Texas pitcher Tiarra Davis throws against Arkansas on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Texas beat Arkansas 4-1. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Seventh inning dooms Longhorns in Texas Classic loss

Posted February 11th, 2017

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The Longhorns were within striking distance of avenging a Friday night loss to No. 16 Minnesota, but a five-run seventh inning closed the door on a Texas win. The Gophers won 11-6 to make it two wins in a row over Texas at the Texas Classic.

Sydney Dwyer went 3 for 4 with five runs batted in while Allie Arneson added a home run and three RBIs to lead Minnesota’s offense.

Tiarra Davis (0-1) was 3 for 4 with three RBIs, but the starting pitcher gave up 6 runs and suffered the loss. Five of the runs she allowed were unearned as she gave up five hits, had five strikeouts and walked two batters through five innings.

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Sara Groenewegen (2-0) picked up her second win in two days against the Horns, this time in relief. She gave up one run on three hits through 4 1/3 innings.

The Longhorns (1-2) got on the scoreboard first, plating a run in the second inning when Mickenzi Krpec hit a sacrifice fly to score Randel Leahy. Krpec finished the game 1 for 3 with two RBIs.

The Gophers (4-0) responded with a five-run inning in the third to take the lead. Two errors helped Minnesota score those unearned runs.

Texas was able to get right back in the game with a four-run inning in the bottom half of the third. Devon Tunning drove home Stephanie Wong on a bloop single to left to make it 5-2. Tunning finished the game 3 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Davis drove home two runs in the third before Krpec hit an RBI double to tie the game.

Kendyl Lindaman homered in the fifth inning to put the Gophers up 6-5.

Paige von Sprecken was on the mound in the seventh when a two-out rally doomed Texas. Dwyer hit a two-run double before Arneson hit her three-run homer to pad the lead.

Texas added a run in the seventh, but that’s all they would score.

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