Texas softball gathers for practice during the second day of the 2017 season at McCombs Field Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Texas softball splits two games at Big 12 tournament

Posted May 11th, 2018

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The Texas softball team split two games Friday, defeating Iowa State 7-0 before falling to top-seeded Oklahoma 10-1 in six innings later in the day.

As a result, the Longhorns finished second in pool play to set up a third-place contest at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against an opponent to be determined.

In the first game Friday, Brooke Bolinger pitched a shutout to improve to 13-7 on the year. She gave up just four hits and struck out five in seven innings.

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Randel Leahy hit a home run and drew two walks as she went 1-for-2 with three runs scored and an RBI.

Kaitlyn Slack went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs for the Longhorns. Malory Schattle also drove in two runs and doubled.

Ki’Audra Hayter had three hits, including a double.

Texas started quickly with four runs in the first inning. Freshman Janae Jefferson, who earned a spot on the All-Big 12 first team this week bunted for a single. She then stole second and later scored on a double steal as Leahy, who had walked, was safe at second when the ball was dropped on a tag attempt.

Kaitlyn Washington doubled later in the inning to score Leahy. Run-scoring singles by Slack and Hayter capped the inning for the Longhorns.

Texas added a run in the fourth on Leahy’s solo homer. Two innings later, Schattle hit a two-run double to make it 7-0.

The second game of the day was a much tougher test as the Longhorns faced the No. 3 team in the nation.

The Sooners belted three home runs, and Paige Parker improved to 25-2 as she allowed one run on seven hits through 4 1/3 innings.

Paige von Sprecken suffered the loss, giving up seven runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Texas again took the lead in the first inning as Jefferson reached on a bunt single, went to third on von Sprecken’s double and beat the tag at the plate on Leahy’s squeeze bunt. But that was the only run the Longhorns would score.

Jocelyn Alo led the Sooners with three RBIs. The Big 12 freshman of the year went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a home run.

Sydney Romero and Nicole Pendley each hit home runs for Oklahoma. Romero finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Pendley went 1-for-2 with a run scored and two RBIs.

Caleigh Clifton also drove in two runs for the Sooners as she finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. Her two-run single in the bottom of the second came after Pendley’s solo shot to put Oklahoma up 3-1.

The Sooners added two more runs in the third on a groundout and an RBI single by Lea Wodach.

Oklahoma put up another two-spot in the fourth on Romero’s solo home run and a sacrifice fly by Pendley.

Alo’s three-run shot in the sixth ended the game as it extended the lead to nine runs.

Oklahoma had 12 hits to Texas’ seven.

Jefferson went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

The Sooners played Iowa State late Friday to determine whether they would play in the championship game Saturday as the first-place team in Pool A.

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