Feb. 15, 2013
DENTON, Texas - Oklahoma State's softball team defeated North Texas 8-0 following a 3-1 extra-inning loss to Iowa here Friday at the Lovelace Invitational, hosted by the North Texas Mean Green. The Cowgirls are now 3-3 on the season.
Game one against Iowa was a defensive affair, going scoreless all the way until the top of the eighth inning when Iowa shortstop Megan Blank hit a two-run home run to give the Hawkeyes the lead. OSU scored one run on an RBI single by junior Ari Morrison, but fell 3-1.
Starting pitcher Kat Espinosa (1-1) went eight innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and striking out three.
In the second contest against North Texas, Samantha Chrisman was the star for the Cowgirls. The Tulsa, Okla., native collected four RBIs in her first two at-bats to give OSU an early 4-0 lead, and the Cowgirls never looked back.
The Cowgirls put two more on the board in the top of the seventh when Tarah Ettinger doubled to right center, scoring Davis and Shianne Hughes. Ettinger would end the game 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs and a run batted in.
Starter Simone Freeman (2-2) went seven innings, allowing no runs on four hits and striking out nine.
Oklahoma State continues play in the Lovelace Invitational Saturday morning, first a game vs Nebraska-Omaha at 9 a.m., followed by a game against Dayton at 11:30 a.m.