The team played host for the Longhorn Invitational and on Friday evening at Red & Charline McCombs Field started it off with a 8-0 (5 inn.) victory over Texas Southern. Sophomore right hander Ariana Adams improved to 4-0 overall in picking up the win. She allowed just four hits while walking one and striking out two over her 5 innings of shutout pitching.
Offensively it was a mix of old and new as transfer sophomore catcher Lauren Burke went 2-for-4 at the plate with her fifth double of the year and three RBIs. While Texas redshirt junior left fielder Reagan Hathaway went 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot in the order.
They didn’t have long to celebrate their win though as on a blustery Friday night they needed to face a tough Minnesota team that last year ended their play off run. Things didn’t go well as Texas fielders seemed to have a hard time adjusting to the wind movement of the ball and they ended up losing the game by a score of 4-1. The loss brought Texas’ home winning streak to begin the season to an end at 13 games, tied with the 1998 Longhorns for the fourth-best home start in program history. In the circle for the Longhorns Miranda Elish took the loss even though she pitched well getting 12 strikeouts but did walk five batters. She allowed just one earned run on seven hits in her 7.0 innings of work.
It didn’t take Texas long to get their revenge on Minnesota because the two met again on Saturday afternoon and this time Texas came out on top by a score of 5-3. Texas senior left hander Brooke Bolinger got the win. She allowed one earned run on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts over her 4-innings of work. Sophomore righty Ariana Adams picked up her first career save by permitting two earned runs on four hits with two walks and two K’s in her 3-innings of relief. Junior designated player Miranda Elish led the offense going 2-for-3 including hitting her seventh double of the season and two RBIs.
Both teams met again in the series “rubber match” game on on Sunday. Minnesota picked up the win by a 3-1 score thanks to a strong outing by Minnesota starting pitcher Amber Fiser. Miranda Elish took the loss for Texas.
I was impressed by Minnesota’s strong team fielding. Look for them to have a good season.