Texas Softball With Chance to Light the Tower

Blaire Luna hurled her eighth career no hitter and the Longhorns exploded for four runs in the fifth inning as Texas softball earned a 4-0 victory over Florida State and with it, a a trip to the Women's College World Series.

Texas swept Florida State in the NCAA Austin Super Regional, with Luna pitching both games. But she was undeniably more brilliant in game two, throwing her fourth no-hitter of the season and Texas's third no-hitter during NCAA Tournament Competition. She struck out five of the first six batters she faced, while allowing one walk and striking out 13 in seven innings.

Florida State only had two base runners all game, when Kelly Hensley walked to start the bottom of the fourth inning. But Hensley was out a batter later when Morgan Bullock reached on a fielder's choice. Bullock was then caught stealing and Maddie O'Brien struck out, ending the inning with both teams still locked in a 0-0 tie.

That scoreline didn't last much longer, with the Longhorns busting the game open in the top of the fifth. Junior Karina Scott started the inning by drilling a solo home run. After a groundout, freshman pinch hitter Lindsey Stephens doubled off the wall in right center, coming home on an error by Florida State third baseman Courtney Senas on a Hoagland grounder. Now up 2-0, with a runner on, the Longhorns had their second out of the inning on another groundout. But Junior Taylor Thom doubled the lead by stroking a two-out homer, closing out the game's scoring.

Florida State pitcher Lacey Waldrop (24-10) suffered the loss, throwing four-and-a-third innings while allowing five hits and three runs, two earned. Monica Perry finished the game for Waldrop, including the end of the Longhorn fifth, allowing two hits and an unearned run.

The trip to the College World Series will be the first for the program since 2006, when the team won a program-high 55 games. The 2013 Longhorns' 49 wins are third in program history, just one win behind the 2002 squad.

As the tournament's No. 4 seed, Texas will take on No. 5 seed Arizona State in the tournament's opening round.


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