AUSTIN, Texas – Fifth-ranked Texas used a two-homer, four-RBI performance by junior designated player Courtney Craig as it cruised past UT Arlington 8-0 Tuesday night in a run-rule victory. The win improved the Longhorns record to 38-4, matching the best start in program history from 2006.
Sophomore All-America pitcher Blaire Luna’s (22-2) Big 12-best 13th complete-game shutout of the season dropped the Mavericks to 29-17 on the year. She allowed one walk and two hits in the win, while fanning 10 in 6.0 innings of work. UTA starter Callie Collins (17-7) suffered the loss after surrendering six runs on four hits and walking three in 0.1 innings of work.
Craig headlined the Horns’ lineup in the victory, going 3-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. Her two-homer effort was the second of her career and moved her into a tie for the sixth on the UT career home run list with 21. Freshman centerfielder Brejae Washington added to the attack with two hits, two runs scored, an RBI and a solo blast. Senior catcher Amy Hooks’ first-inning long-ball was the 32nd of her career, moving her into a tie for second place in the UT career record books with Tallie Thrasher (2007-10).
In the first Texas sent nine batters to the plate, taking advantage of four hits and three walks to claim an early 6-0 edge. Washington kicked off the scoring when she launched the first home run of her career to straightaway centerfield to get the Horns on the board. Freshman shortstop Taylor Thom followed with a walk before Hooks ripped a two-run homer to left center to push the margin to three. Junior third baseman Nadia Taylor and sophomore leftfielder Torie Schmidt added a pair of walks before Craig connected for a three-run homer to left to put UT ahead by six.
The Longhorns were held scoreless the next two frames, but Craig struck again in the third, lacing her second long-ball of the day down the left field line to widen the Texas advantage to 7-0.
Texas stranded two in the fifth after a pair of singles, but landed the knockout punch in the sixth. Washington singled with one on in the inning, advanced to second on a fielder’s choice and stole third with two outs. She came home to plate the game-winning run when Taylor ripped an RBI single to right field that propelled UT to a run-rule win.