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May 4, 2013

College diamond roundup

(Continued)

College softball

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.

 

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