April 3, 2010

Courtesy of Missouri Athletics

The No. 4 Missouri softball team (25-6, 1-3 Big 12) had their Big 12 home opening weekend spoiled by the No. 15 Oklahoma State Cowgirls (32-7, 4-0 Big 12), as OSU pulled off a sweep of the Tigers, winning 8-3 and 1-0.

Game one, which started on Friday, resumed play Saturday afternoon.  After beginning the fourth inning on Friday, the game was suspended due to heavy rains in the area.  Play continued Saturday at Noon CT, with the two squads tied at 3-3.

On Friday, the Tigers got the offense going in the bottom of the second, putting up three runs in the inning.  Sophomore Ashley Fleming led off the inning with a single up the middle, and advanced to third on freshman Lindsey Muller's double to left.  Junior Marla Schweisberger followed with a double of her own, plating two runs.  After moving to third on a sacrifice bunt, Schweisberger was plated on a suicide squeeze by junior Megan Christopher on a perfectly placed bunt to second.

Oklahoma State got one back in the top of the third, and tied the game in the top of the fourth with a one out, two-run home run before play was suspended.

It was all Cowgirls when play resumed, as they scored five runs over the last three innings to pick up the 8-3 win.  After a hit and an error in the fifth, a one out, two-run double put Oklahoma State on top for the first time in the game, moving ahead with a 5-3 lead.

In the sixth, OSU put the leadoff batter on after getting hit by a pitch, and moved the runner over with a sacrifice bunt.  After a strikeout, Julie Ward singled up the middle to drive in the run.  Ward would score after a throwing error, extending the Cowgirl lead to 7-3.

Oklahoma State would add one more in the seventh on an RBI single.  Missouri picked up just one hit after the second inning.  Sophomore Kristin Nottelmann took the loss, dropping her to 7-4 on the season.

In game two, Missouri was limited to zero runs on just three hits, and the lone Cowgirl run held up, giving OSU the sweep.

The Tigers had a chance to score in the second, as they loaded the bases with two outs, but a strikeout ended the inning and the threat.

The Cowgirls scored in the top of the fourth, after getting back-to-back one out doubles.

Freshman Lindsey Muller fell to 4-1 on the season with the loss, her first of the season.  OSU's Kat Espinosa went the distance, improving to 12-3 this year.

The Tigers will look to right the ship this Wednesday, as they close out their six-game homestand with a doubleheader against Border Showdown foe Kansas.  Game one will begin at 4 p.m. CT.