No. 5 Texas downs No. 20 Texas A&M
Bennett’s big day powers Longhorns to victory
AUSTIN, Texas – Fifth-ranked Texas answered every shot No. 20 Texas A&M landed on Wednesday night and one-upped the Aggies in the bottom of the seventh when freshman pinch runner Mandy Ogle raced home on a wild pitch to lift UT to a 4-3 victory. The win extended Texas’ winning streak to 16 games and improved the Longhorns to 32-3 on the year and 5-0 in Big 12 play, while the Aggies dropped to 30-9 overall and 3-2 in league action.
The Longhorns trailed 3-2 entering the bottom of the seventh before junior first baseman Lexy Bennett roped a leadoff home run to left field to tie the game at three. Senior catcher Amy Hooks followed with a walk and was replaced at first by Ogle. Sophomore leftfielder Torie Schmidt came to the plate with one out in the frame and hit a soft grounder to first base that was booted into the A&M dugout and allowed both runners to move into scoring position. Freshman designated player Karina Scott came to the plate looking to bring home the winning run, but a wild pitch by Melissa Dumezich squirted to the backstop and allowed Ogle to come home and score the winning run.
Sophomore righthander Blaire Luna tossed the first 6.1 innings for the Horns, allowing three runs on four hits, walking six and fanning 11 before being lifted in the seventh. Freshman reliever Rachel Fox (14-1) came on to record the final two outs and notched the victory after allowing one hit, walking one and striking out one. Dumezich (16-6) took the loss, logging a complete game for the Aggies, surrendering four runs on seven hits, walking five and striking out seven.
Bennett headlined the Longhorns’ offense in the game, coming up a single shy of the cycle. She doubled in the first, reached on an error in the third, tripled in the fifth and homered in the seventh. Freshman shortstop Taylor Thom helped UT’s cause with two hits and an RBI in the victory.
Texas A&M got on the board first, using a leadoff homer to right centerfield by Amber Garza to grab a quick 1-0 lead in the second. The Horns answered in the home half of the inning, using a leadoff single by Schmidt and an RBI single by Thom to tie the game at one.
The Aggies reclaimed the edge in the third, loading the bases with two hits and a walk before Garza drew a bases-loaded walk to put A&M ahead by one.
Texas’ offense stayed quiet until the fifth when Bennett connected for a one-out triple on a ball misplayed by the Aggies and came home to tie the game on junior third baseman Nadia Taylor’s two-out triple into the right field corner.
Texas A&M broke the 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh, taking advantage of back-to-back one-out walks to chase Luna from the game. Fox walked her first batter to load the bases before Dumezich connected on an RBI single to reclaim the lead for the Aggies.