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April 18, 2012

Oklahoma State Cowgirls blow past Tulsa 8-3

STILLWATER, Okla. — Don’t look now, but the Cowgirls appear to have found their groove.

The Oklahoma State softball team won its fourth-straight game with an 8-3 victory over Tulsa.

It wasn’t just the win that had OSU coach Rich Wieligman cracking a little grin after the game. It was the fact that the offense — which has been nonexistent most of the season — was the reason the Cowgirls pulled out the win against a 30-win Golden Hurricane squad.

“I think they are starting to feel it. I feel they are starting to believe in what they are doing at the plate and you’re seeing better and better at bats from them because of that,” Wieligman said. “They are battling and getting a bunch of hits. We’re still due a bunch of hits, so it’ll keep coming.”

The Cowgirls broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth thanks to something they have struggled to get all season — good at bats.

But it wasn’t just hits that got OSU going in the sixth, it was forcing walks. Four of the eight walks issued by Tulsa came in the decisive sixth inning — two of which came with the bases loaded and two outs for Tamara Brown and Julie Ward.

“When you’re making the pitcher throw strikes instead of chasing, it’s huge. Because if they are going to walk you, take it. Those are bases and we needed base runners and they were big at bats,” Wieligman said.

With two runs already in and Oklahoma State still working with just one out, Chelsea Garcia made the inning even bigger with a two-run single back up the middle to score Anchors and Brown.

The Cowgirls will return to Big 12 Conference play this weekend with a three-game road series against a sixth-ranked Texas team that ranks second in the nation in batting average (.348) and seventh in scoring with 7.05 runs per contest.

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