Simone Freeman pitched one of her stronger games of the season Thursday night, leading Oklahoma State to a 2-1 Big 12 softball victory over No. 14-ranked Baylor before 175 fans at Cowgirl Stadium.
Freeman blanked the Bears (30-10 overall, 4-4 Big 12) for six innings. Baylor scored a run in the top of the seventh on a Freeman wild pitch, but she avoided further damage retiring the final two batters with runners on first and third.
Overall, Freeman gave up four hits and four walks. She struck out six. Freeman threw two wild pitches, both in the seventh inning.
OSU (24-18, 4-7) score a run in the first inning on Danielle Riddles’ run-scoring grounder. The Cowgirls added the winning run in the fifth inning on Tarah Ettinger’s homer.
Otherwise, Baylor starting pitcher Whitney Canion was strong. She gave up both runs on four hits and a walk. She struck out six.
The series continues at 6 p.m. Friday.
SOONERS BEAT TEXAS
Oklahoma scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning Thursday night, and the defending national champion Sooners beat Texas 4-1 before 946 fans at Marity Hynes Stadium in Norman.
Georgia Casey and Brittany Williams hit homers for the Sooners (33-9 overall, 10-1 Big 12), and Kelsey Stevens threw an excellent game.
Stevens (24-6) gave up a run on three hits in seven innings. She walked none and struck out seven. Stevens has won her last nine starts.
Texas (26-17, 6-2) scored its only run in the third inning, but OU tied it in the bottom half on Williams’ RBI single.
The teams continue the series at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
From Staff Reports