April 12, 2010

Courtesy of Texas Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas - Senior designated player Tallie Thrasher smashes a UT single-game record three home runs to lead the No. 16 Texas Softball team to a 10-2 run-rule victory over No. 7 Missouri, Sunday afternoon. The victory completed the two-game sweep and moved the Longhorns to 34-9 on the year and 7-1 in Big 12 play, while the Tigers dropped to 27-8 overall and 3-5 in conference action.

Freshman righthander Blaire Luna (21-5) earned the victory for the Horns, tossing 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, walking three and fanning nine. Missouri threw four pitchers in the game with Tigers' starter Kristin Nottelmann (8-6) suffering the loss after allowing five runs on three hits in 1.0 inning of work.

After allowing a pair of singles and one run in the top of the first, Texas bounced back with five runs on three hits in the bottom of the frame. The first two Horns went down in order, but sophomore first baseman Lexy Bennett drew a two-out walk to start the rally. Junior catcher Amy Hooks followed with a single and a walk by sophomore third baseman Nadia Taylor loaded the bases. Senior shortstop Loryn Johnson plated Bennett and Hooks with a two-run single through the left side and Thrasher emptied the bases with a three-run opposite field shot that gave UT a 5-1 edge.

Missouri narrowed the lead to 5-2 in the third on a sacrifice fly by Ashley Fleming that scored Jenna Marston who singled and advanced to third on a two-base error.

Thrasher answered in the bottom of third when she drilled her second longball of the day off the façade on top of the scoreboard to move the tally to 6-2.

The Longhorns tacked on four more runs in the fifth to end the game 10-2 via the run-rule. Hooks led off the frame with a solo home run to left centerfield, widening the margin to five. Taylor followed with a hit-by-pitch and Thrasher once again cleared the bases, hammering one of the longest home runs in McCombs Field history. Her third homer of the game cleared the centerfield scoreboard and landed on 21st Street.

Texas pushed its final run across when pinch hitter Torie Schmidt singled, moved to second on senior centerfielder Brittany Chalk's walk, advanced to third on a wild pitch and came home on a throwing error by Missouri catcher Catherine Lee.

Thrasher headlined the Texas offense on the day with three hits, three runs and six RBI, while Hooks and Chalk recorded two hits each. Hooks added two runs scored and one RBI to her stat line.

Texas returns to action on Wednesday, April 14 when it plays host to No. 23 Baylor. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. Central.