Rachel Fox

Senior pitcher Blaire Luna nabbed Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors two consecutive weeks, her third this season. 

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Senior Blaire Luna received her second straight Big 12 conference Pitcher of the Week award Tuesday, marking the third time this season and the 12th time in her career she has received this award.

This is the first time in her career that she has claimed back-to-back Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors, and she is the first Texas pitcher to do so since Cat Osterman won three straight in 2006.

This past week, Luna (17-1) notched two victories over Kansas in Lawrence. In the 13 innings she was in the circle, she allowed just four hits to Kansas, who entered the series with the nation’s best batting average, while fanning 18.

In Big 12 play, Luna sports a 4-0 record and 0.48 ERA.

She is the third UT pitcher to ever start a season 17-1, joining Rachel Fox (2011) and Osterman (2006).

Luna has been dominant recently, allowing three hits or fewer in each of her last eight appearances.

Her 1.11 ERA is the 11th-best in the country, her 17 wins are the 10th-most, her 217 strikeouts are the third-best and her 12.7 strikeouts per seven innings are the most in the nation.

Many expected Luna to be the second-best pitcher in the conference behind Keilani Ricketts of Oklahoma, last season’s National Player of the Year. But so far, their performances have been relatively even. Ricketts (15-1, 1.00 ERA) is on par with the Texas ace. They are expected to square off April 19 in Austin.

Luna and the Longhorns (32-4) return to action Wednesday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader against McNeese State after the a doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday was canceled that night.

Rising junior Rachel Fox has confirmed that she will be transferring from Texas and intends to choose her future destination in the next few weeks.

Fox served as the team’s No. 2 pitcher behind Blaire Luna in both of her years with the Longhorns. She posted a career record of 32-4 with a 1.72 ERA, striking out 212 and walking 76 in 243.2 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .214 batting average. A highly touted prospect from Fort Bend Baptist Academy High School in Sugar Land, Texas, Fox cited the desire to be a team’s ace pitcher among the many reasons she decided to leave Texas.

If Fox transfers to another Division I school, she will have to sit out next year. If she transfers to a Division II program, she would be eligible to pitch right away.

“Rachel was a very good student-athlete for us,” the University of Texas athletics department said in a statement issued to The Daily Texan. “She did not return to us this season but we wish her well in here future endeavors.”

Luna, who went 22-6 with a 2.31 ERA last year, will be a senior this upcoming season. She and Fox remain good friends and speak regularly despite no longer being teammates. Sophomore Gabby Smith and senior Kim Bruins, along with Luna, are the only three pitchers currently on the Longhorns roster.

Bruins, who also played first base, went 7-5 with a 3.29 ERA, while Smith went 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA in 2011. Texas finished last season ranked eighth in the country, behind top-ranked Alabama and fourth-ranked Oklahoma, whom the Crimson Tide defeated to claim their first national title.

Texas was eliminated by Louisiana-Lafayette in the regional round UT hosted in 2011, Fox’s freshman year. The following season, the Longhorns were eight outs away from reaching the Women’s College World Series before dropping two straight games to Oregon in the Super Regional.

Fox won her first 12 decisions, suffering her first defeat in a 9-3 loss to Oklahoma on May 5. Texas won 32 of its first 34 games last season before losing six of its next 11 and eventually falling in a best-of-three Super Regional to Oregon in Austin, squandering an opportunity to make its first ever Women’s College World Series Final appearance.

 Printed on Thursday, September 20, 2012 as: Rachel Fox will transfer

Sophomore Rachel Fox has posted a team-best 12-0 record while leading the Longhorns with a 1.91 ERA this season. Fox was 2-0 against Texas A&M last weekend.

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It is surprising that last year she was only a freshman, filling in for junior Blaire Luna when asked by the coaches. However, sophomore Rachel Fox has stepped up in the circle and shown the maturity of an upperclassman en route to producing a 12-0 season record.

This past weekend, Fox racked up two wins against Texas A&M — one as a starter and one in relief. She is the only pitcher still undefeated on the season. Fox has seven fewer decisions this season than Luna, who is 16-3 on the year.

