The Texas Longhorns celebrate their performance against Wichita State at McCombs Field in Austin on Feb. 6, 2020. [LOLA GOMEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Softball

Texas softball wins opener for 24th straight season

Posted February 6th, 2020

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The No. 6 Texas softball team opened the Texas Classic with a 10-2 win over the Wichita State Shockers in six innings at McCombs Field on Thursday.

It‘s the Longhorns’ 24th consecutive season-opening win, and their third run-rule win in four years to open the season.

Wearing a protective mask following last season‘s freak accident in the circle, Miranda Elish had 10 strikeouts to lead the Longhorns. She gave up two earned runs on five hits.

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Colleen Sullivan went 3 for 3 with two doubles, a run scored and four RBIs to lead the offense.

Two other Longhorns had three hits. Janae Jefferson went 3 for 4 with three runs scored. Courtney Day went 3 for 3 with a run scored and a double.

Taylor Ellsworth drove in three runs despite not having a hit. Lauren Burke drove in two runs.

The teams each scored two runs in the first inning, not wasting any time in the new season.

An RBI single and a wild pitch put the Shockers up 2-0 before the Longhorns responded in kind in the bottom half of the first inning.

A sacrifice fly by Ellsworth drove home Reagan Hathaway for Texas‘ first run of the season. Jefferson later scored on a double by Sullivan.

After two scoreless innings, the Longhorns took control of the game by scoring eight runs over the final three innings.

Elish had a strong return to the circle after being struck in the face by an errant throw from Mary Iakopo during the second game of the Alabama super regional last season.

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