OSU softball: Cowgirls advance to super-regional with win over Tulsa
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State’s Sydney Springfield usually comes off the bench, but coach Kenny Gajewski gave her an opportunity in the starting lineup Saturday evening.
The junior repaid her coach with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the fourth inning that turned out to be OSU’s game-winning run in a 2-1 victory over Tulsa in the final of the Stillwater Regional at Cowgirl Stadium.
After giving up a first-inning run, Samantha Show shut down Tulsa the rest of the way as the Cowgirls clinched their second-ever berth in an NCAA super-regional. The Cowgirls will pair with the winner from Florida State’s regional.
After falling behind 1-0, OSU tied the game on a double by Madi Sue Montgomery that scored Show from first base in the bottom of the third inning.
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In the fourth, freshman Kiley Naomi doubled and scored on Springfield’s single for the 2-1 advantage.
Show allowed a run on four hits with a strikeout and no walks for her 19th win of the season. OSU, the overall No. 13 seed, improved to 42-14 overall and will learn its regional opponent on Sunday. If fourth-seeded Florida State wins its regional, OSU will travel to Tallahassee, Florida for the super-regional. With any other outcome at Florida State, OSU will host the super-regional.