Softball's Postseason Runs Ends with 4-1 Defeat to North Dakota State
May 17, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - The magic had been a part of The University of Tulsa all weekend and with the team all season. However, on Sunday afternoon the Golden Hurricane was not able to conjure up another late-inning rally.
After scoring in the seventh inning in two games Saturday - and winning an elimination game Saturday night - the Golden Hurricane could not quite put it together late in the championship round against North Dakota State.
Winners of 19 of its last 23 games, Tulsa's most successful season in school history ended Sunday with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of North Dakota State in the NCAA Norman Regional championship at the OU Softball Complex.
The Golden Hurricane completes its record-setting season at 40-17, won two games in an NCAA regional tournament for the first time, and advanced farther in the postseason than it has in 17 years of softball at TU. In 2009, Tulsa also captured its second Conference USA regular season and tournament championships in four years.
On Sunday, the Norman Regional Championship featured the third-seeded Golden Hurricane and the No. 4-seed North Dakota State in the regional championship round. In the game, Tulsa scored a run on a pair of hits, and the Bison put up four runs on six hits.
"They outplayed us today, and we did some things that were not characteristic of what we do as a team that helped them out," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "You tip your hat to a team and a pitcher that has something out there, and we had trouble squaring up the ball today. I felt that our swings might have been a little long today.
"We got underneath a lot of balls, and I encouraged them to not try to do too much. I told them to stay short and take line drives. I think in the back of their minds they were trying to do too much. We have been through a lot of heroics and sometimes that goes against you and you start trying to do too much as a hitter."
North Dakota State led off the game with a home run by shortstop Nicole Rivera. In what was typical fashion all season, the Golden Hurricane immediately answered with a two-out run of its own in the bottom of the first inning.
North Dakota State picked up two runs in the third inning on a sacrifice bunt with a throwing error and a solo home run, and another in the sixth with an RBI single.
Tulsa had base runners in the third, fifth and seventh, but could not advance past second base. Junior Jackie Lawrence absorbed the loss in the game and finishes the season with a 21-6 record.
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The 2009 Golden Hurricane is just the third team in school history to win 40 games in a season.
Tulsa won 10 straight C-USA games to clinch the regular season title, then swept through the conference tournament, closing the season with 13 wins in a row against league competition. The conference winning streak is a school record.
The Hurricane won 19 of its final 23 games, including 10 in a row entering NCAA postseason play.
The Golden Hurricane advanced to the NCAA Softball Tournament for the third time in school history, and earned its first ever win in NCAA postseason play, with a 6-0 defeat of Arkansas on Friday. It earned a second win on Saturday, and advanced to the regional championship round.
TU placed eight players on All-Conference USA teams to lead the league, including four on the first team, two on the second team and two on the All-Freshman Team.
Tulsa swept five C-USA weekend series - the most conference sweeps in school history - and went 9-0 at home in league play.
The 2009 Golden Hurricane set 10 team single season school records:
The 2009 squad also set five individual single season school records:
In addition, Lauren Lindsay set the school record for runs scored in a career, and has now scored 129 runs in her three years at TU.
The 2009 Hurricane featured four players with more than 30 RBI, the first time in school history four players have had 30 or more RBI in a season.
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