Cowgirls Even Series After 8-6 Victory Over Texas Tech|
April 12, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - Oklahoma State scored three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings Saturday afternoon to erase an early Texas Tech lead and even the series with a 8-6 victory at Rocky Johnson Field.
It was the second-straight day where the winning team rallied from an early deficit as Tech (29-15; 2-6) scored a run in each of the first three innings before Oklahoma State (23-17; 3-6) began its rally in the fifth.
"We just couldn't close out the ball game today," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "We scored enough runs that we should win but that just wasn't the case today. Hopefully we can pitch a little bit better tomorrow and take the series."
The Red Raiders led 3-2 in fifth when Madison Ellis sailed a two-out double to the wall in center field that gave the Cowgirls their first lead of the day. Oklahoma State added a run earlier in the frame off a RBI single from Ari Morrison, who was one of three Cowgirls to record two RBI.
Morrison (3-for-5) and leadoff hitter Shelby Davis (3-for-3) both finished with three hits atop the Oklahoma State lineup that scored at least a run in four of the final seven innings. Davis scored three times in the win while stealing a pair of bases.
Tech attempted to recreate the same magic from Friday night with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the sixth but Simone Freeman recovered to retire the Red Raiders in order in the seventh.
Freeman (18-9) picked up the win in a complete-game effort as she struck out 13, the most for a Tech opponent this year, while allowing all six runs off nine total hits. It was the second time in the series where the right-hander earned the start for the Cowgirls.
Tech built an early lead backed by timely two-out hitting in the first three innings. Cassie McClure knocked in Tech's first run with a two-out RBI single in the first while Sydni Emanuel added a RBI single an inning later that also came with two outs.
McClure finished 2-for-4 with two RBI as she connected on her fifth home run of the season in the third inning, sending a solo shot just over the fence in left field. Emanuel, meanwhile, continued to swing a hot bat by going 2-for-3 with three RBI thanks in part to a two-run double in the sixth.
Samantha Camello was the third Red Raider to post a multiple-hit game as she finished 2-for-3 while scoring a pair of runs. Six of Tech's nine starters recorded at least one hit.
Gretchen Aucoin (8-7) suffered the loss for the Red Raiders after allowing four runs off eight hits in four innings of work. She was relieved by Cara Custer in the sixth who surrendered three runs of her own before Brittany Talley came on to give up a run herself in the seventh.
The Red Raiders will look for their first Big 12 series win of the season Sunday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. at Rocky Johnson Field.