Cowgirls Escape Central Arkansas, 2-1

Jessica Hoppock tied a seven-inning record with 17 strikeouts as Oklahoma State (24-19) held on for a 2-1 victory over Central Arkansas (9-28) on Tuesday evening at Cowgirl Stadium.

Hoppock was dealing early as she struck out the side in the first inning, which set the tone for the rest of the game. She had three innings where she recorded all three outs in the inning by strikeout, including the sixth inning when she was credited with four strikeouts.

Hoppock allowed one run on six hits to pick up the win and improve to 12-10 on the season. Lyndsey Harris pitched well for Central Arkansas allowing just two runs on six hits but suffered the loss.

The Cowgirls got on the board in the second inning on an RBI single by Shianne Cruce, which scored Kim Kaye who led off the inning with a double.

OSU plated a run in the third inning when UCA third baseman Kati Beth Billingsley could not handle a ground ball, which allowed Katelyn Bright to score.

It was all the offense the Cowgirls could muster as UCA made a couple of nice defensive plays that saved a couple of runs. Courtney Totte was thrown out at the plate trying to tag on a fly ball to center field, and first baseman Keatha Tollett took a hit away from Totte that would have scored Shanel Scott from first base.

The Bears did threaten on a few occasions, but Hoppock was able to pitch her way out of the jams. UCA loaded the bases in the fifth inning with one out, but a pair of strikeouts ended that threat. In the sixth inning, the Bears had second and third and nobody out and Hoppock erased the next four hitters by strikeout. However, Mindy Chancey reached first base on a wild pitch, which allowed the Bears to score their lone run of the game.

The Cowgirls are set for the first Bedlam meeting of the year tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the OU Softball Complex in Norman.



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