It wasn’t smooth sailing for Fox against the Aggies. She got into several jams, but she was able to work her way through it. On Sunday, during the top of the second inning, Fox gave up a home run to right field that allowed the Aggies to take an early lead for the third time in as many games. A little rattled, Fox gave up two hits and a walk to load the bases. A few choice pitches by Fox, and the inning was over after retiring three due to designed groundouts.

“Fox gave us some great locations all day long, and both of those locations could not be better to get the groundout,” said Texas head coach Connie Clark. “That is what we are looking for in that scenario.”

Fox leads the team in ERA with 1.91 on the season and a 3.07 ERA in conference play. She has 79 strikeouts on the season while only giving up 32 walks.

The No 4. Longhorns, along with Fox, will get another shot to defeat the Baylor Bears in Waco tonight. The last time they met on the field, the Longhorns dropped a three-run lead in the final two innings to lose 5-4 in a surprising heartbreaker.

Texas is now 39-8 on the season and 13-6 in Big 12 Conference play after a wild series win over rival Texas A&M in the last State Farm Lone Star Showdown between the two schools.

Tonight, the Longhorns will play the second game in a three-game series against the Bears that is spread throughout the season. Despite losing the first contest, the Longhorns hope to even the series tonight before facing Baylor again in two weeks at home in Austin.

“We are facing good competition in Baylor ... it is a great conference, and it is very competitive,” said Clark about preparing for Baylor, as well as other conference competition down the road.

Printed on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 as: Fox improves to 12-0 over the weekend

Taylor Hoagland heads for home plate after hitting a home run against the Aggies on Sunday in UTÂ’s 4-3 win. Hoagland carried the offense with two home runs.

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The Longhorns won the series with the Aggies on Sunday.

Despite losing 9-0 Thursday night in a run-ruled game on the road in College Station, the Longhorns fought from behind and pulled off back to back wins to take their final series against the Aggies 2-1
this past weekend.

The No. 7 Longhorns beat the Aggies twice at home, 7-6 on Saturday and 4-3 on Sunday. They are now 39-8 on the season and 13-6 in Big 12 Conference play.

“We just had to come back in and forget about that loss and not take it too hard,” said junior left fielder Torie Schmidt. “The game forgets everything, so we had to come back in and let it go.”

Game one on Saturday afternoon came down to the wire. The Longhorns were down 6-1 going into the fifth inning. Four runs in the bottom of the fifth brought the game to within one, and a walk off double by Schmidt in the seventh pushed the Longhorns to the 7-6 victory.

“We were trying too hard over there Thursday night,” Texas head coach Connie Clark said. “We fought ... that is what it is about; having that fight.”

Schmidt highlighted the game on Saturday afternoon going 3-for-4 with three RBIs which included the walk off double.

Sophomore Rachel Fox started off both weekend games in the circle for the Longhorns and extended her win streak to 11 games. Fox, who has been taking on more responsibilities later in the season, is the only starting pitcher still undefeated on the season.

“We have to hand it to Rachel [Fox], she came in and did a great job,” Schmidt said. “She just went in there and was confident and hit her spots and that gave us confidence to go up to the plate and hit.”

Sunday afternoon started in similar fashion. The Aggies went up 1-0 in the top of the second and Texas was left to try to fight from behind for the third time in as many games.

Through the first two innings, the Longhorns were able to get runners on but were unable to plate a run. However, in the bottom of the third, Texas junior Taylor Hoagland stepped up to the plate smacked a two-run homer.

Another home run by Hoagland followed by a home run off the bat of sophomore Brejae Washington put the score at 4-1.

The Aggies tried to make a comeback by plating two runs in the top of the sixth but were unable to gain any more ground. Junior All-American Blaire Luna came in as relief for Fox in the final two innings and put the Aggies to rest with a 4-3 victory.

“I’m really glad that we went out with a bang,” Hoagland said.

Even though it was difficult, the Longhorns walked away from their toughest rivalry with bragging rights for the foreseeable future. They ended a long weekend with a 4-3 victory, a 2-1 series victory and a 20-20 rivalry record.

“You always feel emotion. To be honest, it was a great game today,” Clark said. “It was back-and-forth and close. So, there was a lot of emotion there ... there is nothing better [than] to come in and shut the door ... it was fantastic.”

