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Diamond Dust: Can Texas softball escape College Station?

The bubble surrounding Texas’ softball team didn’t burst on Sunday. For better or for worse, the Longhorns (31-24) were one of the NCAA tournament’s 32 at-large bids, landing in the College Station regional as expected along with host Texas A&M (42-10), Texas State (41-15) and Texas Southern (25-19). At first glance, … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Texas and the Big 12 softball tournament

The Big 12 softball tournament returns this weekend to ASA Hall of Fame Stadium Complex in Oklahoma City after a six year absence. Oklahoma was the last team to win the tournament in 2010, but the Sooners were also the very first conference tournament champion to be crowned in the … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Texas vs. Baylor — a brief softball history lesson in heroics

Texas softball’s regular season comes to an end Sunday when the Longhorns and 17th-ranked Baylor conclude their three-game series at McCombs Field. Texas is 28-16 all-time against the Bears and hasn’t lost to Baylor at McCombs Field since May 15, 2011. As a matter of fact, both teams protect their … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Is Texas in danger of missing the NCAA tournament?

The Texas softball team hit its lowest point of the season on Sunday when Iowa State picked up a 4-2 victory — the Cyclones’ first ever series win over the Longhorns and just the third single-game victory in 52 meetings. A series loss to Iowa State is the equivalent of losing to … Read More

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Pair of Longhorns make Seattle Times’ 10-best and -worst all-time Seahawk draft picks

The NFL Draft gets underway Thursday in Philadelphia, Pa.  The Seattle Seahawks have built its current successes from dominating the draft. On Thursday, The Seattle Times published their lists of the 10-best and -worst all-time draft picks by the Seahawks, who hold the No. 26 pick in Thursday’s first round. A … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Texas, Randel Leahy finally found some offense in Lubbock

Randel Leahy showed a lot of promise as a freshman in 2015. A nagging lower back injury derailed her sophomore season, and the Norco, Calif. native has struggled to find her freshman form where she ranked among the top five in nearly every team offensive category. In 2015 she hit … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Why is Texas softball underachieving?

The 2017 season isn’t a rebuilding effort for Texas coach Connie Clark and her staff. Not even close. On paper, all the pieces of the puzzle were in place for the Longhorns. Clark returned eight starters. Yes, eight. There are 10 upperclassmen on a roster that boasts seven seniors,  including 2014 … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Can Texas softball shake off its awful history against ranked teams?

Texas’ softball team will try to avoid its worst start in Big 12 play since 2004 when it hosts 11th-ranked Oklahoma this weekend at McCombs Field. Unfortunately for the Longhorns, history isn’t on their side. Forget for a moment that Oklahoma (32-7, 3-0 Big 12) are 34-24 all-time against Texas. Read More

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Diamond Dust: Texas starts 0-3 in Big 12 softball for the second straight year

The Texas softball team was swept in a Big 12 series by Oklahoma State in Stillwater last weekend, the second straight year that the Longhorns have opened conference play 0-3. That’s only happened three times in the program’s 21-year history — 2004, 2016 and 2017. Back in 2004, Texas started … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Big 12 preview

The Texas softball team returned from its California spring break trip with a 4-2 record, suffering losses to No. 10 UCLA and Cal State Fullerton, which also has a win against No. 14  Baylor. On Wednesday, the Longhorns (17-11) defeated McNeese State 4-0. Texas will open conference play this weekend in … Read More

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Diamond Dust: How does Texas softball measure up to other teams in the state?

Texas went 0 for 3 against sixth-ranked Arizona in Tuscon last weekend, bring its record against ranked opponents to a dismal 2-7 this season. But UT’s struggles against ranked teams goes way beyond this season. In fact, Texas’ 4-2 win over No. 15 Tennessee two weeks ago at the Mary … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Cat Osterman’s star pupil at Texas State ices Texas’ offense

Cat Osterman knows a thing or two about winning games at McCombs Field. Texas State’s assistant coach won 136 of them there during her four-year career with the Longhorns. Wednesday night, Osterman’s star pupil — Texas State junior Randi Rupp, the Sun Belt’s preseason pitcher of the year — also … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Texas faces series of tests this weekend at Mary Nutter Classic

Texas’ softball team boasts a 7-3 record early in the 2017 season.  If you look closely, however, that mark’s a bit misleading. The Longhorns have played only one ranked team − No. 12 Minnesota (9-0) − and was 0-2 against the Golden Gophers. Their other loss, a 9-4 setback against … Read More

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Texas men’s tennis knocks off Oklahoma State

Texas (11-2) dropped the doubles point, but got four singles wins to rally to a 4-2 win over Big 12 rival Oklahoma State Sunday in the consolation round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The Longhoens men’s tennis team left Charlottesville, Va. with a 2-1 record in the tournament … Read More

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Diamond Dust: What we learned from Texas’ opening weekend

Opening week has come and gone. What did we learn about Texas’ softball team? Here are five things we now know: Texas failed its only real test: The Longhorns (3-2) beat a bad Maryland team that went 0-5 and was run-ruled in its last two games. Texas also … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Opening Day, Texas Classic is finally here for Texas softball

Opening day is here for the Texas softball team. On deck is this weekend’s Texas Classic, which features No. 16-Minnesota and Sara Groenewegan, who tied for the national lead in strikeouts last season. The Golden Gophers likely will be the only real competition for the Longhorns; Colorado State and Maryland … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Texas will be tested early and often in 2017

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s preseason poll was released Tuesday, and Texas’ spring schedule is loaded with ranked teams. Defending national champion Oklahoma, coming off a 57-8 season, took the top spot. The Sooners and Longhorns have a three-game series slated for April 7-9 at McCombs Field. Baylor also represented … Read More

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Diamond Dust: It’s time for Texas to make 8 great again

There’s something missing along the center field wall at McCombs Field. It’s subtle, really. If by subtle you mean the way the absence of the statues of Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams — Texas’ two Heisman Trophy winners — would be if they weren’t erected in the southwest corner of Royal-Memorial Stadium. Read More

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Diamond Dust: How much stock should Texas take in preseason polls?

In case you missed it, the Texas softball team was picked to finish second in the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll last week. What does that mean for the Longhorns? Take note that last year’s preseason poll was identical to the final standings. Texas did get one first-place vote in … Read More

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Georgetown’s Taylor Ellsworth one of two mid-term enrollees for Texas

Georgetown High School catcher Taylor Ellsworth will skip her senior season with the Eagle and begin her college career at Texas this spring. Ellsworth was one of two mid-term enrollees for the Longhorns that are immediately eligible to play this season. The other is Brooke Bolinger, a left-handed pitcher that transferred … Read More