Texas clinches Texas Classic championship with 5-4 victory over North Texas

Jori Epstein

North Texas:
Brejae Washington’s inside-the-park home run followed Stephanie Ceo’s two-out RBI to usher in Texas’ 9-1 win over North Texas. Freshman Holly Kern pitched a one-run complete game with six strikeouts.

Despite not scoring in the first four innings, the Longhorns triumphed over Memphis Saturday in a 4-0 shutout to enter the semifinals undefeated. Gabby Smith pitched her first career complete game, relying heavily on her defense.

Semifinals vs. A&M-Corpus Christi:
With a shutout, along with a home run and three RBIs, Kim Bruins led Texas into the championship game with a five-inning, 8-0 victory over the Islanders. The Longhorns, after scoring five runs in the third, scored in the final three innings as well. Their four extra-base hits brought their season slugging percentage to .556 amidst the afternoon drizzle.

Championships vs. North Texas  
After a shaky two-run, first-inning deficit, Texas recovered in the second as Mandy Ogle’s fifth career home run plated three en route to a five-run inning that saw Texas record five straight hits. Though a sixth-inning scare allowed the Mean Green to come within one, Blaire Luna’s final inning shutout captured Texas the Texas Classic Championship.

By the numbers:  
68: Brejae Washington’s stolen base career total, a Texas record
160: Taylor Hoagland’s career runs total, six away from Lexy Bennett’s school record (166)
6: Runs the Longhorns scored during the second inning of Friday’s North Texas match-up
28: Blaire Luna’s strikeouts for the Texas Classic
16: Two-out runs the Longhorns scored in their first four games