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Janae Jefferson named NFCA All-American

Janae Jefferson earned a spot on the second team of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s All-American squad, the association announced Wednesday. Jefferson, a freshman, led Texas in batting average, hits, runs, on-base percentage and steals. She hit .392, including 11 doubles and 24 RBIs. She’s the fourth Longhorn in program … Read More

Fighting back tears, Cat Osterman salutes former Texas softball coach Connie Clark

Cat Osterman verbalized what many former and current Texas softball athletes were probably thinking Wednesday. “It’s going to be different to see somebody else walk out as the head coach at Texas next year or even in the fall,” Osterman said. “To see the end of … Read More

Texas softball coach Connie Clark to step down after long run with Longhorns

Connie Clark, the only softball coach that Texas has ever known, has resigned, the school announced on Wednesday. The news comes a few days after UT wrapped up a 33-26 season. Clark went through this season without any guarantees past the three-year extension she received in 2015. Read More

‘It’s tough to be done:’ Texas’ softball season ends with 3-0 regional loss to Minnesota

SEATTLE — Texas couldn’t pull off an upset of No. 25 Minnesota twice in two days. The Longhorns (33-26) fell 3-0 to the Gophers (41-16) late Saturday night, ending their season and Super Regional hopes, a postseason round they haven’t reached since 2013. Coach Connie Clark said despite the Longhorns’ … Read More

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Texas softball’s season ends with 3-0 elimination game loss to Minnesota

SEATTLE – Texas couldn’t pull of an upset of No. 25 Minnesota twice in two days. The Longhorns (33-26) fell 3-0 to the Gophers (41-16) on Saturday night, ending their season and super regional hopes, a postseason round they haven’t reached since 2013. Coach Connie Clark said despite the Longhorns’ … Read More

Washington’s late rally sinks Texas in NCAA softball regional

SEATTLE – Texas held on for as long as possible, but fifth-ranked Washington’s offense finally came alive to drop the Longhorns 2-1 Saturday in the NCAA softball regional at Seattle. Texas (33-25) got good pitching and defense for the second game in a row, having upset Big Ten champion and … Read More

Texas starts NCAA regional with a win in Seattle

SEATTLE – Kaitlyn Slack’s RBI blooper to right field in the top of the sixth put Texas on top for good as the Longhorns battled through a pitching duel in their 2-1 win over Minnesota at the NCAA regional in Seattle Friday. The victory advances Texas to the winner’s bracket … Read More

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Slack’s RBI lifts Longhorns to win in first game of NCAA regional

SEATTLE – Kaitlyn Slack’s RBI blooper to right field in the top of the sixth put Texas on top for good as the Longhorns battled through a pitching duel in their 2-1 win over Minnesota at the NCAA regional in Seattle Friday. Texas advances to the winner’s bracket of the … Read More

Pomp and circumstance: Familiar foes await as Texas returns to NCAA’s softball tournament

Texas senior Randel Leahy will miss her graduation ceremony this weekend. Leahy, who’ll graduate with a degree in speech and language pathology, will instead be in Seattle. As will classmates Paige von Sprecken (advertising) and Kristen Clark (exercise science). And Erica Wright, a redshirt junior who’ll focus … Read More

As collegiate career winds down, Randel Leahy is moving up Texas’ batting order

For Texas’ postseason opener against Minnesota on Friday, head coach Connie Clark will continue to use all-conference honorees Janae Jefferson and Paige von Sprecken atop her line-up. Jefferson has been the leadoff hitter in each of Texas’ 56 games. The freshman has reached base in her last … Read More

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Invited once again to the NCAA tournament, Texas to travel to Seattle-hosted regional

For the 14th straight season, Texas is heading to the NCAA tournament. Texas was one of 64 Division I softball teams placed in the NCAA’s postseason, the organization revealed during an ESPN2-televised show on Sunday night. Washington (44-8) is set to host UT’s regional, which will feature the Longhorns (32-24), … Read More

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Longhorns take third place at Big 12 Tournament

Kaitlyn Washington and MK Tedder each drove in two runs while Paige von Sprecken pitched a complete game Saturday to lead the Longhorns to a 9-2 win over Texas Tech for third place in the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City. The Longhorns scored two runs each in the second … Read More

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Texas softball splits two games at Big 12 tournament

The Texas softball team split two games Friday, defeating Iowa State 7-0 before falling to top-seeded Oklahoma 10-1 in six innings later in the day. As a result, the Longhorns finished second in pool play to set up a third-place contest at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against an opponent to be … Read More

Leaving a year of eligibility behind, Texas’ Erica Wright looks to close out her career the right way

Texas pitcher Erica Wright has spent her entire life at one softball field or another. OK, maybe that’s hyperbole. Wright actually made her debut on March 29, 1996. That day, the one-day-old daughter of then-Stephen F. Austin coach Ruth Wright accompanied her mother to work as the Ladyjacks prepared for … Read More

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Following a Big 12 hat tip, Texas freshman Janae Jefferson remains in contention for national award

Texas second baseman Janae Jefferson can count herself among the top freshmen in the nation. Jefferson is one of 10 finalists for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Division I National Freshman of the Year award. The award, which will be presented on May 29, is in its fifth year of … Read More

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Texas freshman Janae Jefferson spotlighted as Big 12’s annual awards honor a quartet of Longhorns

Back in February, Janae Jefferson led off UT’s softball season — and her collegiate career — with a walk against Incarnate Word. It was a sign of things to come. Jefferson was the lone Longhorn on the first team of the Big 12’s all-conference team, which was … Read More

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Seeded fourth, Texas must go through Oklahoma and Iowa State on Big 12 tournament’s opening day

To be the Big 12’s best, Texas will have to beat the best. At the USA Hall of Fame Stadium Complex in Oklahoma City on Friday, Texas will meet Iowa State and Oklahoma in pool play for the Big 12’s softball tournament. Texas is seeded fourth while Oklahoma and Iowa … Read More

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Texas softball falls to Baylor on the road

The Baylor Bears scored six runs in their final two innings to take a 7-5 win over the Texas softball team in Waco on Saturday night. Goose McGlaun hit two home runs to lead the Baylor offense. She went 2-for-2 with three RBIs. Jessie Scroggins also hit a home run, … Read More

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Longhorns softball team sweeps Incarnate Word

An RBI single by Randel Leahy ended the second game as the Longhorns softball team completed a sweep of Incarnate Word at McCombs Field on Wednesday night. Leahy’s RBI made it a run-rule, 8-0 victory in six innings after Texas (30-21) won the first game 5-2. The two-game sweep halted … Read More

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Texas softball drops series to Oklahoma

The No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners clinched a series win as the Texas softball team committed five errors, leading to a 7-1 OU victory in Norman, Okla. on Saturday. Sydney Romero hit a grand slam, scored two runs and had five RBIs to lead the Sooners to the win. Taylor Ellsworth … Read More