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OSU softball: Cowgirls advance to super-regional with win over Tulsa

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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.

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.

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Oklahoma State celebrates after winning the Stillwater Regional NCAA softball tournament game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Tulsa in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, May 18, 2019. Oklahoma State won 2-1. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma State celebrates after winning the Stillwater Regional NCAA softball tournament game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Tulsa in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, May 18, 2019. Oklahoma State won 2-1. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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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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