Longhorns Shut Out Aggie Softball

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AUSTIN -- Sharonda McDonald broke the Texas A&M hitting streak record (18 games) with her single in the sixth inning; however the No. 2 Aggies could not push a run across as the 9th-ranked Texas Longhorns beat A&M 5-0 in front of a record crowd of 1,584 at McCombs Field on Wednesday night.

With the loss, the Aggies drop to 28-4, 2-1 in Big 12, while the Longhorns improve their overall record to 25-7 and conference record to 2-1.

“It was disappointing to come here and not play well,” Jo Evans, A&M head coach said. “I thought Texas did a good job of being aggressive and we were just out of sync tonight. It’s a frustrating way to come away from here, but it is important for our kids to bounce back and get ready for this weekend. I anticipate that our kids will do that.”

Texas posted a three-run third inning that started with a walk by Jacqueline Williams. With two outs, Shannon Thomas, Loryn Johnson and Tallie Thrasher spread three singles across the outfield to drive in the runs.

Thomas would come home to score another run in the fifth, unearned off a misplayed fly ball in shallow left-center field, the error gave Texas a 4-0 lead.

McDonald tried to mount a rally in the sixth as she slapped a single down the third base line with one out, but Longhorn pitcher, Meagan Denny struck out Macie Morrow and Jamie Hinshaw to end the inning.

Joy Davis was the only runner to reach scoring position for the Aggies, in the third inning. With two outs, David hit a double to the left field wall but was unable to advance any further as McDonald grounded out 6-3.

Denny would earn the complete game two-hit shutout, her ninth shutout, 17th win of the season. She struck out 10 Aggie batters and gave up just two walks.

Kacie Gaskin, the Longhorn right fielder scored the final run of the game in the sixth. She drew a walk, stole second and come home on a single by MicKayla Padilla.

Amanda Scarborough was charged with the loss, moving her to 13-3 on the season. She worked four and a third, allowing four runs on four hits. Two of the runs were earned. She had one strikeout.

Lisa Gorzycki and Emily Shadow were brought in for relief and worked a combined inning and a third. Gorzycki gave up two hits, two walks and one run. Shadow posted zeros across the board.

A&M will continue Big 12 action this weekend as the team heads to Oklahoma for a two-game series in Norman. Saturday’s game is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN2.

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Win - Denny (17-6). Loss - Scarborough (13-3).