AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Texas Longhorns defeated the Army Black Knights 5-0 in the second game of the NCAA Softball Austin Regional on Friday at Red & Charline McCombs Field. A three-run home run from junior Mandy Ogle and sacrifice flies from freshman Stephanie Ceo and junior Taylor Thom provided the offense as seniors Blaire Luna and Kim Bruins allowed only three hits.
Luna started in the circle for the Longhorns and allowed one hit in three innings and struck out five-straight Black Knights at one point. Bruins (10-0) recorded the win, striking out three and only allowing two hits in four frames.
Morgan Lashley (29-13) recorded the loss for Army. Lashley pitched six innings and allowed five runs off of five hits and two walks.
With two outs in the bottom of the first, Texas mounted a rally and took a 3-0 lead. Thom singled through the left side to start the offense. Bruins was walked and Ogle followed with a three-run homer to left to give the Longhorns the advantage.
After Luna struck out the Army side in the top of the second, Gabby Smith hit a double to left center with one out in the bottom of the frame for the Longhorns. A wild pitch allowed Smith to take third base and she came home on a Ceo sacrifice fly to deep right field and improve the Texas lead to 4-0.
Luna continued her strikeout streak and fanned the first two Army batters in the top of the third inning before a foul out to catcher Ogle ended the half inning.
Brejae Washington opened the bottom of the third for Texas with a triple off of the wall in left and scored on a Thom sacrifice fly, making it a 5-0 Texas edge. Two groundouts closed the inning.
In the top of the seventh, the Army offense saw a spark with consecutive singles from Kasey McCravey and Alex Reynolds. Nothing came of it, though, as the Longhorn defense forced three consecutive outs to close the contest.
Texas will face South Carolina at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday. Army will go on to play Houston at 2 p.m. CT.
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