First 4 innings: The two Longhorns on the Player of the Year Watch — seniors Taylor Hoagland and Blaire Luna — lived up to their billing, providing the firepower in the team’s opening game. Had it not been for her own error, Luna would have been perfect as she allowed no hits or walks while striking out seven. Hoagland provided the offense with a two-out three-run homer in the second inning.
Final Three innings: On a 3-2 count, with the crowd standing and cheering, Luna struck out her 14th Islander to complete her fifth no-hitter. Luna was absolutely dominant, not allowing a single ball to reach the outfield. At the plate, freshman Erin Shireman provided the feel-good story, smashing a two-run homer off the camera stand just to the left of the scoreboard in center field.
By The Numbers:
Strikeouts by Luna: 14. After 11, the K-counter behind the Longhorns dugout ran out of K’s. Despite her ability to make Texas A&M Corpus Christi swing and miss, she was still three strikeouts short of her career high.
2-out runs: 4. The Longhorns scored their first four runs with two-outs. The ability to get that big hit throughout the game helped break the game open, as the Longhorns never looked back from there.
Consecutive home opener wins: 17. For the 17th time in 17 seasons, the Longhorns won their home opener. This is the second time they have defeated the Islanders to start a season.
Next Time Out:
The Longhorns will ride the coattails of a dominating performance from their ace into a matchup with North Texas on Friday.