Softball Defeats UAB 7-3 in C-USA Quarterfinals
May 7, 2009
EL PASO, Texas - Junior Jackie Lawrence allowed no hits through six innings and senior Kailey Yarmer drove in two runs as The University of Tulsa softball team defeated UAB 7-3 in the quarterfinals of the 2009 C-USA Championship presented by Helen of Troy Thursday afternoon at Helen of Troy Field.
Tulsa advances to play Marshall in the semifinal round Friday at 3 p.m. CDT.
Lawrence (18-4) threw 4.2 innings of perfect ball and faced the minimum through six innings. The game was a 10 pitchers' duel until the fifth inning when the Golden Hurricane (36-15) scored two runs, and put up four more in the sixth. UAB (21-34) scored three runs in the seventh to make the final score 7-3.
Tulsa scored seven runs on 11 hits in the ballgame. Junior right fielder Lauren Lindsay went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs, Yarmer was 1for3 with two RBI and senior third baseman Stephanie Chomicki was 2-for3 with an RBI and two runs to lead the Hurricane.
"We did what we had to do - we jumped out and got ahead early, played defense, had a pitcher that was putting up zeros for us," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "Then once we got the lead, we continued to add on to the lead. That's a pretty good combination, when you have Jackie throwing as well as she was throwing, and she took a no-hitter into the seventh. That's what we needed to come out in the first game of the tournament."
The Golden Hurricane scored one run in the second inning when Chomicki hit the ball just in front of the plate and reached first base for a single. Freshman second baseman Skylar Swanson then doubled to right field to score Chomicki all the way from first.
Lawrence allowed zero base runners and struck out five batters through 4.2 innings before walking catcher Mandy Lowman. Two pitches later, Lowman tried to steal second base and was thrown out by junior catcher Christian Timmons to Yarmer who applied the tag. The Hurricane also retired the UAB side in order in the sixth. Through six innings, Lawrence allowed just balls out of the infield - both fly outs - and one base runner that was caught stealing.
Tulsa had five hits through four innings, but only one run to show for it. However, in the fifth, the Hurricane got two more runs. Swanson led off with a walk, followed by a single by Lindsay. Sophomore Kelly Chapman came on as a pinch hitter in the DP spot and bunted, but ran passed the tag down the first base line. She was credited with a sacrifice bunt and a fielder's choice on the play.
Yarmer hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Swanson. Senior left fielder Brooke Smart hit a two-out single through the right side to score Lindsay, who slid just in front of the tag at home plate.
In the sixth inning, freshman center fielder Jessica Stoelke led off with a triple to right field, a fly ball that got caught in the wind and blew away from the fielder. Chomicki followed with a double to score Stoelke and Lindsay hit a one-out single to score Chomicki. Menke was hit by a pitch and the Hurricane had runners on second and third when Yarmer came up and doubled to right center, scoring Lindsay. Menke scored on the next pitch, an illegal pitch, to make the score 7-0 at that point.
"There were just a couple of instances where I thought we could've put the game away in that four-run inning in the sixth," Bargfeldt said. "Once we go into the seventh innings, we were saying, `We're getting outs.' They had a couple of balls bounce nicely for infield hits for them, and we ended up giving three runs. I though Jackie got a little disappointed by losing the no-hitter and losing the shutout, and she overthrew the ball a couple of times there in that last inning, but then she settled right back down and started making pitches again."
UAB scored three runs on three hits in the seventh inning. Center fielder Martina Landrum broke up the no hitter with a bunt single on the first pitch of the inning. The Blazers got two more hits and were aided by two Hurricane errors to put three runs on the board and make the final score 7-3.
The game between TU and Marshall will be the first meeting of the season, as the series scheduled to be played in Tulsa in March was canceled because of snow.
Follow Golden Hurricane softball throughout the C-USA Championship, including live video and live stats of all Tulsa's games in the championship, at www.TulsaHurricane.com. News, results, stats, video and all championship information can be found at www.ConferenceUSA.com.
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