Two home runs from junior Taylor Thom drove in six runs and lifted No. 6/7 Texas to a 6-0 victory over South Carolina on Sunday in the NCAA Softball Austin Regional championship at Red & Charline McCombs Field. Thom hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first and a grand slam in the fifth, setting the UT record for RBI during an NCAA Tournament contest.The grand slam was Thom’s fourth of the season and she became the fifth player in NCAA history with four or more slams during a campaign. With the six runs batted in, Thom raised her season total to 63, the most in a year in Texas history. In the circle, senior Blaire Lune (28-5) went the distance, recording eight strikeouts and scattering five hits and four walks. Luna did not allow a hit in six bases-loaded situations in earning her 11th shutout of the campaign. Katie Marks (8-8) recorded the loss for the Gamecocks, tossing four-and-a-third frames. She gave up six runs on five hits, including the two Thom home runs. Julie Sarratt came in for the remaining one-and-two-thirds and allowed just one walk.
The Longhorns advance to play South Alabama next weekend in Austin.