OSU softball weekend recap: Cowgirls reach 20-win mark during up-and-down weekend
The weekend extended to Monday evening for the Oklahoma State softball team, which went 2-2 over three days in the southeast.
The Cowgirls won their 10th straight game, an 8-0 rout of Samford, before dropping a pair at Ole Miss. But they turned it around with a 5-2 win at Memphis on Monday, holding onto a spot in the top 20 at No. 17 in this week’s poll.
Here’s a look at three storylines on the 20-7 Cowgirl softball team:
Trouble in the circle
OSU’s losses to Ole Miss came with the Cowgirls’ 1-2 punch of Samantha Show and Logan Simunek pitching. But the Ole Miss bats were too hot to handle.
Show, who played her entire career in the SEC at Texas A&M before joining the Cowgirls this season, gave up seven earned runs on 10 hits with four walks in an 8-4 loss on Saturday, despite being handed a 4-0 lead before she took the field.
Simunek allowed six runs on five hits and a walk while recording just one out before she was replaced by Gabby Sprang in the 10-1 run-rule loss on Sunday.
Samantha Clakley tossed the shutout against Samford on Saturday, and Show bounced back to allow two runs on four hits against Memphis.
The usual suspects
Most of OSU’s offense over the four games came from the top half of the lineup, with Madi Sue Montgomery driving in two runs and Chyenne Factor hitting a three-run homer to build a 5-0 lead on Samford.
Montgomery produced a run with a squeeze bunt, and Factor hit another three-run homer in the first inning of the 8-4 loss to Ole Miss.
Monday at Memphis was a different story, however, with OSU putting itself in position to take advantage of good situations. The Cowgirls scored on a passed ball, a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice before pushing runs home on Show’s squeeze bunt and a double by Montgomery.
Oklahoma State travels to Tulsa on Wednesday, then opens Big 12 play with a three-game set at Baylor starting Friday. A stretch of 13 straight road games comes to a close with a trip to Wichita State March 27.