Printed on Monday, April 30, 2012 as: Hoagland homers twice as Longhorns down rivals

Junior pitcher Blaire Luna (12) was touched up for three runs Wednesday night against Texas Tech as the Longhorns lost their third consecutive game. The Longhorns had won the previous nine games against Tech.

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Texas Tech only needed one swing of the bat to extend Texas’s losing streak to three games. The No 5. Longhorns dropped a road contest against the Red Raiders 5-2 Wednesday night.

The Longhorns were up 2-0 when the Raiders came up with a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning as the result of starting pitcher Blaire Luna struggles.

For the first time all season, the junior hurler was relieved as the result of a subpar performance rather than a huge lead amassed by the Texas offense. Sophomore Rachel Fox came in the fourth inning and was able to get out of a jam in the fourth, but her effort was not enough.

The Raiders tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the final two innings, but the Texas offense was unable to best the Red Raider defense.

The loss brings the Longhorns to a season record of 32-5 and 6-3 in the Big 12. After winning six straight, the Longhorns have dropped the past three conference games. Despite losing Wednesday’s game in Lubbock, the Longhorns came out with the series win after winning two contests against the Raiders in late March.

The usually crisp pitching staff was sloppy in Wednesday’s loss to the Raiders. Luna started off the night in the circle, but through just over three innings, gave up five hits and three runs while walking three and striking out three batters. Fox came in for the final two innings giving up two runs off one hit.

“We just weren’t able to get into a rhythm with our pitchers today,” said Texas head coach Connie Clark. “Blaire [Luna] and Rachel [Fox] struggled with finding that rhythm ... We gave them a lot of continuous, favorable counts and it was only a matter of time before [Texas Tech] was going to take advantage of it.”

The Texas offense started out well, going up 2-0 off runs scored by senior team captains Nadia Taylor and Lexy Bennett. Both had an RBI. The Longhorns scraped together four hits against the Red Raider pitching staff.

At one point it seemed that the Longhorns were poised for a comeback. In the top of the sixth inning, with one out, the Longhorns managed to the load the bases. However, back to back strikeouts by freshman pinch-hitter Marlee Gabaldon and sophomore shortstop Taylor Thom retired the Longhorns’ last attempt to take the game.

“I thought we had a great workout this morning. I think the competitive spirit and energy was there to start the game,” Clark said. “We did have a couple of opportunities in needing a timely hit at the end. Our focus will be on the final segment of the season, beginning with this weekend. It matters how we will bounce back and I’m actually excited to see how we bounce back.”

Printed on Thursday, April 12, 2012 as: Luna loses control, Horns fall to Raiders

Sophomore Brejae Washington rounds third base to score what would prove to be the game-winning run in the LonghornsÂ’ 2-1 win over Texas Tech on Wednesday.

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Two games into conference play, 20 games into the season and the Longhorns continue to dominate every team on the field. The 19-1 Texas team finished off their two game series Wednesday night against Texas Tech, which capped their first conference series of the season.

Texas swept the Red Raiders going 6-0 in Tuesday’s game and 2-1 in Wednesday’s where it was a close game throughout but the RBI single in the third by Lexy Bennett was the game winner for the Longhorns. Texas hit seven in the game while holding Tech to only two hits.

Sophomore Rachel Fox got the start for Texas where she got her sixth win of the season. As she held the Red Raiders to only one run on two hits, the Longhorns continued their nine game winning streak.

“After the home run [that Tech hit in the sixth], she immediately came back,” said head coach Connie Clark on the Sugar Land native. “She didn’t lose her composure, she just got to the next pitch and that was awesome for her to do that — to keep us in this tight ball game.”

Not only has Fox performed this season, all of the pitching staff has given Texas the upper hand on their opponents.

“Kim Bruins is throwing the ball exceptionally well for us, too. If we were doing a three-game series, KB would probably come back and start,” said Clark. “It’s a benefit for us to have great looks in the circle. We’re bringing Gabby Smith along as a freshman. She’s got some good stuff, it’s just about getting some confidence and over time she’ll be another good pitcher as well.”

