Feb. 19, 2002
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State's softball team opens the home portion of its regular season Thursday with a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. vs Eastern Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls will stay in the friendly confines of Cowgirl Stadium to face Tulsa on Friday at 4 p.m.
Oklahoma State (8-2) is coming off a 3-2 performance at the Louisville Slugger Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Cowgirls jumped out to a 8-0 start, their best since the 1997 season.
Eastern Oklahoma State is 3-1 on the year. The Lady Mountaineers dropped one to Texarkana College in a pair of doubleheaders.
The Golden Hurricane are 10-1 on the season and are coming off a consolation championship at the Mardis Gras Classic in Monroe, La.
The series with Tulsa began in 1979 and then took a 14-year hiatus when Tulsa dropped softball. It was renewed in 1993. OSU leads the all-time series 14-3 and OSU is 11-2 vs Tulsa in Stillwater. Last year the two teams split, each claiming a victory on its home field.
Junior Lauren Bay leads the Cowgirls on the mound with a 5-1 record and a 1.71 earned run average. She has struck out 58 batters in 42 innings while allowing 26 hits.
Ryan Realmuto, a junior from Del City, Okla., is batting .440, with seven extra base hits including four home runs. Sophomore Jade Lindly is also performing well at the plate, batting .423 with five home runs. As a team the Cowgirls have 18 home runs on the year after hitting 11 last season.
Oklahoma State looks to snap a two-game losing streak on Thursday against head coach Andy Mace and the Lady Mountaineers.