Texas infielder Janae Jefferson (2) attempts to steal second base against Incarnate Word in Austin on Feb. 9, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Softball

Texas softball squad opens season with two wins

Posted February 9th, 2018

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The Texas softball team opened the season with a pair of wins at the Texas Classic at McCombs Field on Friday. They topped Incarnate Word 2-0 before defeating Wisconsin 5-1.

A three-run fifth inning helped the Longhorns (2-0) take control of the evening contest with the Badgers (0-2).

Freshman Janae Jefferson went 1-for-3 with a run scored, a double and an RBI. Reagan Hathaway was 1-for-1 with a home run and two RBIs in the win. Taylor Ellsworth also homered in the contest.

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Brooke Bolinger earned the win after allowing one run on three hits while striking out 10 batters in seven innings.

After Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Longhorns scored a run in the third and fourth frames to go up a single run.

Back-to-back home runs in the fifth by Hathaway and Ellsworth gave the Longhorns plenty of insurance.

Earlier in the day, the Texas softball team, led by Paige von Sprecken, opened its season with a shutout of Incarnate Word (0-2). It was the 14th time the Longhorns began the season with a shutout win. They haven’t lost an opener in the 22 years of the program’s existence.

Von Sprecken earned the complete-game shutout as she allowed just three hits and struck out six.

Jefferson provided all the offense Texas needed in her impressive debut. She went 2-for-2 with a triple and 2 runs batted in.

Another freshman, MK Tedder went 1-for-2 with a run scored while Bekah Alcozer doubled and scored a run in the win.

Jefferson gave Texas the lead with a single up the middle that scored Alcozer in the third inning. The freshman later tripled in the fifth with two outs to drive home Tedder.

In earlier action at the Texas Classic, Colorado State defeated Wisconsin 4-3 before overpowering Incarnate Word 14-9.

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