OKLAHOMA CITY — Kim Bruins hit a two-run home run in a four-run fifth inning to help Texas beat Arizona State 6-3 on Thursday night in their opening game in the Women's College World Series.
"What an exciting matchup," Texas coach Connie Clark said. "I will tell you one thing we talked about before the game started with this group was the first team to relax would have a great opportunity to win it all."
Texas (50-8) advanced to a Friday night game against Oklahoma, a 7-1 winner over Michigan in the late game. Arizona State (50-11) will play Michigan in an elimination game Saturday.
Arizona State took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. Elizabeth Caporuscio pulled a two-strike pitch past first baseman Karina Scott for the Sun Devils' first hit of the game, Bailey Wigness followed with a single and Alix Johnson doubled into the gap in left center.
Texas rallied in the bottom of the inning, with Bruins hitting her home run that fell out of Caporuscio's glove and over the wall in left.
"It was so intense," said Bruins, who also earned the save in relief. "I was just trying to leave it all out on the field for my team."
Texas added two more runs in the sixth.
Arizona State starter Dallas Escobedo was in control until the fifth inning.
She finished the night with five earned runs on six hits with the winds blowing out of Hall of Fame Stadium at more than 25 mph at times.
"Those hits that I did give up I thought were just popups," Escobedo said. "I still stuck with what I was throwing. Sometimes it blows over the fence."