14 Feb

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Texas’ aggressive plan has produced a winning change early in the season

The Texas Softball team is off to a scorching start under new head coach Mike White (Photo courtesy of Texas Sports).

By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer

AUSTIN – Get on. Get over. Get in.

Those six words could easily be the mantra of the Texas softball team, which has adopted a new attitude of aggressiveness in the early days of the 2019 season, its first with Mike White as its new coach.

The team that scores the most wins, and while that sounds easy enough, execution is how to produce those needed runs. The Longhorns entered their campaign last weekend with an aggressive mindset and go-go-go attitude that put constant pressure on their opponents.

The result? Four wins in two days (including three victories on Saturday, the first time a Texas team has ever won thrice on the same day) while outscoring Boston College (twice), Boise State, and Northwestern State by a combined score of 32-3.

“We want to score runs, a lot of runs,” Texas centerfielder Reagan Hathaway said. “Being aggressive is a big part of that. It’s been a focus of taking the next base if you can, tagging up it you can and being aggressive early in the count – and hunting your pitch and not letting all the good ones go by.”


Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .