Texas' Stephanie Ceo(48) and the Longhorns defeated North Texas 4-2 Wednesday in non-conference action. The Longhorns open the NCAA Tournament Friday at 3:30 p.m. against No. 16 Texas A&M in Lafayette, La. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

BEVO BEAT Softball

Instant reaction: Texas 8, Illinois 1

Posted February 27th, 2016

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The headline:  Texas’ bats wake up after morning lull 

Where it went right:  Texas coach Connie Clark tinkered with her lineup, benching leadoff-hitter Devon Tunning (1-for-8 in last 3 games at the plate_ and moving Lindsey Stephens to the lead-off position and playing Christina Bardwell at shortstop. It worked. Stephens went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a pair of runs batted in. Midway through the game, Clark pinch hit for Stephanie Wong, who also had been struggling at the plate in the three previous games, going 2-for-7 in the last four games. 

The starter: Junior Tiarra Davis gave up two hits and struck out seven batters. Illinois got its only run of the game in the top of the third after a Stephanie Ceo error led to a Fighting Illini run, their only one of the game.

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Top hitter:  Stephens got out of a slump with two doubles and two RBIs on a great afternoon at the plate. 

Key stat:  In her third appearance of the Texas Invitational, Davis doubled her total strikeouts. The junior has fanned 13 batters in three game. 

Up next: 10 a.m., Sunday vs. Weber State

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