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Sooners, Golden Hurricane Pick Up Wins, Cowgirls Fall Again To Iowa State

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Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla.—The Oklahoma Sooners found themselves down 3-0 after two innings, their largest deficit of the season, but rallied to defeat No. 18 Baylor, 9-3, Saturday afternoon in Norman.

The Sooners, befuddled early by the pitching of Baylor freshman Heather Stearns, dropped five runs in the third inning, two on a double from Shelby Pendley and two more on a single from Brittany Williams.

The Bears had built a three-run lead on a run by Kathy Shelton and solo home runs from Sarah Smith and Clare Hosack.

Michelle Gasciogne got the win for the Sooners, pitching 4.2 innings and giving up four hits and three runs. Keilani Ricketts came on in relief with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning, and struck out Holly Holl to end the Baylor threat.

Pendley and Williams keyed a four-run fifth inning for the Sooners as Pendley led off the frame with a solo home run and Williams followed it up later in the inning with a three-run blast.

Oklahoma goes for the series sweep on Sunday. First pitch is at 2 p.m.

Oklahoma State

AMES, Iowa—Oklahoma State's Cowgirl softball team rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh, but it was not enough as OSU dropped its second game of the series to Iowa State 8-6 here Saturday afternoon before 305 fans at the Cyclone Sports Complex. It marks the first time since 1987 that ISU has won back-to-back games over the Cowgirls.

Ari Morrison's solo home run, her first of the season, got Oklahoma State on the board first in the opening frame. A two-out single by Cyclone Lexi Slater in the bottom of the second tied the game at 1-1. ISU scored two more in the fourth, one on a solo homer by Slater, and three more in the fifth on a three-run bomb Slater, her first and second of the season, giving the Cyclones a 6-1 lead.

Iowa State added two insurance runs in the sixth -- runs they ended up needing -- on a double, an error, a double steal and a sacrifice fly.

Trailing 8-1, the Cowgirls rallied in the seventh. With one out, the next seven OSU batters all reached base, including a two-run double by freshman Erika Campbell and bases-loaded walks drawn by Gessenia DeLaCruz and Tamara Brown. Morrison's sacrifice fly made the score 8-6, but two more fly outs ended the game for the Cowgirls.

Oklahoma State (24-16 overall, 2-3 Big 12) and Iowa State (16-19, 2-3) will play the series finale on Sunday at noon at the Cyclone Sports Complex.

Tulsa

GREENVILLE, N.C.—Caitlin Everett tallied four hits on the day, Lacey Middlebrooks pitched a shutout and Aimee Creger struck out 11 batters to lead the Tulsa softball team to two wins at East Carolina, 8-0 (5 inn.) and 3-1, Saturday afternoon at ECU Softball Stadium.

The 18th-ranked Golden Hurricane (31-8-1, 11-0 C-USA) scored seven runs in the fifth inning of Game 1, and Lacey Middlebrooks (13-2) struck out three in the complete-game effort. Right fielder Haley Henshaw, first baseman Julie Kernen and catcher Cassidy Bowen each had two RBI for TU.

Aimee Creger (16-3) earned the complete-game victory in Game 2, striking out 11 batters. Centerfielder Caitlin Everett was 2-for-4 with a run scored, third baseman Jill Barrett scored two runs, and Middlebrooks and Henshaw each drove in runs for the Hurricane.

The series concludes with a single game at 11a.m. Sunday.

Tulsa broke through in the fourth inning of the opening game with an RBI single by Henshaw. The base hit plated Cobb, who led off the inning with a single up the middle.

Left fielder Cierra Hughes got the seven-run fifth inning started with a one-out single up the middle, the first of four consecutive hits for the Golden Hurricane. Everett followed with a base hit down the left field line, Barrett doubled to right, and Cobb singled to left field to make the score 3-0. Middlebrooks then drew a walk, loading the bases.

Henshaw drove home Barrett on an RBI ground out, and Kernen plated Cobb and pinch runner Emma Horton with a base hit to left field. Second baseman Shelby Blanton walked, and Bowen doubled to left center to drive home Kernen and Blanton, making the score 8-0.

Middlebrooks kept the Pirates at bay, scattering five hits over four innings. ECU had two hits in the second frame to place runners at first and third with two out, but a Middlebrooks strikeout ended the inning. ECU put a runner on second in the third inning with a leadoff single by centerfielder Meredith Mitchell and sac bunt, but that was as far as she advanced.

The same sequence led first baseman Jordan Lewis to second base in the fourth, but a pair of groundouts ended any threat in the frame. TU allowed only a one-out single in the fifth inning, but Middlebrooks induced a groundout and strikeout to close the game.

Tulsa jumped on top early in Game 2, scoring twice in the visiting half of the first inning. Everett and Barrett led off with back-to-back singles. Everett beat out an infield grounder and Barrett singled into center field. Henshaw singled to left, scoring Everett. Barrett then scored on a delayed double steal attempt as Henshaw was thrown out at second.

East Carolina scored in the third inning on an RBI single by third baseman Alex Fieldhouse that plated right fielder Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin, who led off the frame with a bunt base hit.

The Golden Hurricane picked up its insurance run in the sixth inning when Middlebrooks singled home Barrett, who reached on a fielder's choice.

The Pirates threatened again with runners at first and third in the fifth inning, but a pair of fly outs ended the inning. Kaluhiokalani-Glackin hit a one-out double in the seventh, but a strikeout and grounder back to the circle ended the game.

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