Molly Jacobsen gets the best of her old team as Texas remains undefeated in softball
For a third year in a row, Molly Jacobsen was the pitcher of record in a softball game between Texas and Ole Miss.
But this time around, she earned her decision while pitching for the victorious Longhorns. A graduate transfer from Ole Miss, Jacobsen helped lead Texas to a 5-2 win on Sunday over her old team at McCombs Field.
Making her first start of the season, the left-hander threw a complete game, allowed nine hits and struck out six.
In 2019, Jacobsen was on the losing end of a 3-2 game at McCombs, also at the Texas Invitational. Last year, sixth-ranked Texas beat Ole Miss 4-1 in an early-season tournament in Mexico.
On Sunday, Texas backed Jacobsen with a 12-hit performance. The Longhorns fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, but Alyssa Popelka and Janae Jefferson contributed run-scoring singles in the second. After Texas took a 3-1 lead, Courtney Day drove in a run during a fifth inning that also featured Jefferson's third RBI of the day.
The three-run win capped a successful weekend for the Longhorns (8-0). To open the Lone Star State Invitational, Texas beat Sam Houston State and Lamar by a combined score of 19-3 on Friday. On Saturday, Texas earned an 8-7 win over Mississippi State. And on Sunday, before the win over Ole Miss, Texas routed Connecticut 16-2.
Over those five games, Texas had as many homers as strikeouts. Seven of UT's 10 homers over the weekend came from either Mary Iakopo or Shannon Rhodes.
The Longhorns, who are now ranked seventh in the NFCA poll, travel to Houston on Wednesday and then play a three-game series at No. 11 LSU this weekend.