When the softball schedule for the 2013 season was being put together last summer, the weekend series between Texas and Texas State – both NCAA tournament teams the past two years and combatants in a budding rivalry – seemed to be one of the highlights for both teams.
But once it came time for the games to be played, the matchup was a mismatch, with Texas having established itself, again, as one of the nation’s best teams and the Bobcats still trying to win for just the fourth time all season.
Those trends continued Sunday as the 10th-ranked Longhorns rolled past Texas State 7-0, sweeping the two games from the Bobcats while allowing four total hits for the weekend.
On Sunday, Texas pitcher Kim Bruins (who gave up three runs Saturday in San Marcos that were erased when the game was cancelled because of wet field conditions) allowed only one hit and scattered seven walks, but got the outs when she needed them most.
“I just tried to keep battling and eventually just let my fielders do their job,” said Bruins (7-0), who pitched five innings before being relieves by Holly Kerns. “I was not at my best today but I found a way to get through that.”
The Longhorns, now 23-3 and winners of six straight games, racked up 12 hits off two Texas State pitchers. Stephanie Ceo lead Texas with two hits and every player who batted besides pinch-hitter Erin Shireman had a hit.
Texas pushed across the only run it would need in the bottom of the first inning off Bobcats’ starter Ashley Wright (3-7) when Mandy Ogle’s two-out RBI single drove home Taylor Hoagland.
The Horns added to the lead in the third as Stephanie Ceo singled, went to second on a Hoagland sacrifice and came home on Brejae Washington’s run-scoring single. Washington then stole second base, went to third on a hit-batsman and was plated by a sacrifice fly by Bruins.
In the fourth, Gabby Smith and pinch-hitter Lindsey Stephens began the inning with back-to-back singles before Hoagland ripped a one-out RBI single to drive in Smith and push the Texas lead to 4-0.
Texas got its last two runs in its final at-bat on a bases-loaded hit-batsman that scored Torie Schmidt and a sacrifice fly by Ogle that brought home Marlee Gabaldon.
Wright lasted just 2 1/3 innings while surrendering three runs on four hits. Rayn House pitched the final 3 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on eight hits for the Bobcats (3-19).
Texas goes on the road this week for four games at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., with its first tournament game set for Thursday versus Arizona State.