September 22, 1998
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State's Cowgirl softball team picked up three wins Sunday afternoon in the Cowgirl Fall Mini-Tournament II at Cowgirl Field. OSU used shutouts vs. Texas-Arlington (8-0) and Central Oklahoma (9-0), along with a 10-4 victory over Connors State to improve its record this fall to 5-1.
In the first game, OSU scored three runs in the top of the first on five hits, including three doubles, to score all they needed vs. the Mavericks. Senior Kristine Garcia and transfer Shelly Graham led the game off with back-to-back doubles and Liz Silva followed up with a double of her own with one out. The Cowgirls also had three stolen bases in the inning.
Casey O'Neill pitched a one-hit shutout for the Cowgirls, picking up her second win of the season. She also went 1-for-3 from the plate with an RBI and a run scored. Garcia and Silva each had three hits in the game.
In game two, freshman hurler Jessica Jenkins struggled a bit in her second outing as the Connors State Cowgirls scored three runs in the top of the first on two hits and one OSU error. But, the OSU Cowgirls did a little scoring of their own, scoring three runs on three hits, including a triple by Amanda Cozart-Hayes.
OSU added three more runs in the second on on a triple by Graham and a sacrifice fly by Cozart-Hayes. After a single by CSC pitcher Amber McClintock scored Mindy Pierce, Stephanie Sheppard was thrown out at home on a bullet from centerfielder Jennifer Olival on the same play.
Oklahoma State scored two more runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings for the 10-4 win. Cowgirl Paula Garman went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Jenkins finished with 10 strikeouts and four walks in improving her record to 1-1.
In the final game of the tournament, OSU senior Sheryl Anderson threw a three- hit shutout and the 2-3-4 batters each recorded three hits as the Cowgirls won the game vs. Central Oklahoma, 9-0. Anderson faced just 22 batters in six innings, and also went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Silva, a junior from San Diego, Calif., highlighted her 3-for-4 performance with a three-run homer in the top of the fourth. She also had a double, two runs scored and four runs batted in.
Oklahoma State will return to action Sept. 25-27, as the Cowgirls travel to Macomb, Ill. to compete in the National Invitational Championship, hosted by Western Illinois.
Oklahoma State 8, Texas-Arlington 0 OSU 311 001 2 - 8 14 0 UTA 000 000 0 - 0 1 2 O'Neill and Silva. Brand, Kirk (6) and Allison. WP: O'Neill (2-0). LP: Brand (1- 2). 2B: OSU-Garcia, Graham, Silva (2).