with outfielder Drew Stubbs going No. 8 overall to Cincinnati.
Men's Golf was denied a fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships by a single stroke, finishing 11th in the NCAA Central Regional. Freshman Randy Lowry became only the third Longhorn ever to go to the NCAAs as an individual when he claimed one of two individual slots in the NCAA Tournament.
Junior Julia Best finished tied for 83rd and senior Devan Andersen wound up tied for 110th at the NCAA Championships as they competed as individuals in the event.
Carie Graves' team finished 15th overall in the NCAA South/Central Regional Sprints, with the varsity four boat claiming the petite final at 7:38.40 -- the sixth-best posted time. Senior Courtney MacIntosh, a member of the 2006 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-South Region First Team, was named to the Canadian Rowing National Team. MacIntosh is a native of St. John's, Newfoundland.
Softball was eliminated by top-seeded UCLA in the Women's College World Series, ending the year at 55-9. The 55 victories were a school-best mark. The Horns, who also were in the WCWS in 1998, 2003 and 2005, wound up ranked No. 5 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll.
|Men's Tennis claimed its third Big 12 Conference title and finished the season ranked No. 1 in the ITA South Central region rankings. |
The third-seeded Longhorns fell to second-seeded Pepperdine in the NCAA Championships, but posted a 26-4 mark, which gave coach Michael Center the most victories in a single season in his Texas career. The Horns defeated Mississippi in the NCAA Round of 16 and downed a 28-1 Ohio State team in the quarterfinals, which was UT's first foray into the quarters since 1997.
The 18th-ranked Longhorns were eliminated in the NCAA Championships in the Round of 32 by the home-standing TCU Horned Frogs. The Texas women ended the year at 18-12.
Men's Track and Field
Men's Track and Field claimed a third-place finish in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which was the best finish in this event since the Horns were No. 2 in 1997.
Women's Track and Field
The defending National Champions recorded a sixth overall finish in the NCAAs. However, the Horns were looking at a second-place finish had not track officials disqualified senior Melaine Walker in the 400-meter hurdles.