No. 19 Cowgirls Complete Sweep Of No. 25 Texas Tech|
April 17, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - imone Freeman held No. 25 Texas Tech to only one hit and recorded 14 strikeouts to lead No. 19 Oklahoma State to the series sweep of the Red Raiders, 7-1, Sunday afternoon at Cowgirl Stadium.
Freeman's only mistake on the outing was a second-inning home run to Cydney Allen as the only other Tech (39-9; 4-8) player to reach base was Mikey Kenney after being plunked by a pitch in the seventh.
Her performance marked the first time Tech had recorded only one hit in a game since falling to Nebraska, 3-1, a year ago on March 10.
The Cowgirls (33-10; 5-4), meanwhile, roughed up Tech starter Brittany Talley (13-4) for seven runs in the game, five of which were earned. Talley, who was coming off a shutout of Kansas on Wednesday, gave up 10 hits before being pulled in favor of Ashley Brokeshoulder with no outs in the fifth inning.
Alysia Hamilton got the OSU offense going in the first, dropping a two-out double to the gap in right. She scored a few moments later as Chelsea Garcia connected on a RBI single in shallow right field.
Julie Ward added to the OSU lead with double down the line in left that allowed Garcia to score. OSU's middle of its lineup of Hamilton, Garcia and Ward combined to go 5-for-9 at the plate.
Following Allen's one out homer in the top of the second, the Cowgirls added another run in the bottom of the inning thanks to Ashley Graham's first of two home runs in the game.
Oklahoma State put the game away in the fifth, scoring four runs in the inning which began with a leadoff solo homer from Graham. The first five OSU batters in the innings recorded hits before Brokeshoulder came in to end the damage.
The loss drops Tech to 39-9 on the year and 4-8 in Big 12 play, while Oklahoma State improves to 34-10 and 5-4 in league play.
The Red Raiders will return to Rocky Johnson Field next weekend for their final home series of the year as No. 4 Texas travels to Lubbock for a two-game series that begins at 6 p.m. Friday.