OSU softball advances to Big 12 Championship game
OKLAHOMA CITY —
Oklahoma State softball swept a pair of games over No. 16 Baylor and Iowa State Friday at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium complex to advance to the Big 12 Championship Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 2. The Cowgirls started the day with a 2-1 upset of the Bears before downing the Cyclones, 10-0, in five innings.
This marks the first time since 2006 OSU started the conference tournament 2-0. Oklahoma State now awaits either Oklahoma or Texas in the championship game.
“I thought our pitches threw really well,” head coach Kenny Gajewski said. “Our walks were way down. When you don’t walk kids and they get a hit or two innings don’t blow up. That’s what we’ve done really well. I think coach Morgan has done a great job emphasizing no free passes. And when we do that we’ve got a good shot to be really good.”
Oklahoma State (35-22 Overall, 12-6 Big 12) couldn’t have asked for a much better start to the day against the Bears. Taylor Lynch and Kristin Reasnor delivered RBIs in the top of the third giving the Cowgirls a 2-0 lead they wouldn’t surrender.
Baylor looked poised for a comeback in the bottom of the fourth when it got on the board with a an RBI double to make it 2-1 but Brandi Needham held the Bears scoreless down the stretch to propel the Cowgirls to victory.
Reasnor led the way the plate for the Cowgirls going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Jessi Haffner and Holcomb both went 2-for-3.
Needham (19-8) earned the victory in the circle for the Cowgirls. She went all seven innings and allowed just one run to put OSU in position to reach the championship game.
The second game was all OSU from start to finish. Lynch and Rylee Bayless RBIs in the bottom of the first gave the Cowgirls the 3-0 lead they wouldn’t give up, but instead only built on.
Oklahoma State scored three more runs in the bottom of the second thanks to Lynch, Madi Sue Montgomery and Haffner RBIs to take a commanding 6-0 lead.
The bottom of the third was highlighted with a Randee O’Donnell home run to left to take an 8-0 lead. OSU scored two more in the fourth thanks to a Maddi Holcomb RBI single to take a 10-0 lead into the fifth and eventual final inning.
Holcomb led the way the plate going 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Lynch finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
Shea Coats (7-9) earned the victory for the Cowgirls allowing just two hits and no runs.