Texas col­lapses twice against Cow­girls

Austin American-Statesman - - CLASSIFIEDS - Amer­i­can-States­man staff

Texas’ soft­ball team dropped to 0-3 in Big 12 play as Ok­la­homa State ral­lied to a 10-9, ex­tra-in­ning win Sun­day in Still­wa­ter, Okla.

Texas had two chances to close out the road test, but the Cow­girls (22-11, 3-0) over­came an 8-3 hole in the sev­enth in­ning and a 9-8 deficit in the eighth.

Texas col­lected a sea­son-high 14 hits, but Ok­la­homa State’s Vanessa Shippy won the game with a walk-off sin­gle in the eighth in­ning.

The one-run loss — Texas’ third of the three-game se­ries — spoiled a record-ty­ing per­for­mance from fresh­man catcher Tay­lor Ellsworth.

Bat­ting in the cleanup spot, Ellsworth went 5 for 5 with four sin­gles and a dou­ble. The five hits tied a Texas sin­gle-game mark set by Tay­lor Thom in 2011.

Ellsworth ar­rived at Texas in Jan­uary af­ter de­cid­ing to skip the sec­ond half of her se­nior year at Ge­orge­town High School.

Sun­day’s five-hit ef­fort boosted her bat­ting av­er­age to .550, which leads the Longhorns by a healthy mar­gin. Ellsworth also drove in two runs in Still­wa­ter.

Texas (17-14) is at UTSA on Wed­nes­day be­fore Hous­ton comes to town for a Sun­day dou­ble­header.

Women’s ten­nis: Texas picked up three sin­gles vic­to­ries to cap a 4-0 win over 27th-ranked TCU on Sun­day af­ter­noon at the Whi­taker Ten­nis Courts.

No. 22 Texas (8-6, 2-2 Big 12) won at the third and first dou­bles spots to get the dou­bles point.

Pe­tra Granic and Bianca Tu­rati de­feated Caro­line Weg­ner and Donika Bashota of TCU, 6-1, in No. 1 dou­bles while Daniella Roldan and Dani Wagland picked up a win over Alek­san­dra Zen­ovka and Alexis Pereira, 6-4.

The Longhorns got sin­gles wins from Tu­rati, Granic and Neda Ko­pre­cia. All three won their matches in straight sets.

Tu­rati’s match against Bashota was sus­pended in the third set knot­ted at one set apiece. Wagland and Daniella Roldan’s matches were also sus­pended in the third set af­ter Texas clinched the win.

“Ob­vi­ously, we’re happy and ex­cited we beat TCU,” said Texas coach Howard Joffe. “They’re a very good team, and any­time you get a win over a team like that, it’s a very good thing.”

Texas con­tin­ues Big 12 play next week­end when it vis­its West Vir­ginia (March 31) and Iowa State (April 2).

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