Texas softball stays alive in NCAA playoffs with wins over Texas A&M, SHSU

Shannon Rhodes belted a two-run home run in each game Saturday to keep the Texas softball team's season alive with victories over Texas A&M and Sam Houston State (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer

AUSTIN, Texas — The ninth-ranked Texas softball team is still alive and kicking in the NCAA playoffs, thanks mostly to the rubber-armed pitching of Miranda Elish and home-run prowess of third baseman Shannon Rhodes.

It took all the Longhorns had to beat pesky Sam Houston State, 3-0, Saturday at Red & Charline McCombs Field in their second elimination game of the day to stay in the hunt for their first run to the College World Series since 2013.

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The victory over the Bearkats, the Southland Conference champion, in the nightcap followed a 3-2, eight-inning win over Texas A&M in Saturday afternoon’s first elimination game.

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Steve Habel

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 .

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