Paige von Sprecken struck out seven batters on her way to tossing a complete game shutout as the Texas Longhorns softball team earned Connie Clark her 800th career victory by defeating Texas Southern 6-0 at Red & Charline McCombs Field on Wednesday night. The win makes it four in a row since dropping three straight against Oklahoma in the middle of April.
The win makes Clark the 26th active Division I coach with 800 victories in her career, all of which have come at Texas in 13 seasons.
“I think when you hit milestones, you stop and reflect a little bit on the longevity. You don’t see that very much anymore, where you are blessed to start the program and then be there 20 years later,” Clark said.
Reagan Hathaway went 2 for 3 with two doubles and three RBIs to lead the Longhorns’ offensive attack. Celina Felix and Rachel Scott each had a double and an RBI for Texas.
Tyra Williams was hit with the loss as she allowed 4 runs, 2 unearned, on 4 hits while walking six batters through four innings of work for Texas Southern (24-16).
Von Sprecken (10-3) allowed just one extra base hit during the game when Amber Garza doubled in the fourth inning.
The Longhorns (31-13) jumped out to a lead in the first inning when Hathaway’s first double scored Holly Kern and Lindsey Stephens. Kern and Stephens both drew walks to get on base.
Hathaway drove home her third run of the game when she hit her second double in the third inning to score Kern once again. The Longhorns added another run in the inning when Devon Tunning reached on a throwing error that allowed Hathaway to score, making it 4-0.
Felix and Scott hit their RBI doubles back-to-back in the bottom of the fifth to round out the scoring.
Texas will now turn back to Big 12 action as they host Kansas beginning on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
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