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Softball

Texas softball splits first two games at Big 12 tournament

Posted May 12th, 2017

The Texas softball team split its two games Friday at the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City, beating Texas Tech 7-1 and falling in the second game 3-0 to Oklahoma.

Sydney Romero swung at the first pitch she saw in the first inning and hit a two-run homer to give the Sooners (48-8) all the runs they needed for the win.

Paige Parker (19-5) picked up the win for Oklahoma while Tiarra Davis (8-9) was hit with the loss. Despite the defeat, Davis became the fifth Texas pitcher to reach 500 strikeouts in her career.

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Parker had a great day on the mound, allowing just three hits while striking out eight. Davis allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out two.

The Longhorns (31-23) nearly pulled to within a run in the sixth inning, but Nicole Mendes robbed Devon Tunning of a homer at the right field wall.

An error allowed Oklahoma to add another run in the sixth to make it 3-0.

Earlier in the day, the Longhorns opened the tournament with a win over Texas Tech as Erica Wright pitched a complete game. Wright (7-6) allowed three hits while striking out seven.

Celina Felix went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, a home run and three RBIs. Kelli Hanzel went 2-for-3, scored a run and drove in another while Taylor Ellsworth also had two hits and scored a run for Texas.

Texas had four extra-base hits in the game, including doubles by Tunning and Bekah Alcozer.

The Longhorns jumped out to a three-run lead in the second with the help of two Tech errors.

Kassidy Scott (10-22) was hit with the loss, allowing seven runs, just one of them earned, on eight hits through five innings.

The Longhorns will play either Baylor or Iowa State at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Saturday, depending on late action Friday.

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