Both of Texas’ two runs in the game were scored in the second and third. Nadia Taylor, the senior out of Humble, hit a grounder to the pitcher, which bounced off her leg and then resulted in a bad throw to first to start the second inning. Mandy Ogle’s ground ball to short gave pinch runner Gabby Smith the opportunity to get the first run of the game, which she capitalized on giving Texas the early lead. In the third, Brejae Washington singled and then moved to second on a stolen base. Bennett gave Texas the essential game winner after that when she batted Washington in on ground ball through the right side.

This start for the Longhorns matches their second best in school history. In 2003 Texas also started 19-1 but in 2006 the team started out with a school record 26-1 mark.

This isn’t the end of the Red Raiders, however. The two teams finish their season series on April 11 when Texas travels to Lubbock for their final game. Before that, though, the Longhorns will travel to the Aloha state to play in the Spring Fling Tournament. In Hawaii, they look to continue their hot streak and continue as a main contender for the NCAA tournament.

Printed on Thursday, March 8, 2012 as: UT, Bennett stay hot after edging Red Raiders

Freshman pitcher Gabby Smith (18) delivers a pitch against Texas State. Smith leads the Longhorns with a 0.00 ERA in 15 innings of work.

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They made it look easy. After a grueling five-game stretch that consisted of three ranked teams, the No. 6 Longhorns cruised through a double header against in-state rival Texas State.

Texas started off the night with a quick 5-0 shutout victory against the Bobcats and finished similar fashion with another 7-0 shutout. With the wins, Texas improved to 14-1 on the season as it head into a three-game series against Sam Houston State this weekend.

“I think we wanted to stay strong. We came off of a hard week in California,” said senior second baseman Lexy Bennett. “It is a grind going into yesterday’s practice just coming off of traveling and then having a double header tonight. It is pretty tough on our bodies. I think pushing and finishing were important and trying to stay consistent through the two games.”

Junior right-hander Blaire Luna led off in the circle for the Longhorns in game one. Luna registered 13 strikeouts and only gave up one hit through almost six innings of work. Junior Kim Bruins came in as relief in the sixth inning, but the win went to Luna, who is now 6-0 on the season.

Although wild pitching, hit batters and other such abnormalities contributed to the Texas score, the Texas offense still was as sharp as it’s been all season. Bennett once again lived up to hype by powering her fourth home run of the season deep over left field. The offense ended game one with nine hits in total.

In game two, freshman pitcher Gabby Smith started off in the circle for just over four innings before sophomore Rachel Fox came in as relief. Smith has not given up a run all season — she has pitched just over 15 scoreless innings and leads the team in ERA at 0.00. Fox was credited with the win.

In 14 innings, the Texas offense did not let up steam. The Longhorns had nine hits in the second game bring the night’s total to 18. Senior outfielder Courtney Craig led the offense through game going 2-for-4 with four RBI. Craig also logged her second home run of the season. Junior outfielder Taylor Hoagland also had a successful night with three hits and two runs scored.

“Hoagland specifically stands out in my mind tonight,” Texas head coach Connie Clark said. “She hit the ball hard tonight but did not have a lot to show for it, but that is part of the game. Overall, I thought we stayed consistent. We never settled for the runs on the scoreboard. We just kept competing offensively.”

So far this season, the Longhorns have outscored their opponents 103-19. With their home runs this evening, Bennett and Craig are tied in the Texas record books at sixth for career home runs.

“I think it is exciting,” Bennett said of all the recognition she, as well as the team, has earned. “But more importantly, it is about getting the job done.”

Printed on Thursday, March 1, 2012 as: Texas takes doubleheader from Bobcats

Sophomore pitcher Rachel Fox is 3-0 on the season and has only allowed two earned runs in the 17 innings she has pitched. She and Junior Blaire Luna are the leaders of the pitching staff.

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While the team’s weekend in California was fun, sophomore right-hander Rachel Fox is glad to be back in Texas and is ready for more softball.

After a long, five-game stretch on the road, the No. 6 Longhorns had two days of rest before facing in-state rival Texas State University in a doubleheader tonight. Texas will then turn around for a three-game series against Sam Houston State University this weekend in Austin.

The Longhorns are up in the polls from No. 8 after a strong showing at the Cathedral City Classic tournament in Palm Springs, Calif., this past weekend. Fox proved to be a solid contributor in the circle with her performance in California.

