Texas player Taylor Ellsworth, center, with the Longhorn team in between innings against Indiana on Saturday, February 17, 2017. Ellsworth is one of a handful of softball players who left high school early to play at the University level. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Home runs power Longhorns softball to win over UTSA

Posted March 8th, 2017

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Devon Tunning and freshman catcher Taylor Ellsworth each homered as the Texas Longhorns softball team defeated UTSA 7-2 on Wednesday at McCombs Field.

The win halts a six-game losing streak for the Longhorns (12-9), which started with a loss to Arizona State on Feb. 25.

“I think it was good to get back on the winning track,” said Texas head coach Connie Clark. “We just talked about not being satisfied with the outcome. We have to trust and have that positive attitude that we’re on the verge of opening this thing up.”

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Ellsworth finished the game 2 for 3 with two runs scored, a home run and three runs batted in. Tunning was 2 for 3 with a run scored, a home run and two RBIs. Stephanie Wong was 3 for 4 with a run scored and a stolen base as the Longhorns amassed 10 hits in the game.

Paige von Sprecken (4-1) earned the win, allowing two runs on five hits through five innings. She struck out seven batters and didn’t give up a walk. Kristen Clark finished the game in the circle for Texas, pitching two perfect innings and striking out two.

Ellsworth’s first career home run came in the bottom of the fourth when she hit a two-run shot down the left field line to put Texas up 3-0. Tunning hit her home run later in fourth to give Texas a 4-0 lead. Mickenzi Krpec added an RBI to make it 5-0 through four innings.

UTSA (9-12) responded with two runs in the top of the fifth but that’s all the runs they would score.

Ellsworth’s first RBI came in the second inning on a sacrifice fly to score Kaitlyn Slack. Slack finished the game with a hit, a run scored and double.

Tunning added an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth that scored Ellsworth. Kelli Hanzel also reached home on a throwing error on the play to make it 7-2.

The Longhorns softball team will next travel to Los Angeles to take on UCLA on Sunday before facing Loyola Marymount on Tuesday.

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