Oklahoma State shuts out No. 13 Baylor for first Big 12 victory
WACO, Texas -- A shutout from Brandi Needham led Oklahoma State to a 1-0 victory against 13th-ranked Baylor on Sunday. The win ends a five-game skid for the Cowgirls, and gives the team its first Big 12 victory of the season.
"Great way to end the weekend, especially against a solid team like Baylor," said head coach Rich Wieligman. "Our defense played well, Brandi Needham pitched a great game and our offense did what it needed to do to get the win."
Needham's stellar performance in the circle capped off a wild series with the Lady Bears, as all three contests finished by a one-run margin. The sophomore escaped several jams over the full seven, as Baylor recorded seven hits, but left ten runners on base. Her shutout marks the first for a Cowgirl in conference play since Kat Espinosa shut down Texas on May 3, 2013.
After pounding out seven runs on Saturday, Oklahoma State's lone score would be all the Cowgirls would need. Despite having multiple scoring chances, the eventual game-winning run was put on base when Michaela Patton drew a six-pitch walk in the top of the second. With one out, Gessenia DeLaCruz's sacrifice bunt attempt landed just short of the diving Ari Hawkins, allowing both runners to safely occupy first and second.
In the following at-bat, Miranda Cavin reached on a fielder's choice, but first baseman Shelby Friudenberg was able to nab Patton at third with a charging throw from the opposite site of the diamond. With two down, leadoff batter Shelby Davis delivered a sharp single to the left side that deflected off Sarah Smith's glove at third, allowing DeLaCruz to score from second.
The base-hit capped off a huge series for Davis, who finished the three-game set with a .600 mark at the plate (6-10), six stolen bases and the game-winning RBI in Sunday's series finale.
Oklahoma State's big victory handed BU starter Brooke Seneshen her first loss of the season, and also snapped a ten-game winning streak for the Lady Bears. It also marks the Cowgirls' first win over a ranked opponent since taking down then 14th-ranked Baylor on April 17, 2014.