Cohl Walla dismissed from Longhorns baseball team


Texas announced Friday that junior outfielder Cohl Walla has been dismissed from the baseball team for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Walla, a local product from Lake Travis, batted .316 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs during a promising freshman season in 2010. He stole 14 bases and was named a Freshman All-American by Baseball America that year, but battled injuries throughout the rest of his Longhorns career and missed all of last season with a torn ACL.

“We are extremely disappointed in the release of Cohl,” Texas head coach Augie Garrido said in a statement. “We see him as an exceptional athlete and it’s disappointing that we didn’t do more to help him stay focused in order to reach his full potential."

Walla was hitless in four at-bats and drew two walks this season. As a sophomore in 2011, he hit just .229 with 18 RBIs and no home runs.

"We are proud of the fact that he is going to graduate from The University of Texas and will do everything in our power to help him sign a professional contract," Garrido said.