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Oklahoma Uses Small Ball To Roll To Victory

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The No. 7 Oklahoma softball team (5-3) used 13 walks and eight stolen bases to defeat SIU-Edwardsville, 7-2, Saturday afternoon at the Littlewood Classic.

Oklahoma scored in each of the first four innings to take a 7-0 lead, while SIUE's runs didn't come until two outs in the top of the seventh.

The team's 13 walks drawn were a season high and the most since drawing 15 last season against Iowa State (4/26/13). Nine different players walked, including three for junior Georgia Casey and two each for fellow juniors Lauren Chamberlain and Jessica Vest.

The eight stolen bases were the second-most in school history. The record of nine came against Illinois-Chicago on March 4, 2005

Three pitchers combined on the win as sophomore Kelsey Stevens pitched the first 3.0 innings and allowed just one hit and one walk with one strikeout. Fellow sophomore Leslie Miller got her first win of the year as she threw the fourth and fifth innings, allowing four hits and two walks with one strikeout. Sophomore Taylor Dewbery gave up two runs on three hits and struck out one in the game's final two innings.

Sophomore catcher Whitney Ellis had a career-high two hits and matched her career high with two runs scored. She hit a solo home run in the second inning, her first of the season and the second of her career.

Senior Destinee Martinez was 2-4 and drove in two runs on a bases-loaded double in the third inning. After collecting four hits in the first five games of the season, Martinez has five already this weekend.


Offense Leads Cowgirls to Pair of Victories

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – The Oklahoma State softball team won both games during the second day of the UTSA Classic here Saturday at Roadrunner Stadium. The Cowgirls defeated Wichita State 9-2 and Rutgers 8-1.

The Cowgirls jumped on board in the top of the first inning against the Shockers when sophomore Danielle Riddle doubled to center field to bring home senior Tarah Ettinger and sophomore Tiffany Mikkelson.

Wichita State (5-2) struck back in the bottom half of the inning when Cacy Williams hit a two-run home run to center field, tying the game at 2-2.

The Cowgirls regained the lead in the top of the second inning when they plated three runs. The rally started when sophomore Dre McKee scored on a single up the middle by Shelby Davis. Ari Morrison then reached first on an error by the second baseman, allowing Shannon Kaufman to score from third. The following batter, Ettinger, singled to center and scored Davis to put the Cowgirls up 5-2.

OSU added one more run in the top of the fourth when Ettinger scored on a ground out to second by senior Simone Freeman to extend the Cowgirls lead to 6-2.

The Cowgirls weren't done scoring, and in the top of the seventh they plated three more runs. Kaufman singled to lead off the inning with a single and Davis followed with a double to the center field wall to put runners on second and third. Two batters later, Ettinger had an infield single, scoring Kaufman. Mikkelson doubled to center field, scoring Davis from third. The final run for the Cowgirls came when Riddle grounded to short, scoring Ettinger to put OSU up 9-2.

Freeman (4-2) got the start for the Cowgirls in the circle. She pitched six innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out 13 en route to her fourth victory of the season. Freshman Peyton Walker threw a shutout seventh for OSU.

Offensively ,the Cowgirls racked up 13 hits. Ettinger went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in and Davis went 2-for-4 and an RBI. Kaufman was 3-for-4 and Mikkelson went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Riddle had one hit and three RBIs, while Morrison had one hit and one RBI. DeLaCruz also picked up a base hit for the Cowgirls.

In the nightcap, OSU once against scored in the top of the first frame when Davis scored on a ground out by Mikkelson to put the Cowgirls up 1-0. They added two more runs in the top of the third inning when Riddle's base hit scorde Morrison. Shianne Hughes followed with a base hit, scoring Ettinger from third, extending the Cowgirls lead, 3-0.

The Scarlet Knights (1-2) got on the board in the bottom of the third when Loren Williams scored on a single by Chandler Howard.

However, the Cowgirls got that run back and then some in the top of the fourth inning. Freshman Whitney Whitehorn scored on a base hit by Morrison. With the bases loaded Ettinger crushed a grand slam to center field to put OSU up 8-1, which would be the final.

In the circle, Whitehorn (2-1) got the start, and in four innings, she allowed one run on seven hits while striking out three. Walker entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning and pitched three innings, allowing just one hit.

At the plate, the Cowgirls pounded out 13 hits. Morrison was 3-for-3 with an RBI and Ettinger was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and the home run. Whitehorn went 2-for-3 with a double, and Davis went 2-for-4. Riddle and Hughes each had a hit and an RBI, while Gessenia DeLaCruz recorded a base hit for OSU.

The Cowgirls (6-3) close out play at the UTSA Classic tomorrow morning when they take on host-school UTSA at 11:30 a.m.


Tulsa Softball Sweeps Saturday at Aggie Classic

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Aimee Creger struck out 15 in a two-hit 4-0 shutout of Oregon State, and Tulsa closed the day with a 3-2 victory over McNeese State at the Aggie Classic Saturday at the Aggie Softball Complex.

Creger (3-0) allowed singles in the first and third innings, and retired the final 13 batters she faced. The Golden Hurricane (9-1) tallied 10 hits in the morning game against Oregon State, scoring a run in the fifth inning and three insurance runs in the seventh.

Tulsa responded to a McNeese State run in the top of the first with three in the bottom of the frame, and held on for the 3-2 win. Caitlin Sill (2-1) pitched 5.1 innings striking out three and allowing one earned run on five hits to pick up the win. Bailey Erwin pitched the final 1.2, struck out two batters and earned her first save of the season.

The Hurricane closes out the tournament against No. 8 Texas A&M at 12:15 p.m. Sunday.

"Aimee was outstanding in the first game," Tulsa Coach John Bargfeldt said. "(Catherine) Horner jumped on the first pitch of the inning and got us a run on the board, and we scored three in the last inning to give us some breathing room. I think the tone of the day was set by Aimee. She was getting ahead of hitters and getting a lot of swings and misses.

"The second game was one of those types of games we've had a lot this year. The players stayed focused and battled through. I thought Sill did a great job of fighting, even though she was battling her command all day. She put us in a position to win, and then Bailey came in with a great save."

Against Oregon State, Tulsa put runners in scoring position in the second and third innings, and finally broke through with a run when sophomore catcher Catherine Horner homered to left center in the fifth to give TU a 1-0 lead.

Horner singled and scored in the seventh on a base hit by senior second baseman Shelby Blanton. Junior left fielder Erica Sampson walked, and freshmen designated player Jill Roye doubled to center field, scoring both Blanton and Sampson, making the score 4-0. Melanie Dembinski (0-1) took the complete-game loss for Oregon State.

In Game 2, McNeese State scored in the top of the first inning when left fielder Lauren Langner singled and moved around to score on a base hit to left by shortstop Katie Roux.

Tulsa responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-1 lead. Senior shortstop Jill Barrett led off with a walk, and Sampson drew a one-out base on balls, and Roye, junior first baseman Julie Kernen and senior center fielder Cierra Hughes followed with consecutive RBI hits. Roye singled home Barrett, Kernen doubled to plate Sampson, and Hughes singled through the left side to score Kernen.

That was all the scoring the Hurricane would need in the contest. McNeese State added an unearned run in the third inning when center fielder Alanna DiVittorio walked and scored on an error in center field off the bat of catcher Ashley Modzelewski. Bianca Lilly (1-1) allowed three runs in the first inning and took the loss for the Cowgirls. Jamie Allred pitched the final 5.2 innings, recording nine strikeouts and four hits.

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