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OSU softball: Mady Lohman's first career home run sparks Cowgirls to sweep of Kansas

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STILLWATER — As soon as the ball left her bat, Oklahoma State’s Mady Lohman was thinking triple.

The 5-foot-3 freshman set the school record for triples at Timber Creek High School in Keller, Texas. Triples are her thing.

“When I hit it… I was booking it,” Lohman said.

Then she caught a glimpse of the ball as it cleared the fence for her first home run as a Cowgirl.

“After I knew it was gone, I just wanted to get back there with my team and celebrate with them,” she said.

Lohman’s home run helped OSU complete a weekend sweep of Kansas with a 7-3 win Saturday at Cowgirl Stadium.

“I had a really good heart-to-heart talk with her on Thursday,” OSU coach Kenny Gajewski said, discussing the aftermath of an unexpected midweek loss. “We went over our Wednesday game and showed our team some of our correctible mistakes.

“She was one of the ones I challenged.”

Lohman’s two-run homer in the second inning gave OSU a 3-0 lead that vanished an inning later. But the Cowgirls closed it with four unanswered runs, including a solo home run from Rylee Bayless, who finished 2-for-4. Sydney Pennington was 3-for-4 with an RBI in the cleanup spot, and Michaela Richbourg was 2-for-2 with an RBI.

Left-hander Gabby Sprang (5-0) earned the win with two innings of one-hit ball in relief of Logan Simunek.

With Samantha Show and Samantha Clakley — who pitched two scoreless innings in relief — anchoring the rotation, Gajewski is working to get Simunek and Sprang ready for the latter part of the season.

“Sam and Sam have pitched so good that we’ve been really going off two kids, and we’re gonna need more than that as we get down to the stretch run,” Gajewski said.

The 13th-ranked Cowgirls improved to 29-11 overall and 7-2 in Big 12 play. After taking two of three from Texas a week ago, then sweeping Kansas, they’ll get a midweek break before heading to Iowa State on Friday.

“It’s gonna be a tough one,” Gajewski said. “It looks like the weather’s gonna be cold, and it’s not an easy place to play.

“We’ve just got to continue to win series.”

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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