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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

Longhorns cap softball tournament with win over Weber State

The Texas softball team bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 9-4 victory over Weber State on Sunday in the Texas Invitational at McCombs Field. Mary Iakopo had a career-high five runs batted in as the fourth-ranked Longhorns improved to 15-1 less than 24 hours after … Read More

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Texas softball splits a pair of games, falling for first time this season

The Texas softball team split a pair of games at the Texas Invitational, finally falling for the first time this season. Texas scored 12 runs to outlast Lipscomb in its first game and fell to Duke 1-0 to cap the night. Peyton St. George pitched a complete game for Duke, … Read More

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Texas softball stays undefeated to start Texas Invitational

The Texas softball team earned a pair of run-rule wins to open the Texas Invitational at McCombs Field on Friday afternoon. The No. 4 Longhorns defeated Lipscomb 12-0 in five innings before topping North Dakota State 10-0 in five innings. The wins give Texas 10 run-rule victories in the Longhorns’ … Read More

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After a 10-0 start for the 2020 softball season, Texas earns its first top-5 ranking since 2013

Within reach of its best-ever start to a softball season, Texas has earned an honor that had eluded the Longhorns for nearly seven years. Texas has been ranked fourth in the NFCA’s softball poll this week. The Longhorns opened the year as the NFCA poll’s sixth-ranked … Read More

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Texas softball stays undefeated with win over Mississippi

The Texas softball team played twice on Saturday, but only their 4-1 win against Mississippi counted at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge in Mexico on Saturday. The Longhorns took on the Mexican Olympic team in an exhibition before the late game. Miranda Elish didn’t allow a hit until the fourth … Read More