After historic scoring weekend team looks to build on outburst

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Sophomore Mandy Ogle and the rest of the Longhorns exploded for 60 runs last weekend in their season opening tournament. The team will look to continue the tread against Texas-A&M Corpus Christi.

Photo Credit: Marisa Vasquez | Daily Texan Staff

This promising group of Longhorns is off to a great start, establishing incredible momentum which they certainly hope to carry through the season. The 2012 team has rocketed off to one of their best starts in the 2000s. Not only have they won their first five games but they have shut out their opponent in every game, outscoring them by an astonishing 60-0 margin. Tonight, they look to do the same against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

The Longhorns got their first title of the season by dominating the Texas Classic this past weekend here in Austin. The tournament offered a glimpse of the team's potential and has inspired considerable optimism because the team was strong in all facets of the game. Winning four of their five games by virtue of the run-rule, the offense battered opposing pitching .470 as a team. On the other side, each of the four Longhorn pitchers recorded shutouts combining for 39 strikeouts.

Texas, who is ranked 13th in the country by the NFCA/Division I poll, is excited about the way they have opened the season. Sophomore shortstop, Taylor Thom, is eager to take on the rest of the season. “Everyone is pumped and I think it's because of our performance,” Thom said.

Head coach Connie Clark acknowledges the team's great play and emphasizes that they need to stay focused, keep their goals in mind and maintain their aggressive mindset as they prepare for the A&M-Corpus Christi tonight.

The Longhorns cannot be complacent and underestimate their opponents. The perfect test of the Longhorns ability to stay focused starts tonight.

The Islanders are off to a 1-3 start this season. They scored only eight runs at the University of Houston-Hilton Houston Plaza Classic, and were outscored 23-8.

Texas and A&M-Corpus Christi have played every year since 2001. In overall head-to-head competition, the Longhorns have dominated the Islanders 21-3 including a 17-1 record at home against them. The last time these two teams met was in late March 2011 right here in Austin, where they played a two game series. Texas won both games 6-0 and 2-0. All but four current players on the curent Longhorns roster played in that series including junior Blaire Luna and sophomore Rachel Fox who both tallied wins in their starts against the Islanders.

The No. 13 Longhorns are ready to take on the Islanders again, but this time for just a single game. The Texas pitchers look to keep their perfect 0.00 ERA with another shutout game, while the offense looks to continue their record setting scoring.

Printed on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 as: After historic scoring weekend team looks to continue trend