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.
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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