Feb. 22, 2002
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.
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.