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Texas Softball One Win Away From Big 12 Title

Texas pitcher Citlaly Gutierrez (77) pitches during the Big 12 softball tournament game between the Texas Longhorns and the Kansas Blue Jays at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, on Friday, May 12, 2023.

Saturday’s Big 12 softball matchup between No. 1 Texas and Texas Tech can be best described as a lot to a little.

Mike White’s Longhorns caught fire against Texas Tech, tying the program record for most runs scored in a single game with 23 runs in the six-inning shutout. With the commanding win, the team is now one victory away from winning the regular season Big 12 title and securing the top seed in the Big 12 Tournament.

 

While the entirety of Texas’ roster found success on offense, sophomore catcher Reese Atwood stole the show, breaking the single-season program record for home runs with 19. Atwood went yard twice in the contest, both on three-run bombs, which helped contribute to her nine RBI day. The Texas native finished the game going 3-3 with two home runs and a double.

Texas batters went 20-35 on the day with 10 extra-base hits for an average of .571, while Texas Tech finished 3-18 for an average of .167. Sophomore pitcher Citlaly Gutierez was lights out from the circle, recording her 10th win of the season with five strikeouts in five innings pitched.

With Texas holding the tiebreaker over Patty Gasso and the Oklahoma Sooners, the Longhorns control their own destiny. If the team is able to complete the sweep on Sunday against Texas Tech, Texas will win the Big 12 Conference regular season title for the first time since 2010.

First pitch in Sunday’s matchup between Texas and Texas Tech is set for 12 p.m. CT on ESPN+.

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