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OSU softball: Big sixth inning carries Cowgirls past Texas

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Samantha Show, perhaps Oklahoma State’s best hitter, walked back to the dugout in frustration after a harmless pop-out to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning.

“I knew it was coming,” Show told teammate Michaela Richbourg in the on-deck circle.

For five innings, OSU hitters couldn’t solve the riddle of Texas pitcher Miranda Elish. But Show’s words seemed to be prophetic. OSU's lineup had finally figured her out.

The next seven hitters reached base against Elish, sparking second-seeded Oklahoma State to a 6-2 win over third-seeded Texas Friday afternoon in the pool play round of the Big 12 softball tournament at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium.

After doing nothing for five innings and falling behind 2-0, the Cowgirls pushed six runs across in the sixth.

Pinch-hitter Sydney Springfield came through with the most crucial hit. After Chyenne Factor’s long fly ball came up a few feet short of a grand slam, Springfield put the Cowgirls on top with a two-run single.

Kiley Naomi drove in a run, and Chelsea Alexander knocked in two more after a Texas pitching change.

Show made quick work of Texas in the top of the seventh to finish it and seal OSU’s most important win of Friday’s action.

The Cowgirls will face Iowa State at 5 p.m. Friday to conclude pool play.

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OSU's Sydney Springfield (15) hugs head coach Kenny Gajewski as she leaves the game for a pinch runner after hitting a two-RBI single in the sixth inning during a game between Oklahoma State and Texas in the Big 12 softball tournament at  in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 10, 2019. OSU beat UT 6-2. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

OSU's Sydney Springfield (15) hugs head coach Kenny Gajewski as she leaves the game for a pinch runner after hitting a two-RBI single in the sixth inning during a game between Oklahoma State and Texas in the Big 12 softball tournament at in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 10, 2019. OSU beat UT 6-2....

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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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