Originally Published: May 21, 2011 9:47 PM CDT
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer
NORMAN, Oklahoma -- The Tulsa Golden Hurricane stayed alive in the Norman Regional Saturday with an 11-0, five-inning win over the Missouri State Bears, thanks to the pitching of senior pitcher Jordan Kinard.
The right-handed pitcher turned in a five-inning, complete-game performance for the Golden Hurricane, giving up just one hit and striking out seven Missouri State batters to pick up her 11th win of the season. Savannah Wiggins was credited with a loss for the outing, giving up seven earned runs on six hits in her 3.2 innings of service.
Tulsa started its scoring parade off early, thanks to a big bat in the top of the first. After back-to-back walks to start the inning, Aimee Creger homered to left center to take a 3-0 advantage.
Three innings later leading 6-0, the Golden Hurricane had another big inning to put the game out of reach. Caitlin Everett knocked a triple in the second at-bat of the fourth and scored on a wild pitch in the next at-bat to take a seven-run lead.
Two at-bats later with a runner on base, Samantha Cobb homered to left center to take a 9-0 advantage and close the door on any sort of comeback.
The Golden Hurricane advances to the regional final and will square off for the second time against the Oklahoma Sooners at 2 p.m. Sunday. If Tulsa comes out on top, a winner-take-all rematch against OU at 3:30 p.m. immediately after the first.