Phoenix staff, wire reports
W. VIRGINIA 9, OKLAHOMA 3 — West Virginia (28-20, 10-7 Big 12) scored three unearned runs in the sixth inning and added five two-out scores in the eighth to stifle Oklahoma’s opportunity at a second straight rally. OU’s Jake Fisher (1-2) retired 16 straight Mountaineers at one point but three of his four runs in 5 2/3 innings were unearned.
The Sooners (34-12, 11-6) had seven hits. Craig Aikin had the only multi-hit game for the Sooners, going 2-for-4.
NORTHEASTERN STATE 4, MISSOURI SOUTHERN 2 — Ty Wilkins’ two-run double in the fifth keyed a RiverHawks win in the opener of a best-of-three first-round MIAA playoff series at Tahlequah.
Wilkins’ hit made it a 2-1 game. Cody Robinson made it 3-1 with a sacrifice fly in the eighth and after MSSU got a run in the eighth, Preston Cash scored on an infield error in the ninth.
Kyle Shambaugh (4-2) allowed five hits in 7 2/3 innings for the win. Eufaula’s Trevor Walch got his 10th save, retiring the side in order in the ninth and allowing a hit in 1 1/3 innings.
NSU (28-21) and MSSU (29-19) will finish the series with games 2 and if necessary, 3. First pitch is at noon.
CONNORS 20-11, ARKANSAS BAPTIST 1-1 — The Cowboys (44-8, 11-1) clinched the OCAC title with the sweep in Warner.
The Cowboys had 21 hits in the opener. Dalton Daniels, who was 6-for-8 on the day, had three hits. Eli Rountree had four hits and his seventh home run of the year. Yariel Gonzalez hit his 10th home run. Josh Hammill (6-0) had a complete-game three hitter, striking out 10.
Phil Deidrich hit his sixth home run in the second game. Kelvin Rivas (7-2) had another complete-game win on a two-hitter, striking out eight.
The two teams finish the four-game swing on Sunday at Little Rock, Ark., in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
ORAL ROBERTS 12, LAMAR 6 — Chris Williams homered to start a seven-run eighth as both teams are now 12-8 in the Southland Conference. ORU is 17-26 and has now won four straight conference series.
OKLAHOMA STATE 11, TEXAS TECH 5 — OSU (33-12, 8-8) racked up 14 hits in Saturday’s win, led by a 3-for-4, three-RBI performance by Zach Fish, and southpaw Tyler Nurdin won his second-straight start to improve to 2-2. Hilldale grad Jarrard Poteete matched Fish with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate for the Red Raiders (22-25, 7-13).
OKLAHOMA STATE 2, TEXAS 1 — Offensively the Cowgirls (30-22, 6-8 Big 12) were limited to four hits but Tarah Ettinger’s two-run home run in the first inning was all they would need to take their first series victory over Texas (42-8, 12-4).dating to 2001.
Kat Espinosa (18-15) came on in relief in the third inning and threw 4-1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out seven. She picked up her second win of the weekend and has thrown 13-1/3 scoreless frames against the Longhorns.
NSU OUT AT MIAA — Missouri Western used a four run fourth inning to take the lead and stayed out in front as they defeated Northeastern State 7-4 to remain alive in the MIAA championship tournament at Overland Park, Kan.
Megan Robison had a solo home run and Saharra Henson drove in a pair of runs on one hit for NSU, which ends its season at 27-24.
In an earlier game, NSU staved off elimination by downing Northwest Missouri 9-2. Allyson Pogue and Lisa Ripperger each went 2-for-4.
OU-KANSAS RAINED OUT — A decision on the make up will be made today.
BACONE FALLS IN RRAC FINAL — At Farmers Branch, Texas, the Lady Warriors reached the title game with a 6-2 win over Texas Wesleyan 6-2, but then fell to Northwood 8-1. The Lady Warriors (23-24) had 10 hits against Texas Wesleyan.
CONNORS STILL ALIVE —Connors State is just one game away from reaching the NJCAA Region II Softball Tournament championship round after defeating Eastern State 5-4 and Seminole State 7-0 in loser’s bracket play Saturday at ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City.
The Cowgirls (27-34) will play No. 13-ranked Western Oklahoma (31-17) at noon Sunday at ASA Stadium in an elimination game. The winner advances to the championship against No. 11 ranked Northeastern A&M at 2 p.m. NEO is unbeaten in the tournament, having defeated Western 3-0 on Saturday. Connors or Western State must defeat NEO twice to advance to next week’s district tournament.
Amanda O’Neal scattered five hits in getting the win. The Cowgirls pounded out nine hits with Erin Isham and Whittney Whittmore getting two each.
Connors State rallied from a four-run deficit to overtake Eastern State 5-4 in an earlier elimination game. Whittmore’s RBI single to left field plated Chelsie Drew with the winning run in the sixth inning. Earlier, Ashley Dunigan broke her own school record with her 56th stolen base.