No. 3 Softball sweeps Oklahoma Christian, 2-0 and 8-0
AUSTIN, Texas -- Freshman Desiree Williams (Tucson, Ariz.) went 3-for-6, senior Amy Bradford (Lufkin, Texas) made her first appearance in the circle in almost one year and senior Alexis Garcia (Covina, Calif.) went 3-for-4 as the third-ranked Texas softball team swept Oklahoma Christian, 2-0 and 8-0 (5 inn.), on Wednesday night at McCombs Field.
Bradford and Christina Gwyn (Keller, Texas) combined to post the shutout in the first game, while Lizi Sowers (Georgetown, Texas) and Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas) repeated the feat in the nightcap. Bradford's appearance was her first since suffering her second torn knee ligament in as many years on April 10, 2004 against Nebraska at McCombs Field.
Texas (7-0) posted its third- and fourth-consecutive shutouts as Oklahoma Christian (4-6) fell to 0-4 against Texas all-time, which were all shutout losses at McCombs Field.
Garcia went 3-for-3 with one run scored in the first game, while Wynter Turner (San Pedro, Calif.) and Gwyn both went 2-for-3 in the victory. In the second game, Chez Sievers (Mission Viejo, Calif.) went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, while Williams went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI and Jaclyn Daniels hit her first home run of the season in her first at-bat of the year.
"I was so happy to be able to play this evening," Texas head coach Connie Clark said after the doubleheader looked questionable in the morning hours as rain moved through Austin. "To have those five games in Tempe (at the Kajikawa Classic) cancelled and being five games short, we really wanted to be able to get these games in and get some more competition in before we headed out to Palm Springs this weekend.
"We planned to use everyone this evening and get our whole roster into the games. We were so happy to see Amy out there and we were happy to get Christina and Lizi some throws, as well. Oklahoma Christian does a lot of the little things right and they played well tonight," Clark said.
Game One: No. 3 Texas 2, Oklahoma Christian 0
"I thought the highlight of the first game was Amy being able to go after being out so long. We only planned on having her throw three innings, but she was in a groove and doing well, so we left her out there for four innings. Then having Chris come in and throw well was also great," Clark said.
Game Two: No. 3 Texas 8, Oklahoma Christian 0 (5 inn.)
"I was glad to see we were more aggressive to start the second game. I wouldn't say we were sitting on a two-run lead in the first game, but we weren't really as aggressive as we would have liked. I was happy to see the whole team come out and make the adjustments in the second game and come out swinging, make some smart base running decisions and play smart," Clark said.
Texas returns to action this weekend when they travel to Palm Springs for the second-annual Palm Springs Classic at Big League Dreams. The Longhorns will face No. 1 California and BYU on Friday, Loyola Marymount and No. 25 Long Beach State on Saturday and No. 4 UCLA on Sunday.