The Texas native, who is 3-0 on the season, pitched two complete games and three innings of relief and finished with a 2-0 record for the tournament. Fox, who ended last season ranked No. 2 in the Big 12 with an ERA of 1.24, allowed only two earned runs in just over 17 innings to finish the weekend with a team low of 0.88 tournament ERA. In addition, Fox fanned 12 batters over the weekend while only walking four.

“I just need to do whatever I can whenever I’m called upon, just doing my job,” Fox said. “I just need to keep the runners off and get us into the dugout as quick as possible.”

Fox’s success so far this season, as well as her year of experience from last season, will be an asset as the Longhorns get deeper into their season. Even though there are four pitchers on the Texas offense trading time in the circle, Fox and junior All-American Blaire Luna are the only two with solid game-time experience from last year. Junior Kim Bruins did not contribute as much last season in the circle.

Last spring, Luna was overworked late in the season. In the postseason, which included two games at the Big 12 Championship Tournament as well as three games at the NCAA tournament, Luna started all of the Longhorns’ five games. With two years of experience, Fox and Bruins will be able to relieve some of the pressure off of Luna.

In the meantime, Texas faces a tough stretch at home that includes the Texas State Bobcats, an in-state rival who always provides a challenge for the Longhorns.

“It is always a good game here when they come and play us,” Fox said. “With Texas State being so close to us here in Austin, they have a lot of fans here, we have a lot of fans here, this house [will be] packed and the atmosphere is good.”

The Bobcats, who are 8-7 for the season, are on a four-game win streak heading into tonight’s doubleheader. The last time these two teams met was at the NCAA Texas regional in postseason play last May. The Longhorns, behind Luna, shut out the Bobcats 2-0 in the first game of the regional.

During the regular season, the Longhorns defeated the Bobcats twice, a 2-1 win at home and a 6-2 win in San Marcos. Texas leads the series against Texas State 27-9.

The first game of the double header is slated for 5:30 p.m. with the second expected to start at 8 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network.

Softball Review

It was bound to happen sometime. The Longhorns, who had surpassed expectations this season with a 10-0 start, were handed their first loss in California this past weekend.

The 8th-ranked Longhorns went 4-1 in California this weekend at the Cathedral City Classic. Their only loss of the weekend came to top-ranked Florida on Friday morning after a lengthy double header the previous evening. Texas is now 12-1 on the season.

In their first game Thursday night, the Longhorns easily handled the Cal State Northridge Matadors. Freshman pitcher Gabby Smith set the tone for the 4-0 shutout win with 10 strikeouts, a season high. Smith has not given up a run in almost 12 innings. Senior infielder Lexy Bennett continued her success at the plate by going 2-3 with two RBIs that evening. Bennett’s RBI performance puts her at third in the Texas record books for career RBIs.

Texas beat San Diego State 2-1 in the second half of Thursday’s double header. The Aztecs were up 1-0 going into the bottom of the seventh inning and almost managed the upset before sophomore infielder Karina Scott’s two RBIs double secured the late comeback win for the Longhorns.

“I just wanted to get something on the right side,” Scott said of her walk-off double. “We are not quitters. We are never going to stop until the game is officially over.”

Their efforts came up short, however, when the Longhorns faced No. 1 Florida early the next day. Junior Kim Bruins was slated with Texas’s first loss in the 5-1 game Friday morning. Bruins gave up three runs off of three hits before sophomore Rachel Fox came in as relief in the fourth inning. The Texas defense was unable to stop the powerful Florida offense who registered four more hits off of Fox with two runs in the fifth inning to secure the win.

Sophomore shortstop Taylor Thom was credited with the Longhorn’s only score after an RBI by junior outfielder Torie Schmidt. The potent Texas offense, who had outscored their previous 10 opponents 82-10, was shut down for the first time all season. The Florida defense allowed just one run off of four hits.

“Florida is a great hitting ball club,” said Texas head coach Connie Clark. “Kim [Bruins] didn’t have great command of her changeup today and we really needed that ... I thought the game was still within reach with us down, 3-1. We have to field the bunt better and that’s something we need to commit to being better at this season.”

