Tulsa Opens 2007 Softball Season in Las Vegas
Feb. 8, 2007
Las Vegas, Nev. - The University of Tulsa softball team opened its 2007 campaign at the Alexis Resort Kickoff Classic against host UNLV. TU scored first with a run in the first, however could not hold the lead as the Rebels scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth for the opening win.
Sophomore Stephanie Chomicki earned a one-out walk in the opening stanza, then recorded TU's first stolen base of the season. She would score on a Rebel fielding error for the Hurricane's first run of the year as well, while senior Lindsay Galloway reached on the error. Fellow senior Kelli McGlasson also reached on an error. Junior Lindsey Tower then was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. The Hurricane were unable to score again.
Senior Julie Fennell held the Rebels scoreless for the first five innings of the contest. The Valliant, Okla. Native struck out seven batters on the day. The Rebels loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a single in the third inning, however Fennell worked out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts.
The contest remained at 1-0 until the sixth inning when junior Sara Dyer singled through the left side to open the inning. An infield single by McGlasson gave the Hurricane a pair of runners. Tower reached on a fielder's choice, then reached second on a throwing error while McGlasson stole third base. McGlasson went on to score on a ground out to give TU a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Rebels led off with a home run by Kendall Fearn to cut the TU lead in half. After a walk, Fennell was able to induce a pair of outs. The Rebels drew another walk for a pair of runners to set up Keli Fangonilo. The designated player produced with a single through the left side to score the tying run. UNLV scored the go-ahead tally on a TU throwing error.
The Hurricane tired to mount a comeback in the seventh as freshman Ashlee Lubniewski led off the inning with a single to left field. Fellow freshman Vanessa Vice pinch ran for Lubniewski, then was sacrificed to second by Galloway. However, UNLV reliever Christie Robinson came in for the Rebel starter, and produced a pair of strikeouts to seal the win for UNLV.
Lubniewski was the big bat for the Hurricane with a pair of singles in three at-bats. McGlasson and Dyer also posted hits for TU. Fennell was saddled with her first loss of the season in a complete-game effort. She scattered four hits while allowing eight walks on the game, in addition to her seven strikeouts.
Tulsa will face Nicholls State at 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, followed by a match-up with Pacific at 5:45 p.m.
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