Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido has taken two different teams (Cal State Fullerton and Texas) to the College World Series in 15 CWS appearances. He is only one of two coaches to have won a national championship in baseball with more than one team.
Garrido has taken eight Longhorn teams to the College World Series in his 18 seasons as the Texas coach. Two of those Longhorn teams won national championships (2002 and 2005).
The longtime Longhorn coach has seen plenty of wins and losses in his time in Austin, and he would be the first to tell you that the losses get increasingly more difficult to take the further a team goes in the season.
The 2014 season may not have been one of the best he has seen in his time at Texas, but he says he couldn’t be prouder of what this year’s team accomplished over the course of 69 games.
Garrido had this to say after the 2014 Longhorns’ disappointing one-run, 4-3 loss in 10 innings to Vanderbilt in the College World Series on Saturday night. The loss eliminated Texas, which was 2-2 in this year’s CWS before bowing out in the semifinal round.
“It was imperfect by both teams, but both teams battled and really gave it everything they had,” Garrido said in his postgame comments to reporters. “I have absolutely no negative comments about any types of plays or batting or pitching or fielding or why it all happened. They got one more run than we did, and they got to move on because of it.
“They (the Longhorns) have every reason to treat themselves like champions. They have life experiences here, and they’ll never want to finish second again. They no longer fear failure, because it isn’t failure when you do your best…They need to recognize clearly what they’ve won. And they’ve won a hell of a lot more than they’ve lost.
“They (Texas) finished fifth (in the Big 12), and here they are third in the country. The separation: C.J.’s (Hinojosa) ball gets caught, and it prevents a run. They (Vanderbilt) hit a ball, and they beat it out to first base with the bases loaded. It’s hard to explain. Cruel game.”