Cowgirls' Four-Run First Inning Sinks Islanders, 4-0

HOUSTON – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's softball team wrapped play today at the University of Houston - Hilton Houston Plaza Classic at Cougar Softball Stadium finishing with a 1-3 record over the three-day event. The No. 11-ranked Oklahoma State Cowgirls handed the Islanders their third loss of the season today, 4-0, with all four runs coming in the opening frame.

The Islanders (1-3) connected on six hits but were unable to get the long ball rolling off Cowgirls' pitcher Simone Freeman. Oklahoma State (4-1) took the early 4-0 lead in the top of the first frame on four hits.

Leadoff batter Ari Morrison singled to start the inning before Kelsey Anchors' bunt sent Morrison to second. After Chelsea Garcia reached first on a hit by pitch, Tamara Brown singled to score Morrison and give the Cowgirls their first run of the game. Gessenia De La Cruz followed suit with a single to score Anchors and tacked on another run for Oklahoma State. Two more runs scored as Brown and De La Cruz each tallied a run. Brown scored the Cowgirls third run off an illegal pitch called on Islanders hurler Vianca Pesina with two outs. Sammy Jo Diffendaffer reached first on an error to plate De La Cruz and round out the scoring.   

The Islanders added two hits in the bottom of the seventh with Laura Phillips and Hayley Galloway each adding singles but Freeman ended the late run with her ninth strikeout of the game.

Phillips led the Islanders offense with two hits, while Stephanie Vead, Cassie Carroll, Meagan McKinney and Galloway each added one hit apiece.

Pesina (0-1) took the loss for the Islanders in her first start of the season. The senior allowed six hits, four runs and two walks, while striking out six Cowgirls in seven innings of work.

Freeman (2-0) notched the victory in the circle for Oklahoma State with nine strikeouts while allowing six hits and two walks.

The Islanders will travel to Austin to take on No.18/19 Texas on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. Dave Raymond and Cat Osterman will have the call on the Texas Longhorn Network.