Connie Clark

Senior pitcher Gabby Smith has pitched well in her final season, compiling a 9–3 record and a 2.59 ERA.
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Texas will play its final home games this weekend against No. 16 Baylor in a Big 12 battle.

If the Longhorns (35–15, 10–6 Big 12) can pull off wins both Saturday and Sunday, they will finish tied for second in the conference with the Bears (38–13, 12–4). It will be a difficult feat, but Texas is up for the challenge, according to head coach Connie Clark.

“We knew that we were going to have a tough schedule coming out of the chute,” Clark said. “I love that we’ve been able to make some great progress. This group has been tremendous about getting back to work, and, if we can continue that mindset and keep improving, we’ll stay competitive.”

Texas’ offense has some work to do if it wants to beat the Bears and make a run to the Women’s College World Series. The Longhorns managed just one hit against Baylor on Wednesday night and have stranded base runners all season. Through 50 games, Texas has left 325 runners on base.

Texas has had success hitting home runs — it currently has the second most in the conference with 51 — but Clark doesn’t want her team to rely on the power hitters.

“We’re working on some things to manufacture runs so that we’re not waiting for the long ball,” Clark said. “I think that will be helpful as we finish out the season because we’re going to face some pretty darn good pitching over the next month. We’re advancing [runners] well, but we’re working on scoring them.”

One of the bright spots this season has been Texas’ pitching staff, which ranks third in the conference with a group ERA of 3.05. Freshman pitcher Erica Wright leads the group with a 2.49 ERA and a 16–7 record. Senior pitcher Gabby Smith (2.59 ERA, 9–3) will play on her home diamond for the last time against the Bears.

Both hurlers, along with sophomore Tiarra Davis (3.71 ERA, 5–4), who also serves as a starter, have consistently improved throughout the season — something Clark said will be helpful in the long run.

“They’re all throwing well and really even reinventing some of their pitches and tweaking some things, which you’ve got to be able to do because we’re on TV all the time, so people are scouting us nonstop,” Clark said.

The NCAA Tournament bracket will be announced Sunday, and the Longhorns fully expect to be one of the 64 teams selected to play in an NCAA Regional. As Texas makes its run through the postseason Wright will likely come out of the bullpen more often, Clark said. 

Wright said she doesn’t mind taking on that role as long as it helps the team.

“It takes everybody to win,” Wright said. “I thank God every day for the opportunity to play with such a great group of girls  … I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds.”

Freshman pitcher Erica Wright pitched a one-hit shutout in Texas’ 11-0 win on Friday.
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After dropping two of three to Texas Tech last weekend, Texas bounced back to sweep Oklahoma State this past weekend in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Freshman Erica Wright pitched a one-hit shutout to start the series off for Texas (35–14, 10–5 Big 12) to grab an 11–0 victory over Oklahoma State (21–31, 3–13 Big 12) on Friday.

“[Wright] was really just beginning to get into a groove,” head coach Connie Clark said. “I thought her velocity was exceptional tonight, and with her movement, she was locating the ball well.”

On the offensive end, Texas continued to display a solid hitting performance this weekend. Coming into the weekend, Texas had outhit its opponents, .342 to .251, and the team continued to do so against Oklahoma State, outhitting the Cowgirls, .413 to .164.

The Longhorns complemented Wright’s pitching efforts in the first game, connecting on 11 hits, including three home runs.

After junior center fielder Lindsey Stephens and freshman third baseman Randel Leahy hit back-to-back home runs in the first, junior second baseman Stephanie Ceo eagerly joined in on the fun. With bases loaded in the top of the fifth, Ceo blasted a grand slam to left-center, Texas’ sixth of the season, to put the Longhorns in position for another run-rule victory.

“We were ready to hit the field from pitch one, and we were ready to fight,” Ceo said. “All of the preparation at-bat happens in the dugout and once you get out there, you just keep your eye on the ball.”

Sophomore Tiarra Davis took the mound in the second game. Despite battling injury all season, she struck out four and brought her record up to 5–4.

“For Tiarra to get in five innings today from the circle was really exciting,” Clark said. “I don’t know if she had her best stuff physically today, but mentally, that’s as good as I’ve seen her.”

