AUSTIN, Texas – No. 15 Texas posted its third conseuctive run-rule victory as it downed Wisconsin 15-1 Thursday night in opening round action of the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational. The Horns’ offensive outburst marked the third game in a row that UT has posted 14 or more runs. The victory improved the Longhorns to 6-0 on the season and dropped the Badgers to 1-1.
Senior designated player Shelby Savony headlined the offense with a two-hit effort that included a career-best five RBI. Freshman centerfielder Brejae Washington left her mark on the UT record book in the win, becoming the first-ever UT player to record two triples in a single game. Sophomore rightfielder Taylor Hoagland extended her hitting streak to 17 games against the Badgers, a mark that only stands second to her UT-record 21-game streak from 2010.
Sophomore righthander Blaire Luna (4-0) earned the victory in the circle for the Horns, tossing 4.0 innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits, walking none and fanning seven. Sophomore Kim Bruins came on to close out the game, throwing a perfect fifth that included two strikeouts. Wisconsin starter Meghan McIntosh (0-1) suffered the loss for the Badgers, surrendering eight runs on five hits in 1.1 innings of work.
Despite allowing Wisconsin to push one across in the first, Texas bounced back and rolled the rest of the way. The Horns took advantage of two errors in the first to score Hoagland who led off the inning with a double and claimed a 3-1 lead on a two-run single by Savony.
A third UW error started UT’s rally in the second and a bunt single by Washington put two runners on base before a pair of illegal pitches allowed one run to come home. A sacrifice fly by junior third baseman Nadia Taylor scored Washington before a throwing error allowed Hoagland and junior first baseman Lexy Bennett to score after reaching on back-to-back walks. Senior catcher Amy Hooks capped the scoring for UT with a solo homer to centerfield that extended the Horns’ edge to 8-1.
In the third, Texas sent nine batters to the plate for the second consecutive inning, starting the rally with a triple down the leftfield line by Washington. Hoagland singled her home and consecutive walks by Taylor and Hooks loaded the bases. Freshman shortstop Taylor Thom singled to score two runs and Savony added three more with a three-run blast to leftfield that widened the margin to 14-1.
Texas plated one more run in the fourth when Washington connected for her second triple of the day and brought freshman second baseman Karina Scott home after she drew a leadoff walk.