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OSU Softball: Cowgirls Fall in Bedlam Game 3, Still Earn Series Win

The Cowgirls bring the Bedlam trophy back to Stillwater but fall in Game 3.

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NORMAN — The Sooners avoided a series sweep on Sunday.

Oklahoma bested Oklahoma State 8-2 at Love’s Field to pull a game back against the Cowgirls, though OSU won the series two games to one.

“Obviously not the way we wanted that to end,” OSU coach Kenny Gajewski said. “They capitalized here this evening like we have the last couple of days. We had plenty of chances. I thought we took a lot of good at-bats. We hit a lot of balls hard.”

It got away from the Cowgirls in the bottom of the sixth inning, where the Sooners scored six runs. After Kyra Aycock secured an out to start the frame, she gave up back-to-back-to-back singles. The final of those scored a run and gave OU a 3-2 lead.

Ella Parker then crushed a ball to straightaway center for a three-run home run that ballooned OU’s lead to 6-2. Then for good measure Tiare Jennings hit a solo shot in the next at-bat to make it 7-2.

The onslaught continued as Avery Hodge reached on a throwing error and later scored on a Hannah Coor single to make it 8-2 before the inning mercifully ended.

The Cowgirls tied the game at 2 in the top of that sixth inning.

Caroline Wang got the inning started with a single before freshmen Karli Godwin and Rosie Davis followed suit to load the bases.

Micaela Wark then roped a ball down the third-base line that scored Wang and Scotland David, who was pinch-running for Godwin, before OU recorded back-to-back outs to get out of the frame.

OU opened the scoring in the fourth when Kasidi Pickering hit a two-run shot to left-center.

Player of the game honors have to go to OU pitcher Karlie Keeney. She threw the first five innings of the game before making way for Kierston Deal in the sixth. Deal gave up the three OSU singles before recording an out just for Keeney to come back into the game and close it out. Keeney finished having thrown 6 2/3 innings where she didn’t give up a run.

After also starting Game 2, Ivy Rosenberry got the start in the circle for the Cowgirls. Rosenberry went 4 1/3 innings where she gave up two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out two before making way for Aycock.

Rosenberry is playing with an injured rib, but Gajewksi said they wanted to get her to 100 innings pitched so that she could be considered for All-America honors.

Gajewski said the injury can’t get worse but it’s a rather of working through the pain. He said it’s odd in that there isn’t pain when she is pitching but there is when she’s breathing.

“We sat her and her mom down here today, and I said, ‘This is in your hands,”‘ Gajewski said. “Lexi [Kilfoyl], I talked to her, and she was like, ‘Let’s get her there. Let’s give her a shot at it.’ It’s cool. It’s really cool.”

In a lot of ways, Rosenberry is the story of the season for the Cowgirls. After transferring in from Virginia Tech, Rosenberry pitched just 37 innings for the Cowgirls last season and had a 3.41 ERA. She’s up to 100 innings this season with a 1.68 ERA.

“It speaks volumes about her and [OSU pitching coach] Carrie (Eberle) both,” Gajewski said. “This is what Oklahoma State is all about. Frankly, it’s what our state is all about. It’s toughness. It’s blue-collar. It’s chip on your shoulder. Just to watch this kid and what she’s done up to this point has been really, really cool.”

So the Cowgirls didn’t get a sweep, but it was a massive weekend for the program. They came to Norman and took two of three off the back-to-back-to-back national champs. It’s the first time OSU has won multiple games in the same season against OU since 2010 and the first time the Cowgirls have won multiple games in Norman since 1997. And it couldn’t have come at a better time, as the Sooners are set to move to the SEC this summer, and the Cowgirls are taking the Bedlam trophy with them.

OSU was ranked fourth in the national polls coming into the weekend, but the Cowgirls were on the fringes of a possible Super Regional hosting spot because of their RPI. But now OSU has gone 4-2 against Texas and OU — the top two teams in the country. If that isn’t good enough for the selection committee, it’d be rather surprising.

OSU ends the regular season at 44-9 and 21-6 in Big 12 play.

“I’ll probably feel better tomorrow,” Gajewski said. “It kinda hurts right now. You don’t like to lose. I think we’ve won nine or 10 in a row. We don’t lose a lot — just like them. So when you lose, it’s ugh. …

“I knew we had talent. I knew we had tough kids. I watched that all fall. I knew we had competitors. Knew we had competition at every spot. But you don’t know until you go out there and play with all these guys and collectively come together. That’s what makes me really proud.”

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