STILLWATER — In the first meeting with the North Texas Eagles in February, the Oklahoma State University softball team had no trouble in an eight-run victory.
Wednesday at Cowgirl Stadium, the Cowgirls stranded eight runners in a 4-3 loss.
The loss snapped a 12-game winning streak and a seven-game home winning streak.
In the first three innings, the Cowgirls had runners in scoring position including the bases loaded in the bottom of the first.
“We were getting leadoffs on and getting to second, just weren’t getting hits to get them through to score,” coach Rich Wieligman said. “We were playing well and, shoot, this was one of those nights we didn’t.”
Brittany Simmons, who came in relief for the Eagles during the Feb. 15 game, started Wednesday and held Oklahoma State to three hits through the first six innings. Oklahoma State won 8-0 in February but Wieligman said the different pitcher wasn’t the reason for his team’s struggles.
“We didn’t have good at-bats tonight,” Wieligman said. “They got to come out and be a little better focused and be able to do their job. It wasn’t a good night.”
North Texas took the lead with a two-out rally in the top of the third. With one out, Madison Tierney singled. After a foul out, Oklahoma State pitcher Kat Espinosa hit Paige Kisling. Jordan Terry followed with a single to left center, scoring Tierney. Danielle Hoff followed with a single, making it 2-0.
In the fourth inning, it looked like the Cowgirls were going to let another opportunity slip as Shelby Davis reached on an error and stole second. A sacrifice bunt moved her to third. On a ground ball by Gessenia DeLaCruz, Davis was thrown out at home, leaving the Cowgirls with a runner at first. Senior Tamara Brown made sure the Cowgirls didn’t leave empty-handed as she hit a two-run home run to left field to tie the game.