Oklahoma St. halts No. 5 Texas 3-0
Longhorns went 0-11 with runners in scoring position
AUSTIN, Texas -- Oklahoma State's Cowgirls shut out the fifth-ranked Texas Longhorns, UT's second shutout of the season, as OSU defeated the 'Horns 3-0 at home Saturday afternoon before 1,127 fans at McCombs Field.
Oklahoma State scored the game-winning run in the top of the first. Shelby Davis led off the game with a base hit to shallow centerfield, and after a groundout, advanced to third on a base hit by Tamara Brown. She then scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Julie Ward.
The Cowgirls added a couple of insurance runs in the sixth. Three-consecutive hits by Chelsea Garcia, Amy Graham and Gessenia DeLaCruz loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Sammy Jo Diffendaffer hit a fly ball to right, scoring Garcia on a sacrifice fly. Ari Morrison, who went 3-for-3 in the game, followed with a base hit through the left side off Texas starting pitcher Kim Bruins, scoring Graham and giving OSU a 3-0 lead.
The Longhorns had plenty of scoring opportunities, with runners reaching second base every inning after the first. However, UT went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position, thanks to some fine pitching by starter Simone Freeman and reliever Kat Espinosa. Freeman got the victory and improved to 7-6 on the season, while Espinosa picked up her third save of the season.
It was Oklahoma State's second win against a ranked opponent this season, and the Cowgirls' first victory against a top-five team since OSU defeated No. 5 Tennessee twice in the NCAA Regional tournament last season.