Texas freshman Janae Jefferson led the Longhorns in batting average and runs scored this season. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Unearned runs boost Baylor over UT 2-0 in softball

Horns will face Iowa State next in Big 12 Tournament.

Posted May 6th, 2018

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A pair of unearned runs on two sacrifice flies in the fourth inning Sunday lifted Baylor to a victory over Texas and a sweep of their two-game Big 12 series in Waco.

Baylor beat Texas 7-5 Saturday night.

Sunday’s game was the teams’ regular-season finale. The Longhorns will open play as the No. 4 seed in the Big 12 Tournament at 11 a.m. Friday against sixth-seeded Iowa State at Oklahoma City.

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Against Baylor, Texas stranded eight runners, negating a 6-3 edge in hits. Freshman second baseman Janae Jefferson had two hits and leads the Big 12 with a .533 average in conference games. Her 32 hits this season are the second-most ever in conference play. She reached base safely in every league game.

Jessie Scroggins singled to start the fourth inning for the Bears (35-14, 12-6). After an error by Texas (30-23, 10-8) and a walk, Goose McGlaun lofted a foul fly down the left field line. Tuesday DerMargosian made a diving catch, and Scroggins scored on the play. After a walk, Nicky Dawson delivered the second sacrifice fly to right-center.

Senior Paige von Sprecken (10-10) took the hard-luck loss, giving up no earned runs and only three hits and two walks while striking out four in a complete-game effort.

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