Texas pitcher Paige von Sprecken (77) winds up against Incarnate Word in Austin on Feb. 9, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Longhorns softball team takes tough loss at South Carolina

Posted March 13th, 2018

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The Texas Longhorns softball team nearly scored a big upset on Tuesday, but the No. 17 South Carolina Gamecocks came away with a 1-0 win in eight innings in Columbia.

Krystan White provided the only offense the Gamecocks (22-3) needed when she hit a home run in the bottom of the eighth to end the game.

Cayla Drotar (11-1) pitched a complete-game shutout for her 11th victory on the year. She gave up six hits and struck out three in the process.

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Despite a strong outing, Paige von Sprecken (3-5) suffered the loss. She allowed one run on four hits and struck out four.

Ki’Audra Hayter went 2-for-4 while Taylor Ellsworth and Tuesday DerMargosian each had singles for Texas (9-11).

Von Sprecken and Randel Leahy each doubled, but the Longhorns couldn’t cash in on the extra-base hits. After von Sprecken’s double in the sixth, back-to-back ground outs ended the threat. Leahy opened the seventh inning with a double but was thrown out at home later in the inning.

A win would have given the Longhorns back-to-back victories for the first time since their first two games of the season.

The Longhorns softball team will next take on Coastal Carolina on Thursday at 5 p.m. in Conway, S.C.

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