No. 7 Texas softball sweeps No. 3 OSU in three-game series, Reese Atwood saves Texas with two game-winning hits

Katie Borchetta and Tori Garcia

Freshman catcher and first baseman Reese Atwood displayed a dominant performance against No. 3 Oklahoma State with two walk-off runs over the weekend that ultimately allowed Texas to defeat the Cowgirls and take the series.

No. 7 Texas swept No. 3 Oklahoma State in a three-game series on Friday and Saturday at Red & Charline McCombs Field 1–0, 3–2 and 5–2, respectively. 

After rain postponed the series, Texas was able to take the first win over Oklahoma State 1–0 in a long eighth inning game on Friday. 

Both Oklahoma State pitchers took a no-hitter until the bottom of the seventh, while Texas sophomore pitcher Mac Morgan gave up six hits but still shut out the Cowgirls through seven.

“It was a really tight ballgame and we just had to keep pushing and keep grinding,” head coach Mike White said. “Mac Morgan kept us right in that game with her pitching after giving up a few hits early on.”

The solo run of the game was acquired in the bottom of the eighth inning when Ashton Maloney and sophomore infielder Mia Scott each hit singles to start the Texas rally. Freshman shortstop and second baseman Leighann Goode later walked, leaving bases loaded with just one out. The game came to an exciting finish when freshman catcher and first baseman Reese Atwood hit the game-winning hit to allow Maloney to score, finishing the game at a low scoring 1–0, in Texas’ favor.

“In the eighth inning, with the bases loaded, I knew I wanted to hit the ball on the ground and that’s what I did,” Atwood said. “I shortened up my stride and just focused on making contact and just found a hole in the defense.”

Because of the rain delay on Thursday, Texas and OSU faced a double header on Saturday.

The earlier game on Saturday did not look promising for the Longhorns. The Cowgirls took and held onto an early lead until Texas responded last minute in the seventh inning. 

Freshman right handed pitcher Citlaly Gutierrez gave up two runs before the Longhorns were on the board. Junior outfielder Katelynn Carwile singled in the third inning and graduate student Taylor Tuck doubled in the sixth inning to place OSU at a 2–0 advantage over Texas.

However, Atwood became the savior of the second battle in the series with a walk-off three-run homerun that brought in both Goode and Scott, allowing the Longhorns to take game two 3–2.

In the final game of the series, the Longhorns exercised a strong lead over the Cowgirls for the first time all weekend.

Maloney set Texas up to be on the board first in the second inning when she brought in sophomore catcher and first baseman Katie Cimusz with a single. Scott then added an RBI single in the third inning to bring Texas to two with the Cowgirls still scoreless. Goode secured Texas’ win in the fifth inning with three RBIs off of a single through the right side of the field that brought the Longhorns to five runs on the evening. 

The Longhorns took game three 5–2, only allowing two runs by OSU from a costly error in the sixth inning.

The Longhorns will hope to continue their winning streak Wednesday when they host UTSA at 6 p.m. at Red & Charline McCombs Field.