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With high school in the rearview, Taylor Ellsworth is already contributing for Texas

Taylor Ellsworth, like many of her peers, opened her senior year at Georgetown High School with her blue eyes fixated on Texas’ McCombs Field. Ellsworth, though, wasn’t planning on getting to the home of the state high school softball tournament as a Georgetown student-athlete. She wanted to spend her spring … Read More

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Longhorns rally early and dominate later at Texas Invitational

The Texas Longhorns softball team took two wins Saturday as they defeated Indiana and Louisiana Tech at the Texas Invitational. Texas defeated Indiana 13-7 in Saturday’s first game before taking down Louisiana Tech 9-2 in the afternoon to improve to 7-3 on the season. Jade Gortarez had a break out … Read More

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Longhorns split two games at Texas Invitational

The Texas Longhorns softball team split two games Friday at the Texas Invitational as they defeated Louisiana Tech 6-5 before falling to South Carolina 9-4 later in the day at McCombs Field. Tiarra Davis fell to 0-2 as South Carolina belted 11 hits in the game. Nickie Blue improved to … Read More

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Longhorns softball team starts Texas Invitational with a narrow win

Kristen Clark pitched a complete game and Devon Tunning had two runs batted in as the Texas Longhorns softball team defeated Indiana 2-1 in the first game of the Texas Invitational at McCombs Field on Thursday night. The contest was the first of ten games scheduled at the Texas Invitational … 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

Knotted together, Texas softball goes 3-2 in opening weekend

A metaphor became a motto one month before the season started. In January, new Texas assistant coach Tripp MacKay tied knots at the ends of black ropes. Every member of Texas’ softball team — coaches, players, supporting staff — are wearing one throughout the season to remind each other that when they … Read More

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Longhorns even record with 10-2 win at Texas Classic

The Texas Longhorns improved to 2-2 as they defeated Maryland 10-2 in their second game at the Texas Classic on Saturday. Texas scored multiple runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings to earn a run-rule victory in six innings. Devon Tunning, Taylor McAllister, Bekah Alcozer and Taylor … Read More

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Seventh inning dooms Longhorns in Texas Classic loss

The Longhorns were within striking distance of avenging a Friday night loss to No. 16 Minnesota, but a five-run seventh inning closed the door on a Texas win. The Gophers won 11-6 to make it two wins in a row over Texas at the Texas Classic. Sydney Dwyer went 3 … Read More

Erica Wright returns, but Texas softball falls to 16th-ranked Minnesota, 5-2

When Erica Wright took the mound, she was nervous. Can you blame her? Pitching against No. 16 Minnesota could give anyone jitters, but there was more behind her anxiety. She was about to pitch her first game in a year. She missed the 2016 season with a rib injury, and … Read More

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Longhorns fall to Minnesota at Texas Classic

The Texas Longhorns fell to the No. 16 Minnesota Gophers 5-2 in their second game at the Texas Classic at McCombs Field Friday night. Minnesota scored three runs in the first inning off Erica Wright and that’s all they would need to seal the win. Sara Groenewegen earned the win … Read More

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Longhorns softball team opens Texas Classic with a win

The Texas Longhorns softball team opened the season with an 8-0 run-rule win over the Colorado State Rams at McCombs Field on Friday. The five-inning win makes the Longhorns 21-0 in season openers. Texas scored four runs in the opening frame before they tacked on four more in the bottom … Read More

Arms race: With pitchers crowding Texas’ circle, depth may be a ‘game changer’

Some softball staffs have workaholic aces. More teams these days prefer pitching options. As Texas begins its season Friday, Longhorns coach Connie Clark is trying to figure out how to involve as many as five pitchers. The thought of so many arms is leaving her positively giddy. “I’m so excited … 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

Inside Texas sports: New hitting coach has softball looking to replicate OU’s success

What exactly does a champion look like? The softball team at Texas doesn’t have to look that far for an answer. The Longhorns share a conference with Oklahoma, which beat Auburn for the NCAA Women’s College World Series title in 2016. So in addition to being a rival, Oklahoma will … 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

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Texas softball picked to finish 2nd in Big 12 by coaches

The Texas softball team was picked to finish second by the Big 12 coaches in this year’s preseason poll released Wednesday. Defending national champion Oklahoma was a unanimous pick to repeat as Big 12 champion by. It’s the fifth straight time, and the eighth in the last nine years, the … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Is Texas primed for a Women’s College World Series run?

The 2017 softball season got underway Wednesday as several colleges, including Texas, begin practice. Expectations are high for the Longhorns, who were picked by Big 12 coaches to finish second in the conference in the preseason coaches’ poll. But expectations are high every season. Texas, however, hasn’t advanced past regionals in … Read More