Texas player Taylor Ellsworth, center, with the Longhorn team in between innings against Indiana on Saturday, February 17, 2017. Ellsworth is one of a handful of softball players who left high school early to play at the University level. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Softball

Longhorns earn split at Mary Nutter Classic

Posted February 25th, 2017


The Longhorns split two games at the Mary Nutter Classic, defeating No. 15 Tennessee 4-2 and falling to No. 21 Arizona State 9-6 on Saturday.

Mickenzi Krpec and Reagan Hathaway each homered against Tennessee, and Jade Gortarez was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs batted in. Krpec finished the game 2 for 3 with two runs scored, a double, a home run and an RBI.

Randel Leahy was 2 for 3 with a double for Texas (11-4).


Tiarra Davis (2-2) picked up the win, allowing two runs on five hits through seven innings.

Caylan Arnold (5-2) suffered her second loss, allowing three runs on three hits in just one inning.

In the second game of the day, the Longhorns started slow and couldn’t keep up with Arizona State’s offense. Texas managed to score four runs in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.

Brooke Bolinger (3-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings. Dale Ryndak (3-0) earned the win for Arizona State, allowing two earned runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

The Sun Devils (11-2) scored in each of the first four innings to outpace Texas, building an 8-2 lead. Ulufa Leilua was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Marisa Stankiewicz was 1 for 3 with a triple and two RBIs. Taylor Becerra finished 2 for 4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Miranda Farricker scored two runs and went 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Taylor Ellsworth and Kelli Hanzel each scored a run and went 2 for 3 in the game. Ellsworth had a double and two RBIs while Hanzel drove in one run. Stephanie Wong was 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.

The Longhorns had the go-ahead run at the plate in the sixth, but a catch by Brynley Steele on a fly ball ended the threat.

Texas concludes play at the Mary Nutter Classic on Sunday in a contest with No. 8 Washington at 11 a.m.

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