Texas softball team edges Cowgirls 8-7, sweep series

Posted April 24th, 2016

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  • UT's Paige von Sprecken went 3 for four with 4 RBIs

The Texas softball team swept its Big 12 series against Oklahoma State Sunday with a 8-7 victory at McCombs Field.

Paige von Sprecken went 3 for 4 with a career-high 4 RBIs, including a three-run home run that sparked a five-run third inning. She also drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth.

It was the Longhorns’ (30-13, 5-6) first Big 12 series sweep of the season and moved Texas into fourth place.


Pitcher Tiarra Davis allowed three runs on seven hits through five innings. She gave up a two-run double in the third that put the Cowgirls up 2-0 and a RBI-single in the fourth.

Texas scored five runs in the third on von Sprecken’s first career homer, a wild pitch and an illegal pitch that plated a run.

Von Sprecken replaced Davis in the fifth and was pulled after Oklahoma State scored a run off a single and loaded the bases. Kristen Clark took the mound and gave up a RBI single and a fielder’s choice that tied the game at 6-6.

UT’s Kelli Hanzel gave the Longhorns the lead with a solo homer in the bottom half of the fifth. Madi Sue Montgomery evened the score with a solo homer off Clark in the top of the sixth.

Von Sprecken hit a double off former Dripping Springs pitcher Brandi Needham in the sixth inning that scored Celina Felix. Felix went 3 for 4 and scored two runs.

Davis closed the game in the seventh and got her third save of the season.

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