On Wednesday, Texas pitcher Shea O’Leary accomplished something that Texas fans hadn’t seen since Cat Osterman’s freshman year.
During a midweek trip to Waco, O’Leary tossed a perfect game in UT’s 2-0 win at Baylor’s Getterman Stadium. The perfect game is the first for Texas since four Longhorns combined to shut down Texas Southern in 2013. Osterman, who arrived at Texas in 2002, was the last UT freshman to start and complete a perfect game.
According to Texas, O’Leary was aware of how close she was getting to completing a perfect game during the seventh inning. In the final frame, O’Leary retired two Bears on groundouts. Her third strikeout of the evening accounted for the final out.
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Said Texas coach Mike White: “I just thought that Shea, she just goes out there and does her job. She lets the defense play. I thought our defense did a great job behind her. They were in the right position most of the game. Most of the plays were kind of routine but making the routine plays is not always easy sometimes. I thought it was just a special game to be a part of and I’m real proud of Shea.”
Already the NCAA’s ERA leader, O’Leary improved her first-year record to 11-0. (No other UT freshman has started their collegiate career with a 6-0 record). Her ERA dipped to 0.40 after the blanking of the Bears. Earlier this month, O’Leary threw a no-hitter against Longwood.
Texas (30-6; 4-0 Big 12) produced its only runs on Kaitlyn Washington’s sacrifice fly and a Baylor error. Ranked ninth in the NFCA poll, the Longhorns will head to Oklahoma State for a three-game series this weekend.
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