Texas 1, Bethune Cookman 0 (9
Texas 1, Bethune Cookman 0 (9 inn.)May 27, 2005
AUSTIN, Texas- Sophomore designated player Jacqueline Williams (Arlington, Texas) collected the game-winning hit, lining a two-out single to left field to score Wynter Turner (San Pedro, Calif.) from third, to lift No. 4 tourney seed and fifth-ranked University of Texas to a 1-0 victory in nine innings over Bethune-Cookman Friday in NCAA Super Regional action at Red and Charline McCombs Field. Texas junior lefthander Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas) fired a two-hit, 20-strikeout performance to pick up her 20th shutout win of the year to improve to 28-6.
For the second NCAA game in a row, Williams delivered the game-winning hit. Friday night's single came on a 3-and-2 count off Bethune-Cookman senior righty Lauren McCoy was Williams' sixth game-winning hit of the year (tying her for the team lead) and her 10th RBI of the season.
This was the first game of the best two-out-of-three series in the Super Regionals between Texas and Bethune-Cookman. The eight Super Regional winners advance to next week's 2005 Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Texas and Bethune-Cookman meet again on Saturday, May 28, at 2:00 p.m. (Central), with the game televised on ESPNU TV. A win Saturday by Texas would vault the Longhorns into the WCWS for the third time. Bethune-Cookman needs two wins Saturday over UT to advance to the WCWS.
In the bottom of the eighth for Texas, Turner hit an infield single to shortstop with two outs. Amber Hall followed Turner to the plate and was hit by a pitch. With Williams at the plate with a 1-0 count, Turner and Hall pulled a double-steal, and the Longhorns had runners at third and second. Williams then rapped a 3-2 inside pitch through the left side, scoring Turner easily from third.
Both teams were scoreless through the 8.5 innings. During that span, Texas managing just five singles and the Lady Wildcats had two singles and committed an error. Through eight innings, the Longhorns had stranded six runners - including two in the bottom of the sixth - and Bethune-Cookman left one on base.
Taking the loss for the Lady Wildcats was McCoy, now 20-13. She pitched the full game, going 8.2 innings while allowing the one earned run on seven hits - all singles - while walking three and fanning five.
Osterman has now earned all four victories for the Longhorns in NCAA competition to date and has pitched all 30 innings. All have been via shutout and have included two no-hiters (one a perfect game). Osterman has not allowed a run (earned or unearned) in the last 50.1 innings.
Texas had advanced to the Super Regionals by going 3-0 last weekend in Regional action in Austin. MEAC Conference member Bethune-Cookman Lady Wildcats received an at-large berth to the NCAAs, and advanced to the Super Regionals by winning the Gainsville (Fla.) Regional Sunday with a 5-2 victory over South Florida, going 3-0 at that regional.
Bethune-Cookman Head Coach Laura Watten
Overall impressions of the matchup against Texas ... "Well, Cat (Osterman) is Cat, and that's why she is on the Olympic Team. We know that their offense is aggressive and they put a lot of pressure on our defense throughout the game. I am disappointed that we didn't execute well. I wish we had made quicker adjustments. We made adjustments to be more patient and wait for her (Osterman) to make a mistake. We will take a lot of things from this game into tomorrow afternoon. Lauren McCoy has led us this far on the mound, and she is going to continue to lead us. We are hopefully going to keep riding her until we cannot. I have a lot of confidence in her."
Senior pitcher Lauren McCoy
On her performance and on Jacqueline Williams' game-winning hit ... "I do not have a lot of glitz and glamour to my game. I like to rely on my defense to get the job done. It was exciting to play here, because the fans are definitely into their team. The way they (UT fans) support their team here is great. Against Williams, we mixed up our pitches all day. She was very patient at the plate, and took a good swing and put it into play for the winning hit."
Texas Head Coach Connie Clark
On the game in general... "We need Bethune-Cookman was going to come ready to play with a lot of passion, which they did. Credit them and McCoy especially with a great performance. We would have liked to have gotten our offense going sooner, but Cat (Osterman) kept us in the game until we could get a run."
On facing Lauren McCoy... "I thought McCoy was definitely in a rhythm so we had to keep taking the game one pitch at a time. Tonight, we didn't make adjustments early enough, and I think we were pressing a little more than we would have liked. McCoy kept us honest most of the night."
Junior pitcher Cat Osterman
On her performance and on playing and pitching extra innings ... "It doesn't matter how many innings we play. I am going to go out there and pitch my game, no matter how long the game lasts. Give them credit. They put the bat on the ball and Megan (Willis, UT's catcher) and I had to make some adjustments. Adjustments are the name of the game."
Sophomore designated player Jacqueline Williams
"I pressed a little on my second and third at bats, but in the ninth I went out there and relaxed and got a hit. I was really tying to keep my weight back and I was able to find a decent pitch to hit."
-- Courtesy Texas