Softball pushes winning streak to eight games
AUSTIN, Texas -- The fifth-ranked Texas softball team used a mixture of the long ball and small ball to pull out a two-game doubleheader sweep of Fordham - 1-0 and 5-3 - Friday night at McCombs Field. The Longhorns used Desiree Williams' third home run of the year, coupled with Cat Osterman's third no-hitter of the season, to take the first game, while Tina Boutelle's two-run shot in the second game knotted the score, setting up Shannon Thomas' late-inning heroics.
With the sweep, Texas (10-1) won its seventh and eighth straight games while capping a furious three-day, six-game home stand. Fordham (0-2) took the two losses in its first two games of the 2006 season.
Williams went a combined 1-for-3 in the two games, but tied a school record by drawing three walks in the second game of the set.
Kelly Melone went a combined 2-for-5, while Shannon Thomas had her second two-hit evening in the last four games with a pair of triples in the nightcap.
Krystle Henry had the only multiple-hit effort for the Rams, going 2-for-4 in the second game from the leadoff spot.
Osterman and Denny combined for 25 strikeouts in the doubleheader, as Osterman recorded her third no-hitter of the season and pushed her scoreless streak on the year to 38.0 innings, as no team has scored off her this season. The no-hitter was also the 18th of her career.
Denny tossed her fifth complete game of the season and has allowed either none or one earned run in each appearance this year.
The Longhorns return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 21, when they host UT-San Antonio in a 5 p.m. doubleheader at McCombs Field to close the weeklong, eight-game homestand.
After the doubleheader against the Roadrunners, UT heads to California for the prestigious Palm Springs Classic for five games, capped by a Sunday, Feb. 26, rematch with third-ranked Arizona in a game that will be televised live on ESPNU at 3 p.m. Central. The Wildcats handed the Longhorns their only loss of the season on Feb. 11, when UT fell, 1-0, at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
Game 1: Texas 1, Fordham 0
Game 2: Texas 5, Fordham 3