Consistency at the plate needed for WCWS

Garrett Callahan

One thing that this Texas team has rarely had a problem with this season is offensive production.

The Longhorns, who recently boosted their conference record to 12-2, have consistently had no trouble with their bats as they continue to power past opponents. 

Senior Taylor Hoagland leads her team at the plate with a .443 batting average and an on-base percentage (.639) that is on track to break the single season record for UT and the Big 12.

In addition, junior Karina Scott has recently stepped up her offensive production to provide the power Texas needs nearing post-season play. In the month of April, Scott has a batting average of .500, which leads her team, and has tallied two home runs and nine RBIs.

“In this game, you need confidence,” Scott said. “Once I put some good at-bats together, I started to get that confidence. I am starting to do what I am capable of and what the team knows I am capable of, and know I just need to keep going.”

This strong play is one of the main keys that Texas will need in order to complete their goal of a Women’s College World Series appearance.

The team has missed a chance to play in the WCWS each year since 2006 and after being only a game away from that chance last season, motivation has set in.

The Longhorns have scored 16 runs in the past three games during their most recent sweep of Texas Tech this past weekend.

Veteran leadership established the momentum as two seniors were a main source of the offensive production for the Longhorns. Hoagland grabbed four hits and five runs in the series while senior Torie Schmidt tallied three hits in her four at bats on Sunday to help grab the final win.

“It’s really exciting seeing what this offense can do. It feels like every time the opponent scores, we come back with three more,” Hoagland said. “It’s just really great, and especially for the pitching staff so they know that they have the offense backing them up.”

The Longhorns only have four more games before they start their journey to the WCWS. These games will help determine the momentum that the team will have as it fights to be the best in the nation.

This offensive consistency, needless to say, is extremely important to the continued success the team has had. While the pitching staff and defense for the Longhorns has been extremely strong, many games have been decided by just a few runs and this power at the plate will help keep these wins pouring in for the Longhorns.