Father’s Day holds special meaning for Longhorns

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The Longhorns are anxious to get their College World Series underway.  After three full days in Omaha, Texas will take on Arkansas Sunday at 1 p.m. What a way to spend Father’s Day for these players.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Texas 2nd baseman Kody Clemens.  “A lot of our parents are here, for our fathers to see us play on the biggest stage and just watching us create our career, it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m sure a lot of us out here wouldn’t be here without our dads, so it means a lot that it’s going to be Fathers Day and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Sunday’s starting pitcher for Texas, Nolan Kingham, is capping off quite a few weeks for his family.  In early May his brother Nick made his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates, coincidentally the same weekend that Texas played at West Virginia, so Nolan was able to go to the game.

“That’s every kid’s dream, my Dad’s dream for my brother to make it to the big leagues and me to go to Omaha,” Kingham said on Sunday morning.  “Who would have thought it?”

A father himself, head coach David Pierce knows just how special this weekend is.  “We’ve got some great families with us,” Pierce said.  “They’re able to to be in Omaha as a Father’s Day gift from their kids to play game one, that’s pretty cool.”

Pierce is hoping it’s the gift that keeps on giving and the Horns can stick around for a while.

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