No. 19 Oklahoma State Drops No. 25 Texas Tech in Extra Innings|
April 16, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. - Ari Morrison broke an eighth inning tie with a sacrifice fly that sent No. 19 Oklahoma State to a 2-1 victory over No. 25 Texas Tech Saturday afternoon in the series opener at Cowgirl Stadium.
Mariah Gearhart began the inning with a leadoff double to the gap in left and moved to third base after Logan Hall misplayed the relay to second. With both the infield and outfield playing in, Morrison followed a few pitches later with a fly ball that caused McKenzie Clemmons to retreat a few steps, giving Gearhart enough time to beat the throw to the plate.
The run broke up a solid performance from Kelsey Dennis (12-2) in the circle as the junior had only given up one run to that point off a Ashley Boyd fourth-inning home run.
Dennis pulled Tech outs of jams in both the sixth and seventh innings as the Cowgirls put a runner in scoring position with one out both times but could not find the needed hit to take the lead.
Tech, meanwhile, struggled at the plate as OSU starter Kat Espinosa (17-5) shut out the Red Raiders until Holley Gentsch nailed a two-out RBI single in the fifth to score Hall.
Espinosa held Tech to only five hits in the game to barely outduel Dennis as the two teams combined for the lowest scoring output in a Tech game this season.
The loss prevents Tech from reaching the 40 win mark as the Red Raiders drop to 39-8 overall and 4-7 in Big 12 play. Oklahoma State, meanwhile, improves to 33-10 on the year and 5-6 in conference action.
The two teams will close the series Sunday afternoon as first pitch is scheduled for noon at Cowgirl Stadium.