Wolf Pack Falls To Golden Hurricane
May 13, 2005
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa softball team won its fourth run-rule victory in its last six games with a 9-1 victory in the nightcap of its doubleheader against Nevada. The Golden Hurricane won the first game 1-0 on a home run by Katie Torres, before a crowd of 127 witnessed the contests at the Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex.
The score of the first game makes the contest look like a pitcher's dual, however both teams finished with eight hits. TU's junior Maren Genow struck out six Nevada hitters while allowing only one walk to earn her 11th win of the season. Nevada's freshman Jordan McPherson struck out a pair of TU hitters while also allowing one walk. The major difference was the second pitch in the bottom of the third inning. Torres took McPherson's 0-1 offering over the right field fence for her fifth home run of the season.
Junior Julie Shafer and freshman Sara Dyer both turned in 2-for-2 performances for the Golden Hurricane. Senior Stephanie Sliepen, Torres, freshman Lindsey Tower and sophomore Angela Osbon also recorded hits for TU. Juniors Brittany Lorenzen and Lindsey Hall led Nevada with two-hit performances.
In the nightcap, Tulsa (30-30, 10-7 WAC) sent eight batters to the plate in the third inning, scoring three runs to break open a scoreless game. Shafer opened the inning with a single through the left side. After a sacrifice bunt, Sliepen singled to down the right field line to score Shafer from second. Torres then posed her sixth home run of the year, this one to left, give TU a 3-0 lead. Tower posted her 13th double of the season, chasing McPherson who also started the second game. Sophomore Tiffany Hoeft entered the game to pitch out of the inning for the Wolf Pack.
Nevada (22-30, 8-9 WAC) picked up a run in the top of the fourth as junior Kari Stockstill led off the stanza with a single. Following a pair of fly outs, she would score on a double by Hall.
With its lead cut to 3-1, the Hurricane exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Shafer again got TU going, this time with a double down the right field line. Walkingstick followed with a double of her own. Sliepen was safe at first after a throwing error by UN's Kristin Stith. Stith tried to underhand the ball to Tyler Schafer, however the ball went wide of Schafer and allowed Walkingstick to score from second. Sliepen moved to second on the play as well. After a Torres walk, Tower recorded her second double of the game to score Sliepen. Torres was gunned down at the plate by Lorenzen on a grounder from Galloway, for the second out of the inning. After Galloway stole second, she and Tower scored when Candice Rainwater's throw sailed past Schafer at first, on a grounder by Dyer. Dyer scored the final run from third on a single by junior Kelly Miller.
TU's Julie Fennell struck out seven UN batters, including two in the final inning. She walked one while scattering three hits to earn her 10th win of the season. McPherson took the loss for Nevada, falling to 11-13 on the year.
Seven TU hitters contributed to the Hurricane's 12 hits in the game, led by Shafer's three. Sliepen, Tower and Miller posted two hits each. Walkingstick, Torres and Osbon also recorded hits. Schafer, Stockstill and Hall recorded hits for the Wolf Pack.
The two teams will conclude their series and seasons on Saturday at 3 p.m. (CST) with a single contest. Five seniors for the Hurricane will be playing their final games in a TU uniform. They will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.