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Sooners Rally For Win Over Northwestern

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. No. 13 Oklahoma rallied from a 9-3 deficit in the sixth inning and emerged with an 11-9 win over Northwestern on Friday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

Oklahoma led 3-0 after three innings, but Northwestern scored seven runs in the fourth inning and then two more in the fifth inning to take a 9-3 lead.

The Sooners rallied for six runs in the top of the sixth, however, to tie the game at 9-9. The game-tying hit was a two-run single by sophomore Leslie Miller.

In the seventh, with runners on second and third, senior Destinee Martinez chopped a ball to shortstop and junior Shelby Pendley used a terrific head-first slide to score the go-ahead run. A sacrifice fly from sophomore Whitney Ellis added the 11th and final run.

Northwestern had the tying run at the plate with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but junior Jessica Vest caught a line drive at shortstop and threw back to first base to get the game-ending double play.

Seven different OU players drove in a run, led by a career-high three RBI from Martinez.


Cowgirls Defeat BYU 6-5 in Eight Innings

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The Oklahoma State softball team defeated BYU, 6-5 in eight innings in the first game of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

The Cowgirls (8-3) got on board in the top of the first inning. Shelby Davis walked to lead off the inning and later scored on a double up to the middle by Danielle Riddle to put OSU up 1-0.

BYU (5-8) tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second when Sydney Broderick scored on a sacrifice fly by Coco Taualii.

The Cowgirls took back the lead in the top of the third inning when Shianne Hughes singled to the shortstop, scoring Ari Morrison. The next batter, Gessenia DeLaCruz, singled to right field, scoring Tarah Ettinger, extending the lead to 3-1.

The Cougars wouldn't go away, and jumped out to a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when Ashley Thompson hit a three-run home run.

The Cowgirls refused to quit and tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the seventh inning when pinch runner Michaela Patton scored from third on a base hit by Davis.

In the top of the eighth inning, Tiffany Mikkelson hit a two-run home run to center to put the Cowgirls up 6-4.

In the bottom of the frame, BYU scored a run when Lauren Bell singled to left to make it 6-5, but the Cowgirls would cement the victory.

At the plate, the Cowgirls put together 13 hits, with Davis going 3-for-4 with a run batted in and the game-tying RBI. Shannon Kaufman and Hughes went 2-for-3, and Riddle was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Mikkelson went 1-for-4 with two RBIs. DeLaCruz and Morrison also had hits for the Cowgirls.

In the circle, Simone Freeman (5-2) struggled, but still picked up her fifth win of the season. She pitched eight innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out 10.

The Cowgirls return to action tonight at 8 p.m. CT against Pacific.


Tulsa Sweeps Doubleheader at Kennesaw State Friday

KENNESAW, Ga. – Caitlin Sill pitched a one-hitter in a 1-0 Game 1 win, and Jill Barrett went 3-for-3 and Erica Sampson tallied two RBI in a 6-1 Game 2 win to lead No. 21 Tulsa to a doubleheader sweep of Kennesaw State Friday afternoon at the Georgia Tech/Kennesaw State Crossover at Bailey Park.

The sophomore Sill's Game 1 performance was the first complete-game shutout of her career. She struck out three batters, and improved her record to 3-1 on the season. Junior Bailey Erwin earned the complete-game victory in Game 2 and improved her record to 4-0. The Golden Hurricane improved to 11-1 on the season.

In Game 1, senior center fielder Cierra Hughes drove home pinch runner Brittany Walker in the seventh inning for the only run of the game.

In Game 2, Tulsa jumped out to a 4-0 after three innings, and led 6-0 before Kennesaw State (4-5) scored in the seventh. The Hurricane scored two runs each in the first and sixth innings, and one run in each of the second and third innings.

The Golden Hurricane plays a doubleheader at Georgia Tech Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT.

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