Feb. 8, 2013
ST. GEORGE, Utah - The Oklahoma State softball team split its first two games of the 2013 season at the Red Dirt Classic in St. George, Utah, on Friday. In their opening game, the Cowgirls defeated Weber State 2-1 in eight innings. In game two, OSU fell 3-2 to Seattle.
Game one started the season off on the right foot. The pitching duo of Kat Espinosa and Simone Freeman held Weber State to one hit through regulation, sending the game into extra innings tied at zero.
In the top of the eighth inning, Shelby Davis started the inning on second per international softball rules. Shannon Kaufman singled to move Davis to third and Ari Morrison singled to score Davis to take a 1-0 lead. Kaufman then scored when Tiffany Mikkelson hit into a double play.
In the bottom of the eighth, Weber State scored a run, but Freeman struck out the final batter to pick up her first win of the season.
At the plate, Kaufman went 3-for-4 with a run scored and OSU tallied a total of 10 hits.
Pitchers Espinosa and Freeman combined for a two hitter. Espinosa went five innings, allowing no runs or hits while striking out four. Freeman went the final three innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits, also striking out four.
In game two, Seattle jumped off to a fast start, scoring two in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.
The Cowgirls came within a run in the bottom of the frame when Morrison scored on a double to center field by Mikkelson. However, Seattle added an insurance run in the top of the third to take a 3-1 lead.
OSU pulled within one once again in the bottom of the inning when with two outs, Tamara Brown and Tarah Ettinger both hit doubles to make the score 3-2.
The rally fell short as the Cowgirls' record evened at 1-1. Freeman started and went three innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out five. Espinosa relieved in the fourth, allowing no runs on one hit, striking out three.
At the plate, Ettinger went 3 for 3 with an RBI as OSU had nine hits.
The Cowgirls return to the diamond tomorrow for two games. Game one against Colorado State will begin at 12 p.m. CT and game two against Utah Valley will start at 5 p.m. CT.