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April 18, 2014

Baylor blasts Cowgirls to even series

STILLWATER, Okla. — Baylor took out its offensive frustrations from the series opener on Oklahoma State freshman pitcher Whitney Whitehorn in Friday’s second game.

The Bears, who had been held to one run on four hits by Simone Freeman Thursday night, blew up the scoreboard for a 10-2 run-rule victory.

“You take away three pitches. All of their runs came on home runs, you take away those three hits you never know,” Cowgirl coach Rich Wieligman said. “At one point, I think they had six hits and four of them were on the infield to keep innings going. Just stuff like that.”

It was only the second loss by run-rule for the Cowgirls this season — the other time coming last weekend at Texas Tech in an 11-3 five-inning loss in the series finale.

Whitehorn, making her second start in Big 12 Conference play, went the whole six innings, giving up six earned runs on 11 hits and four walks in just her fourth appearance in a conference game.

“Whit’s learning. She’s a freshman learning how,” Wieligman said. “But she hung in there tonight. You take away those three pitches and she pitched really well.

“Unfortunately at this level, it seems like when you make mistakes they make you pay a little bit. So it’s just a growing experience for her."

After giving up one run in the top of the second, Whitehorn found herself in a struggle in the very next inning. The OSU freshman loaded the bases with two infield singles and a walk, which led to a grand slam by Jordan Strickland.

Two batters later, after an error by the Cowgirl defense, the Bears got another long ball off the bat of Sarah Smith to make it 7-0 through three innings.

The Cowgirls, who mustered just five hits in the game and stranded four runners on base, finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Tarah Ettinger knocked a two-run blast to the deepest part of the ballpark for her second home run of the series — and seventh of the year.

“I think we’re going to leave her there just to make our lineup deeper,” the Cowgirl coach said. “I think that’s one of the best things we’ve done — we’re getting more output down in the order now and still manage to keep it going in the middle, as well. I think she’s comfortable and I think that’s the biggest thing for her, is she needs to feel comfortable in what she’s doing.”

Baylor delivered the knockout blow in the top of the six inning when Strickland went yard for the second time with a two-out, three-run shot after another OSU error kept the inning alive.

The two teams will square off in the rubber match at noon Saturday, which will also be Oklahoma State’s annual Pink Game.

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