Longhorns top Hilltoppers, 11-0

Bradley Maddox

The Longhorns put any thoughts of last week’s 6-0 loss to Texas State behind them Tuesday with an 11-0 win over St. Edward's.

Texas plated seven runs in a first inning that saw a stretch of six straight batters reach base. Holly Kern, Senior first baseman and outfielder, broke things open early with a bases-clearing triple, while the remainder of the Texas lineup added three more runs to help build a comfortable lead for sophomore starting pitcher Paige Von Sprecken.

“We were working on taking a strike to start the at-bats, and I thought they looked good with that game plan,” head coach Connie Clark said. “They were patient and looked good tonight.”

Sprecken tossed three scoreless frames before ceding the job to junior pitcher Tiarra Davis, who finished off the Texas shutout. The Longhorns added four runs to their total in the third and fourth innings thanks in part to an RBI double from senior Erin Shireman and a timely single from junior Mickenzi Krpec.

“It felt really good tonight,” Davis said. “I felt like I had good stuff going.”

The shutout against the Hilltoppers was Texas’ second in the fall campaign and brings the team’s record to 6-1.

The Longhorns are back on the field tomorrow night against the Sun City Veterans for the finale of their eight-game fall schedule. First pitch will be at 6:00 p.m., and there will be a slow-pitch style contest featuring special presentations for armed servicemen and women.