The Longhorns scored seven runs in the first inning in a 10-8 victory over Samford, then fell 3-2 in extra innings to 20th-ranked Arizona in the second game of a doubleheader at the Maverick Classic on Saturday in Arlington.
Arizona’s Tamara Statman scored in the bottom of the eighth when Stephanie Ceo caught a line drive and attempted to throw out a runner tagging at first, but the throw went high and Statman scored from third.
Statman was placed at second to start the eighth per international tie breaker rules. A single by Alexis Dotson moved her to third and Lauren Young hit the line drive that led to the error.
UT’s Tiarra Davis held the Wildcats to three runs on five hits with three strikeouts, but walked seven batters.
Lindsey Stephens led the offense with a solo home run and was 4 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored against Samford.
Texas starter Kristen Clark allowed four runs in the first inning against the Bulldogs in the opener, but her offense helped out by scoring seven runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Samford loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the third and got within one after RBI singles by Callie Brister and Megan Dowdy.
Lindsey Stephens led off the fourth with a double and Stephanie Wong drove her in with an RBI single to put Texas up by two.
Hathaway stretched the lead to three when she hit a two-run homer over the right field wall. It was Hathaway’s fourth home run this season.
UT’s Paige von Sprecken (5-1) earned the win in relief, allowing four earned runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts over 5.2 innings.
Lexi Higgins knocked a two-run homer off von Sprecken in the seventh, but the Bulldogs rally ended after three consecutive groundouts.
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