Texas outfielders Kaitlyn Washington (25), Tuesday DerMargosian (24) and Bekah Alcozer (16) stand for the playing of The Eyes of Texas against Incarnate Word at McCombs Field on Feb. 9, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Softball

Texas softball routs Kansas to open Big 12 play

Posted March 23rd, 2018

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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.

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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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