Texas freshman pitcher Shea O'Leary throws during the regular season. [Photo courtesy of Texas Athletics]

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Shealyn O’Leary throws no-hitter, makes UT softball history

Posted March 6th, 2019

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Shealyn O’Leary made UT softball history as she threw a no-hitter to help Texas defeat Longwood 9-1 in five innings and sweep the Lancers on Wednesday at McCombs Field.

The win makes O’Leary the only freshman to ever start her career at UT with a 6-0 record. She did it in style, too, not giving up a hit as the Longhorns took another run-rule victory. The no-hitter is the 47th in Longhorns history and the first since Blair Luna threw one on May 26, 2013.

Shannon Rhodes hit a home run and drove in two runs for Texas. Janae Jefferson went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs. Ki’Audra Hayter went 2-for-2 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI.

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A seven-run fourth inning set the Longhorns up to take their second win on the day.

Jefferson hit a bases-clearing double that made it 4-1 before the Longhorns added four more runs, capped by a two-run homer by Rhodes.

Hayter’s RBI triple in the fifth closed out the game.

Earlier, Brooke Bolinger struck out 11 and allowed just three hits while the Texas offense pounded out 13 hits in an 8-0 win in five innings.

The win halted a two-game losing streak.

Mary Iakopo had just one hit, but it was a three-run double in the fourth inning. Bekah Alcozer went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs.  Jefferson went 3-for-3 with a run scored.

Kaitlyn Slack got the scoring started with a two-run single in the second inning.

Rhodes drove in the Longhorns’ eighth run of the game after Iakopo’s bases-clearing double. The Lancers couldn’t score in the top of the fifth, ending the game.

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