Softball Splits Two Games Saturday at Red Desert Classic
Feb. 13, 2010
ST. GEORGE, Utah - Senior Lauren Lindsay had a monster day, going 7-for-10 with two home runs and four RBI to lead The University of Tulsa softball team in an 8-1 win over Utah State and a 7-5 loss to BYU Saturday at the Red Desert Classic at Canyons Softball Complex.
The Golden Hurricane (2-2) defeated Utah State, 8-1, as the team pounded out 14 hits, and junior Jordan Kinard (1-0) allowed just two hits and struck out 12 in a complete-game effort. Senior right fielder Lauren Lindsay went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, and scored two runs to lead TU.
Freshman center fielder Caitlin Everett went 3-for-4 with two RBI, freshman catcher Cassidy Bowen went 1-for-3, and drove home two runs and scored another run, and sophomore designated player Skylar Swanson went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Senior first baseman Vanessa Vice went 2-for-3 with a run scored and junior second baseman Mickey LaValley earned a hit and an RBI. Freshman shortstop Samantha Cobb was 1-for-3 with a run, freshman left fielder Keri Leach also scored one run, and junior third baseman Kelly Chapman picked up a hit in the game.
"It was good to see our offense awaken today," Tulsa head coach John Bargfeldt said. "It was good to see how competitive we were, playing a very good BYU squad and staying toe-to-toe with them. The other thing I like is that each day we are getting better, as we're playing outside competition."
Utah State struck first in the top of the second inning, but Tulsa answered immediately in the bottom of the second, as Lindsay's single through the left side drove home Leach who had reached on an error. The Golden Hurricane scored another run in the third inning when Everett's single scored Swanson from second base.
Kinard allowed one hit in each of the second and third innings, but shut down the Aggies hitting for the final four innings.
The Hurricane had a big fourth inning, scoring five runs on seven singles, to make the score 7-1, TU. Chapman led off with a single, and Lindsay, Cobb and Bowen followed with consecutive base hits. Chapman was thrown out at home trying to score from second base on Cobb's single, but Bowen's single into right field pushed Lindsay and Cobb across the plate. After Vice reached on a walk, Swanson sent Bowen home from second with a base hit. Two straight singles by Everett and LaValley scored Vice and Swanson.
Tulsa picked up its final run in the fifth inning on a solo home run by Lindsay.
BYU 7, Tulsa 5
Tulsa fell, 7-5, in its second game of the day. The Golden Hurricane scored one run in each of the first five innings, but was unable to push across any more runs, or overcome BYU's big innings. The Cougars scored four runs in the first inning, two runs in the fourth and one more in the sixth.
The Hurricane finished with five runs on 12 hits, while BYU scored seven runs on 10 hits.
Lindsay had another big game, going 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, two RBI, two singles and two runs scored. Stoelke was 3-for-4 with a double and two singles, an RBI and two runs scored. Bowen and Cobb each drove in one run. Lawrence (0-2) was saddled with the loss.
Tulsa closes out the Red Desert Classic with a game Sunday at noon against Utah.
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