Texas soft­ball tops Loy­ola Mary­mount

Horns score four in fourth to over­come 2-run deficit in L.A.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Amer­i­can-States­man staff

A four-run fourth in­ning and a cou­ple of home runs helped the Texas Longhorns soft­ball team de­feat Loy­ola Mary­mount 8-2 in Los An­ge­les on Tues­day after­noon.

Stephanie Wong was 2 for 2 with two runs scored, while fresh­man Tay­lor Ellsworth was 3 for 4 with a run scored, a home run and two runs bat­ted in to lead the of­fense. Rea­gan Hath­away also home­red in the game.

Erica Wright (2-2) picked up the win as she al­lowed two runs on three hit while strik­ing out nine in a com­plete game.

Loy­ola Mary­mount took a 2-0 lead in the bot­tom of the third on a home run by Amanda Dirks be­fore Texas (12-10) scored four runs in the next in­ning to take con­trol of the game.

Hath­away hit a two-run homer in the fourth, while Celina Felix and Kelli Hanzel each added an RBI in the in­ning.

Ellsworth hit an RBI sin­gle in the fifth and then home­red in the top of the sev­enth to pad the Longhorns’ lead.

Men’s golf: The Texas Longhorns men’s golf team fin­ished the sec­ond round of the Lamkin Clas­sic with the lead in San Diego on Mon­day.

Texas shot 286, led by Scottie Sch­ef­fler and Gavin Hall. Sch­ef­fler and Hall each shot 71 in the first round and fol­lowed it up with a 70 in the sec­ond round to sit tied for sixth place.

Doug Ghim was the only other Longhorn in the top15. He shot a 73 in the sec­ond round to sit at 1-un­der, tied for 14th.

Spencer Soos­man is tied for 27th at 1-over, while Steven Cher­vony is 6-over in a tie for 57th.

The Longhorns led New Mex­ico by four strokes af­ter Mon­day’s ac­tion.

Women’s ten­nis: The women’s ten­nis team trailed 3-1 against Rice on Mon­day but won three straight sin­gles matches to take a 4-3 vic­tory at Whi­taker Courts.

Neda Ko­prcina de­feated Wendy Zhang 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4 to com­plete the come­back for Texas.

Katie Po­luta got Texas back on track with a three-set win over Ali­son Ho. Anna Tu­rati fol­lowed that with another three-set win as she de­feated Fer­nande Astete, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

The Longhorns opened the com­pe­ti­tion with a dou­bles win by Dani Wagland and Pe­tra Granic over Lind­sey Hodge and Zhang, 6-2. Af­ter los­ing the match at sec­ond dou­bles, Bianca Tu­rati and Katie Po­luta de­feated Sa­van­nah Durkin and Kather­ine Ip, 6-4, to seal the dou­bles point.

Track and field: A to­tal of 15 ath­letes were hon­ored in 16 events as United States Track and Field and Cross Coun­try Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion All-Amer­i­cans fol­low­ing the in­door track sea­son.

Texas had 12 team mem­bers earn first-team All-Amer­ica sta­tus.

Senoj Jay-Gi­vans was hon­ored in both the 60 me­ters and the 1,600-me­ter re­lay.

Aldrich Bai­ley Jr., Chris Irvin and By­ron Robin­son joined Jay-Gi­vans as a 1,600 re­lay first-team All-Amer­i­can.

Spencer Dunker­ley-Of­for made the sec­ond team for the 60 me­ters.

Wolf Mahler took first-team All-Amer­ica hon­ors in the hep­tathlon, while Steele Wasik made the sec­ond team.

St­ef­fin McCarter was hon­ored in the long jump, while O’Brien Wa­some made the first team in the triple jump.

Rushelle Bur­ton was named a first-team All-Amer­i­can in the 60-me­ter hur­dles, as was Zola Golden in the 400 me­ters.

Kally Long and Shay Petty were named sec­ond-team All Amer­i­cans in the pole vault.

Teahna Daniels made the sec­ond team in the 60 me­ters.

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