Texas's Jade Gortarez reaches out for a ball against Indiana's on Saturday, February 17, 2017. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Longhorns rally early and dominate later at Texas Invitational

Posted February 18th, 2017

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The Texas Longhorns softball team took two wins Saturday as they defeated Indiana and Louisiana Tech at the Texas Invitational.

Texas defeated Indiana 13-7 in Saturday’s first game before taking down Louisiana Tech 9-2 in the afternoon to improve to 7-3 on the season.

Jade Gortarez had a break out game, going 3 for 3 with a double and five runs batted in to lead the Longhorns over Louisiana Tech. Gortarez led a group of freshmen players that amassed eight of the Longhorns’ 13 hits in the win.

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Erica Wright picked up her first win since 2015, improving to 1-1 on the season, as she allowed one run on four hits through 4 1/3 innings of relief.

Kelli Hanzel hit a home run and finished 1 for 2 with a run scored. Her fourth-inning blast made it 3-1 for Texas.

Gortarez hit a two-run double in the next inning to give the Longhorns a four-run lead.

After Louisiana Tech (6-3) scored a run in the top of the sixth, Gortarez struck again with a two-run single in the bottom of the inning.

Another UT freshman, Tuesday DerMargosian, went 3 for 3 and capped the scoring in the sixth with an RBI single. Reagan Hathaway and Taylor Ellsworth also had RBIs in the game.

Texas's Reagan Hathaway hits against Indiana during the first inning on Saturday, February 17, 2017. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Texas’s Reagan Hathaway hits against Indiana during the first inning on Saturday, February 17, 2017. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

In their first game, the Horns trailed by six runs but were able to rally for a 13-7 win over Indiana.

After falling behind 6-0 in the second inning, due in large part to three errors, the Longhorns went on to score in each of the remaining innings, including a five-run sixth.

Hanzel was 2 for 2 with three RBIs and three runs scored while Randel Leahy went 1 for 3 with three RBIs and a run scored.

Hathaway was 2 for 3 with two runs scored, a double, a triple and two RBIs.

Brooke Bolinger (2-0) took the win after Paige von Sprecken was chased from the mound. Von Sprecken allowed seven runs, just one of them earned, on five hits in 2 1/3 innings. Bolinger allowed no runs on three hits through 4 2/3 innings.

Hoosiers starter Tara Trainer had another tough outing against the Horns, allowing 10 runs on five hits through 3 2/3 innings. She walked 10 batters. Emily Goodin (1-2) was hit with the loss in relief.

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