Unseeded Texas softball opens WCWS with dominant win over UCLA

Alyssa Washington. (Brett Rojo/USA TODAY Sports)

Texas softball kicked off the Women’s College World Series with a bang Thursday, taking home a 7-2 win over No. 5 UCLA.

The Longhorns, one of three unseeded teams remaining in the tournament, jumped out to a 7-0 lead off runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings. Freshman infielder Mia Scott went 4-for-4 at the plate, batting in two of the team’s seven runs.

Mary Iakopo also came up big for the Longhorns, smashing her 50th career home run and putting two more runs on the board. Bella Dayton added a two-run home run in the fifth inning.

The team’s seven-run total is a program high for the Women’s College World Series.

Texas pitcher Hailey Dolcini went the full seven innings, allowing just six hits and two runs to the Bruins.

Texas next will play the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 9 Northwestern and No. 1 Oklahoma at 3 p.m. ET Saturday. UCLA will play the loser of the aforementioned contest in an elimination game at 7 p.m. ET Friday.