Hailey Dolcini and the Texas Longhorns are headed to the Women’s College World Series after upsetting Arkansas in the Super Regionals over the weekend.
Playing at Arkansas, the Longhorns took two of three games from the No. 4 team in the nation to advance to this week’s eight-team national championship tournament in Oklahoma.
Dolcini was clutch over the weekend, leading the Texas women to a 3-1 win in an elimination game on Saturday.
The former Fortuna Husky, who has dominated in the circle for the Longhorns since transferring from Fresno State for her “super senior” season, pitched all seven innings in the win, allowing five hits and one walk and striking out two.
After starting the first two games of the series, Dolcini did not play in a 3-0 series-clinching victory on Sunday.
After the big win, however, Dolcini and the Longhorns had reason to feel upset at the way they were treated by the NCAA, which apparently had not planned for a possible upset.
Unlike the other Super Regional winners, the Texas players did not receive World Series hats or their “ticket punched” sign immediately after the win in what has become an NCAA tradition after such victories.
Dolcini and one of her teammates took to Twitter to voice their displeasure.
“Can y’all spot the difference in those photos. crazy y’all never had us winning…. 0 shirts, 0 hats and no “ticket punched” sign. so much for the student athlete experience HA,” Dolcini posted on her Twitter account, along with photos of some of the other Super Regional winners in hats and t-shirts recognizing their qualification for the World Series.
Teammate and catcher Mary Iakopo also voiced her frustration.
The Longhorns will open the World Series against No. 5 UCLA on Thursday at 9 a.m., and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN.
This is the first time Texas has reached the World Series since 2013.
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