Virginia Tech downs Oklahoma State
Harrell pitches five-hit shutout to lead Hokies past Cowgirls
AUBURN, Ala. -- Behind a five-hit shutout from Jasmin Harrell, Virginia Tech upset No. 15 Oklahoma State 3-0 on Friday in the first game of the ACC/Big 12/SEC Challenge at Auburn.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 Florida 8, Michigan State 0|
|No. 3 California 2, DePaul 0|
|No. 4 Oklahoma 10, Virginia Tech 0|
|No. 6 Missouri 3, Ball State 2|
|No. 7 Washington 1, Central Florida 0|
|No. 10 Tennessee 10, Illinois 7|
|Maryland 7, No. 11 Michigan 3|
|No. 12 UCLA 7, UC Davis 1|
|Virginia Tech 3, No. 15 Oklahoma State 0|
|No. 21 Louisville 2, Virginia 1|
|No. 21 Louisville 5, East Carolina 0|
The Hokies got a gem from Harrell (4-0) to lift them to a 3-0 upset win against the Cowgirls. Harrell fought through two big chances for the Cowgirls, but shut the door when she needed, picking up her first shutout of the season. She went the distance, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out two.
After a scoreless first three innings, Tech strung together a few hits and used some miscues by OSU to plate three runs. Dani Anderson led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch and moved to second base on Courtney Liddle’s single to left, Tech’s first hit of the game.
Anderson was put out at third on a ground ball by Betty Rose, but both Liddle and Rose moved up a base on a wild pitch and Liddle scored on Kristen Froehlich’s single through the left side to make it 1-0.
Rose came home to score on Kelsey Mericka’s single off the pitcher’s glove and pinch runner Nina Compton eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Logan Spaw.
OSU had a chance its best chance just half an inning earlier, loading the bases on a pair of hits and a walk, but Harrell Coaxed a two-out ground ball to end the inning.
Tech had just three hits, all in the fourth inning, but played great defense behind Harrell to pick up its first win aginst a top-15 team since beating No. 6 Michigan twice on May 24, 2008 in the Super Regionals to advance to the Women’s College World Series.
It’s also the first shutout against a top-15 team since Angela Tincher blanked No. 11 Tennessee 4-0 in the Regionals a week earlier.