Texas softball dominates Texas Tech in historic blowout

Sophomore Reese Atwood broke the program record for single-game RBIs in a 23-0 win over Texas Tech on May 4.
Reese Atwood, Texas softball
Reese Atwood, Texas softball / Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman /

For the second consecutive day, No. 1 ranked Texas softball and head coach Mike White run-ruled the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the final Big 12 series of the regular season for these two squads. Texas followed up a convincing 13-3 defeat of Texas Tech on the road in Lubbock in five innings on May 3 with an even more dominant showing on May 4.

Reese Atwood spearheads an offensive explosion for No. 1 Texas softball in a win over Texas Tech

Led by superstar sophomore Reese Atwood, who had a career day with nine runs batted in, the Longhorns topped the Red Raiders by a mind-boggling score of 23-0 in just five innings. Atwood broke the program record for runs batted in a single game for the Longhorns.

The record-breaking hit for Atwood for the single-game program RBI record came in the fifth inning when she singled to score two runs, which got Texas to the 20-run mark in the game.

That was one of three hits on the afternoon for Atwood, including two home runs in the game's first three innings. She got the scoring started for the Longhorns in the top of the first inning, with a three-run homer to center field. That home run wound up scoring the game-winning run for Texas as the Red Raiders were shut out by Citaly Gutierrez in five innings on the mound.

With these nine RBIs, Atwood reclaims the nationally lead in this stat category for D1 players. Atwood also reached the 80-RBI mark in a single season, nearly doubling her total in this category from her true freshman campaign in 2023.

Atwood wasn't the only Longhorns player that shined in this dismantling of Texas Tech on May 4. Katie Stewart also had a big day at the plate, with a career-high five RBIs on four hits, including two runs scored.

Stewart drove in runs on three separate at-bats, including a two-run home run to right field in the top of the second inning.

Viviana Martinez also delivered a multi-hit and multi-RBI day at the plate for the Longhorns. She had three hits, three RBIs, and three runs scored in four appearances at the dish.

All told, the Longhorns boasted an impressive 20 hits while scoring at least three runs in every inning of this game to get the biggest margin of victory of the season over Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon.

Texas posted game-highs in at bats, runs scored, hits, RBIs, and home runs with this blowout win over Texas Tech.

The 23-run shutout win over the Red Raiders notched the Longhorns their 44th win (44-6, 22-4 Big 12) of the season. For the time being, the Longhorns hold sole possession of first place in the Big 12 standings. However, that is dependent on the outcome of Bedlam on May 4, as the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners could move back into a tie with the Longhorns for first place with a win.

Texas is red-hot heading into the regular season finale, riding a season-long 15-game winning streak into the last game of the series on May 5 against Texas Tech at 12 p.m. CT.

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