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OSU softball: Samantha Show is leading the Cowgirls with a new kind of emotion

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Oklahoma State’s Samantha Show has been an instant boost as a pitcher and hitter. [Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics]
Oklahoma State’s Samantha Show has been an instant boost as a pitcher and hitter. [Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics]

STILLWATER — The chemistry came neither instantly, nor smoothly.

But pushing through the rough patches of Samantha Show’s integration into the Oklahoma State softball team has been a program-altering event.

As No. 13-ranked OSU (26-11) enters a three-game series with Kansas beginning Friday at Cowgirl Stadium, Show — the senior transfer from Texas A&M — has established herself as the ace of a strong pitching staff, and a big bat in the heart of the lineup.

But it wasn’t as simple as bringing in a talented player and scribbling her name on the lineup card.

Show came with an edge.

A good edge, the type coach Kenny Gajewski believed his team needed. But sometimes, it still cut.

“She has a different personality, and she knows it,” OSU sophomore third baseman Sydney Pennington said. “She told us, ‘It’s gonna be hard for you guys to get along with me.’”

From her emphatic fist pumps in the circle to the bat flip after a big home run at Oregon last month, Show’s emotion shows through nearly all the time. And she’s been working to make her negative emotions into a positive, rather than a divisive one, for her team.

“She’s never satisfied, and that makes us better,” senior Taylor Lynch said. “We needed a fireball personality in the circle to make us good, and make us who we are.”

Show has an 11-5 record and 2.15 earned run average, going the distance in 10 of her 16 starts. She has struck out 70 and allowed only 16 extra-base hits in 101 innings.

Usually hitting out of the second spot in the order, she leads the team with 11 home runs and a slugging percentage of .688. She’s second on the team with 32 runs batted in and fourth with a .313 batting average.

But she leads with her drive to succeed.

“I’m in-your-face,” Show said. “I don’t think you see a lot of female athletes like that. We’re taught to be respectful. But I love watching baseball and the NFL, and they play with emotion.

“I wear my emotion on my sleeve. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. This coaching staff is helping me make it into a good thing and to show emotion to help my team.”

It took some time through the fall and winter, but Show and her teammates learned how to communicate through their varying approaches.

“That has been the most rewarding experience for me, getting to know Sam better,” Pennington said. “Because, truly, she only wants to win. That’s what I realized, and we need people like her on our team.”

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<strong>Samantha Show brings a new kind of emotion to the Oklahoma State softball team. [Melissa Morales/OSU Athletics]</strong>

Samantha Show brings a new kind of emotion to the Oklahoma State softball team. [Melissa Morales/OSU Athletics]

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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