The Texas softball team avoided the start of a losing streak Wednesday night, defeating UT-San Antonio 1-0 to get back in the win column at McCombs Field.
A day after dropping a 3-1 contest to Houston on the road, the Longhorns (20-14) returned to Austin and did just enough to get the win.
“I think it’s good that we had to grind out a win,” UT head coach Connie Clark said. “We need to be better than that offensively. It’s kind of a Jekyll-Hyde thing going on. We have to identify pitches better.”
Kaitlyn Washington scored the winning run on a two-out infield single by Ki’Audra Hayter to avoid going to extra innings. The bouncing ball was fielded by Erica Sanchez, but her throw to first wasn’t in time to end the inning. Washington rounded third and beat the throw home.
Paige von Sprecken (8-5) went the distance, allowing no runs on just three hits to pick up the complete-game, shutout win. She struck out seven and didn’t walk a single batter. It was von Sprecken’s sixth shutout of the season which leads the team.
Lizzy Fox (9-6) pitched well for UTSA (15-16), allowing just one run on four hits through 6 2/3 innings.
Washington had the best night at the plate for the Longhorns. She went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two doubles. Washington’s double to open the bottom of the seventh put her in scoring position. After two outs, Hayter singled to third base to drive home the winning run.
The Texas softball team next faces Samford in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
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