Softball Splits on First Day of Hoo's Who Invitational
March 21, 2003
Charlottesville, Va. - The University of Tulsa ran into the proverbial "7-10" split on Friday in the Hoo's Who Invitational. The Golden Hurricane lost its first game of the day 8-0, then won it's second game of the day 4-0 over host Virginia to cap the day's activities.
The Nittnay Lions posted 13 hits against Tulsa, the most allowed by TU this season. Third baseman Destinie Chavez posted a 3-for-3 performance for PSU, with two RBI and a run scored. The Hurricane posted four hits as junior Heather Hiar, Brandi McGuire, Julie Shafer and Ashlea Montgomery reached base safely with a hit.
In the nightcap, the Hurricane survived three consecutive singles in the bottom of the first without giving up a run. Tulsa did not allow baserunner after that, to preserve the 4-0 shutout.
TU blew open the scoreless contest with four runs in the fourth inning. Sophomore Stephanie Sliepen earned a one-out walk to get the Hurricane going. Senior Danielle Olsen followed with single to right field, setting up freshman Katie Torres for a three-run homer to center field. For Torres, it was her fourth home run of the season, the most ever by a TU freshman. Sophomore Stacey Walkingstick added a third hit with a single up the middle, followed by a stolen base to second. McGuire took advantage of having a runner in scoring position, with a double to left center. Walkingstick scored from second base.
Sophomore Ami Day recorded her fourth consecutive winning decision in the complete-game shutout. Improving her record to 7-5 on the season, Day struck out six UVa batters while not allowing a walk.
Tulsa will continue play in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday with a game against James Madison at 9 a.m. The Hurricane and the Dukes split a double-header earlier in the week in Harrisburg, Va. Tulsa will also face Robert Morris at 2 p.m.
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