From the plate, Ceo homered again while Stephens and sophomore shortstop Devon Tunning each went 2-for-4 to lead the Longhorns to victory over the Cowgirls, 9–0.

“Man, [Ceo] just saw the ball all weekend and was one of our strongest hitters,” Clark said. “Really happy to get that production from the bottom of the order.”

The third game wasn’t much different. Wright kicked it off with five strikeouts, one hit and two walks in four innings to improve to 16–6. Before the end of the game, senior Gabby Smith and sophomore Lauren Slatten also saw the mound and earned two strikeouts apiece to lead Texas to a 7–2 victory.

“It was a goal today going in to get Gabby and Lauren a little work, and that was accomplished,” Clark said.

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Whether she’s in the classroom, on the softball field or thousands of feet in the air, junior catcher Erin Shireman excels.

Erin is an aerospace engineering student and four-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection. During her freshman season, she was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team. On the diamond, she has played four different positions for the Longhorns, spending most of her time as a catcher.

But what sets her furthest apart from most utility players is her private pilot’s license.

Erin’s father, Kirk, worked for NASA, so aerospace engineering has always been an interest of hers, she said. A few years ago, Kirk started flying again, and that prompted Erin to take lessons and earn her license too. The skills she uses when she flies carry over to other aspects of her life.

“It helps with softball and school a lot,” Erin said. “Whenever you’re flying, you have to constantly look at the instruments, make quick decisions, assess things and respond — kind of like catching. When I’m working on problems for different classes, I look at the formulas and sample problems, and stuff actually comes into play when I’m flying or in the wind tunnel, too.”

Erin’s versatility has helped her grow into a key fixture for Texas. She has played in 45 games this season, including 44 starts, as a catcher, third baseman and designated hitter. Head coach Connie Clark said she appreciates the intelligence Erin brings to the game.

“It couldn’t be better that she’s a catcher for us — that field general who just has a really good, big-picture sense about things,” Clark said. “She’s got a tremendous work ethic and a competitor’s mentality. She comes in early and works and is really a student of the game.”

That work ethic has helped Erin improve her offensive output. Early in her career, Erin struggled with chasing balls outside of the strike zone. She finished last season with a .284 batting average, three home runs and 16 RBIs in 34 games played. She currently boasts a .307 average, tied for third-best on the team, and eight home runs and 39 RBIs, both the second-best records on the team.

Erin put significant work into improving her hitting during the offseason. She said she believes her time as a catcher has influenced her offense as well.

“My whole job is to catch pitches and read the release out of a hand, so I think that comes into play, and it helps a lot with being able to recognize the spins quicker and know how pitchers think,” Erin said.

As Texas (32–14, 7–5 Big 12) prepares for a three-game road series against Big 12 opponent Oklahoma State (20–28, 3–10), Erin and Clark both want to focus on the little things, while improving on consistency, to get the victory.

“I don’t know that we’ve hit on all cylinders yet,” Clark said. “We’ve had some great pitching outings and just didn’t get the timely hitting. Other times, we didn’t get the pitching, but we got the great offense, so I’d like to see it all come together.”

The series takes flight at 7 p.m. on Friday in Stillwater, Oklahoma, followed by afternoon games Saturday and Sunday.

After scoring four runs in the first game, the Longhorns only managed to score three over the next two games against Texas Tech.
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After edging the Red Raiders in a close game Friday, Texas dropped the next two to conclude the three-game conference series this past weekend.

With sophomore first baseman Kelli Hanzel’s go-ahead blast in the sixth and freshman pitcher Erica Wright’s 10 strikeouts Friday night, Texas grabbed a 4–3 win over Texas Tech for its ninth-consecutive road win.

Texas (32–14, 7–5 Big 12) jump-started the game with a crucial three-run second inning, but Texas Tech (23–25, 7–8 Big 12) fought back. In the fourth inning, Devon Thomey, Texas Tech sophomore designated hitter, sent one into the stands to pull within two. The next inning, the Red Raiders rallied with two outs with an RBI triple and a windy tag-up on a dropped foul ball that rolled fair.

In the top of the sixth, Hanzel put Texas back in the lead with a home run, and in the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Tiarra Davis clinched the victory with a game-ending strikeout.

