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May 10, 2013

Sooners slam Oklahoma State softball in Bedlam opener

OKLAHOMA CITY — Playing against the top-ranked Oklahoma Lady Sooners, the Oklahoma State Cowgirls knew they had to play their best game to come away with a victory. The Cowgirls made a pair of costly errors in the third and allowed four home runs in a 10-1 loss at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

“Against that type of team, you can’t let them off the hook like that,” OSU coach Rich Wieligman said. “We make the plays defensively and get two outs, I think it’s a different inning.”

Oklahoma State (30-24, 6-10 in Big 12) entered the top of the third with a 1-0 lead, thanks to a two-out triple by Tarah Ettinger and a single by Samantha Chrisman. Ettinger said she was nervous during the at-bat as she fell behind 0-2 in the count.

“The first one always is against her,” Ettinger said. “I just wanted to stay in there and have a good at-bat. It ended up good for me.”

Oklahoma’s Callie Parsons hit a ground ball between the legs of OSU shortstop Gessenia DeLaCruz. Brianna Turang laid down a bunt to move the runner. Cowgirls’ third baseman Tiffany Mikkelson threw the ball into the outfield attempting to throw out Parsons at second. The ball went to the fence, allowing Parsons to score and Turang to advance to third. Lauren Chamberlain gave the Lady Sooners the lead with a single up the middle. The big blow of the inning came three batters later as Keilani Ricketts smashed a ball over the fence in straightaway center for a grand slam.

Wieligman said that turned the game.

“We let them build momentum and we couldn’t get it back,” Wieligman said. “When they started hitting home runs like that, they are a powerful team and it showed.”

Ettinger said they were playing too fast.

“I think we were trying to do too much,” Ettinger said. “We got a little too excited. We just got to relax and play our game.”

After the first, Ricketts only allowed one more hit and struck out three. Only one Cowgirl advanced to second base. Oklahoma State hit several line drives that were caught. Wieligman said hitting wasn’t a problem.

“We got some hits and put the ball in play well,” Wieligman said. “We just got to hold them down. I don’t think scoring five runs against (Ricketts) is tough to do. Not many teams do that.”

Ettinger said they gained some confidence with how they hit the ball.

“We feel pretty good at the plate,” Ettinger said. “We’re not too worried about hitting. We just need to tighten up our defense and I think we can have a good game Saturday.”

The Sooners (45-4, 13-2 in Big 12) didn’t stop scoring runs. With two outs in the top of the fourth, Chamberlain homered to left. In the fifth inning, a solo homer by Shelby Pendley and a two-run dinger by Brittany Williams put the game away. Wieligman said he couldn’t tell if his starter Kat Espinosa had good location.

“It’s hard to say,” Wieligman said. “It wasn’t good enough, I don’t think.”

The Cowgirls will look to even the series in Norman at noon Saturday.

“I liked our at-bats, I liked our attitude up there, we just got to be ready to go Saturday,” Wieligman said.

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