Miranda Elish threw a one-hitter as the Texas softball team defeated Baylor 1-0 in the series opener at McCombs Field on Saturday night.
Janae Jefferson drove home the only run Texas needed to record its 40th win of the season. The Longhorns improved to 40-12 (11-6 Big 12), sealing it’s first 40-win season since 2013.
Elish dominated the game after she allowed a hit to the first batter she faced, Nicky Dawson. The Texas pitcher improved to 14-8 as she struck out four and gave up just one walk. After Dawson’s hit, Elish retired 17 straight before allowing a walk in the sixth inning.
The Baylor pitchers played well, but they couldn’t match Elish’s dominance. Kassidy Krupit suffered the loss as she gave up one run on five hits in three innings. Sidney Holman gave up two hits in three innings of relief.
With the game scoreless in the fourth inning, Shannon Rhodes reached base on an error while Tuesday DerMargosian reached second. DerMargosian had stepped in to pinch run for Reagan Hathaway who singled earlier in the inning. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, but DerMargosian got thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice later in the inning.
That’s when Jefferson came to the plate and drove home Rhodes with a two-out single.
The Texas softball team closes out the short series Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Big 12 Tournament begins Friday in Oklahoma City.
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