Texas closed out its NCAAsuper-regional pairing with Florida State Sunday in near-perfect style. Playing at home in Austin to the highly partisan Longhorn crowd, Texas senior Blaire Luna pitched her fourth no-hitter of the season and the eighth of her career in leading the Lady Longhorns to a 4-0 victory and a sweep of Florida State to advance to the College World Series.
It was Luna’s 30th victory of the year, tying her single-season high. She struck out 13 Seminole hitters, including five of the first six batters she faced in the game. The no-hitter was the third all-time by Texas pitchers in NCAA Tournament play.
Luna struck out the final Florida State batter to secure the victory. Afterwards, her teammates swarmed her on the field to congratulate the sensational Texas pitcher, while another teammate, senior Kim Bruins burst out of the dugout carrying the banner flag from 2006, the last time the Longhorns appeared in the WCWS.
“There ia a whole lot of joy,” Texas head coach Connie Clark said. “It’s been a while, so we are going to enjoy every moment and not take anything for granted.
“Blaire Luna was at her best (Sunday),” Clark said. “What a great way for her to go out in her finale on her home field.”
The WCWS, a double-elimination tournament, begins on Thursday in Oklahoma City. Texas, making its fifth WCWS appearance, comes in as the national No. 4 seed. The big 12 will also be represented by Oklahoma, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. The Longhorns (49-8) will face Arizona State in their opening-round game in the WCWS. Oklahoma (52-4) will go up against Michigan in its opening game.