STILLWATER — The Cowgirls fell 5-1 towards the Longhorns this season, and 5-2 gained’t get Oklahoma State to Oklahoma Metropolis.
Oklahoma State fell 4-2 to Texas in Recreation 2 of the groups’ Tremendous Regional on Saturday in Cowgirl Stadium. The loss comes after OSU swept the Longhorns of their season sequence, beat them within the Massive 12 Event and took the Tremendous Regional’s first recreation Friday. Saturday’s recreation units up a Sunday recreation that can decide which crew goes to the Ladies’s Faculty World Sequence and which crew has its season finish.
“That is that is what large time softball is all about,” OSU coach Kenny Gajewski stated. “That is what elite softball is all about.
“If I might have instructed you initially of August once we met for the primary time, whether or not it was over zoom or what I don’t bear in mind, but when I might have instructed you that this season was going to return down to 1 recreation to go to OKC, would you’re taking it? Hell yeah you’d take it, and also you’ll be able to play.”
The Cowgirls struck first, within the third inning when Kiley Naomi outmuscled the in-blowing wind for a solo residence run. It was her 14th run of the yr.
Sophomore pitcher Kelly Maxwell was nails for 4 innings, however began to falter some within the fifth. That matched with the dearth of additional run help spelled doom for the Cowgirls.
Within the fifth inning, the Longhorns hit back-to-back one-out singles. After Maxwell’s fifth strikeout, Texas’ all-everything second basewoman Janae Jefferson singled up the center to attain McKenzie Parker.
That was all of the ‘Horns might muster within the inning, however after one other scoreless body for the Cowgirls within the sixth, Texas benefitted from two residence runs within the backside of the inning. Jordyn Whitaker began the inning with a solo shot to left. After a Taylor Ellsworth double and a UT sac bunt, Texas pitcher and OSU villain Mary Iakopo narrowly lined a ball over the right-field wall to make the sport 4-1.
Logan Simunek got here in and obtained the Cowgirls out of the inning.
“I believe Kelly was beginning to put on down, and we have been simply type of in between,” Gajewski stated. “It’s arduous to take and child out while you’re cruising alongside.”
It seemed as if OSU’s comeback was on, as Sydney Pennington hit a leadoff residence run within the prime of the seventh, however that was all of the Cowgirls obtained.
Maxwell completed having thrown 5 1/3 innings the place she gave up the 4 runs on seven hits whereas strolling two and placing out 5. She is as much as 137 strikeouts in her sophomore season.
Reverse Maxwell was one other dealing sophomore in Texas pitcher Shea O’Leary. She allowed simply three hits in an entire recreation. She walked only one and struck out 5.
Up to now within the Tremendous Regional, OSU hasn’t scored a run off something however a house run. Gajewski stated that isn’t a stat that issues him.
“No, I like residence runs,” Gajewski stated. “I don’t thoughts it, it simply is what it’s. Nonetheless you’ll be able to rating runs, you rating runs. We’re a crew that actually prides ourselves on high quality at-bats. I seemed up in fourth inning, and I hold somewhat chart in there I carry on our lineup card within the dugout — we solely had 4 [quality at-bats]. That was the irritating factor.
“We have been a crew that feasts on placing the ball in play arduous and getting runners on base, and O’Leary saved us off steadiness sufficient right here. I assumed she did one of the best job that we’ve seen her do of throwing change-ups off pace for strikes. That was actually the distinction on this recreation.”
Texas coach Mike White stated O’Leary can be within the circle for the Longhorns once more Sunday. She’ll face off towards Massive 12 Pitcher of the Yr Carrie Eberle, who held UT to 1 run Friday.
Recreation 3 is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday in Cowgirl Stadium.