No. 18/19 Softball shuts out Colorado State 6-0
Feb. 11, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- Freshman Gabby Smith (1-0) recorded five strikeouts and allowed no runs in five innings pitched in her first career start for the Texas Longhorns against the Colorado State Rams, leading Texas Softball to a 6-0 victory on Saturday afternoon of the Texas Classic at Red & Charline McCombs Field.
UT struck early with a two-out rally in the bottom of the first inning. Lexy Bennett started with a single to left and advanced to second on the throw. Courtney Craig came up next and hit a double off of the left-centerfield wall, bringing in Bennett and giving the Longhorns the early lead.
The Longhorns broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth with three more runs. Brejae Washington started the rally by beating out a throw to first for an infield single. UT added another runner after Washington stole second and Bennett was hit by a pitch. Craig advanced both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, and then Nadia Taylor's single to left scored Washington and moved Bennett to third. Taylor stole second to set the Longhorns up with two runners in scoring position again. Taylor Thom sent a double off of the left field wall, bringing in both runners and giving UT a 4-0 advantage.
UT staged another two-outrally in the sixth inning. Washington singled to center and stole her second base of the day, then Bennett's second triple of the afternoon scored Washington. Craig then singled to left to score bringing Bennett, who was 3-for-3 with two triples, a single and a RBI. She also scored off of all three hits.
Blair Luna entered the game in the sixth to pitch the last two innings for the Longhorns. She shut out the Rams by allowing no hits while striking out three.
UT logged five extra-basehits with three doubles and two triples.
The Longhorns were undefeated in round robin play of the Texas Classic, and UT next takes on the UTSA Roadrunners in the semifinals in a 4 p.m. contest at Red & Charline McCombs Field.