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OSU Softball: Cowgirls Drop Series Opener to No. 1 OU

The OSU softball team fell to Oklahoma, ending the Cowgirls’ hopes at a regular season Big 12 title.



The Cowgirls had the bases loaded in the sixth inning with a chance to take a lead, but Giselle Juarez erased any hope the Cowgirls might have had.

The Oklahoma State softball team fell to Oklahoma 3-0 on Saturday night in Norman. The win locked up the No. 1 Sooners’ eighth straight Big 12 title, but the No. 12 Cowgirls still have a chance to claim the series in Sunday’s doubleheader in Stillwater.

Juarez was dominant, as she has been all season. A junior transfer from Arizona State, Juarez struck out 13 of the 25 OSU batters she faced. The Cowgirls managed only one hit. The victory moves Juarez to 21-0 on the season.

The Cowgirls one hit started the sixth inning. Sydney Springfield hit a ball hard to the left side. OU third baseman Sydney Romero got her glove to the ball, but the ball glanced off it into shallow left field.

After a fly out and a fielder’s choice left Rylee Bayless on first with two outs, Bayless got to second off a wild pitch and made it to third after getting out of a pickle. Juarez then showed she was mortal, walking Samantha Show and Madi Sue Montgomery before striking out Michaela Richbourg to end the frame.

Show started in the circle for OSU. She held the game scoreless until the fourth inning when Caleigh Clifton and Jocelyn Alo hit back-to-back solo home runs. The score stayed at 2-0 until the bottom of the six when Alo scored off a Grace Green double.

Show’s night ended after 5 1/3 innings. She allowed three runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out another. Logen Simunek got the final two outs.

The two teams have a quick turnaround as first pitch is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Sunday in Stillwater with the second game of the doubleheader scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

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