No. 3 Texas edges No. 11 Missouri
Bennett knocks in 140th career RBI to set new Longhorn record
AUSTIN, Texas -- Courtney Craig's three-run bases-loaded double in the fifth gave No. 3 Texas its first lead of the game Thursday, leading to the 9-5 win against No. 11 Missouri in Big 12 action at Red & Charline McCombs Field. Torie Schmidt went 3-for-3 with three RBI as the Longhorns won their 10th consecutive game.
Lexy Bennett became the Texas all-time leader in RBI, registering her 140th career RBI to pass Loryn Johnson (2007-10) as both players were tied for the record prior to the game.
Texas (32-2, 6-0) was able to score six runs off Missouri ace Chelsea Thomas, who entered the game ranked second nationally with a 0.58 ERA. Thomas, who had given up only 10 runs all season, went five innings and gave up the six runs (five earned) with two walks and six strikeouts.
Blaire Luna (13-1) threw the complete game, striking out eight while allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits as both teams had three errors each. Ashtin Stephens and Jenna Marston put Luna in hole in the third with leadoff back-to-back singles. Nicole Hudson was intentionally walked to load the bases and Ashley Fleming followed with a ground ball that UT shortstop Taylor Thom threw wide to score two runs.
Thomas cruised through the first four innings, allowing one hit and one walk. Marston reached in the Missouri fifth on another Thom error. After a walk to Hudson put runners at first and second, Fleming hit a single to right. Craig tried to come up with the ball for a throw to the plate, but misplayed the grounder to allow another run to score before throwing out Hudson at home in what proved to be a key play.
In the bottom of the fifth, Nadia Taylor singled and Mandy Ogle doubled to center for runners at second and third. Schmidt then laced a two-run single down the third base line for the 3-2 Tigers' lead. Taylor Hoagland singled to left as Schmidt and Hoagland advanced on Washington's sacrifice. Bennett walked to load the bases for Craig, who hit Thomas' first pitch down the third base line to clear the bases for the 5-3 lead in favor of the Longhorns.
The Tigers' defense allowed all three of their errors in the game as part of a four-run sixth for Texas. Schmidt doubled to center for her third RBI and Bennett later singled to right, setting the new UT mark for career RBI. Fleming would finish her 3-for-4 and three RBI night for Missouri with a two-run single to make things interesting in the seventh, but Luna struck out Kelsea Roth and induced a game-ending fly out by Lindsey Muller.