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OSU softball weekend recap: Cowgirls heating up heading to chilly Iowa State

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Oklahoma State pitcher Samantha Show is 12-5 with a 2.01 earned-run average this season. [Melissa Morales/OSU Athletics]
Oklahoma State pitcher Samantha Show is 12-5 with a 2.01 earned-run average this season. [Melissa Morales/OSU Athletics]

STILLWATER — A hard-to-explain midweek loss at UT-Arlington was put in the rearview mirror quickly for an Oklahoma State softball team that has anchored itself in the top 15.

The Cowgirls swept Kansas and enjoy a midweek break before heading to colder temperatures at Iowa State this weekend chasing win No. 30.

Week record: 3-1

Overall record: 29-11 (7-2 Big 12)

The week ahead: Friday-Sunday at Iowa State

Pennington remains reliable

With top-of-the-order hitters like Samantha Show, Madi Sue Montgomery, Rylee Bayless and Chyenne Factor catching a lot of attention, sophomore third baseman Sydney Pennington has quietly remained a steady force for the Cowgirls.

Often hitting in the seventh spot, Pennington is batting .292 with nine home runs, seven doubles and 29 RBI. She hit a three-run homer in an 8-1 win over Kansas on the front end of a Friday doubleheader, then went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the nightcap, a 5-0 win.

For Saturday’s finale, coach Kenny Gajewski moved her to the cleanup spot and she responded by going 3-for-4 with a first-inning RBI double.

“I don’t like to change the lineup a whole lot, or at least it hasn’t been my routine,” Gajewski said. “But we’ve had some different lineups moving people around in the 4-5-6 spots just trying to figure out who’s a little hotter.”

Sam and Sam

Show and Samantha Clakley have emerged as a strong 1-2 pitching punch for the Cowgirls, showing it off in Friday’s doubleheader. Clakley allowed a run on four hits, going the distance in the opener, and Show tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout to finish the night.

Show also homered twice in the opener, giving her 13 on the year, which is two away from the school’s single-season record of 15 set by Montgomery last season.

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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