Texas softball sweeps Iowa State 3-0 in weekend series

Katie Borchetta, General Sports Reporter

No. 9/10 Texas softball wins its second series of conference play after a 3-0 sweep of Iowa State this weekend.

Texas started strong in Ames, Iowa on Thursday by beating the Hawkeyes in only five innings. This is because of the run-ahead rule which states if one team is up by eight or more runs after five or more equal innings, the game can be called. 

Texas scored six runs in the third inning and two runs in the fifth to finish off the first game early with an 8-0 finish over Iowa State.

Freshman shortstop and second baseman Viviana Martinez helped the Longhorns with one run, two hits and two RBI. Sophomore infielder Mia Scott, junior infielder Alyssa Washington and freshman catcher and first baseman Reese Atwood each earned one run and one hit, and sophomore catcher and first baseman Katie Cimusz had two runs along with a hit and RBI

Sophomore pitcher Mac Morgan prevented Iowa State from scoring through five innings and 58 pitches thrown. Morgan recorded three strikeouts and only allowed two hits.

Texas also came out on top for Friday’s game, taking a 8-1 win over Iowa State. Texas started out strong by scoring two runs in the first two innings with a double from Martinez that allowed Atwood to score and Washington scored later in the inning on an error.

The Hawkeyes broke their scoreless streak from Thursday’s game with a run in the second inning. Texas retaliated by scoring two more runs in the sixth and seventh innings. 

Washington excelled in Friday’s matchup with three runs, two hits and two RBI. Scott held two runs and two hits and Martinez had one run, two hits and one RBI. Atwood and sophomore utility player Vanessa Quiroga both helped with one run, one hit and one RBI.

Junior Estelle Czech pitched all seven innings for Texas, allowing just two hits and one run on her way to five strikeouts. 

The Longhorns finished the series on Saturday with another dominant victory, taking down Iowa State 9-1.

Atwood started the final game of the series with a bang in the first inning with a 3-run home run.. 

Texas scored another four runs in the second inning with multiple players earning hits and advancing on Hawkeye errors.

Iowa State scored one run in the fourth inning, which prevented Texas from completing the early run rule, since Texas acquired its eighth run in the fifth inning. 

Texas ended the seventh inning with a final run when junior outfielder Alyssa Popelka singled allowing Quiroga to score, placing the final score at 9-1 and rounding the sweep.

Freshman pitcher Citlaly Gutierrez pitched six innings in the finale, and sophomore Sophia Simpson relieved her in the last inning. The two combined for seven strikeouts on just 90 pitches.

Texas next takes on Texas State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in San Marcos.