OSU softball: Cowgirls make statement with two wins over No. 9 Texas
With recent periods of inconsistency in putting good offensive and defensive games together, the Oklahoma State softball team got all its weapons on the same page to take two of three games from No. 10 Texas at Cowgirl Stadium over the weekend.
Pitching was sharp and bats were effective in two crucial wins that will be a strong point on the OSU resume down the stretch as the Cowgirls seek a top-16 seed and host berth for the NCAA softball regionals. OSU moved up to No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Softball rankings this week.
Here’s a look at the week that was, and what’s ahead for OSU:
The Cowgirls opened the series with a thrilling 1-0 walkoff win Friday night as OSU pitcher Samantha Show and Texas ace Miranda Elish dueled into the seventh inning of a scoreless game.
OSU’s Madi Sue Montgomery drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh, and her pinch-runner, Chelsea Alexander, advanced to third on a Texas throwing error.
After an intentional walk to Taylor Lynch, Alexander beat the throw home on Michaela Richbourg’s grounder up the middle to win it.
Clakley gets recognized
After tossing a shutout and allowing just three hits in Saturday’s 8-0 run-rule win, OSU pitcher Samantha Clakley was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week.
She struck out three and walked one to improve to 6-3 on the season while handing Texas’ Shealyn O’Leary her first loss of the season. O’Leary had own her first 11 decisions.
Clakley also worked two scoreless innings, allowing one hit to earn the save in OSU’s comeback win at Wichita State earlier in the week.
Against Texas, Clakley got most of her offensive backing from Show and Rylee Bayless. They had three hits apiece, including a home run, and combined to drive in five runs.
Show and Bayless also homered in OSU’s 4-3 loss on Sunday.
The Cowgirls (26-10, 4-2 Big 12) go on the road for a Wednesday night game at UT-Arlington before returning home to host a three-game series against Kansas beginning Friday.
Kansas is 13-21 overall and 2-1 in Big 12 play.