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NORMAN — Tulsa romped to an 11-0, five-inning run-rule win over Missouri State on Saturday night at Hynes Field to earn a rematch with Oklahoma in Sunday’s finals.
Advertisement In two regional wins over the Bears, Tulsa scored 20 runs on 24 hits.Shortstop Samantha Cobb drove in five runs to highlight Tulsa’s 13-hit attack Saturday night. Cobb roped an RBI double in the third, added a 2-run homer in the fourth and a 2-run double in the fifth.Aimee Creger slammed a 3-run homer in the first to give TU a 3-0 lead. third baseman Jill Barrett scored four runs, and senior right-hander Jordan Kinard limited MSU to one hit and struck out seven.the Golden Hurricane (45-14) must defeat the Sooners twice Sunday to win the regional.“One thing I’ve been proud of all year is when they’ve faced disappointment they’ve come back and answered with a very strong game,” said TU coach John Bargfeldt. “That’s what you have to build on, get one game going.“Momentum is a funny thing in this sport. once you get it going, you never know where it can take you.”MSU freshman right-hander Savannah Wiggins was forced to take the circle in the regional because junior ace Natalie Rose was ruled academically ineligible earlier in the week. Wiggins (8-5) gave up 16 runs on 17 hits in 9 2/3 innings in the two losses to Tulsa.Missouri St. 4, Iona 2The Bears never trailed in the afternoon elimination game but had to score two runs in the seventh after Iona rallied to tie the game in the sixth.Kirstin Cutter’s RBI triple drove in the go-ahead run for MSU in the seventh. Cutter scored an insurance run on an Iona error.Wiggins picked up the win, allowing only two runs on six hits.Alyssa Maiese slammed her 13th home run and drove in the tying run on a sacrifice fly for Iona, which finished 31-22. News Photo Galleriesview all