Texas Longhorns Preview

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After hanging around in the top25 polls for most of last season the Longhorns made it to the Lafayette, La. NCAA Regionals starting with a win against Texas A&M before losing to Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas A&M to be eliminated ending their season.

In the off season the team replaced hitting coach Corrie Hill with Tripp McKay. The team also lost several starters with the most notable one being star outfielder Lindsey Stephens.

Last year the team depended heavily on left handed starting pitcher Tiarra Davis to get it done on the mound along with righthander’s, Paige von Sprecken and to a lesser extent, Kristen Clark. Freshman phenom Erica Wright was red shirted last season due to a nagging injury. If she can come back this season and show the freshman flash she had again it will give the team a nice one, two, pitching punch that should carry them to many wins.

The Longhorns have some returning offensive firepower too in senior third baseman Celina Felix (.358 avg.) and sophomore outfielder Reagan Hathaway (.309 avg.).

The team also has several new freshman coming in to the program this year that have the potential to immediately help out the team.

Texas always plays well in front of the home crowds at Red & Charline McCombs Field where they were 24-5 last season but on the road it’s a different story ending the year with a losing 7-8 away record. So they need to work on improving that statistic.

This is an important year for Texas softball to see where they fit in the top colleges softball picture puzzle.

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