College softball: Tulsa takes down error-prone Arkansas
STILLWATER — The shaky defense finally caught up to Arkansas.
When a throw to home plate was wild for the Razorbacks’ fifth error, Tulsa scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the seventh inning and went on to win 5-0 in the opening game of the NCAA Softball Regional at Oklahoma State Thursday night at Cowgirl Stadium.
Tulsa advances to Friday’s noon winner’s bracket game against the Oklahoma State/BYU winner. Arkansas will face the loser of that game at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Tulsa pitcher Chenise Delce allowed five hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in the complete-game shutout.
Arkansas committed three of its five errors in the seventh inning, wiping out an otherwise strong performance by pitcher Autumn Storms, who gave up eight hits while striking out six, keeping Tulsa off the board through six innings.
All of Tulsa’s offensive action came from the top of the order, with Julia Hollingsworth, Morgan Neal and Rylie Spell collecting two hits apiece. Hollingsworth had an RBI single to left field and Spell drove in two with a single up the middle.
"I think we were having good at-bats all game, and Chenise threw a great game," Spell said. "She kept us in there the whole time. Being a nothing-nothing ballgame, everybody had to do their job. It was a pitching duel. I thought it was great, and really a good team win."