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2024 NCAA Austin Softball Regional

After relying on pitcher Mac Morgan to beat Siena in Friday's NCAA Tournament opener, the Texas softball team will look to secure its second win in the Austin Regional on Saturday against Northwestern. With a win tomorrow, the Longhorns will have a chance to close out regional play against Northwestern, Saint Francis or Siena. But if Northwestern wins, the Longhorns will have to stave off elimination against Saint Francis or Siena tonight at McCombs Field.

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End 1: Texas 0, Northwestern 0

Texas shortstop Vivi Martinez belts a 1-out shot, but her Northwestern counterpart, Bridget Donahey, makes a nice catch for the double play. Wildcat pitcher Riley Grudzielanek has struggled with walks, but the walk she gave Mia Scott didn't hurt.

Middle 1: Texas 0, Northwestern 0

Everyone at McCombs Field was thinking about a perfect game and a no-hitter with Texas' Mac Morgan last night. That is not the case today; Texas' Citlaly Gutierrez walked a batter and allowed a hit, but escaped any trouble by striking out No. 4 batter Hannah Cady.

What you should know about Northwestern pitcher Riley Grudzielanek

The Wildcats are sitting on Ashley Miller after she went seven innings in last night's win over Saint Francis, but Grudzielanek (7-1) has won seven of her 10 starts. However, Grudzielanek can sometimes get into trouble; She is allowing a .277 batting average to opponents and has issued 31 walks with 26 strikeouts in 53 innings this season. Could Texas' lineup be in for a big game?

Citlaly Gutierrez will start against Northwestern

Sophomore pitcher Citlaly Gutierrez gets the nod in the circle for Texas in Game 2 of the NCAA Tournament against Northwestern. Gutierrez (10-1) has a 1.49 ERA and has 55 strikeouts with 13 walks in 84.2 innings this season. In her last start in the Big 12 Tournament title game against Oklahoma, Gutierrez struck out a career-best 10 batters in a 5-1 loss.

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Texas vs. Northwestern: start time, TV info, location

  • Start time: Midday
  • Location: McCombs Field, Austin, Texas

Texas vs. Northwestern preview

  • TEXAS: The Longhorns (48-7), the Big 12 regular-season champions and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, beat Siena 5-0 on Friday behind a no-hitter from Mac Morgan.
  • Northwest: The Big 10 regular-season champion Wildcats (34-11) lean heavily on pitcher Ashley Miller, the Big 10's Pitcher of the Year. The Wildcats defeated Saint Francis 7-2 on Friday.

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