A third-straight shutout and sixth in the last seven games allowed the No. 6/6 Texas Softball team to extended its season-opening winning streak to 12 games Wednesday night as the Longhorns downed Houston Baptist 5-0 at Red & Charline McCombs Field. Senior Taylor Hoagland and junior Brejae Washington combined for four hits and four runs scored to back senior pitcher Kim Bruins’ complete-game shutout.
UT’s 12-0 record gives the team the second-longest winning streak to open a season in program history. Helping the win streak has been a Texas offense that has outscored opponents 41-0 in the last 19 innings and 57-2 in the last six games.
Bruins (3-0) recorded her third consecutive shutout, holding the Huskies to four hits while striking out eight, one shy of her career high. She extended her career-best scoreless innings streak to 19.0. Houston Baptist’s Keely Shuler (1-1) took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits in two-and-a-third innings. Sarah Shotton came in for the final three-and-two-thirds, struck out six and surrendered one run on three hits.
Texas jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Hoagland led off with a single through the left side, stole second and eventually scored after a throwing error by the Huskies’ third baseman on a Washington bunt. Washington moved to second on the error, stole third and came home on a Shuler illegal pitch.
UT tacked on two more runs in the third, thanks again to the bats of Hoagland and Washington. Hoagland launched a solo home run, her third of the year, over the left field wall. Washington followed with a single to left field, and after stealing second, scored on an RBI single by Bruins.
The Longhorns scored their final run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Freshman Stephanie Ceo singled and advanced to second on an Erin Shireman single. After a fielder’s choice moved Ceo to third, she scored on a wild pitch.
Lauren Schwirtlich tallied two of the Huskies’ four hits, but HBU never had more than one runner on base in an inning as Bruins faced three batters over the minimum.
UT will be back in action this weekend as host of the Texas Invitational presented by Time Warner Cable. The Longhorns have a doubleheader Friday, facing Lamar at 4:30 and Tulsa at 6:30 p.m. CT.