By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Great pitching is tough to beat. Wednesday night at Cowgirl Stadium, the Oklahoma State University Cowgirls had no answer for Tulsa’s starter Aimee Creger in an 8-2 loss to the Golden Hurricane.
“She’s one of the best we’ve seen this year,” coach Rich Wieligman said. “She was on tonight, there was no doubt about it. She had her change up going with the rise ball and (Tulsa) did a great job of calling the game and keeping us off balance.”
Creger struck out 12 while just surrendering two runs on two hits. Those hits occurred in the bottom of the fifth, with one being a two-run home run by Amy Graham, cutting Tulsa’s lead to 4-2. After the home run, Creger retired the last nine batters.
The Golden Hurricane responded and took advantage of a couple of Oklahoma State miscues in the top of the sixth. Catherine Horner led off with a single. Then Creger hit a bloop single to first and after Oklahoma State misplayed the ball, both runners moved in scoring position. An RBI single by Cassidy Bowen increased Tulsa’s lead to 5-2. At the end of the inning, Everett hit a grounder that OSU’s Gessenia DeLaCruz couldn’t handle, allowing pinch runner Horton to score.
“We just couldn’t get the outs when we needed,” Wieligman said. “They had a big inning with two outs and we couldn’t get that third out. Then we got within two and they bounced right back and answered.”
Oklahoma State senior pitcher Kat Espinosa started strong as she pitched two scoreless innings. Tulsa broke the game the open in the top of the third with two outs. Caitlin Everett doubled down the left field line and scored on a single by Samantha Cobb. The key hit of the inning was a two-RBI triple by Haley Henshaw that went past a diving Tarah Ettinger into right field.
Espinosa gave up eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits, walked three, hit two and struck out three. Wieligman said it was a rough day.
“She’s been a warrior,” Wieligman said. “She will be ready to go tomorrow. I fully expect her to be ready to pitch. Tulsa is a good team and a lot of credit goes to them.”
The Cowgirls (26-22) will need to regroup quickly as they face Wichita State in a doubleheader Thursday in Wichita.
“We need to be ready to play,” Wieligman said. “Let’s go get two wins tomorrow.”