Softball Beats Houston Twice Saturday
April 17, 2010
TULSA, Okla. - Kalynn Schrock earned two relief wins and Caitlin Everett went 4-for-8 with four RBI to lead The University of Tulsa softball team to a doubleheader sweep over Houston, 8-4, and, 7-1, Saturday afternoon at the Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex.
The Golden Hurricane improves to 24-17 overall and 8-3 in Conference USA play, while Houston falls to 23-21 overall and 9-8 in C-USA play. The series concludes with a single game Sunday at noon. Live audio/video will be available on Hurricane Vision and live stats will be available on www.TulsaHurricane.com.
With the two wins, Tulsa (8-3) moved into a first-place tie with East Carolina (8-3) in the Conference USA standings.
Schrock (9-5) came on in both games and shut down the Cougar lineup. She pitched a total of 8.2 shutout innings, allowing just five hits, three walks, and she struck out eight batters. Shrock is first TU pitcher to earn two wins in the same day since May 7, 2005, when Maren Genow got two wins against Louisiana Tech.
Shortstop Samantha Cobb hit her third grand slam of the season in game one and totaled five RBI on the day. First baseman Vanessa Vice got four hits in the two games, scored three times and had a pair of RBI.
"These are two very important wins," Tulsa head coach John Bargfeldt said. "I told the team, I don't think I've ever seen a team rise from the dead like they did in that first game. It just seemed like we couldn't get anything going - offensively, pitching, defense - it just seemed like everything was going against us. I was really impressed in them to come back and get that win, and then followed it up with a good solid effort in that second game."
The Golden Hurricane was held scoreless for four innings, trailing 4-0, and only had three base runners on walks and a hit batter. To that point, TU had not scored a run on Houston in 20 innings, dating to the third game of the series in 2008, played in Tulsa. From the fifth inning of game one through the end of game two, TU scored 15 runs in 10 innings.
However, Tulsa exploded for four runs in each of the next two innings and held the Cougars scoreless to take home the win.
Catcher Christian Timmons got the fifth inning started with a bunt single and left fielder Mickey LaValley followed with a single to second base. Designated player Skylar Swanson reached on a fielding error, and Timmons scored from second on the play. Everett then doubled to left center, driving home LaValley and Swanson. Vice singled up the middle to score Everett for the tying run.
The Hurricane continued where it left off in the sixth inning, with Chapman and Swanson hitting back-to-back singles. Right fielder Lauren Lindsay drew an intentional walk to load the bases, and bring up Cobb. Cobb promptly hit her third grand slam of the season, a blast over the left center field fence.
Houston hit a three-run home run in the first inning and scored on an RBI double in the third inning. TU starter Jackie Lawrence pitched the first three innings, and gave way to Schrock to begin the fourth.
Schrock proceeded to dominate the Cougars for the next four innings, allowing just one hit and two walks, and striking out four batters.
"Kalynn saved us today," said Bargfeldt. "She came in when our other two pitchers were having difficulty and just were not on their game like they have been lately, and she just came in with two outstanding efforts. She kept us close and kept attacking hitters, and got two big wins for us."
Tulsa 7, Houston 1
Tulsa scored seven runs on eight hits, and Houston scored one run on five hits, as the Golden Hurricane took game two, 7-1.
Caitlin Everett went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs, and Vanessa Vice went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Schrock pitched 4.2 innings in relief, allowing four hits and one walk, and struck out four batters to earn the win.
Once again, it took Tulsa a couple of innings to get to Houston' pitcher, but the Golden Hurricane scored in each of the last four innings, beginning with a run in the third to tie the game.
The game started as a pitcher's duel through three innings, with the score knotted at 1-1. Houston got on the board first with a run in the top of the third.
UH got a runner on with an error, and TU starter Jordan Kinard exited the game with a 1-0 count on the batter and one out. The Houston batter singled to score an unearned run that was charged to Kinard. Schrock then forced a fielder's choice and a walk to load the bases. The runner on first stole second and Christian Timmons threw down, but Samantha Cobb cut off the ball and zinged it back down to Timmons in time to tag out the runner attempting to steal home. A ground out ended the inning.
The Golden Hurricane answered in the bottom of the second, and Everett began with a one-out single to left. She then stole second, and while attempting to run to third when the catcher's throw went into center field, bumped into the shortstop. She was awarded third base for interference. Lauren Lindsay then grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing Everett to score from third.
The Hurricane added one more run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Timmons, which scored Vice, who had single to left center.
Tulsa added its final three runs in the sixth with four hits in the inning. Everett reached on a bunt single with one out, and Cobb followed with a two-out single to center field. Vice then tripled down the left field line past the diving left fielder, and the ball rolled to the fence, allowing Everett and Cobb to score. Cassidy Bowen hit a single to left, driving home Vice for TU's seventh run of the game.
The third inning was the only major threat the Cougars mounted for the rest of the game, as Schrock and the Hurricane defense did not allow a runner past second base the rest of the way.
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