Texas softball gathers for practice during the second day of the 2017 season at McCombs Field Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. [Stephen Spillman/for STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Softball

Longhorns split two games at Puerto Vallarta Challenge

Posted February 15th, 2018


The Longhorns softball team split their first two games of the Puerto Vallarta Challenge on Thursday in Mexico. They won 2-0 over Rutgers in the first game before falling to Mississippi 8-2 later that evening.

Texas committed three errors in the loss while Mississippi scored in all but one inning to dominate the game.

Ally Mena was 2-for-4 with a double and 3 RBIs. Autumn Gillespie went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 doubles. Kylan Becker went 2-for-2 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.


Kaitlin Lee picked up the win for Mississippi, allowing no runs on 4 hits through 4 innings.

Erica Wright suffered the loss as she gave up 4 runs on 4 hits in just 2 innings. Her tough night included 4 walks and a wild pitch. She struck out three in the effort.

At the plate, Ki’Audra Hayter was a highlight for Texas. She went 3-for-3 with 2 runs scored.

Ciera Schick had an RBI for Texas while Paige von Sprecken hit a double, the only extra-base hit for the Longhorns.

Earlier in the day, von Sprecken led Texas on the mound and at the plate as she earned the complete-game win and hit a home run against Rutgers. She allowed no runs on 3 hits and struck out five from the mound.

Freshman Janae Jefferson went 2-for-3 with a double. Taylor Ellsworth was 1-for-3 with a run scored and a triple. Ellsworth scored on a single by MK Tedder in the fourth inning that doubled the Longhorns’ lead.

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