Texas, Oklahoma, A&M win in regional softball

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Taylor Thom hit two home runs and knocked in six runs, leading Texas to a 6-0 victory over South Carolina and the championship of the Austin Regional on Sunday.

Thom hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and a grand slam in the fifth, setting the UT record for RBI during an NCAA Tournament game.

The grand slam was Thom’s fourth of the season and she became the fifth player in NCAA history with four or more grand slams during a season.

Thom raised her season RBI total to 63, the most in a year in Texas history.

Blaire Luna threw the shutout, giving up five hits and striking out eight. It was her 11th shutout of the season.

Texas will advance into the Super Regional against an opponent to be determined.

In other softball regionals involving Big 12 teams:

• Amber Garza hit two home runs and knocked in five runs, and Lauren Ainsley pitched a two-hit shutout over five innings, sending Texas A&M rolling past Baylor 8-0 for the championship of the College Station Regional.

The Bears forced a second game Sunday by scoring seven runs in the final two innings for a 9-5 victory over the Aggies.

A&M will play Oklahoma in the Super Regional beginning Thursday.

• Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley each knocked in three runs, sending Oklahoma by Arkansas 14-1 for the championship of the Norman, Okla. Regional.

SWAC baseball

Stephen Curtis and Jose Cruz each knocked in two runs, giving Jackson State a 6-2 victory over Prairie View in the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball championship game at LaGrave Field.

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