No. 10 Virginia Tech (10–4) softball split its doubleheader on Saturday, defeating Texas Southern (1–8) earlier in the day and losing to No. 9 Texas (10–2–1).

The Hokies run-ruled Texas Southern in five innings, shutting out the Tigers in five innings, 8–0. Molly Jacobson pitched the entire game, surrendering zero runs, three hits and zero walks.

The first game of the doubleheader was scoreless until the third inning, when Hokies center fielder Emma Ritter hit a two-run homer to right-center field. Later in the inning, first baseman Jayme Bailey singled, scoring second baseman Cameron Fagan. Designated player Emma Jackson then hit a three-run homer, capping off their six-run inning.

Tech tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning, courtesy of a Teagan Thrunk home run and single from Fagan, solidifying their eight-run win.

Texas won the second game, 8–2, bouncing back from their loss to the Hokies the day before. Lyndsey Grein pitched six innings for Tech, surrendering 11 hits and eight runs, six of which were runs. She recorded four strikeouts, giving up a home run and two walks.

The Longhorns scored the first four runs before the Hokies reached the scoreboard in the fourth inning, when right fielder Morgan Overaitis hit an RBI double to right-center field. Texas scored four more runs in the sixth inning on a fielder’s choice, a walk and a fly out to center field, opening a seven-run lead. Although Hokies third baseman Kelsey Bennett hit a home run in the top of the seventh inning, it was too little, too late.

Tech will play their last game in the Lone Star State Invitational on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. against Abilene Christian.

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