Softball beats St. Mary's 3-2
Oct. 5, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Softball defeated the St. Mary's Rattlers 3-2 in an exhibition game Friday night at McCombs Field. Freshman Erin Shireman hit a walk-off single in the seventh inning, scoring sophomore Gabby Smith with the winning run.
The Longhorns' got solid pitching for the second-straight game, allowing just four hits and striking out six. Senior Kim Bruins threw a scoreless first inning, and added a key base hit in the seventh on offense.
In addition to scoring the winning run, Smith also picked up two strikeouts in her two innings of work in the circle. Freshman Holly Kern tossed two scoreless innings and added a run-scoring single in the second.
The Texas offense plated runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Junior Karina Scott hit a long solo home run to right field to tie the game at two in the sixth inning, and Shireman's game-winning single provided the offense in the final frame.
Senior All-American Blaire Luna pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh inning, striking out two batters to end a Rattlers' rally in the sixth.
The Longhorns are back on the diamond on Wednesday, Oct. 10, when they host Alvin Community College. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Central.
Offensively, our goal this week was advancing the runners, either sacrifice bunting or hitting behind runners and we just didn't mechanically look like we were as in tune as we needed to be tonight.
On what she learned tonight: What jumped out to me, and I told the team, was we did what we always talked about and that is to just keep playing regardless of the score. I tried to look when we had a couple of errors to see if we reset and got focused on the next pitch and didn't get consumed with the score or the results so much, but to just keep playing. We are always looking for that. For the most part, we did a really nice job with that tonight and that is something I was trying to look for early with a young ball club specifically. I think they did a nice job with that.
On if she will change anything for Wednesday's game: No, we will probably keep the same goals that we had for tonight, because we don't have a full week of preparation and it is a big recruiting weekend for us.
We will have two practice days on Monday and Tuesday before we play again on Wednesday. We are having Alvin come over and the team is coached by one of our alums Loryn Johnson. We will keep the same [goals] and probably key on the things we worked on [this week] and apply them on Monday and Tuesday and get more reps in.