Barnhill shines as Softball upends Chattanooga, 1-0 at NCAA Regional
May 15, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Sophomore righthander Brittany Barnhill tossed a complete game two-hitter and drove in the game-winning run in the ninth inning to lead the Texas Softball team to a 1-0 win over Chattanooga at the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional. The Longhorns advance to play in the winner's bracket at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 against No. 3 Alabama.
The Longhorns win moved UT to 39-18 on the year, while the Mocs fell to 30-23.
Barnhill (25-13) fired a 9.0-inning shutout, allowing just two hits and tossing 8.1 innings before allowing a hit. She fanned five in the victory, while walking just one. Chattanooga starter Brooke Loudermilk (8-2) suffered the loss after, lasting 8.2 innings, scattering seven hits, giving up one run and striking out 10.
In the ninth, freshman shortstop Lexy Bennett notched a two-out single to start the Texas rally and pinch runner Raygan Feight moved into scoring position when freshman third baseman Nadia Taylor reached on a walk. Barnhill followed with an RBI single to left field that plated Feight and lifted UT to a 1-0 victory.
Chattanooga threatened in the top of the ninth with a hit-by-pitch and two singles, but Barnhill worked out of a base-loaded jam, holding the Lady Mocs scoreless.
Junior designated player Loryn Johnson headlined the Texas offense on the day with a 2-for-3 effort, while Barnhill registered the lone RBI.