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 to Cal State Fullerton

Posted March 17th, 2017

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The Texas Longhorns softball team fell to Cal State Fullerton in a pitchers’ duel 3-2 in nine innings in Fullerton, Calif. on Friday night.

Alexis Gonzalez put the ball in play as she faced UT pitcher Brooke Bolinger (4-2) in the bottom of the ninth and an error by Devon Tunning allowed Delynn Rippy to score the winning run.

Kelsey Kessler (10-4) just edged out Paige von Sprecken, allowing two runs on seven hits through nine innings while striking out eight. Kessler improves to 10-4 while von Sprecken ended the game with no decision as she allowed two runs, one unearned, on six hits through eight innings. She struck out nine in the effort.

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Kaitlyn Slack was 2 for 4 with a run scored and a run batted in. Tuesday DerMargosian also had an RBI for Texas (14-11).

Mikaela Francis was 2 for 3 for Cal State while Shianne Brannan was 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Taylor Ellsworth scored the first run for Texas on a triple by Slack in the top of the fourth inning.

DerMargosian doubled the lead when she drove Slack home later in the inning.

Brannan pulled the Titans (14-13) to within a run on a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth before a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh kept the game going. Gonzalez drew the walk that scored Ariana Williams.

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