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April 15, 2012

Cowgirls rally twice to sweep twinbill with Iowa State

STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State softball team swept the Iowa State Cyclones with two victories in a doubleheader Saturday at Cowgirl Softball Stadium.

The Cowgirls had to rally in both games, but came away with timely big hits to get a 7-6 victory in eight innings in the first game, then a 10-6 win to clinch the three-game series sweep.

“We’ve been sitting there beating our heads against the wall for a while and the kids stepped up (offensively). It was two good games today,” OSU coach Rich Wieligman said.

After OSU (21-16, 5-6 Big 12) tied things in the bottom of the sixth in Game 1, Tamara Brown came up with a walk-off double in the bottom of the first extra frame — scoring Shelby Davis, who reached on a leadoff single and was sacrificed to second by Kelsey Anchors.

“We had a runner on second with less than two outs, so I was just trying to get a ball out over the plate so I could at least advance the runner,” Brown said. “She gave me a good pitch to hit and I put a good swing on it.”

The extra base hits rolled into the second game with Oklahoma State collecting five off of Iowa State (12-28, 1-11 Big 12).

The Cowgirls had to come back from a 3-0 deficit, but tied things with a three-run second inning. OSU would score another run in the bottom of the fourth and never trail again.

Oklahoma State got another big inning with a four-run fourth, started by a leadoff walk from Anchors. The next two batters reached base, as well, and set up Chelsea Garcia, who hit a two-run double on a full count. Amy Graham followed with a two-run double of her own.

The Cowgirls got two more runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run single by catcher Tarah Ettinger.

Kat Espinosa picked up the win in the first game by going the distance. All six runs were earned on 11 hits and two walks. Morgan Hawkins was the winning pitcher in Game 2, going 6 innings and giving up four runs on six hits and four walks.

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