No. 6 Texas Tops Illini, 3-0, to Open Houston Invite
Feb. 15, 2013
Houston, Texas – In a true pitchers duel, No. 6 Texas came out on top, 3-0, behind three RBI by Brejae Washington. Neither team recorded a hit until the third inning, but two clutch at bats by Washington with the bases loaded led to three Longhorn runs. With the victory, the Longhorns improve to 8-0 on the year, while the Illini fall to 3-3.
"I thought we did a solid job of containing their offense, which can be very explosive,” said Head Coach Terri Sullivan. “However we didn't get any rhythm going offensively ourselves. They kept the top of our order off the bases, and that was key. As the game went on, we started to have some better at bats; we got the tying run to the plate in the seventh again. Now we need to explode offensively sooner and control the controlables in a big game tonight against the host school, Houston.”
Jessica Davis and Jess Perkins registered the two hits for the Illini, as Perkins ripped a double in the fourth and reached in the seventh with her fifth hit by pitch. Alex Booker had a spectacular defensive outing, making four putouts and throwing out a runner at the plate.
Five different Texas batters had one hit in the game, including doubles by Washington and Schmidt, and Schmidt, Ceo and Smith scored the Longhorns’ runs.
Pepper Gay allowed three runs on five hits and eight walks in the complete game. Longhorns hurler Kim Bruins improved to 2-0 with a two-hit shutout, walking two.
Taylor Hoogland led off the bottom of the first with a walk. She stole second and made it to third on the overthrow, still with nobody out. Brejae Washington skied one to Booker in left, who threw a perfect strike to Stephanie Cuevas, nailing Hoogland at the plate to save a run.
The Illini put together a threat in the top of the third, as Cuevas walked and Jessica Davis singled through the left side. However, a hard-hit ball by Booker was snagged out of the air by the third baseman, who fired across the infield for the lineout double play.
Torie Schmidt led off the bottom of the fourth with a double down the right-field line. Ceo moved her to third with a sacrifice bunt, and Mandy Ogle walked. Ogle stole second to make it second and third with one out. Gabby Smith hit a shallow pop up to the back of the dirt at short, but Davis made a spectacular backwards play to keep the runners in their places. The Illini intentionally walked Hoogland to load the bases, and Washington drew a walk to score the first run of the game, before Booker made a great play in left to end the inning.
Ceo began the bottom of the sixth with a single through the right side. Ogle bunted her over to second, and Smith hit a single to right. A steal by Smith made it second and third, and Hoogland walked to load the bases. Washington slammed a line drive to the wall down the right-field line for a two-run double, giving the Longhorns a pair of insurance runs, leading 3-0 heading into the top of the seventh.
Jess Perkins was hit by the first pitch of the seventh to start the final inning on first. Repole ripped a ball to center field, but it was caught. Schkade walked to bring the tying run to the plate, but the Illini ended with a strikeout and a ground out, for a final score of 3-0.
The Illini are back in action today at 5:30 p.m. when they take on host team Houston.