After taking down Seton Corridor in a five-inning shutout at residence on Friday, Texas softball conquered second-seed Texas A&M within the second spherical of the NCAA Regionals, with a 2-1 rating in Austin.
Each the Longhorns and the Aggies began out the sport slowly, with no scoring from both staff within the first two innings. Nevertheless, beginning pitcher freshman Citlaly Gutierrez, in addition to the Texas protection, appeared to maintain the Aggie offense from getting a success with a number of innings the place they solely needed to face three batters to get all three outs.
Texas A&M was capable of sneak in a run within the high of the third inning after a stroll and two consecutive hits, getting an Aggie over residence plate.
Nevertheless, Texas didn’t allow them to maintain the lead for lengthy after redshirt freshman outfielder Ashton Maloney hit a single up the center and junior outfielder Alyssa Popelka adopted up with one other single. Freshman shortstop and second baseman Leighann Goode was then hit by a pitch, giving Texas no outs and loaded bases. Popelka and Maloney had been each capable of rating after junior outfielder Bella Dayton reached base on fielder’s selection, giving Texas the 2-1 lead over the Aggies.
There was no scoring within the subsequent 4 innings for A&M, as Texas made it a defense-focused recreation.
Texas A&M additionally had two errors of their defensive recreation compared to Texas’ absence of errors that helped the Longhorns take the win.
Gutierrez pitched the primary 5 innings for Texas, solely permitting three hits and one run. She had 4 strikeouts and 82 pitches thrown. Sophomore Sophia Simpson got here in to alleviate Gutierrez for the final two innings permitting no hits and three strikeouts with solely 25 pitches thrown.
Maloney completed off the sport with two hits and one run, Popelka had one hit and one run, Dayton had one RBI and sophomore infielder Mia Scott had one hit, leaving the Longhorns with one other success in regional play.
Texas will now head into the NCAA Tremendous Regionals subsequent week starting on Might 26, with extra particulars to be introduced.