Softball pitchers combine for one-hitter in 2-0 win over Texas State
SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Texas' hurlers Meagan Denny, Torrey Schroeder and Erin Tresselt combined for a one-hit shutout, holding Texas State hitless for 6.2 innings, as the No. 11 Longhorns downed the Bobcats, 2-0, Wednesday night at Bobcat Field.
The victory moved Texas to 27-9 on the year, while Texas State fell to 18-18 on the season.
Denny (18-8) earned the win for the Longhorns, tossing the first three innings before giving way to Schroeder who threw two frames before Tresselt closed out the game, and notched her third save of the season. The trio carried a no-hitter into the seventh, where Tresselt retired the first two hitters before allowing the Bobcats' lone hit of the game.
"It was great to come in tonight with some specific goals and accomplish our goals," head coach Connie Clark said. "We wanted to get all three of our pitchers some work and they did an exceptional job."
The Longhorns got on the board in the second inning, when freshman centerfielder Kori Cook reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to third on a pair of stolen bases. Senior first baseman Jacqueline Williams' RBI double down the leftfield line scored Cook and gave UT an early 1-0 advantage.
Sophomore second baseman Shannon Thomas led off the fifth with a single through the middle and then notched her UT single-season record 26th stolen base of the season. The next three Longhorns went down in order, ending the threat with Texas maintaining its one-run lead.
"Shannon (Thomas) is doing great at the plate and she is doing a good job of getting on base," Texas assistant coach Corrie Hill said. "When she gets on, she is able to utilize her speed and that is how she broke the stolen base record."
Texas added a second run in the sixth, when sophomore rightfielder Kacie Gaskin hammered her 10th home run of the season over the leftfield wall. Crystal Saenz kept the rally going with a single through the middle and Williams followed with a one-out walk, but leftfielder MicKayla Padilla lined into an inning-ending double play to end the rally with the Horns leading 2-0.
Thomas headlined the Texas offense on the night, going 3-for-4 with two stolen bases. Her second stolen base of the game tied her for third-place in the UT career record books, equaling Nikki Cockrell's, 45 career stolen bases.
Texas State's starter Ragan Blake (13-9) suffered the loss for the Bobcats, scattering two runs on eight hits over seven innings of work.
Texas returns to action Saturday, April 7 when it plays host to Kansas at McCombs Field. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. and the game will be televised in Austin on Time Warner Cable Ch. 77.