What Texas softball needs to do to secure the Horns’ WCWS Super Regional win

The No. 1 Longhorns are hosting the Texas A&M Aggies in an all-time Super Regional matchup between the long-standing rivals.
Texas utility Katie Stewart (20) bats during the NCAA Austin Regional against Siena at McCombs Field.
Texas utility Katie Stewart (20) bats during the NCAA Austin Regional against Siena at McCombs Field. / Mikala Compton/American-Statesman / USA

Austin is once again hosting an NCAA Super Regional, a part of the Women’s College World Series, as the Texas Longhorns prepare to challenge the Texas A&M Aggies.

The No. 1 Horns stormed through the Austin Regional Round just last week, taking down Siena (5-0) and Northwestern (14-2 & 7-0).

After earning the No. 1 seed heading into the softball postseason, Texas has been even more dominant than it was in the regular season.

As the Aggies travel to Austin, there are a few things that the Longhorns can check off to ensure they earn yet another series victory over Texas A&M.

Maximize on momentum

While Texas fell into a slight slump during its final Big 12 tournament, the Longhorns immediately bounced back, dominating the Austin regional round of the WCWS.

Over the last three games, the Horns have outscored their opponents 26-2. If Texas can make the most of its scoring momentum, the team should have an easy two-game path through the Super Regional.

Using the momentum to further bolster the Longhorn offense will most certainly leave the Aggies idling when they come up to bat.

Eradicate errors

The one flaw of Texas’ gameplay this season has been errors by the Longhorn defense. 

While the errors have been few and far between throughout the year, they were the fall of the Horns against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Tournament.

The Sooners defeated the Longhorns 5-1 in the conference tournament, scoring two unearned runs on Texas’ errors.

If Texas can minimize its fielding errors against the Aggies, the already minimal hits that the Longhorns’ bullpens allow will be reduced to almost zero runs scored by Texas A&M.

Lean into home-field advantage

Playing in Austin for yet another round of the postseason will only further strengthen Texas’ odds of walking away victorious.

The Horn fan base continuously shows up to support its favorite teams and that has been no different for the highly-successful softball squad this season.

Not to mention, the Longhorn crowd is never friendly toward a visiting Aggie team.

The combination of offensive momentum, refined and locked-in defense, and the home crowd should push Texas to two easy wins against Texas A&M.

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