Softball Sweeps Lady Techsters IN WAC Doubleheader
May 7, 2005
Tulsa, Okla. - The University of Tulsa softball team used an 11-run explosion in the first inning of the second game to sweep Saturday's doubleheader against Louisiana Tech. A crowd of 200 witnessed the school-record performance as the Golden Hurricane also swept the three-game series with the Lady Techsters to improve to 28-30 on the season and 8-7 in the WAC. Louisiana Tech falls to 18-46 on the season, 2-13 in the WAC.
The Hurricane scored first in the opening game with a three-run homer by junior Katie Torres. Seniors Stacey Walkingstick and Stephanie Sliepen posted back-to-back singles setting up Torres' shot. Freshman Lindsey Tower also recorded her 12th double of the year in the inning.
Tulsa continued its scoring in the second inning with three more runs. Freshman Sara Dyer led off the inning with a single to right field. Junior Kelly Miller followed with another single to right. Dyer would score from second on a single to center by sophomore Angela Osbon. A bunt single by junior Julie Shafer loaded the bases for the Hurricane. Miller would score on a single by Walkingstick's second hit of the game.
Following a pitching change, Sliepen reached base on a fielder's choice that forced out Osbon on a throw home. However the Tech catcher over threw first base trying to turn a double-play. The over throw allowed Shafer to score to make the score 6-0.
TU posted two more runs in the third inning. Sophomore Lindsay Galloway led off the stanza with a single. Miller recorded her second home run of the season with a shot to left field. The Hurricane did get two more base runners in the inning, however ended the inning by lining into a double play.
The Lady Techsters attempted a come-back with a pair of runners in scoring position, however TU starter Maren Genow worked out of the two-out jam. The junior recorded her ninth victory of the season by striking out six Lady Techsters and scattering four hits.
The nightcap did not start as well for the home team, as Tech posted three runs off five consecutive hits, including two doubles. TU starter Julie Fennell got the leadoff hitter to fly out to open the game, before giving up the five hits. Genow relieved Fennell and closed the inning.
Tulsa's bats continued being hot as Shafer led off with a single to center. After a sac bunt by Walkingstick, Sliepen doubled down the left field line to score Shafer. Torres singled to center to give TU a pair of runners. Tower then hit a grounder to first base, who threw to third trying to get the lead runner. However, the third baseman was not expecting the ball and Sliepen was safe at third. Another single by Galloway scored Sliepen and kept the bases loaded.
Dyer took a 1-1 pitch to left field for TU's first grand slam of the season, giving the Hurricane a 6-3 lead. Miller singled to center following Dyer's home run, chasing the Tech starter. Following the pitching change, TU recorded three consecutive singles by Osbon, Shafer and Walkingstick scoring two more runs. A fielder's choice by Sliepen broke the string, however Torres started a new one with an infield single. A Tower walk reloaded the bases for the Hurricane. Back-to-back singles by Galloway and Dyer plated two more runs. In the inning, Tulsa posted 11 runs on 12 hits, both of which are school records for an inning.
After pitching a perfect second inning for Tulsa, senior Ami Day relieved Genow in the third. Day gave up a lead off walk in the third followed by a fielder's choice. She did not allow another Tech runner, ending the inning with a double play and pitching a perfect fourth inning. Senior Lindsay Dyer relieved Day in the fifth and pitched the final three outs for Tulsa. Genow was credited with the win, her 10th of the season.
Tulsa will conclude the season May 13-14 with a three-game series against Nevada at the friendly confines of the Hardesty Complex.
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