The Longhorns bounced back the next day with a close 5-4 win against their second ranked opponent, No. 7 UCLA. Bennett had another outstanding day on offense with three RBIs and a two-run home run. Sophomore outfielder Brejae Washington went 2-for-4 against the Bruins with two RBIs.

“I loved that they took ownership and said ‘that is not happening today,’” Clark said. “Their whole approach during the warm-ups was much more aggressive and they couldn’t wait to play this game.”

In the circle, junior All-American Blaire Luna had a bit of trouble controlling the Bruins’ offense. Luna, who had only given up two runs all season, gave up four against UCLA. The Bruins were in line for the win during the bottom of the seventh inning; however, the Texas defense stepped up to help Luna secure the win.

The Longhorns finished the weekend with a 3-0 shutout win against No. 18 Nebraska, their third ranked opponent in three days. Fox, who was credited with the win, gave up three hits but held the Husker offense scoreless with the help of the Texas defense. The game was scoreless through six innings before a hit-by-pitch from the Nebraska pitcher with the bases loaded led to Texas’ first score.

The Longhorns will face in-state rival Texas State on Wednesday night for a double header at McCombs field in Austin.

Senior right fielder Courtney Craig takes a cut Wednesday against Texas A&M Corpus Christi Wednesday. Texas trailed and allowed its opponent to score for the first time this season but came away with a 6-5 victory thanks

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It was a close call for the No. 13 Longhorns Wednesday night, where they were nearly upset by the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders.

After losing the early lead they had, Texas fought back in the bottom of the sixth inning to retake the lead by one where they kept it and won the game. Coming off a strong weekend in the Texas Classic where they gave up only 10 hits and didn’t give up one run and outscored their opponents 60-0, the team had high expectations coming into the game.

It was a different story this time. Instead of outstanding defense and shut-out pitching, the Longhorns struggled in that part of the game and had limited offense. The following are key differences between Wednesday night and the weekend, which Texas plans to focus on in the future.

Texas gave up 11 hits against the Islanders last night, while only giving up 10 hits in all of their five games over the weekend. This results from a difference in the pitching. Four pitchers made appearances over the weekend, while three made appearances last night. In the Texas Classic, they recorded a total of 39 strikeouts, an average of 7.8 a game, while last night, they only had five.

Sophomore Rachel Fox started the game Wednesday night in which she left after 4.2 innings, giving up eight hits. She started one game over the weekend versus UTSA and she pitched a complete game shutout giving up only three hits. Something was off on the night for the pitching until junior Blaire Luna came in in the last two innings, striking out four and ending the game.

The Longhorns had two uncharacteristic errors in Wednesday’s game, while recording none over the weekend. Texas’ two errors came early in the game, both in the top of the second. Junior Taylor Hoagland bobbled a grounder at third base, recording her error, while pitcher Fox did the same on the mound, accounting for the second error. These two errors lead to two runs for the Islanders, the first two Texas allowed this season. While this didn’t necessarily tie up the game for A&M Corpus Christi, it gave them momentum and confidence for future innings in where they took the lead.

Not all differences were for the worse, however. Texas got the bunt down Wednesday night after they didn’t have the chance this past weekend. In the Texas Classic, the Longhorns didn’t have a chance to try and bunt the ball. According to head coach Connie Clark, this was a good chance to try out what they worked on in practice.

“The games [over the weekend] did not give us those opportunities because we were pounding out so many runs, and tonight, the score was close enough that we got the opportunity to work that in,” Clark said. “One take away from the game would be that it was a great opportunity to apply the bunts from practice.”

Finally, the Longhorns didn’t have the offensive production that they had this past weekend. In their five games in the Texas Classic, Texas scored a total of 60 runs. Their lowest scoring game was 8-0, where they won in five innings with the run-rule. In Wednesday night’s game, they had minimum offensive production where, in a total of 24 at bats, they tallied only nine hits and got put out 21 times. However, over the weekend, the lowest amount of hits they recorded was 10 in a single game.

Texas is off to a strong start so far and they are looking to continue it into this weekend where they are hosting the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational. Clark is excited to see the energy going into the tournament, and play against the good competition they have coming in. They face off against Pittsburgh in their first game of the tournament Friday afternoon.

Printed on Thursday, February 16, 2012 as: Longhorns hold on to defeat Islanders