Softball Wins Two at UC Riverside Tournament Friday
Feb. 13, 2009
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - On a cool day with light rain off and on throughout the morning, The University of Tulsa grabbed two victories - 4-1 over Colorado State and 6-0 over San Diego - Friday morning at the UC Riverside aTen Construction Tournament held at Amy S. Harrison Field.
With the two wins, Tulsa moves to 5-2 on the season, while Colorado State falls to 3-4 and San Diego falls to 0-1 on the year.
In the first game, junior pitcher Jackie Lawrence (3-0) shut down Colorado State, allowing one earned run, one walk, four hits and she struck out 11 batters in 7.0 innings of work to earn her third win of the season.
Freshman centerfielder Jessica Stoelke went 2-for-3 and scored a run, while senior leftfielder Brooke Smart went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Sophomore designated player Lauren Menke recorded her first career hit - an RBI single to left center. Junior first baseman Vanessa Vice went 1-for-2 with a run and junior left fielder Lauren Lindsay went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
"The big thing was timely hitting," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "We got our first two runs on two-out RBI. Jackie continues to be focused and make good pitches. We led 2-1 and she got out of a jam in the fifth inning, then Brooke hit a two-run homer to give us a little breathing room. We knew they had the 3-4-5 hitters coming up, so we were able to pitch easier to the middle of the lineup. It was a huge time to get a couple of insurance runs."
After being held hitless for the first two innings, the Golden Hurricane got a base runner when Stoelke led off the top of the third inning with a single to right center. She advanced to second on a ground out and scored when Lindsay swatted a two-out single.
Senior shortstop Kailey Yarmer walked to lead off the fourth inning, advanced to second base on a ground out by Vice, and scored two batters later when Menke singled to left centerfield. Colorado State scored its lone run in the fifth inning when third baseman Ashley Macqueen led off with a double to right center, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a fielder's choice by second baseman Robyn Mask.
Tulsa scored two more runs in the top of the sixth inning when Smart hit a two-out two-run home run, which also scored Vice, who had singled one batter before Smart.
In the second game, sophomore pitcher Jordan Kinard (1-2) shut out San Diego for her first win of the season, throwing 7.0 innings, as she allowed four hits, three walks and struck out eight. At the plate, Smart went 2-for-3 with two RBI, a run scored and a walk. Freshman Skylar Swanson, who started at second base, batted 1-for-3 with an RBI and scored a run, while senior third baseman Stephanie Chomicki went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a walk. Vice and Yarmer each went 1-for-4 and scored a run.
Tulsa was held scoreless and only recorded one hit through the first four innings, and did all of its damage during the final three frames. Swanson slammed her first career home run with one out in the top of the fifth inning to give the Golden Hurricane a 1-0 lead.
"We got a shutout, and Skylar jump-started us after neither team had really done anything on a cool, drizzling day," Bargfeldt said. "Jordan has a knack for bearing down in a jam and she did that today in the fifth inning. Christian really made a nice tag at the plate, where the runner was sliding behind her. (In the sixth inning) We got two big hits by Brooke and Chomicki that helped us get a more comfortable lead."
In the bottom of the fifth, Kinard got out of a tight situation after she walked the first two batters of the inning, who then advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Cathy Wineinger. Leftfielder Danielle Duhart reached on a fielder's choice, but Chomicki fielded the ball and threw home where junior catcher Christian Timmons tagged out the runner for the second out. Kinard then coaxed leadoff hitter, shortstop Carey Casciola into a soft liner to shortstop where Yarmer caught the quickly falling ball while running in.
Then with one out in the top of the sixth, designated player Jackie Lawrence reached first base on an error by the first baseman, and was followed by Vice, who reached base on an error by the shortstop, leaving runners at first and second. Smart then singled Lawrence home, and Vice and Smart moved up to second and third on the throw home. Stoelke reached on a fielder's choice in which all the base runners were safe, scoring Vice from third. Stoelke advanced to second on the play as the first baseman's throw got away from the catcher for the Toreros' third error of the inning.
Chomicki singled up the middle to score Smart from third and Stoelke from second to make the score 5-0 in favor of TU. Swanson reached base on a fielder's choice as Chomicki was tagged out between second and third, and Lindsay fouled out to end the inning.
The Golden Hurricane got one more run in the seventh when Yarmer hit a one-out single, advanced to second on a walk by sophomore pinch hitter Jillian Canete, then to third on a single by Vice to load the bases, and finally scored when Smart was issued a two-out bases-loaded walk.
The Golden Hurricane continues play in the UC Riverside aTen Construction Tournament Saturday when it plays the host UC Riverside at a time still to be determined due to weather conditions, before closing the weekend against Colorado State on Sunday at a time to be announced.
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