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Texas pitcher Miranda Elish named Softball America’s national player of the year

Even in a shortened season, Texas pitcher Miranda Elish was dominant. The right-handed flamethrower from Crown Point, Ind., was named Softball America’s national player of the year on Wednesday. Elish was the Longhorns’ best overall threat on a team that went 24-3 in the shortened season … Read More

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‘See y’all Spring 2021′: Kaitlyn Washington announces her return to Texas’ softball team

Three days after the NCAA approved an eligibility waiver for its spring-sport athletes, Kaitlyn Washington has decided to restart her senior season. On Thursday evening, Washington announced her intention to return to Texas’ softball team in 2021. The outfielder tweeted “So thankful for the NCAA giving … Read More

‘The stars were aligning a little bit for us’: What’s on deck for Texas softball in 2021?

Earlier this week, Texas baseball coach David Pierce told reporters a story about a recent game of catch with two eight-year-olds from his neighborhood. Susan Pierce gave her husband a hard time when she overheard him coaching the kids. But what else was he supposed to do? Pierce argued that … Read More

Can Texas stake a claim as the No. 1 team of the 2020 softball season?

There won’t be a national champion crowned in college softball this June in Oklahoma City. Texas, though, can still argue that it had one of the country’s best teams in 2020. The Longhorns were 24-3 when the NCAA announced on March 12 that it was canceling … Read More

The Statesman Interview: Cat Osterman on the Olympics, her future and Texas softball

Due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that it’s postponing the Olympics for a year. That decision impacts the summer plans for thousands of the world’s top athletes — including former Texas softball star Cat Osterman, who was set to play … Read More

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NCAA proposal notwithstanding, Texas SS Kaitlyn Slack decides to end her softball career

Texas senior Kaitlyn Slack won’t return to the Longhorns’ infield in 2021. On Thursday, Slack announced that this spring will count as her senior season. Slack was the starting shortstop for a 24-3 Texas team that was ranked third in the NFCA poll. The rest of UT’s season was … Read More

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Following coronavirus cancellations, Miranda Elish announces intention to return to Texas in 2021

If Miranda Elish has her way, the final memory that Texas fans have of the ace pitcher won’t be a perfect game. Elish took to Instagram on Sunday to announce that she plans on returning to Texas in 2021. Elish’s senior season was cut short last week due to fears … Read More

Texas athletes, coaches come to grips with stoppage, all wonder what’s next

Those in the stands cheered the NCAA’s decision to cancel March Madness and all spring championships over coronavirus fears. The competitors in the arena were devastated. “Speechless,” Texas guard Sug Sutton tweeted Thursday. Her Longhorns teammate Joyner Holmes tweeted, “Absolutely speechless… … Read More

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Janae Jefferson honored by the Big 12 as No. 3 Texas loses ground on top-ranked UCLA

For the third straight week, Texas has finished in third place in the NFCA’s softball poll. Texas (24-3) was unable to climb past either UCLA (25-1) or Washington (23-2) in the most-recent rankings, which were released by the NFCA on Tuesday. Texas actually lost six points … Read More

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21 up and 21 down: Texas senior Miranda Elish registers a perfect game against New Mexico

For the 11th time in school history, Texas has achieved perfection in the pitching circle. Senior ace Miranda Elish did not allow a baserunner in No. 3 Texas’ 7-0 win over New Mexico at McCombs Field on Sunday. The perfect game was the second of Elish’s collegiate career. While … Read More

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Texas softball team wins twice on second day of Texas Invitational

The Texas softball team took two wins Saturday during the Texas Invitational at McCombs Field. In the first game, Texas blasted four home runs on the way to a 13-5, six-inning win over Texas Southern. The Longhorns then topped Liberty 3-0 in another close game with the squad at the … Read More

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Texas shuts out Liberty in Longhorn Invitational

The Texas softball team didn’t score as many runs as usual, but it still edged Liberty 2-0 in the Longhorn Invitational at McCombs Field on Friday. Miranda Elish pitched the shutout, allowing just four hits in the complete game. She struck out four and improved to 10-3 on the season. Read More

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Texas unable to leapfrog UCLA and Washington following its big wins in California

On Tuesday, Texas found itself looking up at two teams it had recently beat. For the second straight week, Texas has been ranked third in the NFCA’s national poll. Texas (20-3) received its first two first-place votes of the season, and its 738 total points trailed only the 793 points … Read More

Texas softball team wraps up California trip with win over Boise State

Shannon Rhodes hit a three-run homer Sunday to help the Texas softball team complete a successful trip to California with a 6-2 victory over Boise State in the Judi Garman Classic at Fullerton. No. 3 Texas beat three ranked teams as it went 4-1 on the trip: No. 1 UCLA, … Read More

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Texas softball splits a pair of games at Judi Garman Classic

In two days, the Texas softball team defeated the top two teams in the country, but then it split a pair of games Saturday at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. Texas (19-3) couldn’t keep the momentum going after the big wins as it fell to Fresno State 4-3 … Read More

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Texas softball beats No. 2 Washington a day after topping No. 1 UCLA

In two days, the Texas softball team defeated the top two teams in the country. The No. 3 Longhorns defeated No. 2 Washington 8-6 at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., on Friday a day after topping No. 1 UCLA. Add in Tuesday’s win over … Read More

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Texas softball defeats No. 1 UCLA in extra innings

The Texas softball team went toe to toe with the No. 1 UCLA Bruins, eventually coming away with a 6-4 win in eight innings Thursday night in Los Angeles. Mary Iakopo and Lauren Burke hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the eighth to lift the No. 3 Longhorns … Read More

Texas bounces back, splits doubleheader with No. 10 Louisiana in 2-1 nightcap

As the ball descended back down high above the grass just beyond third base, Reagan Hathaway stopped looking up. She didn’t look back. She only ran. The Texas left fielder rounded third and was only a few feet away from home plate by the time the ball missed the glove … Read More

Texas drops first game of softball doubleheader with 10th-ranked Louisiana, 3-2

While fans showed up to see Texas take on 10th-ranked Louisiana at McCombs Field on Tuesday, the origin of the pitchers’ duel between Miranda Elish and Megan Kleist can be traced back to Eugene, Ore., when they were Oregon Ducks teammates. Both ended up leaving the Oregon program and both … Read More

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Black History Month at Texas: Janae Jefferson

Throughout Black History Month, the American-Statesman will take a daily look at the black athletes who have had a lasting impact in Texas’ athletic department. Today, we are writing about current softball player Janae Jefferson. Jefferson is only a junior so she has yet to finish writing her chapter in … Read More