The Texas softball team jumped out to an early lead and held on to defeat Iowa State 8-5 in the series opener in Ames on Thursday.
The win makes it four straight to start the Big 12 season for Texas for the first time since 2013.
Taylor Ellsworth went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs to lead the Longhorns. Kaitlyn Washington went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs. Janae Jefferson also had two hits in her three at-bats, driving home a run and scoring two more.
Brooke Bolinger (7-4) got the win for Texas, allowing four runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings.
“Obviously, it feels good to get the win,” UT head coach Connie Clark said. “It was really a challenge. I’m not going to lie, that was one of the coldest days I recall in our playing days. I liked how we continued to focus.”
Texas (17-13, 4-0 Big 12) put up three runs in the first inning. A two-run double by Ellsworth scored the first two runs before an RBI single by Washington made it 3-0.
The Longhorns added another run in the next inning when Ellsworth hit her second double of the day to score Jefferson.
Washington’s home run in the top of the fifth made it 6-2 before the Cyclones (18-19, 1-3) scored three runs over the next two innings to pull within one.
Jefferson added welcomed insurance when she hit an RBI single in the seventh. Paige von Sprecken added another run on an RBI double later in the inning.
The Cyclones had the tying run at the plate twice in the bottom of the seventh, but Erica Wright induced pop ups in both at-bats to earn her fifth save.
The Texas softball team plays the second game of the series on Friday at 12:30 p.m.