Cowgirl softball sweeps double header at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa —
Oklahoma State softball swept a doubleheader Friday with an impressive offensive showing to secure the series win over Iowa State at the Cyclone Sports Complex. The series win marks the first time since 2011 the Cowgirls have won three-consecutive Big 12 series.
The 8-0 conference start is the best Big 12 record since the Cowgirls went 9-0 in 2010. OSU has only started 8-0 or better three other times in program history.
“It’s good,” head coach Kenny Gajewski said. “Just battling the elements and being on the road. It’s exciting. I thought our kids were ready. We came off a tough weekend in Texas A&M. I thought we had a great week of practice and it showed. The most important thing now is getting back and getting ready for the third game.”
Oklahoma State (28-15 Overall, 8-0 Big 12) couldn’t have asked for a much better start to the first game of the day. A pair of walks led to an early 2-0 lead for the Cowgirls, before Madi Sue Montgomery’s RBI single gave OSU a 4-0 advantage after one.
Iowa State (15-30, 0-11) scored one in the first and one in the third to cut the OSU lead to 4-2 but it wasn’t enough.
Vanessa Shippy and Jessi Haffner RBIs in the top of the fourth gave OSU the 6-2 lead it held after four that it wouldn’t surrender
The Cowgirls scored four more in the top of the seventh to secure the victory.
Shippy led the way at the plate going 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Brandi Needham (15-5) earned the victory in the circle for the Cowgirls. She went the distance, allowing two runs on two hits.
“Getting three-straight Big 12 series wins is everything,” Shippy said. “Conference is important to our team, to every Big 12 team. We play in a great conference. Your goal is to come out and win as many games as you can. We had great at-bats and we were aggressive.”
The second game was about the same for OSU.
The Cowgirls started their scoring effort in the top of the first with Kristin Reasnor two-run home run to score Shippy and give OSU a 2-0 lead after one. Iowa State tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the inning with a two-run RBI double.
Haffner and Montgomery RBIs in the top of the third gave OSU the lead once more at 4-2.
Oklahoma State scored five runs in the top of the fourth thanks to Shippy and Randee O’Donnell RBIs to take a 9-2 lead. The Cowgirls scored two more in the top of the fifth thanks to Reasnor and Mackenzie Thomas RBIs.
The Cyclones mounted a comeback effort in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to left but OSU held on for the , 11-3, victory.
Reasnor was 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs.
Needham earned the win in the circle going three innings. She allowed just four hits and two runs.