TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Melissa Martin's RBI single down the left field line plated Sarah Wieszczak with the gamewinner as Texas (14-6) slipped by 22nd-ranked Mississippi State (12-6), 1-0, in a three hour and 28-minute, 14-inning affair Friday evening at the Sunshine Classic, hosted by Florida State University."> TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Melissa Martin's RBI single down the left field line plated Sarah Wieszczak with the gamewinner as Texas (14-6) slipped by 22nd-ranked Mississippi State (12-6), 1-0, in a three hour and 28-minute, 14-inning affair Friday evening at the Sunshine Classic, hosted by Florida State University.">

Texas slips by #22 'Dogs in marathon contest, 1-0

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01filepicture/softball.jpg" align="left" width="205" height="166"> TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Melissa Martin's RBI single down the left field line plated Sarah Wieszczak with the gamewinner as Texas (14-6) slipped by 22nd-ranked Mississippi State (12-6), 1-0, in a three hour and 28-minute, 14-inning affair Friday evening at the Sunshine Classic, hosted by Florida State University.

Sophomore Iyhia McMichael (2-for-5) turned in Mississippi State's only multi-hit performance and stole three bases. Four other players recorded base hits for the Bulldogs. Wieszczak and Erin Mahoney turned in a game-best 3-for-6 showing for the Longhorns.

Mississippi State starter Kasey Whitehead (6-4), who made two appearances in the game, surrendered just one earned run over eight and two-third innings of work but took the loss for the Bulldogs. Texas starter Cat Osterman, a 2001 U.S. national team pitcher, struck out 23 Bulldogs to earn the complete-game victory for the Longhorns.

Both teams combined to strand 21 runners, seven in scoring position. Texas left three base runners in scoring position in regulation. Mississippi State stranded two runners in scoring position through the first seven innings.

Texas got the first real scoring threat for either side in the bottom of the second, using a leadoff walk and an error to put a pair of runners aboard with no outs, but Whitehead used excellent pitch selection and a few plays from her defense to escape the threat.

McMichael led off the fourth with her second base hit of the game, but was caught napping two pitches later and was picked off easily by Texas catcher Marlo Hanks. Blaire Brown followed with a single to put another runner aboard for the Bulldogs, but Osterman regained her composure to retire the next two State hitters in order.

Texas threatened again in the bottom of the fourth, utilizing a pair of singles to put a pair of runners aboard with just one out, but the Bulldogs nixed the threat, using a runner's interference call and a spectacular running catch by McMichael on a deep fly ball to centerfield to escape the inning.

Despite the first two Texas batters going down in the sixth, Whitehead allowed consecutive singles and was chased from the circle in favor of Wilkerson with two outs.

State got a runner aboard with a leadoff walk by Brooke Best in the eighth, then put a runner in scoring position on a stolen base by pinchrunner Tyeah Patterson. However, Osterman stymied the Bulldog threat, getting the next two hitters on swinging strikeouts.

The Bulldogs had their best opportunity to score in the top of the ninth, getting McMichael to third with no outs, before Osterman struck out Brown to record the first out. After a couple of near miss pass balls by the catcher, Whitehead's suicide squeeze bunt was collected airborne by Osterman, who then turned the double play, catching McMichael heading back to third base.

Brown nearly gave MSU the lead in the 14th inning, but her bid for a home run was snagged by Wieszczak just two feet away from the left-field wall.

Mississippi State will return to action tomorrow when they return to the Seminole Softball Complex to wrap up round-robin play at the FSU Sunshine Classic. The Bulldogs will face 18th-ranked and tournament-host Florida State (15-6) at 11 a.m. before tangling with Kansas (4-7) in a 3 p.m. contest.

Texas 1, #22 Mississippi State 0 (14 Innings)
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Whitehead, Wilkerson (6) and Brown; Osterman and Hanks. W - Osterman (9-4). L - Whitehead (6-4). Save - None.


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