Mike White may have left Oregon, but his winning streak followed him to the University of Texas. His Longhorns opened the 2019 season with a 4-0 record, defeating Boston College, Boise State, and Northwestern in the Texas Classic.
As hosts of the three-day tournament in Austin, Texas the Longhorns proved that the No. 16 preseason ranking was no fluke. After Friday’s games were postponed, Texas looked at a long two days, with three games on Saturday—but even that couldn’t stop the Lady Longhorns from putting the steer on his back.
Boston College vs. Texas
Kicking off and closing the Texas Classic against Boston College, Coach White and his Lady Longhorns went 2-0, claiming an 8-0 and 9-1 victories on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Opening the season for Texas, senior Brooke Bolinger earned her first win in just five innings. She struck out seven batters (out of 16) and gave up one hit and one walk. Joining her on the win chart, Shealyn O’Leary took home Texas’ second win against Boston College, fanning four hitters (out of 17), giving up four hits and one run over four innings. Miranda Elish finished out the fifth inning with one strikeout. Meanwhile, catcher Mary Iakopo led the offense, going 1-for-3 at the plate with one home run and two RBI.
Boise State vs. Texas
Texas went on to defeat Boise State 8-0. Elish led the defense over five innings, claiming one strikeout while only surrendering one hit against the Lady Mustangs. The Lady Longhorns’ offense claimed the night though, recording 12 hits and eight RBI over 23 at-bats, abandoning only six batters on the night. Iakopo, Katelyn Washington, Shannon Rhodes, and Reagan Hathaway all claimed doubles.
Northwestern vs. Texas
Texas closed its longest day against Northwestern, with the Lady Longhorns, once again, coming out strong at the plate, scoring seven runs while only abandoning four runners on base. Reagan Hathaway led the offense, knocking in three RBI, and only suffered one strikeout in her four plate appearances. Ariana Adams claimed her first win of the season, facing 17 batters while giving up just three hits, one run, and one walk on the night. Bolinger entered the game after four innings to earn the save, K’ing six while giving up three walks and one hit.
The Lady Longhorns ended the weekend with 32 runs over 22 innings. They struck out 12 times—while the Longhorns’ pitchers K’d 22.
Mike White improves his career record to 439-111-1.