Texas first baseman Colleen Sullivan (19) readies as Miranda Elish (40) pitches against Wichita State at McCombs Field on Feb. 6, 2020. [LOLA GOMEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Softball

After a 10-0 start for the 2020 softball season, Texas earns its first top-5 ranking since 2013

Posted February 18th, 2020

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Within reach of its best-ever start to a softball season, Texas has earned an honor that had eluded the Longhorns for nearly seven years.

Texas has been ranked fourth in the NFCA’s softball poll this week. The Longhorns opened the year as the NFCA poll’s sixth-ranked team and remained in that spot after the season’s first weekend. The Longhorns were last a top-five team in the NFCA poll in 2013.

The NFCA poll is regarded as the ranking of record at Texas. This week, however, Texas was also ranked second by Softball America, third by D1Softball and fourth by USA Softball.

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Texas is 10-0 this season and seven of those victories have been run-ruled triumphs. Texas currently leads the nation in batting average (.432) and scoring (10.0 runs per game). Only seven schools have a better ERA than UT, which has had a 0.98 showing in the circle.

On Tuesday, Texas senior Miranda Elish was named the Big 12’s co-pitcher of the week. At last week’s Puerto Vallarta College Challenge, Elish went 2-0 with a spotless ERA against No. 12 Tennessee and Ole Miss. Last week, Elish was named the overall player of the week by the Big 12.

Starting on Wednesday, Texas has six games scheduled during a five-day span. A 6-0 record this week would have historic implications for Texas. In 2003, Texas won a school-record 16 games to start a season.

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