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Texas Softball World Series Bound

Updated: Sunday, May 26 2013, 07:32 PM CDT

A solo home run from junior Karina Scott, a two-run shot from classmate Taylor Thom and senior Blaire Luna’s fourth no-hit performance of the season lifted No. 6/7 Texas to a 4-0 victory over Florida State in NCAA Austin Super Regional. The Longhorns swept the best-of-three series and earned the program’s fifth trip to the Women’s College World Series.

Scott drove in three of the Longhorns’ seven runs during the series against the Seminoles, including both game winners while Luna threw the program’s third no hitter during NCAA Tournament competition. The no hitter was Luna's fourth of the season and eighth of her career.

The Women’s College World Series trip will be the first for the program since 2006. Texas’ 49 wins are tied for the third most in a campaign in program history, trailing only the 2002 (50) and 2006 (55) squads.

Luna tied her single-season high with her 30th victory of the campaign, improving to 30-5. She fanned five of the first six batters she faced and allowed one walk and struck out 13 in seven innings. Florida State’s Lacey Waldrop (24-10) suffered the loss, scattering five hits and allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and three strikeouts in four-and-a-third innings. Monica Perry tossed the remaining two-and-two-thirds frames, allowing an unearned run on two hits and a whiff.

The Longhorns (49-8) had a chance to jump on the board in the top of the first, but could not convert. Senior Taylor Hoagland led off with a bunt single and stole second base with one out, but a strikeout and groundout left her there.

Texas retired Florida State (44-19) in order in the bottom of the first and mounted another threat in the top of the second. Senior Kim Bruins led off with a single, stole second base and advanced to third on a groundout. Waldrop recovered again with a lineout and groundout to end the threat.

UT had another opportunity in the top of the fourth with a leadoff double from Thom, but a fly out, lineout and groundout stranded her.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Seminoles recorded their first base runner of the contest with a leadoff walk by Kelly Hensley. Hensley was erased on a Morgan Bullock fielder’s choice. Bullock was then caught stealing and Maddie O’Brien struck out to end the inning.

After the defensive hold, the Longhorns broke the game open with four runs in the top of the fifth. Scott started the frame with a solo home run. After a groundout, freshman pinch hitter Lindsey Stephens doubled off the wall in right center and came home on an error by Florida State third baseman Courtney Senas on a Hoagland grounder. Following a groundout, a two-run home run by Thom made it a 4-0 lead. A two-out single from junior Mandy Ogle kept the inning alive, but a strikeout closed the frame.

Texas had a chance to add to its lead in the top of the sixth as senior Torie Schmidt led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a Scott single to left. Pinch runner Rachel Scott entered for Karina Scott and stole second base. Perry settled down and, with the help of her defense, got out of trouble with a strikeout and double play.

Luna retired the final six Florida State hitters to seal the no hitter and Women’s College World Series trip.

 Post-Game Notes
- Senior Taylor Hoagland holds a .615 on-base percentage this season. The UT single-season record is .510, by Lexy Bennett in 2011. The Big 12 Conference mark is .594 by Amber Flores (Oklahoma/2009).
 
- Hoagland’s run in the fifth inning was her 65th of the season. She has already set the UT single-season mark and is now tied for sixth on the Big 12 Conference single-season chart. Norelle Dickson (Oklahoma/2007) owns the league mark with 71 runs scored.
 
- Junior Taylor Thom’s two runs batted in gave her 65 this year, the most in a year in UT history and tied for the eighth most in a year in Big 12 Conference history. Oklahoma’s Samantha Ricketts owns the league mark with 81 in 2007.
 
- Thom is up to 69 hits this season, tied for the fourth most in a year in program history.
 
- Thom’s home run was her 15th of the season, tied for the second most in program history. Thom trails only Hoagland’s 18 homers in 2012.
 
- Junior Karina Scott went two-for-three on the day, lifting her 2013 postseason batting average to a team-best .500 (six-for-12) with four runs batted in and two home runs.
 
- Senior Blaire Luna improves to 4-0 this postseason with a 0.97 earned-run average. She has 42 strikeouts in 29.0 innings.
 
- Luna fanned five of the game’s first six batters and ended the contest with 13 whiffs.

- Luna's eight no hitters are second in program history behind Cat Osterman's 20.
 
- Senior Kim Bruins went one-for-one in the contest and also stole her second base of the season.
 
- Junior catcher Mandy Ogle threw out Morgan Bullock stealing for Ogle’s 13th runner caught stealing this season.
 
- UT has scored 344 runs this season, the second most in a year in program history. The 2012 squad set the mark with 372 runs.
 
- The Longhorns have outscored their opponents 29-4 during NCAA Tournament action.
 
- UT’s victory was the team’s 49th of the season, tied for the third most in a year in program history. The 2006 squad owns the mark with 55 victories.
 
- The Longhorns won their first five games of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006.
 
- Texas improves to 39-1 when scoring first this season. The Longhorns are also 39-0 when leading after four innings of play. Texas Softball World Series Bound


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Miami 37, Minnesota 35

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