Longhorns fall to Aggies despite fast start on offense

Sara Beth Purdy

The Texas offense jumped to a great start Wednesday night against the Texas A&M Aggies by earning one run in the top of the first, but was unable to put anything else together in a 5-1 loss in College Station.

The loss leaves the third-ranked Longhorns with a 44-6 record for the season and a 13-2 conference record. Texas still has a slight lead in Big 12 Conference standings over Missouri as they travel to Colombia this weekend to face the Tigers.

The only run of the ball game came at the hands of freshman shortstop Taylor Thom. After reaching on a fielder’s choice, freshman outfielder Brejae Washington ran all the way home off of Thom’s RBI double. The Texas offense produced four hits throughout seven innings but was outshone by Aggie starting pitcher Melissa Dumezich who had seven strikeouts on the evening.

Sophomore All-American pitcher Blaire Luna dropped her record to 26-4 on the season while allowing six hits that accounted for four of the Aggie scores. Freshman hurler Rachel Fox entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning to try and salvage the game. It was one of only a few games so far this season that Luna had been pulled for underperformance. Despite her efforts, Fox was unable to stave off the Aggie offense and gave up one run off of one hit.

The Texas defense, which is ranked first in the Big 12 and second in the NCAA, gave up two errors which contributed to the momentum that the Aggies had been building the entire night.

The loss in College Station gave the Aggies half of a point in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown.

Despite this, the University of Texas still holds a lead against Texas A&M with a score of 8.5-7.5. There are still three more events on the schedule before the Showdown trophy is awarded.