Former Big 5 MVP Hailey Dolcini became the first player from the H-DNL to play in Women’s College World Series on Thursday.
She also became the first local player to win a game at the Women’s College World Series on Thursday.
Dolcini was in commanding form once again, shutting out the UCLA offense for the opening five innings to lead Texas to a 7-2 win over the No. 5 team in the nation.
The senior ace pitched all seven innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits, while also striking out two and walking two.
The Bruins scored their only two runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth to cut into the Longhorns’ seven-run lead.
But that was all they could muster against Dolcini and the airtight Texas defense.
The victory was Dolcini’s fourth in the playoffs, with all of them coming against teams ranked in the top 11, including two against No. 11 Washington and one against No. 4 Arkansas.
The former Fortuna Husky, who was a four-time Big 5 MVP, improved to 23-10 on the season.
The Longhorns broke open a tight game with four runs in the top of the third inning and their finally tally was the most in program history in a World Series game.
Dolcini’s teammate Mia Scott went 4-for-4 on four pitches with two RBIs.
Dolcini and the Longhorns will now advance to the winners bracket and have a day off before playing either No. 1 Oklahoma or No. 9 Northwestern in a game that will be televised live on ABC on Saturday at Noon.
The Oklahoma Sooners are 54-2 and the defending national champs, with one of their two losses coming against Dolcini and Texas earlier this season, when the Humboldt County native ended their 40-game winning streak.