Softball Scores Comeback Win over Texas State, 5-4, in 8 Innings
Feb. 27, 2010
TULSA, Okla. - Sophomore shortstop Skylar Swanson hit a single into left field to drive home the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as The University of Tulsa softball team defeated Texas State, 5-4, Saturday afternoon at the Tulsa Embassy Suites Invitational.
The Golden Hurricane (6-7) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra innings. TU then held the Bobcats in order in the top of the eighth under international tie-breaker rules before manufacturing the winning run in the bottom of the frame.
Tulsa concludes the tournament Sunday at 2 p.m. against Eastern Illinois. The Tulsa Embassy Suites Invitational will feature three games Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. Full tournament schedule and results are available on the Embassy Suites Invitational tournament page at http://www.tulsahurricane.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/10-tulsa-embassy-suites-invite.html.
Freshman shortstop Samantha Cobb, who was 2-for-4 in the game, hit a two-run single through the left side in the seventh inning to drive home the tying run. Freshman Kalynn Schrock (4-2) picked up the relief win for TU.
"Those are the kinds of determined at-bats that we had last year. It was good to see that our team dig down deep and pull ourselves out of a hole," Tulsa head coach John Bargfeldt. "You're not (typically) expecting to come back from a three-run deficit with only one inning to go, especially since we hadn't really done a whole lot on offense before that. But every year a team comes up and gets a big win like that and we hope that's the win that's going to kick-start us."
Senior first baseman Vanessa Vice and junior right fielder Mickey LaValley each had two hits in the game. Senior designated player Lauren Lindsay and freshman center fielder Caitlin Everett each drove in a run for the Hurricane.
Tulsa scored five runs on 10 hits, with four runs and four hits coming in the last two innings. Texas State (3-8) scored four runs on seven hits in the ballgame.
Lindsay hit a home run in the first inning to give Tulsa a 1-0 lead, and the score stood that way for the first four innings. The Hurricane managed just four hits between the second and sixth innings.
Junior Jordan Kinard shut out Texas State for four innings, allowing just four hits and striking out five batters.
The Bobcats' leadoff batter in the fifth inning walked and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt. The next hitter hit an infield single toward short, and Texas State scored a two-run single down the first base line.
In the sixth, Texas State drew a one-out walk, and then hit a two-out triple into the left field corner. A passed ball allowed the runner to score from third, giving the Bobcats at 4-1 lead.
"Defensively, we felt like we really gave them the lead. Jordan pitched well, but we put her in some tough spots, made her throw a lot of pitches," said Bargfeldt. "Kalynn came in and did a nice job in relief. That's the second time she's been in an international tiebreaker situation as a freshman. Both times, she's gotten them to pop up a bunt and then she's followed through and gotten the next two outs, and given us a chance, being the home team, to go out and score one run to win."
Tulsa, which had six of its previous seven batters retired, exploded in the seventh inning. Down to its final three outs, Swanson led off with a walk and LaValley bunted for a single. Junior third baseman Kelly Chapman hit into a fielder's choice, putting runners on first and second with one out.
Everett then doubled to left field, scoring LaValley, and Lindsay followed with a walk to load the bases. Cobb then stepped to the plate and delivered the game-tying hit.
Following international tiebreaker rules, TU placed Vice on second base to start the eighth inning. Freshman catcher Cassidy Bowen, attempting to sacrifice bunt, reached first base safely and Vice stayed at second. Junior right fielder Lauren Menke laid down a successful sacrifice bunt, moving the runners to second and third, before Swanson sent the fans home happy with her game-winning base hit.
"We did some smart things on the bases and we had some very good at-bats the last couple of innings of that game," Bargfeldt said. "That's one thing we look to carry over from here on out. If we can have focused, determined at-bats in the last two innings of a game and come back from three down, then why don't we start that from inning one."
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