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Cowgirls upset softball team

March 25, 2003

By Erica DeLeon

The Baylor softball team began Big 12 Conference action on Saturday and Sunday in a two-game series against No. 16 Oklahoma State University at Getterman Stadium.

The Bears dropped both games to the Cowgirls and fell to 24-13 for the season.

Cristin Vitek, a sophomore pitcher, was on the mound for the Bears. Vitek kept the Cowgirls scoreless for four straight innings. In the fifth with two runners on base, Oklahoma State's Ryan Realmuto hit a two-out RBI single. One run was scored. With two runners on base, Vitek intentionally walked Oklahoma State's pitcher Lauren Bay. Vitek came through with a much needed strikeout to end the inning.

Baylor failed to produce the hits they needed. The Bears managed only one hit off Bay throughout the game.

'We faced an outstanding pitcher,' head Coach Glenn Moore said. 'Lauren Bay is one of the best in the country. Good pitching will beat good hitting and that's what happened today.'

Kim Wilmoth, a sophomore second baseman, had the only hit of the game. She extended her school record of consecutive hits at bat to nine.

Vitek pitched a complete game. She gave up two runs off six hits and struck out eight. The Bears left five runners on base. Without run support, Baylor ended up losing to Oklahoma State, 0-2.

Baylor tried to bounce back from their loss in their second game on Sunday against Oklahoma State. Vitek and Bay squared off on the mound again.

Oklahoma State had a big first inning. Realmuto hit a one-out three-run home run off Vitek. Vitek came back with two strikeouts to end the inning.

'Sometimes you throw a mistake pitch,' Vitek said. 'In the Big 12 you can't afford to throw a mistake pitch. Unfortunately I made some mistakes.'

The Bears tried to battle back but to no avail. In the Sunday game Bay struck out 15 Baylor batters.

'She's a great pitcher,' Wilmoth said. 'There were some pitches we weren't really aggressive on, but we had some great at-bats. It was a battle.'

Vitek gave up four runs on three hits and had five strike outs. She was pulled in the fifth inning and replaced with Katie Decker, a junior pitcher. Decker pitched well. She didn't give up any hits and struck out one.

The Lady Bears ended up losing to Oklahoma State, 4-0.

Baylor will try to get their first Big 12 win when they travel to Austin to face The University of Texas at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.