Cowgirls Blank Tulsa In Home Opener




Feb. 22, 2002

Box Score

STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State's softball team shutout Tulsa this afternoon, 8-0, in its first regular season game at Cowgirl Stadium. OSU scored eight runs off 11 hits, including five extra-base hits.

Junior Lauren Bay improved her record to 6-1 on the mound and threw her first perfect game as a Cowgirl. In five innings of play, Bay faced the minimum 15 batters and recorded nine strikeouts. The left-handed hurler has recorded 67 strikeouts on the year and is averaging 9.57 per game.

"Lauren Bay was flawless today," said Head Coach Margaret Rebenar, "As a coach you can't ask for more. She has improved her game since last year and we are very proud of her performance."

The beginning of the game looked as if it would be a pitcher's battle, as no batters reached base until Stephanie Hodges walked in the bottom of the second with one out. Jade Lindly followed with a two-run dinger to put the Cowgirls up 2-0 after two innings of play.

With two outs in the third, the Cowgirls had back-to-back doubles to the center-field fence. Ryan Realmuto hit the first long ball and Hodges followed with the second to score Realmuto.

Calli Behmer led off the fourth inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice hit by Teresa Ritchie. Casey O'Neill had a base hit to knock Behmer home and give the Cowgirls a 4-0 advantage.

The Cowgirl bats stayed hot as Jenny Kipp collected a base hit and then stole second to get in scoring position. Designated player, Megan Carey played her role well, hitting a two-run home run for the final runs scored in the inning, giving OSU a 7-0 lead over the Golden Hurricane.

 

 

In the fifth inning, the Cowgirls scored a run, halting the game after five innings due to the mercy rule. Ritchie reached base on a line drive to center field and advanced to second on a sacrifice hit by O'Neill. Ritchie later crossed the plate with the game-ending run on a wild pitch by Tulsa's, Amy VanHuss.

"Our bats were definitely hot today," said Rebenar. "The girls did a good job of picking pitches. We have been working on being consistent and focusing at the plate, I think we did that today."

Oklahoma State has a six-day break before returning to action next weekend, March 1-3, when it travels to Fullerton, Calif., to compete in the Worth Invitational.

Oklahoma State 8, Tulsa 0 TU 000 00 - 0 0 0 OSU 021 41 - 8 11 0 Magill, Dyer and VanHuss. Bay and Realmuto. WP: Bay. LP: Magill. 2B: OSU- Hodges, O'Neill, Realmuto. HR: OSU-Carey and Lindly. T- 1:28. Attn-487.

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