Game Break Down
First four innings: The first inning started off slow for Texas. Longhorns starting pitcher Holly Kern hit a batter and Texas struck out twice in the opening the frame. The Longhorns were able to turn it around in the second inning, breaking an 0-0 tie by scoring three runs and giving Kern some much-needed confidence on the mound. In the fourth inning, Ceo made it home off an RBI single by Hoagland, increasing the lead to 4-0. All four runs were scored with two out.
Final three innings: Texas continued to play solid defense through the final innings. Stephens and King both scored in the fifth inning, the final runs of the game. The sixth inning marked the point at which Kern, a freshman, earned her first career shutout in only her second career start.
Despite lsoing the last time the Longhorns faced Stephen F. Austin two years ago, No. 6 Texas did not appear to be worried about Stephen F. Austin and trusted its six freshmen. The freshmen did not disappoint, proving instrumental in the win as the Longhorns improved to 6-0. Texas took this game as an opportunity to develop depth and experience for their already strong freshmen. Freshman Holly Kern pitched and earned her first career shutout. Freshmen Taylor King and Lindsey Stephens both scored one run, while freshman Stephanie Ceo scored twice to contribute to the Texas win.
Why Texas Won
In addition to a successful night for the freshmen, senior Taylor Hoagland lead the team in RBIs with three, driving in half of the team’s runs. SFA’s defense couldn’t hold against the Texas offense. Numerous balls bounced off the gloves of the Ladyjacks, allowing the Longhorns additional running time.
The Longhorns will travel to Houston for this weekend’s Hilton Houston Plaza Invitational, their first game away from home. Texas begins play Friday, taking on DePaul at 10 a.m. and Illinois at 12:30 p.m. CST.