Texas Softball 2022 Preview

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Texas hopes to continue their success from last season when they finished with a 43-14 record and made it to the NCAA Stillwater Super Regional before getting eliminated by the eventual National Champion’s Oklahoma.

This year’s roster will include ten players returning from last year. Among them is All-American Janae Jefferson who does it all with a .446 batting average and 14 stolen bases last season. Along with senior’s Lauren Burke (.302 BA 33 RBIs) and catcher power hitter Mary Iakopo (.322 BA, 16 HR’s, 45 RBIs).

With returning junior pitcher Shea O’Leary (16-6 W-L, 1.82 ERA, 25 starts, 15 complete games, six shutouts, 121 strikeouts) in the circle it usually doesn’t take many runs to win a game. O’Leary will have help this season from Fresno State All-American fifth-year transfer right-handed pitcher Hailey Dolcini (22-5 W-L, 1.12 ERA, 259 strikeouts). Also joining the team is former N.C. State sophomore left-handed pitcher Estelle Czech (four wins in 2021, 3.14 ERA, 39 strikeouts) and former Houston junior right-handed pitcher Logan Hulon (10 career wins, 3.54 career ERA, 107 career strikeouts).

Texas also has a highly rated freshman class with several players who might be ready to step in and help the program immediately.

With the mix of returning players, talented transfers, and a strong incoming group of freshmen Texas head coach Mike White will have a lot of talented players to work with this season. As usual, Texas is in the mix of names being mentioned to be Big 12 Conference Champions this year along with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Texas should also make a deep run come NCAA Tournament time this year.

Texas Softball adds two transfers to team

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Texas Softball head coach Mike White announced the signings of former Baylor junior outfielder Lou Gilbert and former Arizona redshirt sophomore outfielder Isabella Dayton to the Longhorn team for the 2022 season.

Gilbert started all 50 games for Baylor in 2021 on the way to earning NFCA All-Central Region Third Team and All-Big 12 Conference Second Team honors as a sophomore. During the 2021 season she combined her speed and power by hitting to achieve a .327 BA, including 20 extra-base hits. While Dayton, who’s hometown is Wylie, Texas is a speedster on the bases going a perfect 10-for-10 on stolen bases as a freshman in 2020.

“Both Lou Gilbert and Bella Dayton will elevate the athleticism of our team,” White said. “They possess excellent speed and defensive capabilities, plus provide our offense with two left-handed hitters that will create problems for opposing defenses. Our 2022 squad will be the strongest and deepest team we have fielded during my tenure at UT, and we are excited for the upcoming season.”