Luna pitches ‘Horns past Washington
UW falls from unbeaten as UT blasts four homers in perfect game
FULLERTON, Calif. – Sophomore righthander Blaire Luna threw the first perfect game of her career as the 12th-ranked Texas Softball team cruised past fourth-ranked and previously unbeaten Washington 12-0 Thursday night at the Judi Garman Classic. The win improved the Longhorns to 21-3 on the season, while the Huskies fell to 20-1.
Luna (13-2) started the game on a tear, fanning seven batters the first time through the order. She ended the run-rule shortened game with nine strikeouts against a UW team that entered the contest sporting a .406 team batting average.
Washington starter Bryana Walker (2-1) took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits and walking two in 1.1 innings of work.
The Longhorns' offensive explosion was paced by a pair of three-hit performances by freshman shortstop Taylor Thom and sophomore leftfielder Torie Schmidt. Thom, senior catcher Amy Hooks, junior third baseman Nadia Taylor and freshman pinch hitter Karina Scott each connected for a homer in the win, with Scott’s shot plating three runs.
In the first, Hooks blasted a two-run homer to right centerfield to score freshman centerfielder Brejae Washington, who reached on a one-out walk. Texas added to its advantage in the second when Thom ripped a solo homer and pushed the margin to three runs.
The Horns sent 10 hitters to the plate in the third, starting the rally with a hard hit double down the leftfield line by Hooks. Taylor followed with a walk and Schmidt singled to load the bases. An error on a fielder’s choice allowed Hooks to score before a two-run double by Thom plated Taylor and Schmidt. Hoagland then reached on a walk to load the bases and Washington was hit by a pitch to push the inning’s fourth run across. An RBI single by junior first baseman Lexy Bennett scored Thom and capped the inning with UT leading 8-0.
Taylor led off the fourth with a solo homer to left center and Schmidt and junior designated player Courtney Craig followed with back-to-back singles. Scott pinch hit with runners at first and second and hammered the first homer of her career to left field – a three-run shot- giving UT the final 12-0 edge.