Texas softball gathers for practice during the second day of the 2017 season at McCombs Field Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. [Stephen Spillman/for STATESMAN]

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Longhorns softball team falls in series opener at Arizona

Posted March 3rd, 2017

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The Texas Longhorns softball team fell to the No. 6 Arizona Wildcats 3-0 in Tucson, Ariz. on Friday night.

It’s the first shutout Texas (11-7) has suffered since March 16 of last season. Before Friday’s loss the Longhorns had scored a run in 50 consecutive games, six short of the school record.

Danielle O’Toole (9-1) pitched a shutout to get the win for Arizona (16-1) as she allowed just four hits and struck out seven in seven innings. She walked just one batter.

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Tiarra Davis (2-4) was hit with the loss as she allowed three runs on six hits through six innings. She struck out four and walked three batters.

Mo Mercado was 2 for 3 with two doubles and two runs scored while Tamara Statman had two runs batted in. Jessie Harper also had an RBI for Arizona.

Despite doubles by Randel Leahy and Kelli Hanzel the Longhorns were unable to get on the scoreboard. Jade Gortarez and Mickenzi Krpec were the only other Longhorns to have hits in the game.

Arizona scored the only run they’d need in the second inning when Statman hit a two-out single to score Mercado who had doubled to get on base.

The Wildcats added some insurance in the bottom of the sixth when Harper drove home Alyssa Palomino who walked earlier in the inning. Arizona tacked on another run when Statman hit a sacrifice fly to score Mercado.

Texas will try to get back in the win column on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Hillenbrand Stadium.

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