Texas collapses twice against Cowgirls
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).