“Significant win for us,” head coach Connie Clark said. “I’m just pleased overall with our fight and our grit, especially when they tied it up. To answer right back, that was huge.”

Clark said she was especially glad to see Texas’ success at the plate.

“We’ve had a few of our hitters working really hard this week on some things — [Hanzel] specifically and Stephanie Ceo,” Clark said.

The next day, the Longhorns struggled to find home plate. With an 8-to-3 hit advantage over the home team, the Longhorns stranded seven over the course of the game.

In the first inning, the Red Raiders pulled a role reversal over the Longhorns, and while Texas stayed scoreless, Texas Tech took off.

Senior Gabby Smith struggled from the mound, pitching just two-thirds of an inning. In that time, the Red Raiders scored three of their four runs. Wright relieved for 5.1 frames, allowing just one run while striking out six, but the Longhorns couldn’t manage to put a run on the board.

In the top of the final frame, Texas junior designated hitter Holly Kern led off with a pop out, followed by singles from senior right fielder Marlee Gabaldon and junior catcher Erin Shireman. Still, a strikeout and a fielder’s choice concluded the game with the Red Raiders on top, 4–0.

In the third and final game of the series, Texas started out with a glimmer of hope. Sophomore shortstop Devon Tunning led off and reached first on a walk, her 30th time this season reaching base to begin the game. But she never made it around the bases, and with both teams scoreless in the first, the Red Raiders cracked the scoreboard after Davis walked a batter with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second.

Finally, in the fifth, the Longhorns reached home plate for the first time in 12 innings. With Tunning and sophomore left fielder Stephanie Wong on base, junior center fielder Lindsey Stephens hit a three-run home run — her 14th home run of the season — to her respective area of the field to pull the Longhorns within two. But the Longhorns’ success didn’t last long, and after another run in the fifth and one in the sixth for the Red Raiders, Texas fell, 7–3.

Texas continues conference play against Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Friday in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Senior pitcher Gabby Smith pitched a complete game Saturday. Smith racked up 10 strikeouts while allowing five hits.
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In its third conference series of the season, Texas took all three games against Iowa State, largely on the strength of its pitchers.

The Longhorns (31–12, 6–3 Big 12) entered the matchup coming off a UT-Arlington victory Wednesday and carried the momentum for the team’s second Big 12 sweep of the season. 

In the first game, which was played Saturday afternoon because of weather-related delays, freshman Erica Wright (12–6) stepped up to the mound, shutting out Iowa State (21–20, 3–6 Big 12), 8–0. She walked just one batter, allowed just one hit and struck out eight.

Texas jumped to a 1–0 lead in the first, but extended it to 5—0 by the end of the second. In the fifth inning, junior catcher Erin Shireman connected on a two-RBI double to end the game early on a run-rule with Texas up by eight — its sixth run-rule win at home this season.

“This is two weekends in a row where we’ve had to push to get in doubleheaders because of weather,” head coach Connie Clark said. “I’m happy that we have a pitching staff that can handle that.”

Senior Gabby Smith took the mound in the second game and displayed her skill in a pitching duel with Iowa State senior Stacy Roggentien. In the bottom of the first, junior center fielder Lindsey Stephens reached on a triple, scoring shortly after on a wild pitch. Once Texas scored two more, Iowa State countered in the fourth when junior center fielder Brittany Gomez scored on a sacrifice fly for the Cyclones’ first run of the game.

The Cyclones brought the game within one when junior infielder Aly Cappaert launched a long ball to right-center to bridge the gap to 3–2.

“With a close game, I thought to just attack the hitters, get ground balls, no walks,” Smith said. “I think that was the key.” 

Despite a Cyclones lead-off single to start the seventh, Smith recorded a putout and her 10th strikeout of the night to clinch the win for Texas.

“We were not able to have Tiarra [Davis] get up and go, which bodes well for [Sunday],” Clark said. “But I thought both Gabby and Erica attacked the strike zone really well.”

In the final game of the series, sophomore Tiarra Davis posted the start for the Longhorns. While Davis started out slow, she was able to quickly recover. Walking Gomez at the lead-off position, Davis suffered an earned run in the first. But that would be the last Cyclones run of the game.

