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Softball Falls at Oklahoma State, 3-0

Junior Lauren Lindsay went 2-for-3 with a double in the Golden Hurricane's game at Oklahoma State Tuesday night.
Junior Lauren Lindsay went 2-for-3 with a double in the Golden Hurricane's game at Oklahoma State Tuesday night.
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March 10, 2009

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STILLWATER, Okla. - Junior right fielder Lauren Lindsay was 2-for-3 with a double, but The University of Tulsa softball team lost, 3-0, at Oklahoma State amid cold and windy weather Tuesday evening at Cowgirl Stadium.

The Golden Hurricane falls to 15-6 on the season, while Oklahoma State improves to 18-4 after a game in which game time temperatures were in the low 40s with a wind chill in the low 30s and the wind blowing across from left to right field and in from center. Junior starter Jackie Lawrence (7-2) absorbed the loss for Tulsa, and OSU starter Anna Whiddon (9-3) earned the win. For Tulsa, catcher Christian Timmons and first baseman Vanessa Vice each went 1-for-3, while Timmons added a walk, and designated player Lauren Menke walked three times.

Tulsa and Oklahoma State each had four hits in the contest, while TU earned six walks and OSU four. However, the Cowgirls took advantage of timely hitting and two Hurricane errors to drive home its runs. The Hurricane was able to get base runners aboard - nine in the game - but could not manage to get them home. It tried several times throughout the game to manufacture runs to no avail.

In one instance, after Oklahoma State put two runs on the board in the first inning, Tulsa opened the second with consecutive walks by senior left fielder Brooke Smart and Menke. Freshman center fielder Jessica Stoelke then bunted the runners to second and third. With third baseman Stephanie Chomicki at the plate, TU tried a squeeze play, but the pitch was high and way outside, forcing Chomicki to reach out with the bat at the ball to protect the stealing runner. The catcher recovered quickly and caught Smart in a rundown where she was tagged out by the third baseman. Menke reached third on the play, but Chomicki struck out in the at-bat, ending the inning.

Oklahoma State scored two runs in the first inning on two hits and a costly error. After that frame, Lawrence and the Hurricane defense settled in and the contest turned into a pitcher's duel for the rest of the game. The Cowgirls only earned their third run on a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning off of Jordan Kinard who had come on in relief to begin the fifth inning. She did strike out four batters in 2.0 innings, allowed that one hit and walked one batter. Lawrence pitched 4.0 innings, allowing only three hits and two runs, one of which was earned. She struck out two and walked three.

Tulsa got at least one runner on base in each inning, but only four of the nine reached second base or better. The Golden Hurricane had its four hits and six walks, but also struck out nine times in the game. Of TU's four hits, three went into the outfield and one was a double, but it only pushed six balls out of the infield all night. OSU's pitching, which had a 1.74 ERA and a .188 opponent batting average entering the game, had a lot to do with Tulsa's struggles at the plate. Whiddon pitched 6.0 innings, gave up four hits, no runs, six walks and nine strikeouts.

The Golden Hurricane hits the road for a nine-game swing, beginning at Houston this weekend with a game Saturday at 1 p.m. Tickets for TU softball home games are $6 for adults and $4 for youth high school and younger, and can be purchased in person at the TU Athletics Ticket Office, by calling (918) 631-GoTU, or on the web by visiting www.TulsaHurricane.com.