WATCH: Janae Jefferson homers for the first time as No. 10 Texas bests A&M-Corpus Christi
Already one of the greatest hitters in school history, Texas junior Janae Jefferson accomplished a first-time feat with her bat on Wednesday.
In a 10-6 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at McCombs Field, Jefferson hit the first home run of her college career. The solo shot gave UT a 6-3 lead in the fourth inning.
Jefferson entered Wednesday's game with 500 career at-bats, her 211 hits ranking tied for eighth place in school history — just 43 hits behind Brejae Washington's school-record 254.
Of those 211 career hits, Jefferson had recorded 24 doubles and four triples. None of those hits had left the ballpark, however. Before the 2020 season, she was asked if she'd ever go deep. "It's coming. I promise," she answered.
That promise was kept on Wednesday. Facing Islanders pitcher Beatriz Lara, Jefferson smacked a 1-1 offering over the fence in left field. After joyfully running around the bases, she hugged teammate Shannon Rhodes when she reached the home plate.
A two-time All-American, Jefferson also singled against the Islanders and is hitting .409 this season. Texas, ranked 10th in the NFCA poll, improved to 11-2 with the win.