Texas infielder Janae Jefferson (2) celebrates a RBI against Incarnate Word in Austin on Feb. 9, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas softball loses twice at Texas Classic despite freshman’s play

Posted February 10th, 2018

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After starting the season with two wins Friday, the Texas softball team dropped two games Saturday at the Texas Classic at McCombs Field.

A four-run eighth inning lifted the Wisconsin Badgers (1-2) to a 7-3 win over the Longhorns. Earlier in the day, Texas (2-2) fell to Colorado State 6-2.

Despite the losses, freshman Janae Jefferson continued to shine, getting an extra-base hit for the fourth game in a row to start her UT career. She scored a run and doubled against Wisconsin.

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More offense came from Paige von Sprecken and Kaitlyn Washington. Each went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Von Sprecken doubled and had an RBI as Texas took a 3-2 lead. Taylor Johnson hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to keep the Badgers close. They tied the game in the seventh and broke out in the eighth.

Erica Wright suffered the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings.

In the first game Saturday, Colorado State (4-0) was led by Bridgette Hutton’s strong pitching performance. She allowed two runs on five hits in a complete-game effort.

UT starter Chloe Romero had a rough outing in her debut, allowing three runs on six hits in just four innings.

Jefferson went 2-for-3, contributing a double and two RBIs.

Haley Donaldson’s single in the fourth scored Ashley Michelena to put the Rams up 3-2, and Hannah McCorkhill added a three-run homer in the seventh.

On Friday, Texas topped Incarnate Word 2-0 before defeating Wisconsin 5-1.

Jefferson went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, a run and three RBIs on the day.

Brooke Bolinger and von Sprecken were victorious on the mound.

The Texas softball team earned its 14th season-opening shutout and hasn’t lost an opener in the program’s 22 years.

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