18 May

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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.

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.

Texas (43-15) advances to play

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 .