The first time Texas clean-up hitter Kim Bruins came to the plate Thursday night, she missed a home run by about six inches. Arizona State left fielder Elizabeth Caporuscio leaped to make the improbable catch just as the ball was about to pop over the fence.
Flash forward three innings to the bottom of the fifth. With her Longhorns tied 2-2, Bruins slapped another towering fly ball Caporuscio’s way. This time, the ball slid out of the left fielder’s glove and slipped over the fence. And this time, it counted as a home run, which propelled fourth-seeded Texas to a 6-3 victory over the fifth-seeded Sun Devils in the Women’s College World Series opener for both teams.
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