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