April 15, 2002
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Oklahoma State's Cowgirl softball team battled No. 1 Arizona here Tuesday at the Farm Bureau Softball Challenge and fell to the Wildcats, 4-2. The Cowgirls had two home runs in the game, but it was not enough as the Wildcats scored two in the final inning of play to take the win.
Arizona jumped on the Cowgirls early, scoring two in the top of the first. OSU started the game on its heels as Lauren Bay walked the first two batters. Arizona's Jennie Finch took advantage of the opportunity, sending a single to right center to bring home Lovieanne Jung and Courtney Fossatti and give the Wildcats a 2-0 advantage.
Jade Lindly got the Oklahoma State offense started in the bottom of the second, sending a solo shot over the right field fence. The long ball was Lindly's 12th of the season and cut the Wildcat lead to one after three innings of play.
Ryan Realmuto got in on the action in the bottom of the fourth, going yard for the ninth time this season and knotting the score at 2-2. With two down, Megan Carey kept the rally going, doubling deep to center field but Calli Behmer grounded out to end the inning and snuff the Cowgirl rally.
Arizona ended the deadlock in the top of the seventh with another pair of runs. With one out in the inning, Mackenzie Vandergeest doubled to center field and Jackie Coburn reached on a walk to put the pressure on the Cowgirl defense.
With Jenny Gladding at the plate, an error by left fielder Megan Carey proved to be costly, as Gladding reached second and Vandergeest and Coburn crossed the plate for the winning runs.
Despite recording her 10th double digit strikeout game of the season, Lauren Bay (17-9) took the loss for the Cowgirls. Bay fanned 13 batters, walked six and give up seven hits to the Wildcats.
Arizona's Jenny Gladding improves to 17-4 on the the year. Gladding recorded 12 strikeouts while allowing five hits and walking one.
"These kids played their hearts out tonight," said Associate Head Coach Kim Ward. "We have to come out with the same intensity against Fresno State and hope for a different outcome."
Oklahoma State falls to 26-16 while Arizona improves to 39-5. The Cowgirls return to action Wednesday at 5:30 vs. the Fresno State Bulldogs in day two of the Farm Bureau Softball Challenge at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. Fresno State (37-13) defeated Oklahoma, 4-0, in the first game on Tuesday.
Arizona 4, Oklahoma State 2 UA 200 000 2 - 4 7 0 OSU 010 100 0 - 2 5 2 Gladding and Vandergeest. Bay and Realmuto. WP: Gladding (17-4). LP: Bay (17-9). WC: Vandergeest. LC: Realmuto. 2B: UA-Finch, Vandergeest. OSU-Carey. HR: OSU-Lindly, Realmuto. T-2:10. ATTN-973.