May 3, 2009
Anna Whiddon and Sarah Odom combined for a three-hit shutout as the Oklahoma State softball team defeated Texas Tech in the final game of the regular season 8-0 in five innings here Sunday afternoon at the Cowgirl Softball Complex. The Cowgirls finish with a 33-19 record in the regular season. The 33 wins ties for the most wins in the last six seasons.
Leadoff hitter Mariah Gearhart went 3-for-3 in the game with a single, a double and a home run, her second of the season. She also had two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base. Freshman Julie Ward went 2-for-2 with four runs batted in.
Oklahoma State scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Gearhart reached on an infield single and then stole her Big 12-leading 31st stolen base of the season. The Cowgirl speedster scored on a double by Katelyn Bright, her team-leading 12th the season. Bright and Megan Castle, who walked, both scored on a double by Ward over the centerfielder's head.
The Cowgirls batted around in the second, scoring two runs on Gearhart's home run to centerfield. A pair of walks were issued to Bright and Alysia Hamilton, and Karli Merlich replaced Alex Watkins in the circle for the Red Raiders. A double by Sam Heinlein scored Bright, and both Hamilton and Heinlein scored on a base hit by Ward.
Texas Tech had it's best opportunity to score in the top of the first. Stephanie Drewry and Leah Legler led off the game with back-to-back hits. They advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Mannford, Okla., native Liz Eimen, but Whiddon forced a ground out and an infield pop up to end the threat.
With the run rule in effect, the game was called after five innings. Whiddon threw four scoreless innings, allowing all three Texas Tech hits, including two in the first inning. Odom pitched the final inning, allowing one walk while striking out two.
Oklahoma State (33-19 overall, 8-10 Big 12) will play Texas Tech on Friday evening at 5 p.m. in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament, held at the Don E. Porter/ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.