Texas catcher Taylor Ellsworth (center) chats with teammates during a game against Indiana on Feb. 17, 2017. Ellsworth is on the watch list for the 2018 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Softball

Texas twice collapses on the road as Taylor Ellsworth ties a softball record

Posted March 26th, 2017

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Texas’s dropped to 0-3 in Big 12 play as Oklahoma State rallied to a 10-9 extra-inning win on Sunday in Stillwater, Okla.

Texas had two chances to close out this road test, but the Cowgirls (22-11, 3-0) overcame an 8-3 hole in the seventh inning and a 9-8 deficit in the eighth. Although Texas collected a season-high 14 hits, it was Oklahoma State’s Vanessa Shippy who won the game with a walk-off single in the eighth inning.

The one-run loss — Texas’ third of the three-game series — spoiled a record-tying performance from freshman catcher Taylor Ellsworth.

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Batting in the clean-up spot for the Longhorns, Ellsworth went 5 for 5 with four singles and a double. Those five hits tied a Texas single-game mark set by Taylor Thom in 2011 against Texas Tech.

Ellsworth arrived at Texas in January after deciding to skip the second half of her senior year at Georgetown High. Sunday’s five-hit effort boosted her batting average to .550, which leads the Longhorns by a healthy margin. Ellsworth also drove in two runs in Stillwater.

Texas (17-14) has three non-conference games on next week’s schedule. The Longhorns are at UTSA on Wednesday before Houston comes to town for a Sunday double-header.

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