Horns Illustrated

Softball season ends with shutout loss to Oklahoma State

College World Series
Texas starter Shea O'Leary allowed just four hits while throwing a complete game, but gave up the game's only two runs as the Longhorns' season came to an end with a 2-0 loss to Oklahoma State in the NCAA Stillwater Super Regional (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

STILLWATER, Okla. — A day after knocking off Oklahoma State to set up what effectively amounted to a play-in game for the Women’s College World Series, the Texas softball team’s luck ran out at Cowgirl Stadium in the Stillwater NCAA Super Regional. The Longhorns were shut out, 2-0, by Oklahoma State, their second setback in what became a three-game set against the Cowgirls.

The Horns, seeded No. 12 in the tournament, ended their season with a record of 43-14. No. 5 Oklahoma State stays alive with a 47-10 record.

The Longhorns put together the game’s first scoring chance in the second inning. Catcher Mary Iakopo reached on an OSU error and advanced on a single to left by shortstop McKenzie Parker, but were left stranded. 

The Cowgirls got the game’s only runs in the fifth inning. Maci Cunconan scored what proved to be the game-winning run on a single by Avery Hobson. OSU then doubled its lead when left fielder Chelsea Alexander laid down a bunt single, scoring second baseman Karli Petty.

Shea O’Leary took the loss for Texas, finishing the season with a 16-6 record. She allowed four hits, struck out two and only walked one. Like O’Leary, Oklahoma State’s Carrie Eberle threw a complete game and also allowed just four hits in the win, which stretched her record to a gaudry 25-3.

Statistically, this season’s Texas offense was the best in the history of the program, setting new standards for batting average (.342), slugging (.561) and on-base percentage (.419), second in runs scored (366), home runs (78), total bases (839) and runs batted in (339), and tied for fourth in doubles (79).

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