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OSU softball weekend recap: Rylee Bayless leads Cowgirls to sweep of Iowa State

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Oklahoma State softball coach Kenny Gajewski has his team at No. 13 in the latest rankings. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]
Oklahoma State softball coach Kenny Gajewski has his team at No. 13 in the latest rankings. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma State leadoff hitter Rylee Bayless seems to be getting even more productive as her senior season progresses.

Bayless caught national attention for her performance during the Cowgirls’ sweep at Iowa State over the weekend. Their second straight Big 12 series sweep boosted them to No. 13 in this week’s rankings.

Week record: 3-0

Overall record: 32-11 (10-2 Big 12)

The week ahead: Tuesday vs. Tulsa

Unstoppable Bayless

Bayless went 10-for-12 with a walk in 13 plate appearances, scoring five times and driving in four runs. She had three doubles and two stolen bases, earning co-Big 12 Player of the Week honors to go with College Sports Madness National Field Player of the Week.

She upped her batting average to .367 and her on-base percentage to .503, both team-bests.

Richbourg raking

Bayless isn’t the only Cowgirl swinging a hot bat. Michaela Richbourg cracked open the first game of a Saturday doubleheader with a fifth-inning grand slam, her second homer of the game.

In the nightcap, she hit a solo home run in the first inning, following up a two-run shot by Madi Sue Montgomery on the way to a 6-3 win.

And in Sunday’s 12-5 win, Richbourg had a pair of RBI singles. She is now second on the team behind Samatha Show in home runs (11), RBIs (31) and slugging percentage (.694).

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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