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Diamond Dust: Texas will be tested early and often in 2017

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s preseason poll was released Tuesday, and Texas’ spring schedule is loaded with ranked teams. Defending national champion Oklahoma, coming off a 57-8 season, took the top spot. The Sooners and Longhorns have a three-game series slated for April 7-9 at McCombs Field. Baylor also represented … Read More

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Diamond Dust: It’s time for Texas to make 8 great again

There’s something missing along the center field wall at McCombs Field. It’s subtle, really. If by subtle you mean the way the absence of the statues of Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams — Texas’ two Heisman Trophy winners — would be if they weren’t erected in the southwest corner of Royal-Memorial Stadium. Read More

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Diamond Dust: How much stock should Texas take in preseason polls?

In case you missed it, the Texas softball team was picked to finish second in the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll last week. What does that mean for the Longhorns? Take note that last year’s preseason poll was identical to the final standings. Texas did get one first-place vote in … Read More

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Georgetown’s Taylor Ellsworth one of two mid-term enrollees for Texas

Georgetown High School catcher Taylor Ellsworth will skip her senior season with the Eagle and begin her college career at Texas this spring. Ellsworth was one of two mid-term enrollees for the Longhorns that are immediately eligible to play this season. The other is Brooke Bolinger, a left-handed pitcher that transferred … Read More

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Texas softball picked to finish 2nd in Big 12 by coaches

The Texas softball team was picked to finish second by the Big 12 coaches in this year’s preseason poll released Wednesday. Defending national champion Oklahoma was a unanimous pick to repeat as Big 12 champion by. It’s the fifth straight time, and the eighth in the last nine years, the … Read More

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Diamond Dust: Is Texas primed for a Women’s College World Series run?

The 2017 softball season got underway Wednesday as several colleges, including Texas, begin practice. Expectations are high for the Longhorns, who were picked by Big 12 coaches to finish second in the conference in the preseason coaches’ poll. But expectations are high every season. Texas, however, hasn’t advanced past regionals in … Read More

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Year end review: 10 Longhorns athletes to watch in 2017

Almost without exception, the best athletes at Texas are among the very best in their respective sports. With that in mind, I decided to choose these 10 athletes from 10 Longhorn teams. Here’s who you should look out for in 2017, in no particular order. Bret Boswell, baseball After two … Read More

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Ex-Longhorn Megan Willis named assistant GM of NPF franchise

Texas softball alumna Megan Willis will take on a new role with her former National Pro Fastpitch team the USSSA Pride, based in Orlando, Fla. Willis was named the new assistant general manager for the Pride on Dec. 21 and she becomes the first former NPF player to take an … Read More

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Texas softball releases fall schedule

The Texas softball team will be at full strength in the circle when the 2017 season begins in February. Redshirt sophomore Erica Wright will return after missing the entire 2016 season with a rib injury. Wright’s return gives the Longhorns (38-16 in 2016) a viable fourth option in their pitching rotation, … Read More

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Longhorn great Cat Osterman inducted into Little League Hall of Excellence

The greatest pitcher in the 20-year history of Texas softball became just the fourth female to be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence and the first to be recognized for a career in softball. Osterman, now an assistant coach at Texas State, was honored during an on-field ceremony … Read More

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Softball radio personality Terry Lewis dies Sunday night

Texas softball announced through its Twitter account Monday that longtime radio personality Terry Lewis died Sunday night. Lewis was the official “voice of Texas softball” and did play-by-play for the in-house stadium broadcast at McCombs Field for home games. During the 2016 season, Lewis began traveling with the Longhorns as games … Read More

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Tripp MacKay hired as softball assistant coach

Texas announced on Wednesday that former Oklahoma softball assistant Tripp MacKay has been hired to replace assistant coach Corrie Hill.  Hill spent 11 years overseeing the Longhorns’ offense and served as a bench coach under head coach Connie Clark. A Texas spokesman labeled Hill’s departure as “a personnel decision made … Read More

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Newsome, Scott earn Big 12 postgraduate scholarships

The Danimal is going to finish his education on someone else’s dime. Former Texas walk-on basketball player Danny Newsome and former softball player Rachel Scott were among 20 Big 12 athletes awarded Dr. Prentice Gautt postgraduate scholarships, the league office announced Wednesday. To be eligible, athletes must have a grade point … Read More

Texas softball: Why are the Longhorns missing out on the state’s top pitchers?

At last year’s UIL state softball tournament, East Bernard’s Samantha Show — the state’s 2013 Gatorade player of the year — pitched a championship game gem, leading her Brahmas to the Class 3A title at the University of Texas’ McCombs Field. Earlier that day, Show was announced as the 2015 … Read More

Another year, another regional departure has Texas softball looking for fixes

If you’re judging the success of Texas softball by continued appearances in the NCAA Tournament, then you’d have to say the Longhorns are right where they want to be. But if you’re expecting Texas to make postseason pushes at the Women’s College World Series and the national championship, well, that’s … Read More

Texas softball season ends after back-to-back losses

By: William Weathers, Contributing writer LAFAYETTE, La. –Texas and Texas A&M softball teams made up for lost time, facing one another in a high-stakes contest with the result ending the other’s season. It was almost like old times for the two former rivals that hadn’t met in a game since … Read More

Update: Texas softball season ends with 9-3 loss to Aggies

By William Weathers American-Statesman correspondent UPDATE: 7:45: Texas lost to Texas A&M 9-3 in its final game Saturday. The Longhorns have been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. Earlier Saturday: Ninth-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette (45-7) found a way to cool off Texas’ bats Saturday morning. Less than 24 hours after shelling five solo-home … Read More

Longhorns blast 5 HRs in 5-0 win over rival Texas A&M

By William Weathers Special to the American-Statesman LAFAYETTE, La. – Texas didn’t just advance to the winner’s bracket of the NCAA Lafayette Regional. The Longhorns (38-14) barged their way through with a 5-0 win over rival and 16th-ranked Texas A&M Friday to open the three-day tournament at Lamson Park.   Five … Read More

Texas will face many hurdles this weekend on road to WCWS

Texas’ road to Oklahoma City is full of obstacles. But first, the Longhorns (37-14) will likely have to beat two nationally-ranked teams, including rival No. 16 Texas A&M (37-8), just to get out of the Lafayette Regional in Lafayette, La. Texas and the Aggies will play in the opening game … Read More

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No Aggie joke: Texas looks to continue postseason dominance over Texas A&M

The spotlight is on Texas softball Friday when the Longhorns play its biggest rival, Texas A&M, for the first time since the Aggies left for the SEC. It comes in the NCAA Tournament and if history repeats itself, Texas has nothing to worry about. Since Texas A&M bolted … Read More