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April 9, 2014

Freeman leads Cowgirls past North Texas

STILLWATER, Okla. — Simone Freeman is finding ways to do it all for the Oklahoma State softball team.

The senior pitcher, who gave up just one earned run in Wednesday’s game against North Texas, sparked the Cowgirls at the plate with a solo home run — that paced OSU to a 7-4 victory.

“That was nice. I think that got us going — getting us back tied and really just freeing us up a little bit,” Cowgirl coach Rich Wieligman said.

The shot by Freeman, which was to the deepest part of the ballpark, led off a four-run second inning after UNT scratched a run across in the first inning thanks to an error.

Using the momentum of Freeman’s first career home run, the Cowgirls got three more runs across — each with two outs in the inning — with three straight singles Shannon Kaufman, Shelby Davis and Ari Morrison. The single by Davis extended her hitting streak to 13 straight games.

“It’s been a long time coming, that’s for sure. It’s good for the confidence,” Freeman said of the home run. “... I was kind of a little (angry) with where we were at (down a run), so I was more worried about where we were ending up than the enjoyment at that time.”

The Mean Green fought back in the top of the third thanks to three more errors by the Cowgirl defense, which made it a one-run game.

But again, the OSU offense responded with a three-run rally in the bottom of the third — with the biggest at bat being a two-run shot by Gessenia DeLaCruz, which again came with two outs.

“We’re getting timely hits now. I think whatever goes around comes around and it’s maybe coming back around to us,” Wieligman said. “Let’s ride it and see if we can keep doing it the rest of the year.”

With the Cowgirls holding the three-run lead, Wieligman elected to pull Freeman from the circle after five innings of work in which she gave up four runs — a home run in the fifth being the only earned run — on six hits and a walk while striking out seven.

“We did a good job of minimizing the effect of the errors, but we’ve got to do a better job of handling the ball,” Wieligman said.

Freshman pitcher Whitney Whitehorn came in for the final two innings, going nearly perfect — giving up a walk for the only base runner — with three strikeouts to earn her first save.

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