Texas softball, led by timely hitting and lights-out pitching, takes victory over Temple

Bradley Maddox

Texas continued its winning ways Thursday night with a 13-0 victory over Temple.

The Longhorns pounded out 10 hits in the contest, improving to 3-0 in their fall schedule.

Head coach Connie Clark said she was most impressed with the young bats in the order.

“You can see the newcomers getting some more innings under their belt and getting more confident,” Clark said. “That’s good to see them getting more comfortable.”

Sophomore Paige von Sprecken is one of the new batters. Texas accepted her because of her arm, but she pitched into the scoring bonanza, plating two runs on an RBI single in the 6th.

“Even though I have a year of experience from another school, this is special,” von Sprecken said. “Texas is a new level.”

On the other hand, Temple couldn’t find the barrel of the bat. The team’s lone hit was an infield chopper in which the runner beat out the throw.

Junior Tiarra Davis got the start, throwing three hitless innings with four strikeouts. Coach Clark said the important thing was Davis looked like herself.

“We’re working this fall on getting Tiarra back up to 100 percent, and she looked much healthier tonight,” Clark said.
The fall schedule tends to make evaluating based on results a fruitless effort. And Clark mentioned that after the game.

“In fall ball, it’s about keeping things simple and building on the positives,” Clark said. “We’re not focused on outcomes, we just set goals and hope to achieve them.”

With just a few weeks of bonding, von Sprecken already notices something special about this team.

“It’s the most welcoming group I’ve ever been a part of,” von Sprecken said. “We’re like a family.”