A three-run home run from junior Mandy Ogle and 14 strikeouts by senior pitcher Blaire Luna, including three in the top of the seventh inning, lifted Texas to a 5-4 victory over North Texas in the Texas Classic championship Sunday afternoon at Red & Charline McCombs Field. The University of Texas softball program and head coach Connie Clark both earned their 650th victories with the win.
Luna tied her season high with 14 whiffs as she improved to 2-0 with her second complete game of the year. She scattered four hits and walked five. Ashley Kirk (1-1) took her first loss of the season throwing all six innings for the Mean Green. She allowed five runs, six hits and two walks while striking out five.
North Texas opened the scoring by taking an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Lesley Hirsch led off with a single for the first hit allowed by Luna this season. Hirsch advanced to second on a walk, moved to third on fielder’s choice and scored on Jordan Terry’s RBI single to left field. Paige Kisling scored on a wild pitch for the second run.
Texas responded with five runs in the bottom of the second inning for a 5-2 lead. With Taylor Thom and Torie Schmidt on base with one out, Ogle hit a home run over the left field wall for a 3-2 Texas advantage. Stephanie Ceo followed with a double and Taylor Hoagland delivered a single that brought Ceo home to make it a 4-2 Texas lead. Hoagland moved to second on the throw to the plate and went to third when the ball skipped to the backstop. Hoagland scored on Brejae Washington’s single to off Kirk for a 5-2 Texas lead.
North Texas did not go quietly and cut into the Texas lead in the top of the sixth inning with a pair of two-out runs to make it 5-4. Jennifer Beardsley entered the game as a pinch runner for Danielle Hoff, who walked and moved to second on a Madison Tierney single. Karly Williams’ single to center field sent Beardsley home and moved Tierney to third. Tierney scored off a fielding error for a 5-4 UT advantage.
Luna sealed the victory in the top of the seventh, striking out the side around a hit batter to finish the complete game.