Texas softball run-rules Northwestern in Austin Regional

Texas is one game away from advancing past the Austin Regional this weekend.
Mia Scott, Reese Atwood, Texas softball
Mia Scott, Reese Atwood, Texas softball / Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman /

The top-overall seed Texas softball and head coach Mike White have taken care of business without much trouble in the first two games of the Austin Regional this weekend. Texas defeated Siena 5-0 behind a perfect game from Mac Morgan on May 17.

Texas continued its winning ways in its second game of the Austin Regional on May 18, taking down the Northwestern Wildcats in five innings. The Longhorns run-ruled their first opponent of the postseason, dismantling the Wildcats by a score of 14-2 this afternoon at Red & Charline McCombs Field.

Mia Scott and Alyssa Washington lead Texas softball past Northwestern

Texas never trailed in this game, jumping out to an early 4-0 lead behind home runs from Alyssa Washington and Kayden Henry in the bottom of the second inning. Washington notched two of her three runs batted in on the afternoon on the two-run shot to left to get the Texas bats going in the second.

After Northwestern cut Texas's lead in half in the top of the third inning, on a two-run homer against Citaly Gutierrez, the Longhorns responded in the bottom half. Reese Atwood got Texas's lead back to three runs with a sac-fly in the bottom of the third.

The bottom of the fourth is when the Longhorns really piled on Northwestern offensively. An offensive outburst led by Mia Scott and Washington in the bottom of the fourth inning saw the Longhorns score a whopping nine runs on over a half dozen hits in that half inning.

Scott hit a three-run home run to right field, driving in three runs. The three-run shot from Scott in the bottom of the fourth got Texas to double-digit runs on the day. It also got the Longhorns in the run-rule territory against the Wildcats.

After Texas's pitching shut down the Northwestern bats in the top of the fifth inning, the Longhorns achieved their first run-rule win of the postseason by a convincing margin of a dozen runs today.

Scott, Washington, and the Longhorns now await the winner of the loser's bracket game in the final of the Austin Regional on May 19. Northwestern faces the winner of Siena vs. Saint Francis (PA) to decide the Austin Regional on May 19 at 12 p.m. CT.

You can view the live updating bracket for the Austin Regional in the college softball postseason on NCAA.com here.

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