Golden Hurricane Splits at Tiger Invitational
Feb. 16, 2007
Auburn, Ala. - The University of Tulsa recorded its second win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Conference USA rival UAB at the Tiger Invitational in Auburn, Ala., on Friday afternoon. In the final game of the day, TU lost its second one-run game of the season and third game in the final at-bat, as Virginia Tech posted a 2-1 win.
After both teams stranded a pair of runners in the first inning, TU threatened in the second when Osbon earned TU's first hit of the contest with an infield single. She then advanced to scoring position on an illegal pitch. Unfortunately, the Hurricane could not score the run from second base.
Sophomore Katie Lee recorded her seventh consecutive out to sit the Blazers down in order in the top of the third. In the bottom half of the inning, TU's first two batters flew out before Dyer sent an offering over the left centerfield fence to give TU a 1-0 lead. It was her second home run of the season.
UAB tied the contest with a leadoff homer in the fourth inning and appeared be mounting a comeback with a one-out single as well. However Osbon, Dyer and senior Kelli McGlasson teamed up to turn a rally-killing double play, TU's first of the season, to end the inning.
McGlasson led off the TU fourth by reaching on an error. After stealing second, she went to third on Osbon's second hit of the game. McGlasson scored the go-ahead run on a single by Chomicki. Galloway earned a walk to load the bases for Tulsa, with one out, forcing a pitching change for the Blazers. After a strikeout, Tower earned a second walk to score pinch runner Vanessa Vice and give TU a 3-1 lead.
The Blazers tried to rally in the fifth and again in the seventh, however Lee was able to pitch out of jams with runners at third base in both innings. Galloway ended the game with a bare-handed gem on a bunt attempt by the Blazer lead off hitter, throwing out the speedster at first to save the TU win.
Tulsa will return to action on Saturday with a 3 p.m. game against host Auburn, followed by a 5:30 p.m. contest against Notre Dame. The Tigers defeated Tennessee Tech, 6-3, but lost to Notre Dame, 3-2. The Fighting Irish defeated Auburn, then lost to UAB, 8-0.
Tulsa scored first against the Hokies as well, with a run in the top of the first. It was the fifth time this season the Hurricane tallied the first run of the game. Sophomore Brooke Smart led off the game with a double to left center. Tower followed with a double of her own, this one to right center, to score Smart. After Dyer singled down the right field line, freshman Lauren Lindsay was hit by a pitch, which loaded the bases.
Senior Julie Fennell was flowing through the first three innings, allowing only two baserunners. The fourth opened with another Hokie out, before VT posted back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases. Fennell's first walk of the game scored the tying run for the Hokies.
Following a scoreless fifth, Virginia Tech took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, VT used consecutive singles and a walk to load the bases. A third single scored the go ahead run before Fennell was able to get out of the inning.
Tulsa falls to 2-5 on the season, while the Hokies improves to 6-1.
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