Mary Iakopo, seen in a previous game, got Texas started with a two-run homer in the first inning Sunday. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

Longhorn softball

Longhorns cap softball tournament with win over Weber State

UT improves to 15-1 with 9-4 victory over Wildcats in Texas Invitational.

Posted February 23rd, 2020

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Story highlights
  • Mary Iakopo has a home run and a career-high five RBIs.
  • Shannon Rhodes also hits a two-run homer.
  • Horns will host a doubleheader Tuesday against Louisiana-Lafayette.

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 falling to Duke 1-0.

Iakopo and Shannon Rhodes each hit a two-run homer in the first inning to get Texas started on the right foot.

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Weber State (5-10) cut the gap to 4-2 in the top of the second as Mariah Ramirez became the first player to homer off a UT pitcher this season.

The Longhorns quickly added four more runs in the bottom of the inning on Iakopo’s two-run double, an error on a steal attempt and Kaitlyn Washington’s RBI single.

The Wildcats closed it to 8-4 with four singles in the fifth.

Iakopo drove in Texas’ final run with a single in the sixth.

Sophomore Shea O’Leary was in the circle for the victory, improving her record to 3-0. Freshman Courtney Day finished with two innings of one-hit shutout ball. Both pitchers had two strikeouts and no walks.

Iaokopo and Janae Jefferson each went 3-for-4, Washington was 2-for-2, and Rhodes was 2-for-4.

Next up for the Longhorns is a doubleheader Tuesday against Louisiana-Lafayette starting at 4:30 p.m. at McCombs Field.

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