In the second inning, Davis recorded a pair of strikeouts in a one-two-three inning, sparking the beginning of a Longhorns offensive stint.

After a strong holdup in the first few frames, the Longhorns cracked the Cyclones defense in the bottom of the fourth when junior second basemen Stephanie Ceo scored on a dropped ball at the plate to put the Longhorns ahead, 2–1. After two more insurance runs from the Longhorns and seven strikeouts from Wright in the relief spot, the Longhorns picked up the 4–1 win.

On the weekend, Texas pitchers stuck out 30 and held Gomez, who entered the series with a team-best batting average of .448, to just three hits and two runs.

With these three wins, Texas has beat Iowa State in 45 of the 46 contests and moves into a second-place tie in the Big 12. Texas takes on Texas Tech beginning Friday in Lubbock in its fourth conference series.​​

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Connie Clark has been Texas’ head softball coach for a long time.

Actually, she’s the only head coach the 19-year-old program has ever had. With five Women’s College World Series appearances and three Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year awards under her belt, it’s safe to say the coach knows how to put a team together.

She’s also acutely aware of the importance of the athletes who aren’t in the spotlight. 

“We actually tab anybody that’s not a starter as a difference maker,” Connie said. “Whether it’s because of attitude, the energy they bring or being somebody that you can pencil in to enter a tough situation — they’re difference makers for a reason.”

This season, a few solid difference makers have emerged from Texas’ bullpen.

Sophomore pitcher Lauren Slatten and freshman pitcher Kristen Clark have pitched in 19 games combined this season, with just five starts between them. Slatten currently boasts a 2–0 record while Kristen maintains a 3–1 record, and they both have a save credited to them.

Kristen has found success in the middle of troubling situations. In the conference series against Kansas in late March, she pitched a total of 5.2 innings of relief and gave up just one run. She collected five strikeouts, including one against the Jayhawks’ best hitter, junior Chaley Brickey, to escape a bases-loaded situation and secure the Texas victory. In Texas’ next game against Houston, Kristen pitched four innings of relief and worked around scoring situations again.

“I’m starting to call her ‘Ice Water,’” Connie said of her hurler. “She’s seen some challenging moments, and you can’t teach those, so it’s great seeing her go through them and do so well.”

Texas will look to get its bench some playing time as the Longhorns (28–12, 3–3 Big 12) face Iowa State this weekend in a three-game conference series. Although the Cyclones (20–17, 1–5) currently sit at the bottom of the Big 12 standings, they have some power hitters in their lineup.

Junior Brittany Gomez is the top batter for the Cyclones with a .448 batting average and 60 hits. Junior Aly Cappaert enters the series with a .350 batting average and the current hot hand for Iowa State.

With only conference matchups remaining on the regular season schedule, Texas’ roster depth will be especially important.

“It makes a big difference,” Connie said. “It’s nice to be able to turn to a deep bench and get some production.”

Freshman third baseman Randel Leahy had a career game Wednesday against UT-Arlington. Leahy blasted a grand slam in the first inning of play and clinched the Texas victory with a walk-off, solo home run in the fifth.
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It didn’t take long for Texas to come out victorious over UT-Arlington on Wednesday night.

Behind freshman third baseman Randel Leahy’s two-home-run night, the Longhorns run-ruled the Mavericks, 8–0. 

Texas (28–12) pounced on UT-Arlington (26–20) from the start. 

Sophomore pitcher Tiarra Davis took the mound for the Longhorns and held the Mavericks scoreless. In the bottom of the first, the Longhorns launched an offensive strike. They started off quickly with a walk and a single from sophomore shortstop Devon Tunning and sophomore outfielder Stephanie Wong, respectively, but a setback occurred as the Mavericks retired the next two batters.

Then, with two outs and the bases loaded, junior catcher Erin Shireman sparked a rally with a single to right field, knocking in the first two runs of the game. The next two hitters connected for two more singles to load the bases as Leahy stepped up to the plate. As the ball traveled from the mound to the plate, Leahy held her stance, connected on the pitch and launched the ball over the left-field wall for her first career grand slam to extend Texas’ lead to 6–0.

“Great at-bats for Randel tonight,” Texas head coach Connie Clark said. “She’s really come along, and we’ve talked about it this season that she’s somebody we wanted to try to get in the lineup every single day.” 

