Texas softball coach Connie Clark and the Longhorns have rescheduled a game against Oklahoma State that was scheduled for Saturday. (Stephen Spillman for American-Statesman)

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Texas softball belts four homers in win over UTSA

Posted March 29th, 2017

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Four Longhorns hit home runs as the Texas softball team defeated the UTSA Roadrunners 9-1 in five innings on Wednesday night in San Antonio.

The win halts a three-game losing streak for the Longhorns.

“It’s good to get back to the winning ways,” Texas head coach Connie Clark said. “We’ve talked about staying the course and embracing the challenge.”

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Texas dropped three straight to the Oklahoma State Cowgirls over the weekend. They won’t face another Big 12 opponent until a series with Oklahoma begins on April 7.

Three of Texas’ home runs came in the five-run third inning which helped the Longhorns take the run-rule victory.

Devon Tunning, Reagan Hathaway, Taylor Ellsworth and Jade Gortarez each homered in the game.

Tunning finished 2 for 3 with two runs scored and a run batted in. The home run was her fifth of the season which leads the Longhorns.

Ellsworth was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. She hit her third homer of the season and is batting .543 for the season.

Gortarez was 2 for 3 with a run scored and two RBIs while Hathaway finished 1 for 3 with a run scored and two RBIs.

Brooke Bolinger (5-2) picked up the win, allowing no runs on one hit through two innings of relief. Erica Wright started the game and pitched a perfect two innings on her way to striking out four.

With a two-run lead in the third inning, Tunning, Hathaway and Gortarez each hit home runs to give the Longhorns a 7-0 lead. After Tunning hit her solo shot, Hathaway and Gortarez both belted two-run homers.

Ellsworth added a two-run home run in the next inning to put Texas up by nine runs.

The Roadrunners were only able to put up one run in the bottom of the fifth.

Texas next faces Houston for a doubleheader on Sunday at McCombs Field beginning at 1 p.m.

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