Texans split Day 1 of Longhorn Invitational beating CAA Champion Hofstra and falling to No. 2 ranked Texas


AUSTIN – The Texans started the Longhorn Invitational off winning their 11th game of the season 6-4 over the Hofstra Pride before dropping Game 2 of the day to the 2nd ranked Texas Longhorns 17-0.

In Game 1 of the day vs. the Pride the Texans scored six runs on nine hits earning their third straight win and 11th overall on the season.

In the nightcap, the Longhorns snapped the Texans three-game winning streak as Tarleton mustered up just two hits as Texas earned their fourth straight win, 15th of the season.

Tarleton State 6 Hofstra Pride 4

The Texans got things going early as they took a 4-1 lead after two innings in Austin.

The Pride got on the board first scoring their first run of the game off a double to right center in the top of the first.

Tarleton State didn’t let Hofstra hold the lead for long as they scored two in the bottom of the frame. The Texans got on the board as Katy Schaefer doubled down the left field line scoring Austin Germain and advancing Kelci Hill to third. Kalyn Hill then doubled up the middle scoring her sister Kelci making it 2-1 Tarleton.

In the bottom of the second the Purple and White kept the runs coming tacking on two more putting the Texans up by three.

Schaefer earned her second hit of the game singling to first base and scoring Kiana Gibson and Ashlee LaRue. Gibson reached base as she singled to left field on a 3-1 count. LaRue followed Gibson’s hit by walking after a nine-pitch at-bat.

Both teams went scoreless in the third before the Pride tied things up in the top of the fourth with a three-spot.

The tie didn’t hold long as the Purple and White put up a two-spot of their own to score the go-ahead runs that ultimately sealed the victory for the Texans.

Kelci Hill tripled to right center scoring Kayla Wallace who reached on a double to right center the at-bat before. Kelci Hill now has two triples on the season.

Schaefer then grounded out to the shortstop scoring Kelci Hill making the score 6-4 Texans.

The final two and a half innings went scoreless and the Texans earned their 11th win of the season over reining Coastal Athletic Association Champion Hofstra.

Hannah Blincoe earned the start vs. the Pride and went three innings giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits. She struck out four and walked six in the 6-4 win.

Makenzie Dunbar took over control for the final four innings earning her second win of the season (2-1) and  giving up just one run on three hits. Dunbar struck out three and walked none.

For the Pride Pisapia went two innings giving up four runs on four hits. Venturini went 1.1 innings and took the loss giving up two runs on two hits. Ogden pitched the final 2.2 innings giving up three hits.

Tarleton State 0 No. 2 Texas 17

Tarleton State faced their first ranked opponent of the year, and it wasn’t an easy one as the Longhorns are currently ranked No. 2 in the nation behind threepeat national champion Oklahoma.

The Texan bats went cold as the temperature fell at Red and Charline McCombs Field. The Purple and White got their first hit of the game in the top of the fourth as Kayla Wallace singled to center field ending the no-hitter hopes for Texas.

The second and final hit for the Texans came from Kiana Gibson who singled to right field.

The Longhorns scored 17 runs on 18 hits over four innings run-ruling the Texans in five innings. Texas put up five in the first, four in the second, six in the third and their final two in the fourth.

Alexa Rehmeier took the loss moving to 3-1 on the season and went 0.1 innings giving up two runs on one hit. Kynlee Marquez gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in 1.2 IP. Freshman Gracie Riney made her Texan debut going 0.2 IP giving up five runs on four hits. Kendall Daniel pitched the final 1.1 innings for the Texans giving up three runs on five hits.

For Texas, just two pitchers touched the circle as Gutierrez earned the win (3-0) going 4.0 IP giving up just one hit. Czech threw the final inning for the Longhorns giving up one hit also.

Tarleton State will turn around and play two more on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. once again. The Texans will take on Penn State at 12:30 p.m. and will then face the Lady Demons of Northwestern State at 5:30 p.m.

The Texans game vs. Penn State will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network and streamed on ESPN+ as well. There will be no broadcast for the Northwestern game but live stats will be available for both games. For the latest updates on the Texans follow Tarleton Softball on Facebook, Instagram and X.

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