After Davis retired three in the second, Tunning and Wong struck again. Tunning led off the second inning with a single but was put out on a fielder’s choice off Wong’s bat. To complete the frame, Wong stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and crossed the plate on a passed ball to make the score 7–0.

The next two innings were scoreless, thanks to Texas senior pitcher Gabby Smith’s six strikeouts.

Freshman Erica Wright came into the game in the fifth inning to pitch a perfect inning.

“Tonight was really about getting our pitchers work in a midweek, nonconference game,” Clark said. “All three of our pitchers did a great job of throwing to all zones and mixing speeds efficiently. That’s what we need is for those three to get stronger and stronger as we go on this season.”

In the bottom of the fifth, the Mavericks sent two Longhorns back to the dugout and needed just one more out for another offensive opportunity to get back in the game. But Leahy hit her second home run of the game, to the same wall as before, to clinch the victory.

“[The softball I saw] was pretty big,” Leahy said. “It was nice to come out tonight and redeem ourselves.”

Clark recognized Leahy’s success on a holistic level.

“Obviously, the grand slam was sweet, but to get the walk-off was tremendous,” Clark said.

The Mavericks were the last nonconference opponent on Texas’ schedule. Four Big 12 series are all that remain in the regular season for
the Longhorns. 

Sophomore shortstop Devon Tunning watches one of her two homers leave the park Tuesday. Her pair of home runs sparked the Longhorns to their ninth-straight victory.
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Texas extended its winning streak to nine, defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 11–2, in five innings on Tuesday afternoon behind the bat of sophomore shortstop Devon Tunning.

Tunning got things going for the Longhorns (27–9) in a hurry with a lead-off home run. She added another solo shot in the bottom of the third, making it her second multi-home-run outing in the last three games and extending her career-high on-base streak to 23 games.

“I’m just trying to get on base; that’s my job,” Tunning said. “[Pitchers are] coming at me, and I’m just seeing the ball really well. My job is to start the team off right, and it’s working out.”

Texas went on to score six runs on four hits in the initial frame, continuing the theme of fast starts and bringing its season total to 57 first-inning runs. 

Five of those runs came from a pair of two-out RBI doubles from freshman third baseman Randel Leahy and then junior second baseman Stephanie Ceo.

“Our approach has been tremendous immediately, and I think that’s something to be said about our preparation,” head coach Connie Clark said. “I’m equally, or maybe even more, excited about how many runs we’re putting up with two outs. That means that you continue to get to the next pitch and compete hard regardless of what the scoreboard says.”

Senior pitcher Gabby Smith contributed to the 11-hit offensive performance, going 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Smith earned the victory from the mound to improve to 7–1 on the season. In her first start since March 28 because of a callous on her index finger of her throwing hand, Smith gave up seven hits and struck out five in a complete-game effort.

“It was fun being back in there,” Smith said. “I definitely wanted to throw this game, I was excited about it, and it felt good.”

Smith said her finger, when wrapped in tape, feels completely fine and that she will continue to tape it up as long as is necessary.

As a tough Big 12 Conference series against No. 5 Oklahoma approaches, the Longhorns feel good about the development they’ve made. 

“As we get prepared tomorrow and Thursday, we need to be on the attack,” Clark said. “I think we have two confident teams going at it, and I think we match up very well in a lot of ways and we’ll just see how it plays out.”

The Longhorns will home to improve their nine-game winning streak as they face off against the Sooners in a three-game series at Red and Charline McCombs Field starting Friday afternoon.

Correction: This article has been amended since its original publication. Tunning extended her career-high on-base streak to 23 games.

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Coming off of a sweep of No. 22 Kansas to open conference play, Texas looks to continue its momentum Wednesday against Houston at Cougar Softball Stadium.

Texas (23–9, 3–0 Big 12) enters the matchup against Houston (17–17, 2–0 AAC) with both teams undefeated in their respective conferences. The Longhorns boast a 7–1 record on the road, while Houston struggles with a 9–8 record at home.

 The Longhorn lineup leads Texas’ strong offensive performance this season. Sophomore leadoff hitter Devon Tunning is batting .279 on the year while accumulating a team-high 26 walks — over a fifth of the team’s total. Second in the order, sophomore outfielder Stephanie Wong leads the team in batting with a .368 average and has reached a base safely in a career-long streak of 15 games.

