Texas players celebrate during a game against Wichita State at McCombs Field in Austin on Feb. 6, 2020. [LOLA GOMEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Softball

Texas softball splits a pair of games, falling for first time this season

Posted February 23rd, 2020

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The Texas softball team split a pair of games at the Texas Invitational, finally falling for the first time this season.

Texas scored 12 runs to outlast Lipscomb in its first game and fell to Duke 1-0 to cap the night.

Peyton St. George pitched a complete game for Duke, allowing seven hits and walking one.

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Miranda Elish (7-1) suffered her first loss of the season as she allowed one run on three hits and struck out five.

Caroline Jacobsen hit an RBI single to score Raine Wilson in the fourth inning for the only run of the game.

Earlier in the evening, Texas fended off a rallying Lipscomb for its 14th straight win to open the season.

The teams combined for 30 hits as Texas stayed undefeated with a walk-off 12-11 win at McCombs Field.

Lauren Burke hit into a fielder’s choice that drove home Mary Iakopo in the bottom of the seventh, denying a comeback bid by Lipscomb.

After trailing by three runs, the Longhorns scored at least two runs in four straight innings. Lipscomb scored six runs in the top of the sixth, however, to tie the game heading to the seventh.

Iakopo went 4 for 4 with three runs scored, a double, a triple and two RBIs. MK Tedder, Lauren Burke and Kaitlyn Slack also each drove home two runs. Burke finished 2 for 3 with three runs scored and a double. Tedder went 1 for 1 while Slack scored a run.

Janae Jefferson and Reagan Hathaway both went 2 for 3. Hathaway also doubled and drove in a run. Jefferson scored twice and had an RBI.

Elish entered the game in the sixth inning to strike out four while giving up no runs on two hits for the win.

Amy Vetula went 3 for 5 with two runs scored for Lipscomb. She also stole a base. Hannah Devault, Kamrie Rich and Caitlin Turner each drove in two runs.

The Longhorns seemed to be well in control when Hathaway doubled to score Burke and made it 8-3 in the fourth.

Lipscomb stayed alive, though, scoring two runs in the next inning. Texas answered with three more runs in the fifth to make it 11-5, however.

The visitors exploded for six runs in the next inning. Abby Davis hit into a fielder’s choice to score Olivia Ward and tie the game.

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