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Texas softball squad opens season with two wins

The Texas softball team opened the season with a pair of wins at the Texas Classic at McCombs Field on Friday. They topped Incarnate Word 2-0 before defeating Wisconsin 5-1. A three-run fifth inning helped the Longhorns (2-0) take control of the evening contest with the Badgers (0-2). Freshman Janae … Read More

Texas softball heads into season with arms aplenty, led by Erica Wright

Once again, Texas will be heavily armed as it heads into the 2018 softball season. These aren’t Cat Osterman’s or Blaire Luna’s Longhorns, though. When she was a senior in 2006, Osterman pitched 286 innings and completed 36 of the 39 games she started. In 2013, Luna logged 251 innings … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Texas softball falls off the preseason radar (but maybe that’s a good thing)

Texas softball is off most preseason radars. The Longhorns, who went 33-26 last season, got a mere single point in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association/USA Today preseason poll. One point. That shouldn’t be that surprising considering UT hasn’t finished better than third in the Big 12 or made it out of … Read More

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Texas catcher Taylor Ellsworth enters sophomore season on USA Softball’s watch list

When Texas opens its softball season next week, all eyes will be on sophomore catcher Taylor Ellsworth. On Wednesday, Ellsworth was one of 50 players placed on the watch list for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award. Ex-UT pitcher Cat Osterman earned that honor in 2003, … Read More

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Texas returns to its preseason placement among the Big 12’s best softball teams

This spring, Texas will be searching for gold on the softball diamond. The Big 12’s coaches, however, are predicting that the Longhorns will unearth some bronze. Texas was listed third in the Big 12’s preseason poll, which was released on Thursday morning. UT did not receive any first-place votes from … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Our five questions for Texas softball in 2018 — revisited

Texas softball began practicing on Jan. 10; the Longhorns are eager to forget last year’s 33-26 season, the sixth-worst in the program’s 21-year history. Texas will have a much different look than in previous seasons, especially in the infield: The Longhorns graduated seven seniors; infielder Jade Gortarez transferred to Arizona … Read More

Diamond Dust: Texas to play four WCWS qualifiers in 2018

The last time I left you, the Texas softball team was recovering from a disappointing 2017 season that the Longhorns want to forget. It’s time to stir up the dust and take a look at the Longhorns competitive 2018 schedule that features 25 teams that made the 2017 NCAA tournament. Read More

Texas softball wins fall ball finale

The Texas softball team concluded its fall season with a 7-2 win over Tyler Junior College at McCombs Field on Saturday. Texas finishes with a 7-1 record during the fall season. Bekah Alcozer hit a grand slam in Saturday’s win to lead Texas. Taylor Ellsworth drove in two runs for … Read More

Texas softball team wins sixth game this fall

The Texas softball team won its sixth game this fall as they topped McClennan Community College 12-0 Wednesday at McCombs Field. The Longhorns had 14 hits and have now outscored their fall opponents 45-4. Taylor Ellsworth was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBIs. Janae Jefferson went 4-for-4 with … Read More

Texas softball team moves to 5-0 this fall

The Texas softball team moved to 5-0 during the fall with wins over Weatherford College and Alvin Community College Saturday at McCombs Field. The Longhorns defeated Weatherford 2-1 before trouncing Alvin C.C. 18-0 in five innings. Taylor Ellsworth went 3-for-6 on the day with four runs scored, a double and … Read More

Texas softball team starts fall ball with sweep

The Longhorns softball team took two wins to start the fall softball season Wednesday night. Texas topped Blinn College 2-1 before it defeated St. Edward’s 8-0. “Today is effectively a glorified practice day,” Texas head coach Connie Clark said. “We don’t say or take that lightly by any means as … Read More

Texas set to travel to Mexico during 2018 softball season

Since it threw out its first pitch in 1997, UT has left Texas for softball games in California, Hawaii and 14 additional states. Next up: Mexico. Texas will head to Mexico in February for the 2018 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge, the school announced on Thursday. During the second week of … Read More

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Texas softball to play in Puerto Vallarta Challenge in Mexico

The Texas softball team was selected to play in the 2018 Puerto Vallarta Challenge in Mexico, announced Thursday in a UT press release. The Longhorns (33-26 in 2016) will play in the second session of the tournament, played Feb. 15-18 in Nancy Almaraz Stadium in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The tournament, … Read More

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Connie Clark will return for 22nd season as Texas’ softball coach

The only softball coach that Texas has ever known will be the school’s softball coach in 2018. Speaking for Chris Plonsky, the women’s athletics director at Texas, a school spokesperson told the American-Statesman on Monday that Connie Clark will be the UT softball coach for the 2017-18 academic year. Clark … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Where does Texas go from a forgettable 2017?

As the Women’s College World Series begins in Oklahoma City, Texas softball — coming off a 33-26 season, the sixth-worst in the program’s 21-year history — has plenty to forget about this year. The 33 wins were the fewest for Texas since 2008 and the 26 … Read More

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From Georgetown to Texas: Early enrollee Taylor Ellsworth is solid in college debut

Texas wrapped up its 2017 softball season with a 3-1 loss to Texas A&M at a NCAA regional in College Station on Sunday. After logging the third-most losses in school history, Texas (33-26) must now focus on its future. Seven seniors were on the UT roster, … Read More

UT softball team beats Texas Southern to stay alive in NCAA regional

COLLEGE STATION — Offense can solve so many issues and even extend seasons. The Texas softball team, which was on the verge of NCAA Tournament elimination, overwhelmed Texas Southern 8-0 Saturday afternoon at the College Station Regional, setting up a prime-time matchup with Texas State later in the evening. The … Read More

A career night for Tiarra Davis, but a tough 2-1 regional loss in 12 innings for Texas softball

COLLEGE STATION – For the third time this season, Texas softball fell to the Texas State Bobcats by a score of 2-1, this time at the College Station Regional in the first round of the NCAA tournament. “Credit Texas State, I think they got the hits when they needed to,” … Read More

Texas softball is seeking a season reboot in College Station regional

The Texas softball team definitely was nervous as they watched the NCAA unveil its tournament bracket earlier this week. They were no lock to extend their post-season streak to 13 years, what with a 31-24 record — including being 3-15 against ranked opponents — and a weak showing in the … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Can Texas softball escape College Station?

The bubble surrounding Texas’ softball team didn’t burst on Sunday. For better or for worse, the Longhorns (31-24) were one of the NCAA tournament’s 32 at-large bids, landing in the College Station regional as expected along with host Texas A&M (42-10), Texas State (41-15) and Texas Southern (25-19). At first glance, … Read More