AUSTIN, Texas – A four-run second inning helped raise No. 7/9 Texas (25-3, 1-0 Massive 12) over Texas Tech (16-14, 0-4 Massive 12) 5-0, in sport one of many three sport sequence Thursday evening in Austin.
The Pink Raiders have been restricted to a few 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 thrice within the contest.
The Pink Raiders acquired a pair of base runners on early within the first after a leadoff stroll from Whaley and a one-out single by way of the left aspect 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 prime 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 by way of the correct aspect from Janae Jefferson gave Texas the 4-0 lead after two innings.
The Pink Raiders held the Longhorns scoreless over the subsequent three innings, figuring out 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 brief cease. One other Longhorn fielding error allowed Arriana Villa to load up the bases for the Pink Raiders with two outs. Tech’s risk was ended as O’Leary pressured an infield pop-up to maintain the Pink Raiders scoreless.
Texas added yet another 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 Pink Raiders made one final try within the prime 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 offer the Pink 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 Pink Raiders permitting 5 runs, 4 earned, off seven hits. The senior from Winchester walked six and struck out three in seven innings.
The Pink Raider protection made an uncharacteristic three errors within the sport, certainly one of which resulted in a run for the Longhorns.
O’Leary pitched an entire sport three-hit shutout for Texas, placing out seven batters and strolling simply two Pink Raiders.
The Pink Raiders return for sport two of the sequence at 6 p.m. Friday evening in Austin.