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April 2, 2014

Cowgirls fall to Sooners in a pitchers' duel

NORMAN, Okla. — All it took was two at bats, and Bedlam rival Oklahoma continued its winning streak over Oklahoma State.

The Cowgirls kept pace with the Sooners during Wednesday's Big 12 Conference game in Norman, but couldn't get the breaks like OU and fell 2-0.

“It was a good game for us,” OSU coach Rich Wieligman said. “They have one big hit — a solo home run — and the other one, the score is on a shot to second that bounces up and catches our player.

“That's the game. We've just got to find a way to get those runs in. It's not like we're not getting hits, we've just got to find a way to finish those innings.”

The two teams matched zeroes on the scoreboard through the first three innings until the Sooners finally broke the tie in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two runners on and two outs, Erin Miller ripped a shot at second baseman Ari Morrison that got away from her to plate Kady Self.

“I told her it was a bad hop, and I like how she wore it,” Wieligman said. “She wore it, and kept it to where they could only get one run out of it. So that was still a big play for us.”

It was the only inning Freeman allowed two OU base runners aboard, as she gave up six hits and just two walks.

“She's pitching great for us, we just need to support her,” Wieligman said. “We've got to get some support for her and I know the girls are working hard at it and they are trying their hardest for her. We've got to get her some runs because she's pitching great right now.”

Oklahoma doubled its advantage with a lead-off home run from Shelby Pendley in the bottom of the sixth to put the pressure on the Cowgirls in the final inning.

OSU put together a threat in the top of the seventh with Freeman getting a single, Gessenia DeLaCruz getting a base on balls and Shelby Davis extending her hitting streak to nine with a single to load the bases. But Morrison connected on the first pitch and flied out to left to end the game.

“That's the way our luck has been right now, but as I keep telling our girls, it's got to turn around,” Wieligman said. “The law of averages says its going to start going our way, we've just got to keep showing up and playing hard like we did tonight.”

The Cowgirls will return to the diamond Friday with a home series against Big 12 Conference foe Iowa State at the Cowgirl Softball Stadium.

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