Kinard Throws Second No-No of the Season
April 23, 2008
Springfield, Mo.- - The University of Tulsa softball used hot pitching and timely hitting to sweep a doubleheader at Missouri State for the first time since the 2004 campaign, 1-0 and 5-3. Freshman Jordan Kinard struck out nine MSU batters while not allowing a hit in an eight inning thriller at the MSU Softball Field. The rookie allowed a two-out walk in the first inning for the only MSU baserunner of the contest as well.
Tulsa stranded seven runners in the first game, including three in scoring position. Sophomore Christian Timmons singled in the first inning, but was stuck at second base. A lead off single by sophomore Lauren Lindsay was left off the scoreboard as three straight grounders ended the inning, including a double play in the sixth inning. A two-out double in the seventh inning by freshman Kelly Chapman was also stranded by the Hurricane.
In the eighth inning, the Hurricane finally got a runner to third base. Lindsay was hit in the wrist by a pitch with one out. A single by Dyer gave TU a pair of base runners, followed the game winning hit by junior Kailey Yarmer that allowed Lindsay to score.
Six of TU's nine batters registered hits in the first game of the afternoon, including Chapman's double.
Junior Katie Lee pitched the first four and a third innings to pick up her fifth win of the year, in the nightcap. Sophomore Jackie Lawrence pitched the final 3.2 innings of the contest to pick up her second save of the season.
The Hurricane posted three straight hits to start the contest. Junior Brooke Smart singled to centerfield, followed by a single to left field from Timmons. Dyer doubled to left field to allow Smart to come home. Timmons would then score on a sacrifice fly by Yarmer. After a groundout for the second out of the inning, Chapman singled to score Dyer for an early 3-0 TU advantage.
Tulsa held that 3-0 lead into the bottom of the third. Back-to-back hits to open the bottom of the third helped the Bears to score twice to make the score 3-2 in Tulsa's favor.
TU added two more runs in the top of the fifth. With two outs, Smart hit a slow rolling infield single which was followed by a single to centerfield by Timmons. After a pitching change, Dyer singled to centerfield that allowed Smart and Timmons to score. The Hurricane nearly got another run, but Dyer was thrown out at home trying to score on a pitch that got away from the catcher.
The Bears loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth inning, however TU was able to get out of the threat without allowing a run to score. MSU did get on the board with a run in the seventh for the final margin of 5-3.
Three hitters posted a pair of hits in the second game. Smart, Timmons and Dyer all had two hits apiece, with Chapman posting the seventh TU hit of the game.
Tulsa returns to Conference USA action on Saturday with a three-game series at Marshall in Huntington, W. Va.
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