Texas softball sweeps Longhorn Invitational with a final win against Louisiana

Katie Borchetta, General Sports Reporter

No. 9 Texas closed out the Longhorn Invitational with a win against No. 24 Louisiana, 8–3. This victory gave an undefeated 5–0 record for Texas in their home weekend tournament.

“We’re dangerous, that’s for sure,” head coach Mike White said.“We just have to keep going and not think about that stuff — the what ifs … (We) keep our mind in it and stay grounded.”

Sunday’s victory was Texas’ second triumph against ranked Louisiana this weekend with a 6–2 win against the Ragin’ Cajuns on Friday night. Louisiana had a two run lead in the fourth until Junior DP Courtney Day hit a two-run home run and later had another home run off the stadium’s screen, which was the push needed for Texas to take the win. 

“I wish I could get her to do that all the time,” White said about Day’s performance in the Invitational. “She was on fire this weekend. When she’s hot, she’s hot.”

Sunday’s matchup started with a shaky top of the first with a run and multiple hits allowed by freshman pitcher Citlaly Guitierrez. After that, however, Guitierrez found her groove and didn’t give up another run the entire game. 

Texas’ offense started early, scoring twice in the first innings with Day subbing in for junior third baseman Alyssa Washington and hitting a single, letting freshman second baseman Leigann Goode, who was walked, score. Later that inning, freshman shortstop Viviana Martinez hit a double to deep left field, allowing Day to score.

Texas scored off of Goode’s single to the left side, letting Dayton score. In the third inning Texas obtained 4 runs when Day hit another home run allowing her and senior Lou Gilbert to score.

Martinez ran home on an error and redshirt freshman right fielder Ashton Maloney was able to run in after a grounded out hit from sophomore Baylea Brandon.

Another run was added to Texas’ score after Gilbert hit to center for a double allowing junior Bella Dayton to score, creating an 8–1 lead for the Longhorns.

Guitierrez pitched all seven innings with 77 pitches thrown and an earned run average of 1.75. The freshman allowed just three runs, with two of them coming in the seventh off of back-to-back solo home runs. 

Goode finished the game with one run, two hits and one RBI. Day had two runs, two hits and three RBI. Martinez had one run, two hits and one RBI. Dayton had two runs and two hits. Ashton Maloney also had one run and two hits, and Lou Gilbert had one hit, one run and one RBI.

“They’re very talented athletes, very athletic,” Day said “They can play any position they are strong in the lineup.”

The Longhorns will face off next between UT Arlington in Arlington Wednesday at 6 p.m.