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Osterman Strikes Out Record 18; Horns Win

June 2, 2006

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Cat Osterman had 18 strikeouts to break the Women’s College World Series record for a seven-inning game in Texas’ 2-0 victory over Arizona State on Thursday in the opening round of the eight-team tournament.

Osterman (38-2) allowed one hit _ Bianca Cruz’s second-inning single _ and did not walk a batter. After Cruz’s hit, Osterman retired the final 18 batters in a row.

The 6-foot-2 senior left-hander broke the World Series strikeout record for a regulation game of 17 that she shared with Northwestern’s Lisa Ishikawa. Ishikawa set the record in a 1-0 victory over Adelphi in 1984, and Osterman matched it twice _ in a 1-0 win over California in 2003 and a 3-0 victory over Alabama last year.

The overall World Series record is 20 by UCLA’s Debbie Doom in a 2-1, 13-inning victory over Oklahoma State in 1982. Osterman had 19 in a 1-0, 11-inning victory over Arizona last year.

Osterman, who has struck out a career-high 24 twice, has 608 strikeouts this season to push her NCAA-record total to 2,248. She also has 85 shutouts.

Texas (55-7) advanced to play Arizona on Friday night. Arizona opened the tournament with a 3-2, 11-inning victory over Oregon State.

Texas’ Amber Hall doubled in a run in the fourth inning, and Desiree Williams led off the fifth with a homer off Katie Burkhart (29-7).

Arizona State (52-14) will face Oregon State on Saturday in a loser’s bracket game.

Also Thursday night, Northwestern beat Alabama 6-5 in 10 innings, and Tennessee 4, UCLA 3.

Arizona 3, Oregon State 2, 9 innings

Kristie Fox singled in Caitlin Lowe in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Arizona past Oregon State.

Lowe doubled off Brianne McGowan (29-8) to open the inning in the game delayed 1 hour, 35 minutes because of thunderstorms and rain in the fifth inning. Arizona (50-10) took a 2-0 lead in the third on RBI singles by Autumn Champion and Fox.

Oregon State (43-15), making its World Series debut, rallied to force extra innings. McGowan homered in the fifth and the Beavers added a run in the sixth on a throwing error by winning pitcher Alicia Hollowell (28-4).

Hollowell struck out 10, walked one and allowed five hits.

McGowan allowed 10 hits, struck out four and walked four.

Northwestern 6, Alabama 5, 10 innings

Darcy Sengewald scored the winning run for Northwestern in the bottom of the 10th inning when the ball went through Alabama center fielder Brittany Rogers’ legs after Tammy Williams’ single up the middle.

Sengewald opened the inning with a walk against reliever Chrissy Owens and moved to second on Katie Logan’s sacrifice.

Northwestern (48-13) forced extra inning with Erin Dyer’s two-out homer off Owens (21-5) in the seventh. It was Dyer’s fifth homer of the season and the first allowed by Owens this season.

Garland Cooper hit a three-run homer _ her ninth of the season _ for Northwestern in the fourth inning. Courtnay Foster (24-6) was the winner.

Northwestern will face Tennessee on Friday night. Alabama dropped to 47-14.

Tennessee 4, UCLA 3

After being held to just one hit through the first five innings, the Lady Vols (59-10) scored three times on five hits in the sixth inning to beat the top-seeded Bruins.

Held to only a single by Shannon Doeping through the first five innings by Anjelica Selden, Tennessee stormed back to take a 3-2 lead. Kristi Durant’s RBI single in the seventh made it 4-2.

UCLA (48-8) tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh, scoring on Lisa Dodd’s RBI single off Monica Abbott (42-8), but the Bruins fell in their opening game for only the fourth time.

Abbott struck out 11 and allowed nine hits in the win, while Selden (33-6) also allowed nine hits, including eight in the last two innings.

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