Paige von Sprecken’s fifth-inning home run helped the Texas softball team defeat Coastal Carolina 5-3 and give Connie Clark her 850th career win in Conway, S.C. on Thursday.
All of Clark’s wins have come in her 22 years as the head coach of the Longhorns.
“Most important about tonight was getting back into the win column,” Clark said. “That’s what we’ve been focused on a lot since last Wednesday coming into this final stretch before heading into conference.”
With the Longhorns trailing 3-2 in the fifth, von Sprecken hit a three-run homer to put Texas ahead for good.
MK Tedder and Kaitlyn Slack each had an RBI while Janae Jefferson went 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
Erica Wright (3-2) picked up her third win of the year in the circle. She allowed three runs on four hits through four innings. Kristen Clark earned the save, pitching three innings and giving up just one hit.
Tedder’s sacrifice fly in the first inning put Texas up 1-0. Jefferson scored on the play after drawing a walk and moving to third on a wild pitch and a ground out.
Texas doubled the lead on Slack’s RBI single in the second inning to score Randel Leahy.
Natalie David put the pressure on Texas when she hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the second.
After two scoreless innings, von Sprecken delivered the much-needed runs.
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