Cowgirls Advance to Women's College World Series

Saturday, May 28th 2011, 8:02 pm
By: News 9

STILLWATER – For the first time in 13 years, OSU is headed to the Women's College World Series.

The Cowgirls dropped the first game of the day, but came back in the final game of the Super Regional to drop Houston 6-5 and advance.

The first game went scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Holly Anderson brought home Kathy Beth Sherman for a 1-0 lead.

That was all the Cougars would need as they forced a third and final game in Stillwater to decide the winner of the Super Regional.

Kat Espinosa went the distance in the first game of the day, but would still return to close out Game 2.

Oklahoma State responded with authority in the elimination game, starting in the first inning.

Julie Ward doubled to bring home Alysia Hamilton, then it was Chelsea Garcia's turn as she brought home Ward for an RBI.

Houston went to the bullpen quickly, but it didn't help as Tamara Brown got through the infield to score Chelsea Garcia for a 3-0 lead after the top of the first.

The Cougars responded with two runs in the bottom of the first, and were able to hold off OSU for couple of innings. Houston then sent a shot to deep left to go up 4-3 in the third.

But the fifth inning was crucial for OSU, which converted on a bases-loaded opportunity with one out.

Garcia hit into a fielder's choice, but it brought Ari Morrison home to tie the game.

In an anti-climatic moment for the Cougars, a passed ball brought home Alysia Hamilton to give Oklahoma State the lead. Tamara Brown quickly followed with a deep shot to left to score Ward and give OSU a 6-4 lead and control of the game.

The Cougars' Bailey Lott managed a solo homer in the seventh, but it wasn't enough as Oklahoma State will be making the trip to Oklahoma City.

Sarah Odom got the win for OSU, throwing 4,1 innings and giving up four hits and two runs.

Kat Espinosa came back in after pitching a full game earlier in the day to get the save.

The Cowgirls will make their seventh Women's College World Series appearance.

OSU will take on the winner of the Baylor-Georgia Super Regional, which will finish up on Sunday.

This year's World Series begins June 2 in Oklahoma City.