“Those two are seeing the ball very well right now,” head coach Connie Clark said. “I’m really pleased with our offense, and our ability to make needed adjustments has been tremendous.”

Despite the Longhorns’ road record and strong lineup, they have struggled in opening innings on several occasions this season. Texas is 9–8  in games when recording a scoreless inning. On the other hand, Texas is 10–1  when scoring more than one run in the opening frame. In last weekend’s three-game series against Kansas, this early momentum played a huge role.

In the first game, along with a series of walks, a couple of singles and a three-run homerun in the first inning helped the Longhorns jump to a quick 4–0 lead over the Jayhawks. The next game, the Longhorns took another 4–0 lead in the first, leading to another victory.

“We started off hot, and I think that was pretty significant to set the tone for the game,” Clark said after Friday’s victory over the Jayhawks.

On Friday, Texas gave Kansas starting pitcher Alicia Pille her first loss of the season after she started 18–0, and, in the second, the Longhorns’ opening burst led to Pille’s removal from the mound with just one out in the game.

“Coming into Friday at someone else’s place, you have the leadoff come out and get on and wreak havoc —  that’s one thing,” Clark said. “To do it a second-straight day, you saw a little of the air come out of the tires across the diamond. Kansas certainly kept battling, but to get the momentum is important.”

Junior center fielder Lindsey Stephens delivered the walk-off in the first game of the doubleheader with a double down the right field line. Sophomore pinch hitter Mickenzi Krpec got the honors in the second game with a two-run single to walk off.
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As the only head coach in Texas softball history, Connie Clark had more on the line than improving the Longhorns record going into Tuesday’s doubleheader with UTSA.

The 2–1 Texas walk-off victory in the first game of the doubleheader gave Clark and the program win No. 750. Then, a 3–2 Texas walk-off on the tail end gave them No. 751.

“It’s great, but all it is is that I’ve had some great players through the program,” Clark said. “The best part about it is that we got to 751 real quick.”

The biggest thing Clark took from the first game was the improvement in her pitching staff and her team’s focus.

“[Senior Gabby Smith] and [freshman Erica Wright] competed pitch to pitch and really trusted their stuff,” Clark said. “I think they’re at a good place as we head into conference to compete, and we’re hoping to have Tiarra [Davis] back soon as well.”

Solid performances from the Texas pitching staff helped the Longhorns (20–9) to consecutive walk-off wins for the first time since 2009. The Roadrunners came into the doubleheader with one of the strongest offenses in the nation, ranking in the top 25 in four offensive categories, but the Texas duo handled them. 

A pair of home runs accounted for all three UTSA runs, as it tabbed just 10 hits total in both games.

Smith pitched the Longhorns to victory in the first by throwing a complete game, giving up just six hits and totaling seven strikeouts. But when she left the mound in the seventh, her team still wasn’t ahead.

That changed when junior center fielder Lindsey Stephens drove a double down the right-field line, scoring sophomore shortstop Devon Tunning for the walk-off victory.

Tunning, who extended her on-base streak to 14 games by reaching safely in both matches, set up Stephens’ heroics. Sophomore left fielder Stephanie Wong executed the sacrifice bunt to advance Tunning to second, and Stephens provided the magic.

Wright followed up Smith’s night with a big one of her own, giving up just four hits and tallying a career-high 13 strikeouts to improve her record to 8–4.

“I’ve been doubting myself a little bit, so going out there and having that good night before conference is definitely going to be positive,” Wright said. “Gabby pitched an awesome game the first game, and that’s great because it takes everybody to win a series.”

Despite Wright’s performance, the Longhorns found themselves trailing by one in the final inning.

Freshman catcher Randel Leahy singled to start the inning and junior pinch hitter Erin Shireman reached on a bunt to set up sophomore pinch hitter Mickenzi Krpec.

Krpec blasted a shot through the right side of the field that scored Leahy and Shireman to win the game as the Longhorns rushed the field in celebration for the second time in the day.

“I felt good,” Krpec said of her at-bat. “I did what I could. I did my job, and that’s all I can ask for.”