Texas pitcher Paige von Sprecken (77) winds up against Incarnate Word in Austin on Feb. 9, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Arizona tops Texas softball team in series opener

Posted March 2nd, 2018

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The Texas softball team managed just two hits as it fell to the No. 9 Arizona Wildcats 2-0 at McCombs Field on Friday night.

Taylor McQuillin hardly faced a threat from the Texas batters as she picked up the win in the circle. She struck out seven on the way to the complete-game shutout.

“We’ve had some close battles prior to this weekend, and you never want to get too focused on outcomes, but instead work on the process,” UT head coach Connie Clark said. “We’ve got to figure out how to scratch and claw and put up a couple of runs.”

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MK Tedder went 1-for-2 for Texas with a double and a walk. Janae Jefferson had the other hit for Texas, a single in the third inning.

Aleah Craighton went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to provide all the offense the Wildcats would need.

Alyssa Palomino also went 2-for-3 and doubled for Arizona.

Despite Paige von Sprecken’s solid effort in the circle, allowing two runs on seven hits in a complete game, the Longhorns came away with another close loss to a top-25 team. Von Sprecken also had a season-high eight strikeouts.

A sequence in the second inning helped Arizona stay ahead of UT.

Von Sprecken walked to begin the bottom of the second and advanced to third base on a double by Tedder. After Kaitlyn Slack struck out, von Sprecken was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice by Kaitlyn Washington. Texas still had a chance to tie the game with Tedder on third, but Malory Schattle struck out to end the inning.

Three singles in a row off von Sprecken gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead earlier in the second. Craighton’s hit up the middle scored Dejah Mulipola.

Craighton once again came up big in the seventh, as she got her second RBI on a double to score Jenna Kean for some insurance.

The Longhorns will face Arizona again on Saturday at 11 a.m.

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