Dawson's Courtney Day stands out for Texas at WCWS

DAWSON — University of Texas sophomore and former Dawson All-Stater Courtney Day helped lead the Lady Longhorns to the Women's College World Series championship best-of-three series in Oklahoma City.

Texas was one of two unseeded teams in the WCWS and faced Oklahoma State in the national semifinals.

Texas, who was playing out of the loser's bracket, had to beat OSU twice to advance to the finals to face No. 1 ranked and defending national champions Oklahoma.

Day blasted a three-run home run against Oklahoma State in Game 1 to provide the Longhorns with a 5-0 win in a must-win contest.

Texas, needing to beat OSU again to advance to the championship series, did so by rallying from a 5-0 deficit to claim a 6-5 win in Game 2.

Day pulled Texas within 5-3 in the top of the fourth inning with another three-run home run.

It should be noted that Day’s home run came off former Clear Springs standout Kelly Maxwell, who had no-hit Texas through the first three innings.

Texas beat OSU to be the first unseeded team to reach the WCWS finals, but they were swept by Oklahoma in the best-of-three series 16-1 and 10-5 allowing the Sooners to repeat as national softball champions.

Day was a four-year standout at Dawson HS. She was selected as the District 23-6A "Most Valuable Player" after she led the Lady Eagles to a share of the league title and a third round playoff series her senior year.

Day hit .561 while going 46-for-98 with 15 runs, 43 RBIs, 12 doubles, one triple, and 10 home runs. She pitched 125 innings with 178 strikeouts for a 1.06 ERA.