AUSTIN, Texas – A four-run second inning helped carry No. 7/9 Texas (25-3, 1-0 Huge 12) over Texas Tech (16-14, 0-4 Huge 12) 5-0, in recreation one of many three recreation sequence Thursday evening in Austin.
The Crimson Raiders had been restricted to 3 hits off Texas’ ace Shea O’Leary (6-0), two of which got here off the bat of Yvonne Whaley. Whaley went 2-for-3 from the plate and reached base 3 times within the contest.
The Crimson Raiders bought a pair of base runners on early within the first after a leadoff stroll from Whaley and a one-out single via the left facet by Karli Hamilton. O’Leary labored out of the inning forcing a pop up and placing out a batter to maintain Tech off the board.
Missy Zoch (7-6) retired the Longhorns so as within the first, placing out one batter and forcing a pair of floor outs.
After a scoreless high half of the inning, the Longhorn bats got here alive within the backside of the second scoring 4 runs on 4 hits and one error. The inning began with a leadoff single and a stroll to place a runner in scoring place with no outs for Texas. The following batter singled to middle area and an off-line throw from Hamilton in middle allowed the primary run to return throughout. A second run was plated on a squeeze bunt from Lauren Burke and a stroll loaded the bases for the Longhorns. A two RBI single via the suitable facet from Janae Jefferson gave Texas the 4-0 lead after two innings.
The Crimson Raiders held the Longhorns scoreless over the following three innings, understanding of a bases loaded state of affairs within the fourth to maintain the sport inside attain.
Tech opened the sixth with a leadoff single up the center from Whaley and Heaven Burton reached base on an error from the quick cease. One other Longhorn fielding error allowed Arriana Villa to load up the bases for the Crimson Raiders with two outs. Tech’s menace was ended as O’Leary pressured an infield pop-up to maintain the Crimson Raiders scoreless.
Texas added yet one more run within the backside of the sixth on a sac fly to left area. A single and a stroll put two runners on for the Longhorns and a muffed throw on a pick-off try allowed the lead runner to advance to 3rd. Mary Iakopo hit a deep fly ball to left area that introduced dwelling the runner at third for Texas’ fifth run of the sport.
The Crimson Raiders made one final try within the high of the seventh as Zoe Jones laced a ball into the outfield that was caught on a diving play from the left fielder. Payton Jackson walked to provide the Crimson Raiders a base runner for Peyton Blythe who was robbed of an additional base hit on a leaping catch from the middle fielder. A fly out to left ended the sport, giving Texas the 5-0 win to open the sequence.
Zoch went the space within the circle for the Crimson Raiders permitting 5 runs, 4 earned, off seven hits. The senior from Winchester walked six and struck out three in seven innings.
The Crimson Raider protection made an uncharacteristic three errors within the recreation, one among which resulted in a run for the Longhorns.
O’Leary pitched a whole recreation three-hit shutout for Texas, placing out seven batters and strolling simply two Crimson Raiders.
The Crimson Raiders return for recreation two of the sequence at 6 p.m. Friday evening in Austin.