The Texas softball team jumped out to a big lead and cruised to a 10-2, run-rule win over Kansas to open Big 12 play at McCombs Field on Friday.
Bekah Alcozer had a home run, four RBIs and scored two runs while Kaitlyn Slack and Ki’Audra Hayter each drove in two more runs for the Longhorns. Kaitlyn Washington went 3-for-3 as Texas (14-13, 1-0 Big 12) amassed a season-high 13 hits.
Brooke Bolinger (5-4) earned the win by allowing no runs and just one hit in 4 1/3 innings. She struck out five and retired 11 straight batters.
Taylor Ellsworth put Texas on the scoreboard early as she drove in the first run in the opening inning. After a fielder’s choice by Alcozer that scored Paige von Sprecken, Kaitlyn Washington singled to drive home another run. A two-run single by Slack was followed by a home run by Hayter to make it 7-0 after one inning.
Texas added three more runs in the second inning on Alcozer’s three-run homer to go up 10-0.
Kansas (23-8, 0-1) didn’t score until the fifth when it added two runs in an attempt to extend the game. With an eight-run lead, Bolinger re-entered the game to induce a pop fly to seal the win for Texas.
The Texas softball team will meet Kansas for the second game of the series at noon on Saturday.
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